In a city that hosts big-deal bike races, music festivals and massively popular college football games, dance would seem to live in the shadow of its large-scale cultural cousins. But dance is cool in Boise: When Trey McIntyre Project puts on a show, it's a top-tier event. When Ballet Idaho performs The Nutcracker, you can bet your frostbitten fingers someone you know has tickets.
Enter lauren edson + dancers, performing Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Egyptian Theatre. The troupe is performing two prize-winning dances, "Two Against One" and "I Hit the Ground," as well as a special presentation of "Shatter On the Rocks Or Cover Your Ears," which the troupe is entering to compete in New York's October Dance Gallery Festival.
"Shatter" is Edson's first professional collaboration with her husband, Andrew Stensaas, of Boise band Edmond Dantes, which will perform at the event. The dance is about a young woman confronting the transition from youth to adulthood, wrestling with adultism, vanity and self-imposed limitations.
Edson has jumped through every flaming hoop of Boise's dance hierarchy. A Boise native, she trained with the Ballet Idaho and Westside Dance academies, the North Carolina School of the Arts and The Juilliard School. She is an alumna of the Trey McIntyre Project and the Jacob's Pillow Contemporary Dance program.
Lauren edson + dancers give the medium another way to step out of the cultural shadows and onto the mainstage, where it belongs.