Four Seasons of the Soul: Emily Ratkos

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.

 Company Artist Emily Ratkos in Winter from  Four Seasons of the Soul .

Company Artist Emily Ratkos in Winter from Four Seasons of the Soul.

Company Artist Emily Ratkos

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

A. Based on the book of Ecclesiastes and set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Four Seasons of the Soul encompasses a life full of beauty, longing, and tenacity through thoughtful, powerful movements.

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

A. I have been dancing in the Spring and Winter movements.

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

A. In Spring we are trying to capture the joy and expectation of new life. The movement is bright and exciting, but is complimented by a delicate and almost floating quality. The musical score wonderfully showcases the lightness of the piece, however this is no easy feat to accomplish in our dancing. The hardest part of the work for me has been keeping the precision and technique of the movement as we complete each new series of quick-paced steps and petit allegro.

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. I love the challenge of moving quickly and powerfully, but with an intentional softness. I have enjoyed being able to return to this quality daily in rehearsal and continue to add to the clarity and depth of the piece.

Q. Why see Four Seasons of the Soul?

A. Four Seasons of the Soul takes the audience on a journey of expectation, of passion, of growth, of life and of death. It offers a beautiful perspective on time and purpose.