Ballet Idaho Brings Firebird to Life

Feb 10, 2012

The Russian ballet Firebird is a fairy tale built around a magical bird, a brave prince, a beautiful princess, and monsters. Tonight Ballet Idaho performs Firebird in Boise. Peter Anastos is the company’s artistic director. He told Sadie Babits he’s wanted to choreograph this ballet for some time. He calls composer Igor Stravinsky’s music for this ballet “a huge giant 20th century landmark score.” Anastos explains why that is. He also talks about the importance of finding the right dancer to play the role of the Firebird and why American culture has shifted away from fairy tales.