Trey McIntyre, choreographer and founder of the Trey McIntyre Project, wants to bring dance to as many people in as many different forms as possible. It's why his company performs spontaneous dance events at restaurants and office sites throughout the Boise area. It's also why the Trey McIntyre Project is one of four companies chosen for DanceMotion USA, a State department cultural diplomacy program that will send the companies all over the world. Listen to an extended interview about his project with PBS NewsHour correspondent Jeff Brown.
REHEARSAL CLIP: The Trey McIntyre Project will premiere a new collaborative work on February 4 2011 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans with live music from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Watch as Trey leads two of his company dancers in an early stage rehearsal for that new dance piece.
Trey McIntyre is one of the most sought-after choreographers working today. Born in Wichita, KS, McIntyre has created a canon of more than 80 works for companies such as American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New York City Ballet and Ballet de Santiago (Chile).
He served as Choreographic Associate for Houston Ballet from 1989-2008 and Resident Choreographer for Oregon Ballet Theatre, Ballet Memphis and The Washington Ballet before forming his acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project in 2008 based out of Boise, ID.
Choreographer Trey McIntyre discusses how his dance company, the Trey McIntyre Project, has fostered a growing arts scene in its home of Boise, Idaho. He attributes the success of appealing to larger audiences to his American sensibility and the use of more accessible music. "Someone can come to the show and say, 'Oh wow, I learned a lot from watching how that athlete functions,'" says McIntyre.
The Trey McIntyre Project premiered a new collaborative work on February 4, 2011 at the Mahalia Jackson Theater in New Orleans with live music from the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Watch as Trey leads two of his company dancers in an early stage rehearsal for the dance piece.
Theatrical dance that developed in the U.S. and Europe in the 20th century as a reaction to traditional ballet. Precursors included Loie Fuller and Isadora Duncan. Formal teaching of modern dance began with the establishment of the Denishawn schools by Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn in 1915. Many of their students, principally Doris Humphrey and Martha Graham, further contributed to modern dance's definition as a technique based on principles of fall and recovery (Humphrey) and of contraction and release (Graham). Movement often stressed the expression of emotional intensity and contemporary subjects rather than focusing on the formal, classical, and often narrative aspects of ballet. Later developments included a revolt in the 1950s against Graham's expressionism, led by Merce Cunningham, whose choreography included ballet technique and the element of chance. See alsoAgnes de Mille; Hanya Holm; José Limón; Alwin Nikolais; Anna Sokolow; Paul Taylor; Twyla Tharp.