Four Seasons of the Soul: Jessica Lohr

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.

 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager working with Company Artists Jessica Lohr and Sam Opsal in the Spring  pas de deux  from  Four Seasons of the Soul .

Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager working with Company Artists Jessica Lohr and Sam Opsal in the Spring pas de deux from Four Seasons of the Soul.

Company Artist Jessica Lohr

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

A. Four Seasons of the Soul is a beautiful ballet that illustrates the unique seasons of life a believer of Christ walks through. There are seasons of joy and excitement as well as season of trials and difficulties. There is beauty and purpose to be found in each, which is something this ballet elegantly portrays.

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

A. I am dancing the Spring Pas De Deux, Spring Corps, and Winter Corps.

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

A. The Spring pas de deux was inspired by a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. It begins with quieter, more subtle movement and progresses into a stronger and more free quality. Spring corps is quick with lots of jumps! Winter corps is fast and deliberate, each movement sharp and with intention.

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. There is so much I enjoy about dancing Seasons! I feel very connected to the entire Spring movement which represents a season of newness and joy. Winter has been an enjoyable challenge for me, and I believe has cultivated growth in my dancing! Dancing to Vivaldiā€™s Four Seasons has also been so much fun. The music is stunning!

Q. Why see Four Seasons of the Soul?

A. Four Seasons of the Soul has so much to offer! Each piece in the ballet is very unique to the others, so there is something for everyone. This ballet will leave audience members feeling uplifted and inspired.