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{Vivaldi’s Four Seasons} By Robert Weiss

Carolina Ballet opened 2014 with two world premieres featuring the musical masterpieces of {Vivaldi’s Four Seasons} and {Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2}.

The Raleigh audience was foremost attracted to the score of {Vivaldi’s Four Seasons}. Robert “Ricky” Weiss, Carolina Ballet’s artistic director, took the challenge upon himself to create a distinct dance style, color palette and vision for each of the four seasons. He choreographed and rehearsed the seasons separately and all four seasons came together for the first time in studio one week before it went on stage.

I was cast as one of the four ladies in Summer. In rehearsals, Ricky kept on making references to lazy summer days on the beach and the beaming sunlight as we danced. Suddenly, the music would become quick and he would have us turn or jump rapidly to mimic the music.

The most memorable moment during the rehearsal process was when Ricky was choreographing the Third Movement of our Summer season. He referred to this season as “the thunderstorm.” The music is intense and indeed does sound quite like a thunderstorm.

About halfway through the movement, there is a change of tempo for four-8s and it becomes happy and calm, much like the sun is shining through the stormy clouds. He has had the four ladies reenter the stage and we stand there waiting for him to choreograph the next steps.

He says, “I don’t understand why Vivaldi put this in here. If he were alive, I would tell him to take it out. The music is just too happy for the feeling I am going for. I don’t know what to do with this.” The four of us stand there staring at him and he at us. After a few moments, Ricky says, “Ok, Cecilia, let’s have you dance to this music.” And so it was.

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SPRING with Lilyan Vigo Ellis and Richard Krusch. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

SPRING with Lilyan Vigo Ellis and Richard Krusch. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

SPRING with Elizabeth Ousley Muñoz and Amanda Gerhardt. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

SPRING with Elizabeth Ousley Muñoz and Amanda Gerhardt. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

SPRING with Lilyan Vigo Ellis, Richard Krusch, and company ladies. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

SPRING with Lilyan Vigo Ellis, Richard Krusch, and company ladies. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

SUMMER with Eugene C. Barnes (in center) accompanied by Cecilia Iliesiu, Ashley Hathaway, Randi Osetek and Lindsay Purrington. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

SUMMER with Eugene C. Barnes (in center) accompanied by Cecilia Iliesiu, Ashley Hathaway, Randi Osetek and Lindsay Purrington. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

SUMMER with Eugene C. Barnes. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

SUMMER with Eugene C. Barnes. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

SUMMER with Ashley Hathaway, Cecilia Iliesiu, Lindsay Purrington, and Eugene C. Barnes. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

SUMMER with Ashley Hathaway, Cecilia Iliesiu, Lindsay Purrington, and Eugene C. Barnes. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

SUMMER with Cecilia Iliesiu, Ashley Hathaway and Lindsay Purrington. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Armes Photography, 2014.

SUMMER with Cecilia Iliesiu, Ashley Hathaway and Lindsay Purrington. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Armes Photography, 2014.

FALL with Lara O’Brien and Marcelo Martinez. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

FALL with Lara O’Brien and Marcelo Martinez. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

FALL with Lara O’Brien, Marcelo Martinez, and company dancers. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

FALL with Lara O’Brien, Marcelo Martinez, and company dancers. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

FALL with Lara O’Brien, Marcelo Martinez, and company dancers. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

AUTUMN with Lara O’Brien, Marcelo Martinez, and company dancers. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

WINTER with Sokvannara Sar. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

WINTER with Sokvannara Sar. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

WINTER with Colby Treat, Amanda Babayan, Kathleen Black, Elizabeth Ousley Muñoz, and Amanda Gerhardt. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

WINTER with Colby Treat, Amanda Babayan, Kathleen Black, Elizabeth Ousley Muñoz, and Amanda Gerhardt. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

WINTER with Elizabeth Ousley Muñoz. Weiss' premiere of "Vivaldi's Four Seasons." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

WINTER with Elizabeth Ousley Muñoz. Weiss’ premiere of “Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

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10 Comments

  1. Phyllis Gordon says

    I love details about the creative process! I was so excited about this program – two premiers, with several of the newest dancers being given the opportunity to have a piece choreographed on them. And Cecilia is fast becoming the “inspirational muse” for choreographers – I think they respond to your own passion and fearlessness. You inspire each other!

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    • Thank you Phyllis for your enthusiasm about the blog. I always hope to share a bit of myself with you all.
      Keep an eye out for the Rachmaninoff post coming soon!

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      • Foi com muita satisfação que li esta resenha sobre Noturno Indiano, romance que até hoje me fascina e intriga. Sua adaptação cinofategrámica homônima, de Alain Corneau (França/1989), com Jean-Hugues Anglade, é, nas palavras do próprio Tabucchi, ‘uma insônia e uma viagem’, ‘no qual se busca uma Sombra’. Outro autor que me provoca a mesma sensação de um enigma metafísico é Paul Bowles, em particular nos seus livros de contos Chá nas Montanhas e Um Amigo do Mundo, ambos da editora Rocco.

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  2. David Sheeks says

    Looking forward to the Rachmaninoff post (one of my favorite pieces of music). I thought the 2nd movement of Rach II was very nice. Both performances were wonderful though, and there were many, many highlights, the picture above of the summer ladies floating through the air certainly among them. Looking forward to Romeo and Juliet, probably my favorite ballet score. Thanks for sharing your insider information!

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