Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager’s World Premiere for the 2019/20 Season, Butterfly, shares a story of hope inspired by the collection of poems and artwork published as I Never Saw Another Butterfly.
During the Holocaust, the Nazi’s settled 140,000 Jews in the town of Terezin. Nazi propaganda promoted it as a “spa town” where Jewish children and elderly could retire in safety away from the forced labor camps. The ghetto in Terezin existed for 3 ½ years and caused the death of 90% of its residents.
From the ashes of this hellscape, glimmers of hope emerge. A Jewish art teacher refuses to let the children of Terezin die without hope. She challenges her students to create art that speaks of their misery but also of the hope that lies within. As the residents of Terezin die of malnutrition and debilitating disease, one survivor collects these works of art to tell the story of human evil, suffering and resilience.
Following each performance, audience members are invited to attend a TalkBack panel discussion. During this informal Q&A, you'll have the opportunity to talk with Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager and Artists of the Company about your experience during the performance.
Saturday, February 22, 2020, 7pm Father Robert V. Carney Performing Arts Center Milwaukee, WI
Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 7:30pm Studebaker Theater, Chicago, IL
Saturday, April 4, 2020 | 7pm Hoyt Sherman Place, Des Moines, IA
Saturday, April 18 | 7pm Sunday, April 19 | 3pm Wellspring Theater, Kalamazoo, MI
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7pm Butler High School, Vandalia, OH