Idaho Dance Theatre has been hard at work preparing for its 21st season, and this month, the dancers are ready to show off their fancy footwork. The 2009-2010 season leaps off on Friday, Nov. 6, with the premiere of "Body Works," followed in January with "Figuratively Speaking" and then "Motion Pictures" in April. Founded in 1989 by Fred and Marla Hansen and Carl Rowe, Idaho Dance Theatre "creates and performs educational outreach and rural touring" in order to bring the arts to a wide swath of people, both in Idaho and surrounding areas.
"Body Works" will offer the premiere of two new pieces--one from Marla Hansen and one from Rowe. Hansen's "Homespun" is set to contemporary bluegrass and evokes images of "children running through the woods, a flirtatious encounter, a poignant pas de deux of forbidden love, a summer rain shower, and the sheer joy of life in a simpler time." Rowe's substantially darker new piece "Of This Time" is set to music by Michael Nyman and explores the pervasive tension created by "our challenging economic environment." Rowe will also present two older works, the dramatic "Brothers" and the fast-paced Afro-Caribbean number "Caliente." According to IDT's managing director Becky Breshears, each piece in "Body Works" will have its own distinct feel.
"It's going to be kind of all over the place--from the quiet comfiness of home to the edginess in the environment to 'Let's have a party,'" said Breshears.
In order for "Body Works" to reach the maximum number of arts enthusiasts, IDT is offering a preview night for the upcoming performance, which has been dubbed Economic Stimulus Night. Instead of charging regular admission, IDT is instead asking attendees to pay whatever they can afford, though they do caution "your donation should be commensurate with what you can afford to pay and you must make a donation in order to get in."
Thursday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 6, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 7, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m. $14-$28, Boise State Special Events Center, 1800 University Dr., 208-331-9592, idahodancetheatre.org.