When author Emily Post pieced together Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home in 1922, she likely didn't imagine that the proper placement of table utensils would one day be conveyed through dance. (Leap. Spoon to the right of the knife. Leap.) The Boise-based Off Center Dance Project--a small modern dance company started in 2008 by artistic director Kelli Brown, a Drop Dance Collective and Idaho Dance Theatre alum--will do something similar to that with its premiere of Rules of Etiquette and Other Short Stories.
On Friday, Feb. 26, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., you can check out five new works choreographed by Brown and guest choreographers Katie Ponozzo and Jo Brynes. The evening's dances have been created using text as a basis for the choreography, which includes Etiquette by Emily Post and The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. Another text-inspired piece will feature two dancers in an improvisational performance based on letters written over the course of a year. In addition, the show will also include a collaborative piece with cellist Melissa Wilson.
If you don't have OCD and can handle your dancing a little off center, pop into the Fulton Street Theater this weekend to watch Brown guide the OCD project into its second season. Tickets are 20 bones for adults and 10 for students.
Friday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 27, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $20 adults/$10 students, Fulton Street Theater, 854 Fulton St., 208-331-9224, offcenterdance.org.