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For Pixie

Ballet Idaho’s first digital performance of the new year

Article by Boise Lifestyle

Photography by FrontRunner FIlms

Ballet Idaho Artistic Director Garrett Anderson and Executive Director Laura Mulkey are pleased to announce Ballet Idaho’s first digital performance of the new year – For Pixie by Danielle Rowe and performed by dancers Adrienne Kerr and Justin Hughes.

After the sparkling and lavish seasonal offering of Anne Mueller’s A Spectacular Holiday Spectacular! in December, Ballet Idaho is switching up the pace with an intimate duet danced on a stage full of shadows and set to the stunning music of Nina Simone.

For Pixie has the distinction of being the first piece the now world renowned choreographer Danielle Rowe ever created. It is also uniquely personal due to the fact it is inspired by the complex and passionate love that Rowe's grandparents shared for one another. As Rowe described it, "they couldn't live with each other but couldn't live away from each other." This emotional depth results in a vulnerable exploration of the power of human connection.

For Pixie has been performed by companies such as San Francisco Ballet and SFDANCEWORKS, but this is the first time the piece has been staged with the intention of bringing a camera in so close to the dancers that you feel you are a part of the story. Danced by Ballet Idaho Principal Dancer Adrienne Kerr and Company Dancer Justin Hughes, their performance brings a new layer of intensity to the piece.

The work done by Ballet Idaho’s 20.21 Season Film Partner, FrontRunner Films, truly makes the piece come to life. As Kerr described it, “The filming process was one of the most collaborative and beautiful experiences that I have ever been a part of.”

For Pixie can be viewed by Digital Season Subscribers along with the rest of the currently released Ballet Idaho film offerings on Ballet Idaho’s streaming platform. Digital Season Subscribers also have exclusive access to a behind the scenes film titled Setting the Stage For Pixie. This Subscriber exclusive film includes interviews with choreographer Danielle Rowe and the stagers who also were the original dancers for the piece, Brett Conway and Laura Omalley. This behind-the-scenes look shares more about the love story that inspired the ballet and explores how dancers take an already existing work and make the piece unique to them while staying perfectly true to the choreography.

For Pixie can also be rented à la carte for $15: https://balletidaho1.vhx.tv/

Become a Digital Season Subscriber: https://balletidaho1.vhx.tv/

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