BOISE — Enjoy four dances with Ballet Idaho this weekend as they perform “Akimbo,” “Qualia,” “Footage” and “Serenade.”
“Akimbo” is a study in sensuality and the balletic form. Originally created for New York City Ballet principal dancer Albert Evans, the ballet is comprised of five movements set to music for string quartet.
“Qualia” brings to life the story of a man who reflects on a past infidelity when he chances upon a piece of music. Both the guilt associated with the memory and the experience of hearing the music are universal yet indescribable. Both are qualia.
“Footage” expresses some of the same innocence, joy of dancing, humor and romance that defines the impact of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
“Serenade” is really about classical ballet itself — how young, inexperienced, unsophisticated dancers on stage achieve mastery of the art and how they are refined and transfigured in the process.