Story of the seasons: Georgia Ballet closes year with unique production
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The Georgia Ballet Company dancers Jillian Mitchell and Peter Doll rehearse for the ballet’s final production of the 2013-14 season, ‘The Four Seasons.’ The ballet opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Marietta Performing Arts Center and runs through Sunday. Tickets are available online at georgiaballet.org or by calling (770) 528-0881. <br> Special to the MDJ/Courtesy Scott Nillson
The Georgia Ballet Company dancers Jillian Mitchell and Peter Doll rehearse for the ballet’s final production of the 2013-14 season, ‘The Four Seasons.’ The ballet opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Marietta Performing Arts Center and runs through Sunday. Tickets are available online at georgiaballet.org or by calling (770) 528-0881.
Special to the MDJ/Courtesy Scott Nillson
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MARIETTA — The world premiere production of The Georgia Ballet’s “The Four Seasons” this weekend is sure to surprise and delight with its unique and modern approach to the familiar ballet.

But, like the weather over the past few months, this production of “The Four Seasons” is far from ordinary.

The Georgia Ballet Artistic Director Alexandre Proia not only provided original choreography for the final ballet of the 2013-14 season, but also developed a vision for the production that combines multimedia projections and lighting with live dance performance.

And while normally “The Four Seasons” is told through a mixed repertoire of ballet that simply portrays the different seasons, Proia created a storyline around the production of a group of friends at a dinner party and the “four seasons” of their varied relationships.

Spring arrives with a whirlwind of new love and reconciliation; summer’s heat reveals a sensuality and passion; autumn’s emotions mimic the falling leaves: turbulent, unwinding, and eroding; winter is dignified and desolate, but also brings hope and acceptance.

Proia — who came to Marietta-based Georgia Ballet by way of the Paris Opera Ballet as a student, the New York City Ballet and Broadway as a performer and schools such as the Julliard School and Joffrey Ballet School as a teacher — has been with The Georgia Ballet for a year and experienced his own four seasons as the new artistic director.

“This production is special and personal to me,” Proia explained. “I have been serving as the artistic director of The Georgia Ballet here in Marietta for one year now and have endured all of the physical changes of the seasons as well as personal changes, growth and struggles brought on by new adventures and challenges.”

Another new aspect of this production of “The Four Seasons” is the music.

Patrons will be treated to a fresh take on Vivaldi’s famous music — traditionally used in “The Four Seasons” — with internationally-renowned composer Max Richter’s recomposed score. While music lovers will recognize fragments of the famous concerto, Richter’s reimagined composition offers a haunting update to the masterpiece.

Furthermore, the production will also integrate theatrical video and sets and will include additional choreography by Kristin D’Addario to further tailor the metamorphosis of each season.

“I want our audience to go on a personal journey during this production and to continue that self-exploration after the performance,” Proia describes. “Between the music, the sets, the video and the movement, there are a multitude of layers and elements involved in this program that encourage thought, questioning and examination. Like a fine wine or large meal, it will take time to digest.”

“The Four Seasons” opens tonight at 8 p.m. at the Marietta Performing Arts Center and runs through Sunday. Tickets are available online at georgiaballet.org or by calling (770) 528-0881.

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