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2018/19 Performance Season Announced!

BALLET IDAHO ANNOUNCES 2018/19 PERFORMACE SEASON

Boise ID — Ballet Idaho, under the new artistic direction of Garrett Anderson, has announced their 2018/19 performance line-up. The new season includes choreography from around the country, as well as traditional favorites The Nutcracker and Cinderella. Season tickets are on sale now, starting at $122, at www.BalletIdaho.org.

Ballet Idaho will open the season with a redefined version of their contemporary series, NewDance: Form and Concept in November. Featuring a world premiere by Boise’s Lauren Edson and pieces from Robyn Mineko Williams, Penny Saunders, and excerpts of works by Dani Rowe and Craig Davidson, this series expands Ballet Idaho’s repertory in their own 200-seat theater in downtown Boise.

In December, the company returns with the holiday tradition of The Nutcracker, with choreography by recently retired artistic director, Peter Anastos. Ballet Idaho has announced that this will be the last showing of the current production of The Nutcracker, before its replacement takes the stage in December 2019. After three consecutive sold out runs and new this year, Ballet Idaho has added a Thursday evening performance. Boise Philharmonic will play Tchaikovsky’s score live for all six performances.

Ballet Idaho’s winter performance in February, titled ReDefine, features the work of some of the world’s preeminent dance makers and new voices. This series includes choreography by George Balanchine, Hubbard Street’s resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, Craig Davidson, Penny Saunders, and a world premiere by Danielle Rowe. Opening with George Balanchine’s seminal work for five couples, Allegro Brillante, set to the rousing Tchaikovsky score for piano and orchestra. Penny Saunders lends a sweeping and intricate duet in Berceuse, set to Benjamin Godard. It explores the nuanced line between classical and contemporary, expressed through relationships between the dancers, music, and movement. Australian Craig Davidson shows us ballet’s most current direction with his energetic and innovative Ambiguous Content. Alejandro Cerrudo’s Lickety-Split is a light-hearted yet poignant work, set to the songs of folk singer Devandra Banhart. Lastly, is a world premiere from Danielle Rowe. Drawing upon her performing experience in the world’s preeminent ballet and contemporary companies ranging from Australian Ballet to Netherlands Dance Theater, her work employs a simplicity and emotional honesty that is both captivating and personal.

A more traditional take on Ballet Idaho’s studio series returns in March, NewDance: Inside View, will feature new work from their own artistic staff and dancers at their home theatre in the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy.

The season will wrap in the first weekend of May 2019 with Edwaard Liang’s Cinderella. Set to Prokofiev’s jubilant and lush score, this timeless fairytale is brought to a creative and humorous new life. Liang’s choreography takes us on the narrative journey employing all of the intricacies of classical staging, yet never purely relying on convention. Be drawn in to experience these characters as they move through the surreal and beautiful world of this beloved fairy tale. This entrancing performance will captivate all ages.

Complete 2018/19 season details:

NewDance: Form and Concept
Ballet Idaho Theater
Single tickets on sale September 19, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2 pm
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 1 pm
Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 5 pm

The Nutcracker
Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
Single tickets on sale October 17, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 2 pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 12 pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 4 pm

ReDefine
Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
Single tickets on sale December 5, 2018
Friday, February 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm

NewDance: Inside View
Ballet Idaho Theater
Single tickets on sale January 17, 2019
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 2 pm
Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 1 pm
Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 5 pm

Cinderella
Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts
Single tickets on sale February 20, 2019
Music by Sergei Prokofiev
Choreography by Edwaard Liang
Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2 pm
Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30 pm

About Ballet Idaho:
Since 1972, Ballet Idaho has enriched lives through classical ballet and served as a dynamic reflection of the Boise community. Ballet Idaho is the only professional ballet company and academy in the state of Idaho, bringing together the highest level of dance excellence with a commitment to education and training. For more information, visit www.balletidaho.org.