KETCHUM — The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is excited to present a performance by LED — a ground-breaking, Boise-based arts nonprofit that combines contemporary dance, original music and film into breathtaking cinematic experiences. LED will take the stage at 8 p.m. Dec. 29 at the newly opened Argyros Performing Arts Center on Main Street in Ketchum.
The artistic trio of choreographer/dancer Lauren Edson, musician/composer Andrew Stensaas and filmmaker Kyle Morck creates LED’s innovative and accessible artistic experiences. Every moment of an LED production is built from the ground up by this trio, along with a large contingent of wildly talented dancers, musicians, designers and technicians. The group gathers on a project-by-project basis with a focus on narrative and a dedication to exploring many different media and forms through a combination of movement, music and film.
LED’s performance at The Argyros will feature three Sun Valley premieres: "Flight Instructions," "Intergalactic Mixtape" and "Artificial Flowers." "Flight Instructions" is a long-form solo featuring Nell Josephine that is set to a brand-new original composition by Stensaas. This piece had its world premiere at Boise's Egyptian Theatre in September.
"Intergalactic Mixtape" journeys through space and rhyme as dancers’ movement and a futuristic soundtrack ranging from extraterrestrial electronic to cosmic rock launches through the galaxy. This piece premiered at the Egyptian Theatre in Boise to a full-capacity crowd and lines around the block as part of Treefort 2017.
The final piece, "Artificial Flowers," is part fashion show, part performance art and part social commentary. Superficiality and materialism meet the competing sounds of hip-hop beats, jazz riffs and even an emotional ballad to reveal the tumultuous nature of the ego. This piece originally premiered as part of a series of intimate performances with audience size limited to only 50 members, of which the five performances sold out within 30 minutes.
“LED has been our radar for years, and as they’ve been taking Boise by storm, we’ve been working to bring them here,” said Kristine Bretall, Director of Performing Arts at the center. “The one thing we’ve lacked here has been a venue in which to properly showcase them — and now we’ve got it with The Argyros. This performance will be the first that the Sun Valley Center for the Arts will present at this brand-new space, and we can’t wait to be there.”
Tickets for the performance are $50 for adults and $32.50 for students for premium seating and $40 for adults and $20 for students for regular seating and can be purchased at www.sunvalleycenter.org or by calling 208-726-9491.