Vivaldi's Four Seasons + Ballet + The French = Amazing
OK, we've all heard The Four Seasons, Vivaldi’s classic musical masterpiece that has served as the mainstay for every symphonic orchestra across the globe, scored or inspired many films and has even been turned into muzak to entertain you in your nearest elevator. Well, leave it to the French and Ballet Preljocaj to put a contemporary spin on this tried-and-true aural landscape and make it jump (a video clip is below, it's pretty amazing).
Collaborating with conceptual artist Fabrice Hyber, acclaimed choreographer Angelin Preljocaj has re-defined the four axes of the work as bursting forth, exaltation, suspension and vibration (NOT spring, summer, fall and winter). Then, in what is being described in promotional materials as his usual manner, Preljocaj only starts from there. He finishes by going off-course to where all parameters become unrecognizable.
This intermission-less work for 12 dancers is making its Los Angeles premiere at UCLA Live's Royce Hall this Friday and Saturday, May 1-2 as part of the company's West Coast tour.