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Ballet Idaho's Firebird Heats Up the SPEC Stage

Friday, Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 12


Google the word "firebird" and you'll come up with myriad photos of old muscle cars. And while the word may make you think of the raceway near Emmett, mythical Phoenix birds rising from ashes and pumped-up Pontiacs more than it does pirouettes, Ballet Idaho's latest production, running Friday, Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Boise State Special Events Center, will change your perception.

Firebird will feature three ballets, all choreographed to Russian music. The title performance will feature music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Ballet Idaho Artistic Director Peter Anastos. According to the company's description of the performance, this piece tells the tale of a mystical, half-bird-half-woman creature and an archetypal Russian prince of legend.

The second dance, Circus, choreographed by Ballet Master Alex Ossadnik and set to music by Dmitri Shostakovich, promises to be exactly what the title suggests: a collection of acrobats, magicians, love-struck clowns and everything you'd find under the big top, but less Water for Elephants and more ballet style.

The final component of Firebird is a little ditty you may have heard of: Romeo and Juliet. This overture by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is choreographed by Ballet Idaho dancer Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye, and the entire company will participate in this modern take on the classic tale of star-crossed, overly dramatic young lovers that has remained a cultural icon for centuries.

So find an old Firebird, wear something fiery and warm up with this sure-to-be-fantastic eclectic collection of choreography by the artistic minds of Ballet Idaho.