Twenty-five years or so ago, the last Soviet tanks left Kabul, Afghanistan, paving the way for the next major power to try its luck in the war-torn country. Ruhollah Khomeini issued a Fatwa on Salman Rushdie for the publication of The Satanic Verses. The Exxon Valdez ran aground, spilling 240,000 barrels of oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound.
Snuck in somewhere amid these clear signs of decay, there were beacons of hope: Denmark legalized same-sex unions; the Berlin Wall went from being a symbol of a nation divided to a memory. In a recent article (BW, Arts, "How Boise Became a Regional Dance Hub," Oct. 9, 2013), we talked about Idaho Dance Theatre's founding in 1988. The dance company's 2013-2014 season marks its 25th, and the Fall Performance, which takes place Friday-Sunday, Nov. 8-10, at the Boise State University Special Events Center, marks the kickoff of this milestone season.
Marla Hansen, IDT co-artistic director and co-founder, has prepared a full lineup of new choreography and dance, including one work tentatively titled "Catalyst" about the unanticipated and fresh starts she says reflects her insights into common personal experiences.