By Tara Morgan for Boise Weekly
For its second production of the year, Ballet Idaho is teaming up with the Boise Baroque Orchestra to present Baroque!, a selection of three ballets set to traditional Baroque music with four performances over three days at the Boise State Special Events Center.
"There's no comparison in terms of the audience experience," Ballet Executive Director Julie Numbers Smith said of a performance with live music. "To have live music triples the magic the audience can experience by seeing beautiful movement and hearing the live strings ... That's the magic of live theater, you can't replicate that."
The first ballet on the program, Trianon, features choreography by Artistic Director Peter Anastos set to traditional French dance music from the Palace of Versailles, while the second ballet, Violin Concerto #3 is based around music by Johann Sebastian Bach with choreography by Ballet Master Alex Ossadnik. Finally, Handel in the Strand (Concerti Grossi, Op. 6) is a high-energy celebration of the music of George Frederic Handel choreographed by Anastos.
And it's all performed to live music.