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Ballet Idaho's Fall Performance

Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2

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With Qualia, Akimbo, Footage and Serenade on the bill for Ballet Idaho's fall show, dancers will be put through their paces by a diverse group of American choreographers: Peter Anastos, Ballet Idaho's artistic director (Footage); Charles Anderson, founder/artistic director of Company C Contemporary Ballet (Akimbo); Ballet Idaho dancer Daniel Ojeda (Qualia); and the indisputable father of contemporary American ballet, George Balanchine (Serenade).

Ojeda's Qualia looks at memory and experience against the strains of Schubert, while Footage employs the big-band sounds of The Jack Hylton Orchestra in Anastos' homage to the fun film dancing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Serenade, with music by Tchaikovsky, was the first work Balanchine created after he moved to the United States and is a seminal work, not only of his but for American ballet as a whole. And Akimbo is an athletic, 21 minutes in five movements (featuring music by Kronos Quartet), which Anderson came to Boise to set on six Ballet Idaho dancers—including principals Phyllis Rothwell-Affrunti and Andrew Taft.