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Apr22
Theatre & Performing Arts

Ballet 5:8 Presents World Premiere of BareFace


Ballet 5:8, a female and minority-led premiere ballet company recognized for artistic excellence, innovation, technical precision and beauty will present the World Premiere of BareFace at Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 at 7:30PM. BareFace will be the company’s first work performed on the Harris Theater stage as a new Resident Company!

Led by Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager, Ballet 5:8 creates original and dynamic ballet experiences drawing from life, faith, literature and current events to tell relevant and relatable stories of the 21st century. BareFace is a full-length and daring new story ballet reimagining the classic myth of Cupid and Psyche from a distinctively female perspective, ambitiously placing female athlete artists in all leading roles to honor the spirit of Women’s History Month. As one of the only ballets set in a future post-apocalyptic world, BareFace features an impressive set design made of 95% recycled materials, several handmade Grecian and futuristic costumes, a dress spanning the entire stage larger than the costume shop itself and more!

Rubio Slager masterfully weaves the female perspective into the narrative with her bold and captivating new work, BareFace. Slager allows Psyche’s older sister to tell the audience why she cannot simply allow Cupid and Psyche to be happy, but instead convinces Psyche to dismiss Cupid’s one request. BareFace reimagines this classic Greek myth in a distant future realm, carrying forward the timeless nature of humanity while shedding the trappings of our modern age. Wrestling with the meaning of beauty and the perceived necessity of hiding the ugly truth that resides in human hearts, BareFace presents a haunting mirror to the human soul as it lays bare the elements of love, jealousy and what it means to be beautiful.

Set in the fictive world of Glome, audiences can expect to be gripped by the dynamic storytelling through the unparalleled athletic prowess of Ballet 5:8 dance artists. The production is brought to life by costume designer Lorianne Robertson, set designs by Graham Louthan and projections by Sarah L. Freeman.

Ticket prices ranges from $15.00 to $75.00 based on tiered seating. Special group rate of 10% off all tickets available for groups of 10 or more patrons.

For more information on purchasing tickets, please visit: https://www.harristheaterchicago.org/performance/bareface


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