SUN VALLEY — Dan Drackett thinks he has something that could rival the much-heralded full solar eclipse passing over central Idaho on Aug. 21.
That would be two performances by The International Ballet at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22 and 24 at the Sun Valley Pavilion.
“This is going to be a big deal,” Drackett said. “And it will be an interesting time in Sun Valley, with the full solar eclipse coming during that time.”
Drackett, a long time arts advocate in the Sun Valley area, was involved in bringing the San Francisco Ballet — America’s most venerated and longest running ballet company — to Sun Valley the summer of 2012.
But the upcoming performances are bigger — a major coup in the world of ballet, says Jennifer McGrath, stage manager for American Ballet Theatre.
Isabella Boylston, who grew up in Sun Valley before going on to become a rock star in the world of ballet, has organized two performances featuring two dozen dancers, many of them principals with their companies.
Dancers will include American Ballet Theatre dancers Isabella Boylston, Stella Abrera, Misty Copeland, Marcelo Gomes and James Whiteside, as well as New York City Ballet dancers Tyler Angle, Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck. Lauren Cuthbertson will represent the Royal Ballet and Maria Kochetkova, the San Francisco Ballet. Ida Praetorius and Alban Lendort will represent the Royal Danish Ballet and Kimin Kim and Xander Parish, The Marinsky Ballet.
The performances will feature live music from 25 symphony musicians.
One show will feature 10 numbers — a lot for a ballet performance. It’s slated to include works by George Balanchine, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon, Justin Peck and Pontus Lidberg, among others.
The other performance will feature the premiere of a commissioned piece by American Ballet Theater dancer/choreographer Gemma Bond that was inspired by the full solar eclipse taking place over Sun Valley at the same time.
Dancers will offer free classes for children and master classes on Aug. 23.
“My daughter is a dancer and I can’t imagine being 8 years old and told, ‘Oh, by the way, Robbie Fairchild is going to teach a class for you,’” said Bob Smelick, a board member of the San Francisco Ballet and among those who brought that ballet to Sun Valley five years ago.
The 30-year-old Boylston, the dance double for Jennifer Lawrence in the upcoming movie “Red Sparrow,” which stars Jeremy Irons and Joel Edgerton, has always wanted to curate a show of her own. And she’s called on her many friends in the world of ballet to join her in this endeavor, Drackett said.
“She’s a hometown success story, who has risen to the pinnacle internationally,” McGrath said.