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Ballet Idaho's new artistic director will bring some of world's top talent to Boise

Ballet Idaho will perform Edwaard Laing's take on "Cinderella" in May. A former dancer New York City Ballet and Netherlands Dans Theatre,  Laing is now the artistic director of Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio. He wrote and choreographed his "Cinderella" in 2013 for his company.
Ballet Idaho will perform Edwaard Laing's take on "Cinderella" in May. A former dancer New York City Ballet and Netherlands Dans Theatre, Laing is now the artistic director of Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio. He wrote and choreographed his "Cinderella" in 2013 for his company. Provided by Ballet Met

Ballet Idaho changed direction and branded itself the “New Ballet Idaho” in 2008 when it emerged from a 25-year-alliance with Eugene Ballet. Now the company is set to reinvent itself again under new artistic director Garrett Anderson.

Though Ballet Idaho season tickets went on sale in April, the performances were announced just this week. They are an exciting mix of contemporary and classical works from nationally known choreographers.

“I really want to assert the things I know as a dancer,” Anderson said. “That’s how I will be sharing my voice with the dancers.”

Anderson took the reins at the end of last season and officially starts July 1. He and his wife, former dancer Courtney Wright Anderson, and their two young sons arrived in Boise last week.

Anderson knows about working with some of the world’s top choreographers, and he’s bringing some to Boise.

NewDance – a program Anastos created for the company dancers to create work – will get a reboot by Anderson. The first installment in November will bring in big choreographers to work with the company, including Hubbard Street Dance Chicago resident choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo and Boise’s LED artistic director Lauren Edson, who will create a world premiere for Ballet Idaho.

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Dancer and choreographer Anne Mueller joins Ballet Idaho as its Artistic Director Garrett Anderson’s No. 2 and rehearsal director. Blaine Covert Provided by Ballet Idaho

The NewDance in the spring will feature choreography from company members, including Daniel Ojeda, Anderson and new ballet mistress Anne Mueller, who worked as a principle dancer with Oregon Ballet Theatre for 17 years, and leaves her position as resident choreographer for Portland Ballet to join Ballet Idaho.

Master American choreographer George Balanchine will remain in the Ballet Idaho repertory. The company has performed several pieces by Balanchine in the past five years. Anderson plans to continue the company’s relationship with the Balanchine Foundation in February.

The program “(re)Define” will feature Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante,” a work for five couples, along with ballets by freelance choreographer Craig Davidson, Cerrudo, Grand Rapids Ballet choreographer Penny Saunders, and a world premiere by Australian ballet star Danielle Rowe, who has worked with the top companies around the world, including Netherlands Dans Theatre.

On the classical side, Anastos’ “The Nutcracker” will return for the holidays, but by 2019, the company should have a new production in place, and the season will end with a new take on Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” by BalletMet Artistic Director Edwaard Laing.

“It’s updated but very much in the tradition of a classical story ballet,” Anderson said. “But it definitely has an updated sensibility.”

Anderson was hired through a national job search after Peter Anastos announced his retirement after 10 years.

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Ballet Idaho will give it final performance of Peter Anastos' production of "The Nutcracker" in December 2018. After 10 years the production will be retired and the company will create a new production for 2019. Darin Oswald Idaho Statesman file photo

Ballet Idaho 2018-19 season

Season tickets run $213 and $164 for five- and four-show packages. The four-show package does not include “The Nutcracker.”

“NewDance: Form and Concept”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8-Friday, Nov. 9; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Ballet Idaho Theatre, 501 S. 8th St., Boise. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 19.

“The Nutcracker”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13-Friday, Dec. 14; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15; noon and 4:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chaves Lane, Boise. Single tickets go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 17.

“(re)Define,”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8-Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, Morrison Center. Single tickets go on sale Dec. 5.

"NewDance: Inside View": 730 p.m. Thursday, March 7-Friday, March 8, 2019; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2019; 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday, March 10, 2019, Ballet Idaho Theatre. Single tickets go on sale Jan. 17, 2019.

Edwaard Liang’s “Cinderella”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3; 2 and 7:30 pm Saturday, May 4, 2019. Single tickets go on sale Feb. 20, 2019.

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