Four Seasons of the Soul: Sam Opsal

Originally premiered in 2014, Ballet 5:8 audience favorite Four Seasons of the Soul returns to the stage as part of our 2018/19 Season program The Space in Between. Throughout this spring, we'll be checking in with the dancers to hear about their experiences preparing for and performing Four Seasons of the Soul.

Company Artist Sam Opsal

Company Artists Sam Opsal and Jessica Lohr rehearsing the Spring  pas de deux  from  Four Seasons of the Soul .

Company Artists Sam Opsal and Jessica Lohr rehearsing the Spring pas de deux from Four Seasons of the Soul.

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

A. This ballet looks at the many seasons of life. It explores new life in Spring, vitality in Summer, perseverance in Fall, concluding with Winter showing the final season of life.

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

A. I dance in two seasons, Spring and Fall. In Spring I dance a pas de deux that is reminiscent of a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis showing the beauty of new life. In Fall I am one of three couples that surround and interact with the soloist as she goes through a season of ups and downs.

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

A. The movement is based in a classical ballet aesthetic, using that medium to showcase musicality, virtuosity and emotion throughout the work. Musicality is inherent through the work which gives an ease to much of the movement as the timing is clear with the support of the music. A challenge has been coordinating unison in intricate sections of choreography.

Q. What do you most enjoy about the work?

A. I have most enjoyed the classical partnering that I do in the ballet. In the recent years I have been doing a lot of contemporary partnering, something I also enjoy, but this has been a nice change of pace.

Q. Why see Four Seasons of the Soul?

A. Four Seasons of the Soul is a ballet that takes you on an incredible ride through life’s many highs and lows. Tied together with a beautiful musical backdrop this ballet provides a visual journey of subtlety and virtuosity, building to a stage full of dancers in the climactic winter season.