Ballet 5:8 brings re-imagined C.S. Lewis to Des Moines

Ballet 5:8 will make its debut in Des Moines on Saturday, April 13 at 7 p.m. ​Hoyt  Sherman Place with a performance of ​”The Space in Between.”

Artistic  Director Julianna Rubio Slager’s newest work draws inspiration from ​”The Great Divorce”  by C.S. Lewis, using Ballet 5:8’s  innovative storytelling and breathtaking dance to explore the nature of  eternity and the joy found on its shores. Attendees  are invited to attend a post-performance Q&A.  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at ballet58.org or by  calling ​800-745-3000​.

Ballet 5:8 tours nationally each season  and has a reputation for providing audiences  with a unique opportunity to engage in  conversation on relevant life and faith topics  based on the company’s repertoire. “The Space in Between” ​ invites audiences into a riveting story that begins in a grey town where the rain falls continuously, where a man stands at a bus stop on the brink of  heaven and hell. In Lewis’ work, Hell is not a place where a vengeful God tortures his  victims, but a place where, according to Lewis, “the gates are locked from the inside.”

The Space in Between ​ invites audience members from any faith background or opinion to consider this fascinating premise as they watch the story and the work’s original,  neoclassical choreography unfold in its vivid, imaginative setting.  Also featured in the program will be a re-creation of ​”Four Seasons of the Soul,” a  poignant Ballet 5:8 audience favorite.