Four Seasons of the Soul: Kennedy Ditzhazy

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 Apprentice Kennedy Ditzhazy rehearsing Fall in  Four Seasons of the Soul .

Company Apprentice Kennedy Ditzhazy rehearsing Fall in Four Seasons of the Soul.

Company Apprentice Kennedy Ditzhazy

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

A. Four Seasons of the Soul deals with four different stages a person can go through in life – specifically relating to their faith journey. It embodies so many emotions and feelings, and displays intense love, peace, surrender, grace, renewal, and so much more. It’s exciting to be a part of a ballet like this one!

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

A. I’ve been dancing in the Winter Corps, as well as Fall Pas de Six.

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

A. The movement in Fall and Winter contrast each other drastically, so it’s been a learning experience having to switch between the two in rehearsal. The movement for Fall is regal and classical. I feel more at ease exuding a sense of peace and grace when rehearsing for Fall. However, in Winter, the movement is more intense, fierce and sharp. This season is more challenging to perform artistically, for me, since I represent darkness and death in the piece.

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. Although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed dancing in Fall and Winter throughout the rehearsal process, I’ve also really enjoyed watching the other company members dance in rehearsal! I’ve seen so much growth and improvement in all of my fellow dancers, which makes me even more excited to go on tour with each of them this season. It also reminds me how grateful I am to have joined Ballet 5:8 this year.

Q. Why see Four Seasons of the Soul?

A. The music is breathtaking! Plus, after watching each of the seasons, it’ll be fun for each audience member to try to distinguish which ‘season’ they’re currently living out when it comes to their Christianity and faith. Or, if an audience member isn’t a person of faith, hopefully Spring will ignite a curiosity in them to learn what Christianity is all about.