The behind the scenes world of a ballet company is just as beautiful and exciting as the dances that are performed on stage. Every week you can explore this landscape with Ballet Idaho’s Artistic Director Garrett Anderson and Artistic Associate Anne Mueller as your guides. You will get a glimpse into the daily lives of dancers, discover the creative process of world renowned choreographers, and learn more of why the art of dance is more relevant today than ever before. Please email us firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments; we'd love to hear from you!
To find out how a little red truck relates to the path that led Daniel Ojeda to Ballet Idaho or to hear the both exhilarating and intimidating story of Soloist Jessica Sulikowski's audition for the company, check out this episode! Continuing our focus on the journeys that brought some of Ballet Idaho's dancers to join the company, Artistic Director Garrett Anderson interviews Daniel and Artistic Associate Anne Mueller interviews Jessica. Both dancers reveal their favorite moments with the company and talk about the things they value most in their co-workers.
In this episode, Garrett Anderson, Ballet Idaho's Artistic Director, speaks with his good friend and frequent collaborator, Quinn Wharton. Quinn has been the creative eye behind the lens for Ballet Idaho's promotional images for the last two seasons. The two talk about their times dancing together at San Francisco Ballet, strategies for getting the best out of dancers in the studio and in photo shoots, and the unique artistic understanding they have built with one another over their years working together.
Join us in a discussion of diversity in ballet as Artistic Associate Anne Mueller interviews Company Dancer Antonio Carnell to explore his journey through Ballet Idaho Academy and his heart regarding racial discrimination.
Hear how Principal Dancer Adrienne Kerr uses her jazz roots when interpreting the works of George Balanchine and how she feels like the city of Boise's response to performances is "like a big hug" in this interview with Artistic Director, Garrett Anderson. Part 2, hosted by Artistic Associate Anne Mueller, reveals Company Dancer Madeline Bay's most treasured moment onstage and how her collegiate experiences at the University of Utah have affected her as an artist.
Choreographer of Ballet Idaho's 2019 production of Cinderella, Edwaard Liang, talks with Garrett Anderson about the challenges and joys of being an Artistic Director. Edwaard had a stellar career as a dancer with New York City Ballet, on Broadway, and with Nederlands Dans Theater, and transitioned seamlessly into working as an international freelance choreographer. His curious mind and love for a challenge then led him to take leadership of Ballet Met, which has flourished under his leadership.
Artistic Director Garrett Anderson and company artist Kate Maxted reflect on the recent adjustments both she and Ballet Idaho have made to stay active and engaged while sheltering in place. They also explore her education in arts management, her love for the mountains, and how she's teaching English virtually to children in China.
Artistic Associate Anne Mueller interviews Christopher Stowell about his unique, dance rich upbringing and the many roles he's inhabited throughout his successful career. Christopher was a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet for 16 years and has worked as a director, choreographer, stager, and guest teacher all around the globe. He currently serves as Associate Artistic Director for the National Ballet of Canada.
Artistic Associate Anne Mueller talks with Elizabeth Barreto about her beginnings in dance, how she's maintaining herself as a dancer in quarantine, and how she's using her dance wear company to make a difference.