Vivaldi’s Latest Makeover

Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons  has been reinterpreted by many a classical musician.  Janine Jansen, Joshua Bell, Sarah Chang, and nearly every recording orchestra have all released CDs of their versions of Vivaldi’s masterpiece.  It is as challenging and as often performed as Swan Lake is for ballet dancers.  Or, it is to classical music what Grand Theft Auto 3 is to video games – omnipresent, talked about, and challenging enough that it doesn’t get old.

French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj is no different, as he uses Vivaldi’s work as the foundation for his newest piece, Les 4 Saisons.  Preljocaj is no stranger to reinterpreting timeless, classic pieces into this own modern, invigorating, sensual choreography.  Famous for his company’s modernized Romeo and Juliet in the late 1990s, his work has recently utilized the musical genius of such composers as Gustav Mahler, John Cage, Igor Stravinsky, and now Vivaldi.  He also choreographed LA Opera’s much talked about production of Grendel in 2006.  Best known for his provocative choreography, colorful (read: bizarre) costumes, and innovative, beautiful sets (designed by French sculptor Fabrice Hyber), Preljocaj has not tempered any of his creativity in Les 4 Saisons.  Performing for a third time at UCLAs Royce Hall this weekend, Ballet Preljocaj has come, with its Les 4 Saisons, to shock, awe, and leave you wanting more.

If you already do want more (understandably), we’ve got a tip – UCLA hosts the company’s rehearsal dance class this afternoon from 4 – 5:30pm and any ticketholder is free to watch company class.  You’ve got to make a reservation, but its free and definitely worth it! For reservations, please call (310) 206-1144.

 

Ballet Preljocaj’s Les 4 Saisons will be at UCLAs Royce Hall on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2 at 8:00pm.  For more information, please call (310) 825-2101 or visit www.uclalive.org.

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