2hr. (1 intermission)
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Ballet 5:8's groundbreaking production uses classical ballet and film to bring a story inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter to life. The dramatic full-length ballet follows the iconic Hester, a young woman caught in adultery, as she struggles to find peace and restoration in the midst of a hypocritical and harsh Puritan society in early America. Scarlet features original choreography by Ballet 5:8 artistic director Julianna Slager, film elements directed by choreographer and film producer Preston Miller, spoken word by Chicago-based artist Kylla Pate, and a score by American modernist composer Charles Ives.