Figuratively Speaking 

When Idaho Dance Theatre chose the title Figuratively Speaking for the second show of its 2009-2010 season, the company tried to pick an all-encompassing theme.

"We create the programs as the season progresses, but we have to have the titles ready for season tickets," explained IDT's managing director Becky Breshears. "So, we come up with names, sometimes they end up relating and sometimes they don't. With Figuratively Speaking, the only thing we're thinking about is just the figure on stage."

Skimming over the show's highly varied program, it's a good thing they kept it loose. The evening will feature guest choreographers Lauren Edson--who performs with the Trey McIntyre Project--and IDT company member Gonzalo Valdez, whose piece is a new interpretation of West Side Story. IDT co-founder Marla Hansen will bring back the number "Why Wait," which is set to music by Tom Waits and explores situations in which people are trapped in their everyday lives. And Carl Rowe, IDT co-artistic director, will also premiere a new piece with music by composer Craig Armstrong, which is based on having to make a difficult decision.

"The piece that we saw in rehearsal last week had this hugely complicated partnering section, where every single dancer gets held up by another at some point," said Breshears, describing Rowe's new piece. "It was all about how you depend on others to help you through these situations."

If this fancy dance cocktail has you intrigued but you're on a domestic beer budget, be sure to check out IDT's no-frills preview night, which offers attendees a "pay what you can afford" admission price. Also, those who want to check out the show more than once will receive half-off admission on their second go-round when they present their ticket stub to the box office.

Preview Thursday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m., pay what you can; Friday, Jan. 29-Saturday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 31, 2 p.m. $28 adults, $20 seniors, $14 students, Boise State Special Events Center, 1910 University Drive, 208-331-9592,

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