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Archive of: 2010

Tickets on sale Monday, November 1st for Ballet Idaho's The Nutcracker

Date: October 28, 2010 Contact: Heather Calkins 343-0556 x 22 Single tickets go on sale Monday, November 1st for Ballet Idaho’s holiday classic, The Nutcracker. Join Ballet Idaho at this classic holiday tradition on December 10th, 11th, or 12th at the Morrison Center, made possible as a gift to the community “from our family to your family” by the J.R. Simplot Company. With extraordinary choreography, beautiful sets and costumes, this celebrates the season in dazzling fashion —come watch a joyful and elegant Holiday Party at the Stahlbaum household, a children’s Christmas Garland Dance and discover unusual gifts from Herr Drosselmeyer -- a whimsical mechanical Mouse, a life-size Ballerina doll and, of course, a handsome Nutcracker doll. An astonishing growing Christmas tree captivates as we enter into a thrilling battle scene and delightful lands and kingdoms. Tchaikovsky’s classic score is performed live for each performance by the Boise Philharmonic musicians conducted by Robert Franz. A large and enthusiastic cast of student dancers and singers from throughout the Treasure Valley join the professional company on stage as angels, bakers and a variety of sweets. This year’s cast features Ballet Idaho Academy students returning to the stage: Cristina Zimmerman as Clara and the brother/sister duo Brenna and Sebastian Houk dancing the roles of Clara and Fritz. New this year is Jake Wolford, who will perform the role of the Nutcracker doll. Jake, age 17, trained since he was a child in hip hop and jazz and started taking ballet classes only two years ago. He joined Ballet Idaho Academy this year and will also travel with the entire company to tour Ballet Idaho’s The Nutcracker in Colorado Springs, CO this Thanksgiving weekend hosted by the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. When asked what it means to have the opportunity to perform with a professional company and work with experienced dancers, he replied, “I hope it rubs off and I can continue dancing!” The Ballet Idaho Academy encourages talent and rewards hard work by giving students meaningful opportunities to perform on stage with the company. Ballet Idaho Academy is the only dance academy in the State of Idaho and the intermountain west with a professional company affiliation. Single tickets start at just $25 and range to $55 with both adult and child pricing in all sections. Contact your Select-A-Seat outlet, call 426-1110 or visit www.idahotickets.com. Discounted group tickets are also available by calling the Ballet Idaho office at 343-0556 or visit www.balletidaho.org. (((Editors: Photo and interview opportunities with dancers and the Artistic Director are available. We would be happy to help in making this a feature story for your publication.))) # # # #

What’s in that drink?

This past Tuesday Ballet Idaho dancers and staff held a taste-testing soiree at the Tully's in BODO. It was a rainy, windy fall day...so absolutely PERFECT to be all cozied up in our neighborhood coffee house to taste and decide on selected Nutcracker drink specials! Terry, Jerry and Jill treated us to a variety of latte's, mocha's, chai's and tea's. By overwhelming taste tests...the famous drinks to make it to the Tully's-Ballet Idaho 2010 Nutcracker drink menu were: Sugar Plum Chai, Nutcracker Mocha and Clara's Cocoa. Thank you to Sarah, Audrey, Jessica, Angela, Kathryn, Phyllis, Racheal, Ryan, Jared, Kim, Catherine, Julie & Lacey who came down and helped with this fun event! A big thank you to our friends and neighboors at Tully's! Ballet Idaho is very lucky to have community support from you! Stop by your local Tully's to try a Ballet Idaho Nutcracker beverage with your friends and family and join us at the Morrison Center on December 10, 11 & 12th for Ballet Idaho's family tradition, The Nutcracker! [flickr-gallery mode="photoset" photoset="72157625262653750"]

Ballet Idaho Opens With 'Baroque!'

Three years in and the company is finding its footing. By Dana Oland - doland@idahostatesman.com Published: 10/22/10 Music and dance are inextricably intertwined, especially in classical ballet. One can’t think of the movement or ballet story without hearing the rich, orchestrated, memorable music that accompanies it. So when Ballet Idaho artistic director Peter Anastos started on the job in 2008, he vowed he would make live music a regular feature for all the company’s performances. That’s hugely ambitious for a start-up regional ballet that is growing. Now, for this season opener, Anastos takes a big step toward that goal. You’ll hear music played live for three of the ballet’s four season concerts, starting with the ”Baroque!“ this weekend. ”It (live music) is something we really want to dedicate ourselves to,“ he says. For this concert it was a natural to partner with Boise Baroque Orchestra, a 30-member community group that specializes in the delicate, lilting and haunting baroque music. The music side of the performance will offer some of the traditional core composers of the genre: Handel, Bach and Rameau. The movement side will range from Anastos’ neo-classical ballet ”Trianon“ to ballet master Alex Ossadnik’s contrasting contemporary piece to Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 3., played by soloist Paul Hatvani. And company dancer Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye will make his main stage choreographic debut with his sizzling duet with Racheal Hummel to Bach’s Aire on a G String. Dancing to live music is an important part of the performance and artistic process for a dancer, Anastos says. ”That’s when you really start listening and paying attention to what you hear,“ he says. The music and the musician become partners, and the experience for the audience is that much richer. ”The whole thing feels alive,“ Anastos says. Later this season, the Boise Philharmonic will perform with the company for ”The Nutcracker,“ and in February, Ballet Idaho will perform a program of piano ballets to music played by Felix Eisenhauer and Juli Draney. Only the season finale, ”The Sleeping Beauty“ will use recorded music. The live musical performances are really a sign of the progress this company has made under Anastos and Ossadnik. The dancers are growing. The company is evolving: Anastos has added five new performers this season. Ballet Idaho now owns a full-length ”Nutcracker“ that will tour again this year, and it is tackling ”The Sleeping Beauty,“ truly grandest of the grand ballets. That production will — like ”Nutcracker“ — pull in dozens of kids from the academy. ”It’s a fairly elaborate season and I think we’re on a good trajectory,“ Anastos says. ”The community has been so welcoming. I had someone stop me at Fred Meyer the other day to tell me how much they like what we’re doing. It’s heartwarming.“

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Ballet Idaho Opens the Season with Baroque! and Welcomes New Company Dancers!

Please join Ballet Idaho returning and new company dancers and Artistic Director, Peter Anastos for the 2010-2011 opening season performance of Baroque!, October 22, 23 and 24 at the BSU Special Events Center. Tickets on sale now through Select-a-Seat outlets. Ballet Idaho welcomes new and talented dancers this season. Ryland Early, from San Francisco, previously danced with Houston Ballet II, Ballet West, Ballet Arizona, and as a guest artist across the country. John Frazer, from Salt Lake City, is a graduate of the Ballet West Academy and danced with Ballet West until coming to Ballet Idaho this season. “I enjoy the humor and simplicity in Peter’s choreography,” comments Frazer. “The pace at Ballet Idaho is much faster than what I’ve worked before in a professional setting. He pushes you a bit, keeps you sharp. If you don’t pay attention for a little, you’ve missed something.” 2009-2010 company apprentices Monique Betty and Adrienne Kerr return this season as company members. New apprentices joining the company are Brooke Frandsen from Yuma, Arizona. Brooke was a member of Ballet Yuma and has received scholarships to attend Utah Regional Ballet, The Craft of Choreography Conference in Seattle, Washington and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Kathryn Harden, from New Market, Maryland, began her dancing career at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet and continued at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, in addition, she has studied at summer programs such as the National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Exploring Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Nic Gili from Idaho Falls, started his professional career with the Atlantic City Ballet and attended the Ballet West Summer Intensive on full scholarship before joining Ballet Idaho this fall. Keston Meyer, from Pocatello, Idaho, has studied with Houston Ballet, International Ballet of Houston, Richmond Ballet, and Salzburg Ballet. Principal dancers, Heather Hawk, Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti, Racheal Hummel and Jared Hunt all return to Ballet Idaho from last season.

BALLET INNOVATIONS: Encore, October 8 & 9

Ballet Idaho dancers will bring back to the stage an encore performance of last season’s BALLET INNOVATIONS, showcasing new works as dancers and choreographers on Friday and Saturday, October 8th and 9th at 8:00 p.m. at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy Auditorium on 9th and Myrtle. Eleven members of the company choreographed original pieces to musical selections such as Vivaldi, Louis Armstrong, Project Trio and the Rolling Stones. The entire company of 24 is performing in the various pieces. The dancer-choreographers each have been responsible for all areas of production including choosing costumes, music, lighting and scheduling rehearsal time. Principal company dancer Jared Hunt choreographed a piece to Project Trio entitled Fast. "Choreographing on my colleagues was an invaluable learning experience. It always is! Creating work with people you know is very surprising because you never really know how they will take your movement vocabulary and make it there own. As dancers and choreographers, we are all a product of our experience. Watching that develop within the confines of my choreography was breathtaking!" "What is so nice about Innovations is that a dancer who has not been featured in the regular season repertory can be used as a focal point in a piece and really make their mark on us and the audience,” says Principal Dancer Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti. Tickets are $15 and can be pre-purchased by calling 343-0556 or are available at the door. For more information visit our website at www.balletidaho.org. Watch excerpts from the premier performance of BALLET INNOVATIONS, May 2010.

Kudos to Jared

Kudos to Ballet Idaho's Principal Dancer Jared Hunt, who recently performed in his hometown Ogden, UT partnering with Ballet Idaho Principal Dancer, Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti. Read the review! http://www.standard.net/topics/features/2010/09/16/s-ogden-native-back-after-dancing-around-globe

Ballet Idaho’s Family Series: Baroque! Tickets ON SALE NOW for Saturday, October 16th at Noon

eptember 20, 2010 Contact: Heather Calkins (208) 343-0556 Boise, Idaho – For young families new to ballet, please join us for an interactive presentation of Baroque!, at the Family Series on Saturday, October 16th, at 12:00 pm at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy on 9th and Myrtle in downtown Boise. See the dancers in costume performing highlights from new choreography by Artistic Director, Peter Anastos, titled Trianon, a fairy tale Beauty and the Beast story. Also on the program is a virtuoso piece for a single ballerina and eight men to Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 3 premiering new choreography by Balletmaster Alex Ossadnik. Last on the program will feature a fun-filled, tuneful, toe-tapping ballet, choreographed by Peter Anastos, called Handel in the Strand. Join in a more intimate setting and learn about theater etiquette, meet the characters up close, hear about the creative process from the choreographers and ask about behind-the-scenes aspects of producing ballet. Sponsored by Treasure Valley Family Magazine. Tickets on sale now for $10 each. Call 343-0556 for more information.

Ballet Idaho Opens With Baroque! Introducing New Company Dancers

September 14, 2010 Contact: Heather Calkins (208) 343-0556 Boise, Idaho – Please join Ballet Idaho returning and new company dancers and Artistic Director, Peter Anastos for the 2010-2011 opening season performance of Baroque!, October 22, 23 and 24 at the BSU Special Events Center. Tickets on sale now through Select-a-Seat outlets. Ballet Idaho welcomes new and talented dancers this season. Ryland Early, from San Francisco, previously danced with Houston Ballet II, Ballet West, Ballet Arizona, and as a guest artist across the country. John Frazer, from Salt Lake City, is a graduate of the Ballet West Academy and danced with Ballet West until coming to Ballet Idaho this season. “I enjoy the humor and simplicity in Peter’s choreography,” comments Frazer. “The pace at Ballet Idaho is much faster than what I’ve worked before in a professional setting. He pushes you a bit, keeps you sharp. If you don’t pay attention for a little, you’ve missed something.” 2009-2010 company apprentices Monique Betty and Adrienne Kerr return this season as company members. New apprentices joining the company are Brooke Frandsen from Yuma, Arizona. Brooke was a member of Ballet Yuma and has received scholarships to attend Utah Regional Ballet, The Craft of Choreography Conference in Seattle, Washington and Ballet Nouveau Colorado. Kathryn Harden, from New Market, Maryland, began her dancing career at the Frederick School of Classical Ballet and continued at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, in addition, she has studied at summer programs such as the National Ballet of Canada, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Exploring Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Nic Gili from Idaho Falls, started his professional career with the Atlantic City Ballet and attended the Ballet West Summer Intensive on full scholarship before joining Ballet Idaho this fall. Keston Meyer, from Pocatello, Idaho, has studied with Houston Ballet, International Ballet of Houston, Richmond Ballet, and Salzburg Ballet. Principal dancers, Heather Hawk, Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti, Racheal Hummel and Jared Hunt all return to Ballet Idaho from last season. For more information, call the Ballet Idaho office, 343-0556. # # # # (((Editors: Photo and interview opportunities with dancers and the Artistic Director are available. We would be happy to help in making this a feature story for your publication.))) # # # #

Ballet Idaho launches the season with an Encore Performance of BALLET INNOVATIONS

September 14, 2010 Contact: Heather Calkins (208) 343-0556 Boise, Idaho – Ballet Idaho dancers will bring back to the stage an encore performance of last season’s BALLET INNOVATIONS, showcasing new works as dancers and choreographers on Friday and Saturday, October 8th and 9th at 8:00 p.m. at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy Auditorium on 9th and Myrtle. Eleven members of the company choreographed original pieces to musical selections such as Vivaldi, Louis Armstrong, Project Trio and the Rolling Stones. The entire company of 24 is performing in the various pieces. The dancer-choreographers each have been responsible for all areas of production including choosing costumes, music, lighting and scheduling rehearsal time. Principal company dancer Jared Hunt choreographed a piece to Project Trio entitled Fast. "Choreographing on my colleagues was an invaluable learning experience. It always is! Creating work with people you know is very surprising because you never really know how they will take your movement vocabulary and make it there own. As dancers and choreographers, we are all a product of our experience. Watching that develop within the confines of my choreography was breathtaking!" "What is so nice about Innovations is that a dancer who has not been featured in the regular season repertory can be used as a focal point in a piece and really make their mark on us and the audience,” says Principal Dancer Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti. Tickets are $15 and can be pre-purchased by calling 343-0556 or are available at the door. For more information visit our website at www.balletidaho.org. # # # #
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