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Storyfort Presents - The Odyssey VS Death Rattle: A Ballet

  • Boise Contemporary Theatre 854 West Fulton Street Boise, ID, 83702 United States (map)

This special Storyfort crossover event presents Death Rattle Writers Festival writers Diana Forgione, Alex Yann, and Dig Reeder as they revisit the tales of The Odyssey to create original works of poetry and fiction which will culminate in a live reading, followed by the performance of three short contemporary ballets based on the work choreographed byDaniel Francis Ojeda of Ballet IdahoLydia Sakolsky-Basquill of Project Flux, and independent choreographer Selby Jenkins.


Diana Forgione is a freelance writer and poet, a Christopher Walken lookalike. Their current interests are hard boiling eggs and deconstructing the psychosphere. They are currently refining and anthology of poetry for publication. They have an MFA in Creative Writing, are the Co-Founder and Programming Director of Death Rattle Writers Festival, Submissions editor for lit journal OROBORO, and are a member of the Writers Guild of America, and are a Judge & Workshop Instructor for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. 

Alexander Yann is a Boise transplant via Oakland, CA. They spend a significant portion of their life dedicated to consuming pointless media and can safely say they know what it is like to spend 11 hours straight watching television. They spend their time divided between struggling to write fiction and lazily writing poetry. You can find some of their work in journals and zones such as Ellipsis..., The Sentimentalist, Valair, and Recusa. 

On a cold and rainy day in Burlington Ontario, amonst the machinery and whistles of the steel factories, the cry of a newborn baby was heard. That baby grew up across Canada and the US and is a painter and playwright. Dig Reeder is a co-founder of Death Rattle Writers Fest, 2017 Alexa Rose Grant Recipient, and a 2017 Artist in Residence for Vox Poplar.


Selby Jenkins started dancing at the age of four in Boise, Idaho where she was born and has grown up. She moved around to different studios, encompassing Dance Pros, Studio C and Elevated Dance Project, composing her fourteen years of training in all genres of dance. Selby has toured around to multiple conventions and competitions, scoring scholarships and an apprenticeship with dance company 'SoulEscape'. She began dancing with Boise dance company 'Project Flux' in 2014 and has since been training under mentor Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill. Through Project Flux, Selby has been granted opportunities to perform at Treefort Music Fest, MING Studios and in the Boise Dance Co-op. She also joined Idaho Dance Theater in November 2016 for their 2016-2017 season. Selby currently resides in San Francisco, CA and studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.

Born in Rochester, NY, Lydia Sakolsky-Basquill began her dance training in Boise, ID under the direction of the late Eric Coffman (San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre). She went on to study Dance Performance at New World School of the Arts (Miami, FL) training in R.A.D, Balanchine, Graham, Horton, and Limón techniques where she performed works by Micheal Utoff and Freddick Bratcher. Lydia continued her modern studies at Arizona State University focusing on the works of José Limón, under the direction of Nina Watt, dancing soloist roles in Missa Brevis, Mazurkas, and Dances for Isadora. Furthering her studies, Lydia joined the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance under the direction of Summer Lee Rhatigan where she danced in the reconstructions of Robert Moses’ The Supplicant, Netherlands Dance Theatre’s Fallen Angels, along with contemporary works by Alex Ketley, Christian Burns, and Batsheva Dance Company's Bobbi Jene Smith. Since back in Boise, Lydia has had the opportunity to dance and choreograph for Ballet Idaho, Boise Dance Co-op, Idaho Dance Theatre, TEDx, and Treefort Musicfest as founder and artistic director of Project Flux Dance, a non-profit organization since 2013.

Daniel Ojeda has choreographed several ballets for Ballet Idaho and has just experienced his first commission for a piece outside of Boise with the Seattle based company, ARC Dance. He has choreographed a total of five pieces for Ballet Idaho’s NewDance, Up Close series, as well as several pieces for Ballet Idaho’s special event fundraisers. He has premiered two works on the Morrison Center stage: Qualia, and This Mortal’s Mosaic, the second to critical acclaim. He has also created two ballets for the Boise Dance Co-op: Five Strangers in Search Of, and Classic Timekillers, the second of which he helped compose the music for. His most recent ballet, Viewers Like You, was set to the live music of local band Thick Business and enjoyed 5 sold out runs to standing ovations. It was presented a second time at the Boise music festival Treefort as the premiere crossover event of its first night. The Idaho Statesman referred to the performance as “an awesome mix of fast-paced contemporary movement that takes you on a trip to the 1970s with funk, rock and jazz fusion. The combination was a winner and sent the audience…to their feet.” In February of 2017, Daniel returned to the Morrison Center main stage in Boise to premiere a new full length work titled “The Monster and the Gift”. It was inspired by a narrative conceived by Daniel and set to an original score that was commissioned for the ballet by local Boise composers Daniel Kerr and Jeremy Stewart. The music was played live by the Boise Baroque Orchestra and the production featured original artwork created for the ballet by local artist Huma Aatifi. Later that season, Daniel created a ballet to the music of LCD Soundsystem which featured projections by Sarah Pincock, a Boise based visual artist and musician. It was a part of Ballet Idaho’s Rep and premiered at the Treefort music festival as the headline event of the first evening. For his most recent season at Ballet Idaho, Daniel choreographed a full length ballet to the music of Fleetwood Mac, which featured costumes created for the ballet by local designer Savannah Culp. For Treefort this year, he will be creating two new work, one a collaboration with local writer Dig Reeder of Death Rattle Writer’s Festival and the second a 30 minute ballet featuring an original composition by local musician and composer Dylan Eller of Regular Sounds, which Daniel always plays percussion for.