Review: Project Flux Features Fresh New Work, Added Polish 

click to enlarge - Jem Wierenga performing 'Wait, There is no way out.' -  - MIKE REID/PROJECT FLUX
  • Mike Reid/Project Flux
  • Jem Wierenga performing 'Wait, There is no way out.'

Ever since Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill founded it in 2013, Project Flux has been a  player in Boise's modern dance community, daring to take artistic risks and borrowing talent from Ballet Idaho and LED (Lauren Edson + Dancers). Project Flux's June 12 show at the Esther Simplot Center for the Performing Arts delivered a selection of new material featuring original choreographies and polished dances from the Project Flux catalog 

The lineup included previously seen favorites like "Fear. Unveiled." which debuted at Ballet Idaho's NewDance series in May, and "You__not__," which was first performed at Ming Studios in January. Both of the works were choreographed/arranged by Sakolsky-Basquill. When Project Flux performed "You__not__," at Ming, it was a grittier performance than what the ESCPA audiences saw. This new version, ported to a larger, more audience-forward stage, had greater polish and coherence, adding to its poignancy.

New pieces were more mixed. Jason Hartley, a longtime collaborator with Edson, choreographed "Subtle Crickets," featuring music by Brightblack Morning Light. The dance itself was a duet with Hartley and Sakolsky-Basquill. "Wait, There is no way out." was a solo dance performed by Jem Wierenga, choreographed by Sakolsky-Basquill with music by Sufjan Stevens. 

Performing a full evening at Esther Simplot Center with work by a new choreographer gave this Project Flux performance a fresh feel. The up-and-coming company performs next at Boise Dance Co-op Friday and Saturday, Aug. 28 and 29.
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