Step into the mesmerizing world of BareFace, a fresh and enthralling dance production that delves deep into thought-provoking themes and evocative storytelling. Inspired by the ancient myth of Cupid and Psyche, choreographer Julianna Rubio Slager tells a female-driven, utterly compelling story of love, jealousy, and a case against the gods.
As described by D'onminique Boyd-Riley from See Chicago Dance, BareFace showcases Rubio-Slager's choreography that, “Flows like chimes, leaving an enduring impact long after the wind has passed. The performance is nothing short of phenomenal.”
The dancers embody the complexities of human existence, peeling away societal expectations to confront their true selves. Through Rubio-Slager's innovative choreography, the journey of self-discovery unfolds on stage, inviting audiences to reflect on their own identities and the masks they wear.
The power of human connection and relationships takes center stage in BareFace. Just as Cupid and Psyche longed for each other, the dancers' movements intertwine and interact, portraying the intricacies of love, longing, and the universal desire for connection. “With technical precision and graceful beauty,” writes Kathy D. Hey from Third Coast Review, “the talented artists of Ballet 5:8's dance company convey a range of emotions, from moments of grief and longing to lighter moments of comedy.”
BareFace is a captivating story that embraces the transformative power of vulnerability and authenticity. It challenges us to confront our own masks and delve into the rawness of our emotions. Set in the Grecian fairytale world of Glome, the production captivates with its cinematic storytelling, sweeping stage pictures, and gliding sets. The impressive athletic prowess of Ballet 5:8's dance artists, along with the exceptional work of costume designer Lorianne Robertson, scenic designers Sarah L. Freeman and Graham Louthan, and projections by Sarah L. Freeman and Julianna Rubio Slager, bring this full-length story ballet to life.