The titles of the pieces in Ballet Idaho's new performance—Serenade, Sweet Dreams and Timepiece—may seem like a recipe for a lullaby. But attendees of the Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, performances at the Morrison Center won't want to go to sleep.
Each of the three pieces has a unique story with thoughtful influences, including everything from a magical pocket watch to Patsy Cline, and will be done Ballet Idaho-style, with glimmering costumes and mesmerizing technical skill.
Serenade is regarded as a milestone in the world of dance. Choreographer George Balanchine chose to incorporate mishaps from rehearsals (one student falling down, another arriving late for class), into the actual performance. The "mishaps" are set to the music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
In Sweet Dreams, Ballet Idaho Artistic Director Peter Anastos wanted to honor American music by using guitars and songs by the legendary Patsy Cline. This lively piece was created for Ballet Oklahoma and also features music by Antonio Vivaldi.
The last segment, a new ballet called Timepiece, is a whimsical play on jazz and classical music. Ballet Idaho company dancer Nathan Powell choreographed the piece and was inspired by the music of Graham Reynolds of the Golden Arm Trio. For more info, visit balletidaho.org.