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Ballet Idaho Performs Non-Standard Love Story With Swan Lake

Artistic Director Peter Anastos presents his take on the piece


We've all heard it a million times: a beautiful girl is turned into a bird, turned back into a girl in front of a prince, who is then tricked by an evil wizard and equally nasty black swan into betraying his love for the first feathery femme fatale.

OK, so it's not your average love story, but it is the plot of Swan Lake, one of the most beloved ballets of all time, and Ballet Idaho brings it to Boise Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13.

For those uninitiated in the ways of ballet, the classical style of dance can seem a little daunting, with all those pointe shoes, tights and tutus, but what better way to learn about it than through one of the most celebrated ballets in the world?

This performance also happens to be the Boise premiere of Ballet Idaho Artistic Director Peter Anastos' take on the piece, which still features the stunning and instantly recognizable music of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

If that's not enough to entice you, the company is borrowing costumes and sets for the show from the Texas Ballet Theater to give it that little extra something—as if magically transmuting waterfowl aren't enough.