Ballet Idaho is honored to have been granted the rights to perform Rubies this February. Rubies, choreographed by George Balanchine and staged by Paul Boos. Rubies will be performed on the Morrison Center for two shows over Valentine’s Day weekend. For ticket info, click here.
Balanchine plays a pivotal role in ballet history. George Balanchine created over 400 works and has been recognized as a 20th-century master alongside Picasso and Stravinsky. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1904, he went on to become the artistic director and primary choreographer of the New York City Ballet and is now ranked among the greatest choreographers in the history of ballet. Balanchine came to the United States in late 1933 following an early career throughout Europe. His trip came at the invitation of Lincoln Kirstein, a Boston born dance connoisseur whose dream it was to establish an American school of ballet and company equivalent to those in Europe. His eventual home was to become known as New York City Ballet and Balanchine would serve as its artistic director until his death in 1983.
Paul Boos will be in Boise for three weeks to stage Rubies on the company. Born in Sioux Falls, SD, Mr. Boos relocated himself to NY at 15 to study dance on full scholarship at the Harkness House. Following this, he studied on scholarship at the American Ballet Theater School, and finally the School of American Ballet. It was at SAB, while working extensively with both George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins that Mr. Boos developed an intimate understanding of the connection between music and movement. After dancing principal roles in Balanchine’s Symphony in C and Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering as part of the SAB workshop, Mr. Boos was invited to join New York City Ballet by Mr. Balanchine at the age of 18.
Mr. Boos went on to dance with NYCB for 13 years before launching into the international scene as a guest teacher, initially with the Royal Danish Ballet where he taught for 3 years. In 1992, Mr. Boos was entrusted by the George Balanchine Trust to become a sanctioned repetiteur. Since then he has gone on to stage ballets globally with such companies as the Paris Opera, Bolshoi, Maryinsky, La Scala, Joffrey, and many others.
This is Mr. Boos’ first collaboration with Ballet Idaho.