In Review: Goh Ballet’s Four Seasons & More

In Review: Goh Ballet’s Four Seasons & More

The Four Seasons & More
Reviewed by Carlen Escarraga

This Saturday and Sunday, June 2nd and 3rd, presents the first artistic collaboration with Goh Ballet Academy and Vancouver Academy of Music; an achievement created by Goh Director, Chan Hon Goh, and VAM Executive Director, Joseph Elworthy.

Act One is called ‘Quintessence’ and is based on the fifth element, quintessence. It is important to note that the show does not come from an individual’s personal experience but instead, the show is about the essence of human emotion: joy, sorrow, bliss, despair, and joy.

Act Two is the story of Vivaldi broken up into four movements: seasons. An element of visual art will also be present with images of the works of The Group of Seven.

While Goh pitched the idea for the five elements, she let the choreographers take it from there.

Today’s rehearsal presented Despair and Winter.

Despair was choreographed by Monica Proenca. It depicted layers of loss and hurt with dynamic and sharp shapes. Monica explains to me that while she knows older dancers may be able to understand the subject of despair more deeply, the younger dancers are not given sugar-coated lessons.

Winter was choreographed by Adonis Daukaev. It had more synchronicity; a meaningful coincidence between the dancers and the music which was filled with joy and warm resting pauses.

Daukaev explains to me that for him the music is first and foremost. He allows the shapes and quality of movements to be informed by it. “The individual’s chemistry is key with the choreography as moments may be slowed down and expanded upon. There is a fusion of the musician and dancer as every performance is unique. There is set music and choreo but no performance can be truly repeated.”

“Yes, mechanically things can be done”, he adds,”but this makes for a collage compared to an organic entity that changes with the day’s weather and individual states of mind. True creative art ever changes and is transpired in the moment.

Performer Britney Bishop talked to me about the nervousness that she’d felt when she first performed to live music, and how the music actually helped inform her dance as she tuned into the vibrations, which brought out a creative dialogue in the moment.

“Live music and dance together magnify the performance as they communicate with each other right before our eyes”, says Goh.

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