March 8, 2019
Writer: Elisa Walker
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “It is not the length of life, but depth of life.” With the Kirkham Building closing at the end of the semester ahead of its demolition later this year, Brigham Young University-Idaho’s Dance Alliance company and Collegiate Dancers plan to commemorate the life of the Kirkham through ballroom, contemporary, clogging, world, and jazz dance. Their Extravadance performance titled, Faith in Our Foundation: Celebrating 50-Plus Years in the Kirkham, will have four showings beginning March 21 and ending on March 23 in the Kirkham Auditorium at BYU-Idaho in Rexburg.
“Something wonderfully unique about this show is that most of the numbers were inspired by student-led research on the history of the building,” said Hannah Dunn, adjunct theater and dance faculty member. “As one of the oldest buildings on campus, it has so many stories to tell before it is taken down, and we wanted to be sure they were told. From running short on funds, complications in construction plans, and scary ghost stories, this structure has had quite a dramatic life!”
The show promises to be educational, entertaining, sentimental, and heartwarming—with something for everyone.
“Audiences will discover new things about Oscar A. Kirkham and his connection to the Boy Scouts through a comedic tap number, feel their hearts clench as victims of the Teton Dam flood take refuge in the Kirkham, and reminisce with favorite Extravadance pieces from the past,” said Dunn.
With one of the largest casts— 77 performers—these dancers will honor the Kirkham Building as they tell its story from its stage for the last time.
Tickets for the event are $6 for the general public and $3 for BYU-Idaho students. Dates and show times can be found online and through the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office. To purchase tickets, visit www.byui.edu/tickets, the Ticket Office, or call 208-496-3170.