Earlier this month, the Boise City Department of Arts and History announced its yearly City Arts and History grants. The concept behind the grants is to help artists and artisans create works that will reflect on Boise as an incubator for the arts. Amid the news of Trey McIntyre Project's new creative direction (BW, Arts News, "Trey McIntyre Project to Reduce Dance," Jan. 8, 2014) and awards to smaller projects like Boise Gay Men's Chorus Pride Concert, one might overlook one of Boise's longest-standing proving grounds for creatives from Idaho and around the West: Idaho Dance Theatre.
That would be a grievous oversight. The 2014-15 season is IDT's 25th, and in that time, it has moved dozens of dancers through Idaho to the delight of the state's dance enthusiasts. The company is gearing up for its winter performance series Friday-Sunday, Jan. 24-26, and has a slew of fresh dances--including an as-yet-untitled choreography by founding IDT member Carl Rowe--ready for the stage.
Don't miss New Visions Choreography Competition winner "Good Morning Midnight" by Eric Handman and performed by six IDT dancers; Chanel DaSilva's "To Live in the Truth," which premiered in August 2013 at the Boise Dance Co-Op performance; founding member Marla Hansen's "Catch," set to jazz and featuring innovative dance partnering; and Rowe's piece, "set to old music played in a new way."