Four Seasons of the Soul: Libby Dennen

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.

 Senior Apprentice Libby Dennen rehearsing summer in  Four Seasons of the Soul .

Senior Apprentice Libby Dennen rehearsing summer in Four Seasons of the Soul.

Senior Apprentice Libby Dennen

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

A. It's a physical representation of a person's spiritual and emotional walk through life. We see the excitement of Spring and new beginnings, but also Winter, and the contrast between those who fear death and those who triumph over it.

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

A. I am a demi soloist in both Summer and Winter.

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

A. Both movements are difficult because there's a lot of transitioning between quick, sharp foot work and slow, adagio movement in order to pull out the music. It's a challenge to capture the purely physical aspects, but I've enjoyed working on the musicality of it all.

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. The way the music pairs perfectly with the movement. It allows you to feel the emotions of the pieces throughout your entire body. And with such beautiful music, it's fun to combine the different nuances with the complexities of the choreography.

Q. Why see Four Seasons of the Soul?

A. Because you get to experience a look at life with all its ups, downs, and everything in between, but in a much deeper way then a simple narrative could communicate.