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{Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2} By Zalman Raffael

“Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music.”
― Sergei Rachmaninoff

This quote spoke to me not only in relation to Rachmaninoff’s gorgeous score, but to dance. Take this phrase and replace the word music with dance. “Dance is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for dance.” We, as dancers, spend our whole lives discovering elements of the art form, but a lifetime is not enough. In relation to both dance and music, the possibilities of our understanding and our imagination are endless. There is always a unique way of perceiving creativity and passion.

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As I said in my recent post, Carolina Ballet opened 2014 with a program featuring two world premieres. In addition to Robert Weiss’ Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, my fellow company dancer and colleague, Zalman “Zali” Raffael choreographed a ballet to the passionate score of {Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2}.

I am always thrilled to work with Zali because we share a unique creativity in the studio. It is incredible, and often times challenging, to achieve his vision, but it is an awesome opportunity to stretch our artistry, as both a dancer and a choreographer.

In this recent work, Zali paired me with fellow company dancer Oliver Béres to be one of the two principle couples. I was thrilled to have this opportunity to dance with Oliver because we have had a wonderful partnership since I joined the company.

In the past few seasons, I have been given more soloist roles that do not require a partner, so I have learned to take control of my movements on my own. The challenge I faced in this creative process was allowing Oliver and myself to dance together as one person. I had to let go of being in full control, like I would in a solo, and instead allow Oliver be the continuation and support of my movement. On stage, I had the sense that Oliver and I were having a conversation and we were able to continue each other’s sentences.

To hear more of my thoughts behind Zali’s {Rachmanioff Piano Concert No. 2} and the audience’s take on the ballet, listen to {my radio interview}. My discussion with Ben McNeely on this topic begins at 16:50 and runs until 21:13. Enjoy!

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Here are some photographs by Tim Lytvinenko and Denise Cerniglia from the production.

Ashley Hathaway in Zalman Raffael's "Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

Ashley Hathaway in Zalman Raffael’s “Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

Cecilia Iliesiu in Zalman Raffael's "Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

Cecilia Iliesiu in Zalman Raffael’s “Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

Jan Burkhard and Yevgeny Shlapko in Zalman Raffael's "Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

Jan Burkhard and Yevgeny Shlapko in Zalman Raffael’s “Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

Cecilia Iliesiu in Zalman Raffael's "Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

Cecilia Iliesiu in Zalman Raffael’s “Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

Cecilia Iliesiu and Oliver Béres in Zalman Raffael's "Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2." Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Cecilia Iliesiu and Oliver Béres in Zalman Raffael’s “Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2.” Photo by Denise Cerniglia, 2014.

Jan Burkhard in Zalman Raffael's "Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2." Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

Jan Burkhard in Zalman Raffael’s “Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concert No. 2.” Photo by Tim Lytvinenko, 2014.

Related Posts

– This post includes review links from the Vivaldi’s Four Season and Rachmaninoff program.

– This post is dedicated to another piece choreographed by Zalman Raffael last season to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Fun Fact

  • Vivaldi’s Four Season was composed in 1723.
  • Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto was composed in 1900.
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