The signs of spring are everywhere: tulips, leaves on trees and slightly warmer weather. Add to that list of season-change indicators Idaho Dance Theatre's Spring Show, which will take place Friday, April 13-Sunday, April 15.
The contemporary dance company will perform with Boise Philharmonic's woodwind and brass quintets and string quartet for its latest production. It's kind of like an artsy happy-hour deal: a concert and dance show for the price of one.
The company is embracing the out-with-the-old, spring-cleaning idea and instead of reviving older pieces, has opted for all-new choreography. The show will involve three fresh works, all with live accompaniment from the phil.
Marla Hansen, co-artistic director, will debut a brand-spankin'-new work choreographed to Michael Tilson Thomas' "Street Songs." The piece is said to use 6-foot-long black poles in "unexpected ways," so we're guessing that pole vaulting is out.
The company's other Co-Artistic Director Carl Rowe will also show his choreography, which has to do with freezing time and examining the world around us to Philip Glass' "Fifth String Quartet."
Company dancers Yurek Hansen, Lia Mrazek, Sayoko Knode, Caitlin Stanley and Gonzalo Valdez collaborated on the third piece in the show. Each choreographed a section of Paquito d'Rivera's "Aires Tropicales."
The company will once again offer a preview night, on Thursday, April 12, which provides penny-conscious viewers a chance to catch the show at a discount since admission is by donation, with a $10 adult, $5 student/child minimum. Choreographers and musicians will give presentations about their collaborations before each piece during this performance, but advance tickets aren't sold for preview night, so bring the family and get there early.