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Archive of: January, 2017

Ballet Idaho to perform at Nampa Civic Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 6, 2016
Contact: Meredith Stead, Marketing Director
Ballet Idaho
208.343.0556 ext. 222, mstead@balletidaho.org

BALLET IDAHO TO PERFORM AT THE NAMPA CIVIC CENTER

Boise, ID – Ballet Idaho will bring a version of their Winter Repertory to the Nampa community in February. The original program of the Winter Repertory, performed over two nights at the Velma V. Morrison Center for the Performing Arts February 10 -11, 2017 will consist of Peter Anastos’ comedy ballet Night Crawlers, new work by company member Daniel Ojeda, titled The Monster and the Gift, and George Balanchine’s masterpiece, Concerto Borocco. Music for the Winter Repertory at the Morrison Center will be played live by local pianist Del Parkinson and the Boise Baroque Chamber Orchestra.

The Winter Repertory will then travel to the Nampa Civic Center two weeks later for one night only, February 25, 2017. This revised program will include Peter Anastos’ ballet Sweet Dreams with music by Patsy Cline and Elvis Pelvis with music by Presley, the Anastos comedy ballet Night Crawlers, as well as excerpts from Ojeda’s The Monster and the Gift.

Ballet Idaho executive director, Jenny Weaver noted, “Expanding our performances to new communities is important to our strategic plan of growing our reach to being recognized as “Ballet Idaho” not “Ballet Boise”. As Idaho’s only professional Ballet company this is significant to our mission and this performance in Nampa is a great first step.”

Since 1972, Ballet Idaho has enriched lives through classical ballet and served as a dynamic reflection of the Boise community. Led by Artistic Director Peter Anastos, Ballet Idaho is the only professional ballet company and academy in the state of Idaho, bringing together the highest level of dance excellence with a commitment to education and training. For more information, visit www.balletidaho.org. Tickets available here.

Winter Repertory's "The Monster and the Gift"

Interview with Daniel Ojeda

We sat down with company member and choreographer Daniel Ojeda to discuss his new ballet, The Monster and the Gift, which will make it’s world debut at this month’s Winter Repertory. Ojeda’s ballet will run February 10 and 11, alongside Concerto Barocco by George Balanchine and Peter Anastos’ Night Crawlers.

Ballet Idaho: What inspiration do you look for when creating a full ballet?
Daniel Ojeda: Most of the work I create, big or small, tends to be conceptually driven and preferably current. Whether that means a current reflection of my own personal struggles, or something more universally topical, I do my best to be consistently creating in the now otherwise I see no point attempting to create anything.

BI: What about ballet/dance gives you the most joy?
DO: To me, Dance is the best vehicle for the purest form of expression. Before we could talk, we could move and emote. I love being able to use my body’s unique physicality to express myself, it’s like therapy, really painful therapy.

BI: How/when in your life did you begin choreographing?
DO: I began choreographing here, at Ballet Idaho as part of our NewDance, Up Close series. The ‘how’ is a combination of things. When I danced at Pacific Northwest Ballet School as a professional division student, there was a program where company members would create original work for the students to be performed at the end of the year. This was my first exposure to the choreographic process. I loved dancing the work but I loved the process of working to create something more. This is why I decided to give choreography a shot.

BI: What do you love most about choreography in contrast to dancing?
DO: The ability to create work on different bodies is probably my favorite thing about choreography. My own body can sometimes be very limiting, so being able to make tangible the things I see in my brain but can’t necessarily execute is really interesting. There is an intimacy and trust that comes with having a piece choreographed on you. But when you are in front of the room and you’re the one creating that environment, it’s very rewarding.

BI: How did you begin your process for The Monster and the Gift? Does the ballet have a story?
DO: The process for this ballet has been longer than most. The idea to do a collaborative work, especially one involving original artwork has been on my brain for a little over a year. The ballet stems from an original narrative I have created. From there, the artwork and score were created. So yes, the ballet certainly has a story. The title refers to the artist, their talent, and how oftentimes the most talented people are monster in their personal lives. The work comes at a cost, sometimes it’s at the cost of ones humanity. Since the artist’s life is her work, we see bits and pieces of her life through the process of her creating the art and where she was in her life during that creation.

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