On the website
for Lauren Edson + Dancers (LED), the dance company's acronym is teased as based on the principles of the light emitting diode "for its innovation in the 21st century, the chemical element of lead, for it
s strength and malleability, and leadership." At LED, modernity matters, and that's just what the company unveiled June 2 at Ming Studios.
With music arranged by Edson's husband Andrew Stensaas, "Barbarian Princess" is yet another polished, thoughtful addition to LED's repertoire. Themes in "Barbarian Princess" include gendered violence, empowerment and triumph that flow and transition seamlessly in a dance that is hyperkinetic, smart, evocative and funny. The dancers included Jason Hartley, Jessica Liu, Sayoko Knode, Yurek Hansen and Evan Stevens.
LED's next appearance in Boise will be at the Morrison Center on Saturday, Oct. 10, with "This Side of Paradise," a chronicle of the troubled relationship between Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald. "Paradise" is a collaboration from Edson, Boise filmmaker Will Von Tagen and Boise band Edmond Dantes.