Four Seasons of the Soul: Olivia Kruse

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 Olivia Kruse in rehearsal for the Winter movement from  Four Seasons of the Soul.

Company Artist Olivia Kruse in rehearsal for the Winter movement from Four Seasons of the Soul.

Company Artist Olivia Kruse

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

A. Four Seasons of the Soul takes the audience on an emotional journey through life. The ballet explores both the ups and downs of life and how looking through a lens of faith can change the uncertainty of death.

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

A. I have been dancing the demi soloist roles in Summer and Winter.

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

A. The arc of the movement in Winter begins with quick footwork and progresses to slow, stifled movement as death greets the demi soloists. It has been fun to play with my movement quality to create the juxtaposition against the soloist's triumph. The biggest challenge of Summer is the mere speed of the movement. I have been working on the dynamics within my movement; it has been a fun stamina challenge!

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. There's something really exhilarating about performing Summer. It can sometimes feel like a marathon to make it through the piece, but with Vivaldi's beautiful music driving the dance I wouldn't want it any other way.

Q. Why see Four Seasons of the Soul?

A. This ballet meets everyone wherever they are on their journey in life. Whether in a time of mourning or dancing, this ballet will speak to your heart and relate directly to life's journey.