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.