Boise Dance Co-op brings nationally known choreographer to town

The Boise Dance Co-op has announced dates for its 2014 concert weekend.

The group, now run by Ballet Idaho's Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti and her husband Frank,  brings together dancers from Ballet Idaho, Idaho Dance Theatre, FLUX, Off Center Dance and other companies in the area.

On Aug. 15-16, dancers from throughout the Treasure Valley will come together to create new work and perform.

This is the third year for the event and they’re trying something new by bringing in a piece from nationally known choreographer Daniel Pelzig. “Nine Lives: The Songs of Lyle Lovett” is a ballet Pelzig created for Boston Ballet and has been performed by companies across the country. Pelzig choreographs for opera, theater and ballet companies. 

Affrunti and her husband, Frank, met Pelzig when he came to Boise in 2006 to set his “Princess and the Pea” on the former Ballet Idaho headed by Toni Pimble. The dancers already have started working on "Nine Lives," and Pelzig will be in town a few days prior to the show to coach and clean the piece.

The concert also will include new pieces by Ballet Idaho’s Daniel Ojeda and John Frazer.

Shows are at 8 p.m. Aug. 15-16 at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, at 9th and Myrtle streets. Tickets are $18.50 and $28.50 at

Check out Peizig’s piece “Nine Lives.” (Vimeo is posted with permission of Daniel Pelzig.)

Lovett from Danny Pelzig on Vimeo.