Four Seasons of the Soul: Laura Peterman

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 Laura Peterman

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 illustration of the highs and lows of life, a metaphor for a Christian's walk through good times, bad times, and the struggles in between. A blend of classical and neoclassical styles, it is a gorgeous piece to watch and a rewarding, challenging piece to dance.

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

A. I have been dancing in the pas de six and corps of Fall. I also make a brief appearance as a "new life" so to speak at the beginning of the ballet.

Q. You were part of the original cast of Four Seasons of the Soul, what is it like revisiting this ballet and how is this version different?

I actually was part of the company the second time it was performed—it was the very first ballet I learned at Ballet 5:8 so it holds a special place in my heart! Getting to revisit Seasons has been exciting and challenging. The company has doubled in size since the first time I performed it, and many sections have been modified or completely re-choreographed. Just as literal seasons morph and change, this ballet has morphed and changed, and I love the new changes and choreography. This version feels richer, more full, and you can tell we've matured as a company and as artists.

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

A. I am naturally a very classical dancer, so Autumn, the most classical/romantic of the movements, comes very naturally. However, working with a partner is something I have less performing experience in, so figuring out how to work together for timing, momentum, and musicality has been a challenge, but a really fun opportunity. I feel like I have learned a lot and gotten much more comfortable.

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. I love the overarching story and theme of the ballet—Four Seasons has always easily translated into a symbol of the seasons of life, and this ballet showcases it beautifully. I love getting to dance to Vivaldi's beautiful score, and doing a more classical work is always something I enjoy.

Q. Why see Four Seasons of the Soul?

A. Romantic, fresh, vibrant, exciting, serious, beautiful—Four Seasons has been an audience favorite for years, and we've toured it all over the United States. This re-worked, re-choreographed version is as gorgeous as the original, times ten--crisp choreography, gorgeous artistry, and breathtaking costumes--an evening of classical ballet you won't want to miss.