Four Seasons of the Soul: Beth Patterson

Originally premiered in 2014, Ballet 5:8 audience favorite Four Seasons of the Soul returns to the stage this fall as part of our new program The Space in Between. Throughout this 2018/19 Season, we'll be checking in with the dancers to hear about their experiences preparing for and performing Four Seasons of the Soul.

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Company Artist Beth Patterson

Q. Based on your experience so far, how would you describe Four Seasons of the Soul?

A. Four Seasons of the Soul has a very classic and traditional feel because of Vivaldi’s powerful score but also a new and exciting vibe because of Julianna’s take on the choreography and the story line underneath. Seasons has the best of both worlds, nostalgia and innovation.

Q. What role(s) have you been dancing?

A. I have been dancing the soloist role in Winter. My character is slowly dying through the piece but starkly different from the demi-soloists who are decaying. She is making her journey closer to Heaven and finds immense peace and joy in that process.

Q. Describe the movement. What has been easy to capture and perform? Challenging?

A. Winter’s first piece is very fast and exciting which causes my heart to race faster than usual. My challenge has been to stay calm and not let the music excite me too much because it takes quite a bit of stamina to get through all three pieces. I’ve enjoyed learning the third piece the most because, instead of the fast virtuosic movement, it is slow and calming which for me is a much nicer feeling to embody.

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. I enjoy the fine tuning at the end of the rehearsal process where I try to embody the character as well as I can. At this point I know the steps and the music, so now I can let go a little bit more and do what I love the most, dance!

Q. Why see Four Seasons of the Soul?

A. If you would like to see an innovative and exciting take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with a basis in classical technique, you will have a blast.