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The Four Seasons

Ballet describing the four seasons in a man's life set to Vivaldi's music.

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Directed by Barbara Willis Sweete
Produced by Rhombus Media and Veronica Tennant Productions Ltd
Music: Antonio Vivaldi
Choreographer: James Kudelka
Cast: National Ballet of Canada, Rex Harrington
Music performed by: Pinchas Zuckerman, National Arts Centre Orchestra
Produced in association with CBC, BBC, Bravo!, The New Style Arts Channel, NHK, SF DRS, TSR, and TSI

This ballet, set to Vivaldi's celebrated score, describes the four seasons in a man's life - from the exuberance and the vigor of youth in "Spring" to the resignation and compassion of old age in "Winter".

THE FOUR SEASONS features dancers from the National Ballet of Canada and stars Principal Dancer, Rex Harrington, who has garnered critical raves from the international press for his dynamic style, and his charismatic sensuality. The New York Times has labeled him the ultimate "matinee idol", and he has been compared to such superstars as dancer Rudolph Nureyev and screen actor James Dean.

The music is performed by Pinchas Zuckerman on solo violin with members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Grade Level: 7-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 2000     Copyright Date: 2000
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-351-X     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-883-9

"This is an excellent video, combining the highest level of artistry in both the dancing and the music."
American Music Teacher

"Nothing replaces the thrill of live dance in the theatre, but director Barbara Willis Sweete comes pretty close with her spine-shiveringly good film."
The Toronto Star

"It's brilliant, sexy television...Here, the camera glides and slides in and around the dancers...You're left giddy with the colour and kinetics."
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The Four Seasons

"Spine-shiveringly good." The Toronto Star

Awards and Festivals
Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film Festival
Nominated for Golden Rose, Montreux
Best Independent Canadian Production, Banff Television Festival
Finalist, The New York Festivals
Sixth International Widescreen Festival
Best Performance in a Performing Arts Program or Series, Gemini Awards

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