NewDance Previews Ambitious Ballets 

Five up-and-coming choreographers debuted their latest work at NewDance

click to enlarge MATTHEW WORDELL
  • Matthew Wordell
The talent was out in force Saturday for NewDance, the Ballet Idaho program that cast a spotlight on five new works by up-and-coming choreographers. Several of the dances, which were performed at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, are destined for expansion, bigger stages or both.

Ballet Idaho dancer and frequent choreographer Daniel Ojeda debuted "Untitled Works and Process," an 8-minute short for which he secured the rights to play music by Fleetwood Mac. Expect to see a refined version of this dance later on The Morrison Center stage.

Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill, an instructor at BI and director of local contemporary-modern dance company Project Flux, teased "infinite. intervals.," which was inspired by Sakolsky-Basquill's contact with convicts and included a large cast of dancers, among them Ballet Idaho Principal Dancer Adrienne Kerr and soloist Jessica Sulikoski.

BI dancers Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti and Nathan Powell each showed off engaging new works as well. Affrunti's short piece, "The Slate," flowed effortlessly and showed she is at the top of her game. Powell's "Non-Quantum" was the only piece to star BI Principal Dancer Andrew Taft, and featured intriguing costume design intended to defy the binary, with the dancers clad in various shades of gray.
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