Dancin', Dancin', Dancin'
Ballet Idaho, as Boise has known it, is about to give its final performance. The professional ballet company ends its 35th anniversary season this weekend with "Balanchine Celebration: Classic Images of Dance." The Georges—George Balanchine and George Gershwin—are teamed up for Who Cares?, a piece choreographed by Balanchine, which will be set to the music of Gershwin. Artistic director Toni Pimble's final Ballet Idaho work will also be staged, Silk and Steel and May Dances, set to the music of Robert Schumann.
The end of Ballet Idaho's season completes the split between Boise's ballet company and Eugene Ballet Company in Oregon. Since 1994, Pimble has been acting as the artistic director for both companies creating an alliance that lasted more than two decades. Next season, Pimble will continue to head up Eugene's company, while Peter Anastos will lead Ballet Idaho.
Because It's All About Dance This Week
It'll take you longer to find parking than it'll take the Trey McIntyre Project to invade the quad at Boise State, put on a show and disappear. For a whopping 600 seconds, the dancers of world-renowned TMP will put on a show between 12:30 and 12:40 p.m. What would be cooler than cool would be not only a guerilla dance show by TMP, but if Idaho Dance Theater showed up, too, and the whole thing turned into a proper dance-off.
Wednesday, April 30, 12:30 p.m., FREE, Boise State Quad.
Speaking of a Dance-Off ...
The traveling dance competition (code name: Spotlight Dance Cup) hosts its 2008 regional events in Nampa this weekend. If you haven't already registered for a spot to show off your fancy footwork, you're condemned to being nothing more than a spectator this year because the deadline is long gone. Outside of the dance-world die-hards, little is known about how these all-ages-all-abilities dance offs are run, but informants tell us that since admission to the event is free of charge, the curious can get a little firsthand experience at the expense of only their time.
Last year, Spotlight Dance Cup toured more than 30 cities, giving 20,000 danseurs the stage. This year's regional winners will be eligible to compete in the national championship finals held in Branson, Mo., and Anaheim, Calif. But perhaps more interesting is that the Spotlight Events, the parent company of Spotlight Dance Cup, is based right here in Eagle, Idaho.
Friday, April 25, and Saturday, April 26, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S., Nampa. For more information, call 208-939-2015 or visit spotlightevents.com.
Artist Amy Westover has been hard at work on three separate works for the Boise WaterShed Environmental Education Center. In addition to a carved concrete wall and drinking fountains and sinks, Westover has also created a painted window mural. Earlier this month, the artist traveled to Germany, where she began work on 14 panels measuring 5 feet by 5 feet. The plan was for Westover to create sample panels for the experts to work from, but she extended her trip to help paint and fire some of the panels herself. Karen Bubb, interim director of the City of Boise's Department of Arts and History, tagged along to film the trip for a documentary about the project, as did BW's Annabel Armstrong.