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The Lensic Performing Arts Center proudly presents the return of Trey McIntyre Project, the critically acclaimed contemporary ballet company that last performed at The Lensic in 2011.
Led by artistic director and founder Trey McIntyre, the Boise, Idaho-based company is known for its groundbreaking and award-winning repertoire of ballets performed to rock, classical, jazz, and even children’s music. At The Lensic, the company will perform three stunning works: Arrantza; Queen of the Goths; and Pass, Away.
Arrantza is a celebration of Basque culture that McIntyre created in 2010 for the Jaialdi International Basque Cultural Festival in Boise, which has a large population of Basque Americans. While working on the piece, McIntyre invited a local Basque dance company to teach traditional folk dances to company dancers, and he recorded traditional instrumentation and oral histories from local Basques for the Arrantza soundtrack.
Pass, Away, McIntyre’s newest work, premiered in Boise in 2013. Performed to recorded music by Richard Strauss with operatic vocals by soprano Jessye Norman, the piece explores issues of life and mortality, combining classical music with McIntyre’s athletic yet delicate choreography.
Queen of the Goths, created in 2007 for a performance at the Washington Ballet, is a tale of love, tragedy, and vengeance based on Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus. The Washington Post had this to say about the piece: “With his muscular Queen of the Goths, Trey McIntyre veered away from convention to find inspiration in Titus Andronicus. He got right to the point: mourning gives way to revenge, and oh, how sweet that is.”
Praise for Trey McIntyre Project
If you had to pick a dance company to represent the United States, the Trey McIntyre Project would be an excellent choice. This troupe, based in Boise, Idaho, exudes earnest American openness, despite its dazzling, ballet-rooted technique. And Mr. McIntyre is a highly gifted choreographer, with broad appeal."
—Brian Seibert, The New York Times
“In a field overflowing with aspiring dance makers, Trey McIntyre continues to stand apart from—and at times far above —the crowd. His strong dancers brim with personality and vitality: They don’t dance at us. They dance, and we seem to be drawn closer toward them.”
—Janine Parker, The Boston Globe
"Trey McIntyre is a bright light, a brainy ballet choreographer whose best works fuse visceral physicality with a deep and true humanism."
—Laura Bleiberg, The Los Angeles Times
About Trey McIntyre
Trey McIntyre is one of the most sought-after choreographers working today. Born in Wichita, Kansas, McIntyre has created a canon of more than 90 works for companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New York City Ballet and Ballet de Santiago (Chile). In 2010, he was named a Wynn Fellow, an honor for artistic achievement awarded by the Wynn Family Foundation that comes with a $50,000 gift for artistic development. He has received the Gold Medal of Lifetime Achievement from the National Society of Arts and Letters, two choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography and has also been named Dance magazine’s one of “25 to Watch.” Before forming Trey McIntyre Project, he served as choreographic associate for Houston Ballet and resident choreographer for Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Memphis, and The Washington Ballet.