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, Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Scarlet: Ballet-Film Hybrid

Closed March 3, 2018

A brilliantly choreographed full length ballet from Ballet 5:8

Why See Scarlet: Ballet-Film Hybrid?

After enjoying a spectacular premiere in Chicago, Ballet 5:8 bring their magnetic adaptation of The Scarlet Letter to Albuquerque. A fusion of ballet, film and spoken word, this timeless tale of shame, sin and grief in a puritanical is a searing portrait of a morally hypocritical society and the tragedy of those who are found wanting.

With choreography by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Slaner, film elements created choreographer and film producer Preston Miller, spoken word by Chicago based artist Kylla Pate and a score by American modernist Charles Ives.

It begins with an 'A'

Judged by her community as a fallen woman, Hester Prynne is visited by her own guilt and that of societies when she is branded with an embroidered letter that she must wear at all times. Ostracised and hounded, her own tragedy is intwined with that of the pious Reverend Dimmesdale. Haunting and resonant, it is a cautionary tale that ultimately teaches the value of acceptance and redemption.

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Performance date: 3 March 2018


Children are welcome at this performance, and there is no explicit content. However, the story does deal with mature topics that could be sensitive for families with younger children. Every family will approach this differently - feel free to give Ballet 5:8 a call if you'd like more information. We typically recommend the performance for ages 12 and up.

Run time

Two hours and 30 minutes with an intermission

Cast and Creative


Ballet 5:8 Lead Artist Brette Benedict
Ballet 5:8 Solo Artists Antonio Rosario, Lorianne Barclay, and Stephanie Joe
Ballet 5:8 Artists of the Company


Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager

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