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For the week of January 15 - 21, 2003

Arts and Entertainment

IDT performs ‘short stories’ in Sun Valley

Express Staff Writer

The Idaho Dance Theatre, a nonprofit professional dance company based in Boise, is coming to Sun Valley for two days with a special performance of one of their new dances, "Hot Blooded."

Founded in 1989 by choreographer and Artistic Director Marla Hansen and Alfred Hansen, who is the technical director of the company, IDT places a strong emphasis on using and cultivating Idaho talent.

"Hot Blooded" will be preformed at The Community School Theater 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb 1, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2.

"The show has a lot of variety," Co-Artistic Director and choreographer Carl Rowe said. "Each of the five pieces is different and distinct. That’s what we do. We offer lots of different things."

"It’s like short stories."

Adrianna Pierce performs in "Hot Blooded." The Idaho Dance Theatre production comes to The Community School Theatre in Sun Valley Feb. 1 and 2. Photo by John Kelly

The music for each of the pieces runs the gamut of styles. Music by Mike Oldfield, the composer of "Tubular Bells," a hit in the 1970s, accompanies one piece. Another piece is danced to Beethoven’s "Moonlight Sonata."

IDT commissioned new music for one piece by Boise composer David Alan Earnest. In the IDT’s Boise performances this will be played live but, "lamentably, it will be a recording in Sun Valley," Rowe said.

"Marla choreographed a piece to a Middle Eastern female vocal recording, very hypnotic music," Rowe said. The final piece is danced to contemporary music by "Tool" a hard-rocking Grammy award winning quartet. The show lasts approximately two hours.

"We would love to make Sun Valley part of our season; the response was terrific last year," Rowe said. "We’re self-sponsoring; we cover all our costs. It depends so much on the response, as much as people will support we will provide."

Rowe said the company is entirely indigenous. Every member of the company is now an Idahoan. In 1980 Rowe founded the Idaho Dance Ensemble with Hilarie Neely in Sun Valley. At the time the Sun Valley Center held several workshops and classes in their old Sun Valley location: currently The Community School. Neely also started and still is the director of the Footlight Dance Centre.

In 1989 Rowe hooked up permanently with the fledgling Idaho Dance Theatre company in Boise. "I was commuting from Sun Valley, concert to concert. It took a couple years before I thought ‘we might turn into something more than a fly-by-night deal.’" By 1991 he was ready to move permanently.

This resident dance company of Boise State University has 11 full-time members. There are also three young apprentices who are students.

While they are in the valley, IDT will teach a ballet and a modern dance class for Footlight Dance Centre on Saturday morning.

Tickets for the show are available at Chapter One Bookstore in Ketchum. For more information, call Neely at 726-3664 or the IDT at 208-331-9592.


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