Trey McIntyre Project
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, February 2
Contact: Chad Greenwood, 503-245-1600 ext. 205
Who: Trey McIntyre Project
Presented by: White Bird
When: Wednesday-Friday, February 25-27, 7:30 pm
Where: Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway, Portland, OR
Sponsor: The Oregonian A&E
TREY MCINTYRE—ONE OF PORTLAND’S FAVORITE CHOREOGRAPHERS—RETURNS WITH THE NORTHWEST DEBUT OF HIS CELEBRATED NEW COMPANY.
TREY MCINTYRE PROJECT WILL PERFORM WORLD PREMIERE OF BALLET COMMISSIONED BY WHITE BIRD AS WELL AS TWO ACCLAIMED WORKS SET TO PETER, PAUL AND MARY AND THE BEATLES.
White Bird is excited to announce that Trey McIntyre, one of today’s most acclaimed and in-demand choreographers, is returning to Portland when White Bird presents the Pacific Northwest debut of his new company Trey McIntyre Project, February 25-27 at the Newmark Theatre. Formerly based in Portland for many years, McIntyre has created more than 75 works for ballet companies around the world, including 6 ballets for Oregon Ballet Theatre. McIntyre’s association with White Bird goes back to June 2001 when he acted as Director of Choreography for Michael Curry—Spirits, produced by White Bird and Michael Curry at the Keller Auditorium. Premiering as a summer company in 2005 at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket, MA), Trey McIntyre Project immediately generated great audience and critical praise. He has now assembled a company of 9 talented classically-trained dancers that has already garnered critical acclaim and has led The Boston Globe to call him “one of the hottest choreographers in the dance world.”
The Portland program will feature three works that demonstrate how McIntyre brilliantly uses classical ballet as the point of departure for emotionally charged dances that defy categorization. McIntyre’s newest work, called “(serious)” will have its world premiere at the Newmark and has been commissioned by the White Bird/MKG Financial Group New Works Fund, in association with Michael Curry Design. It is set on three dancers with a score by American composer Henry Cowell (1897-1965). McIntyre says that the source of the work and the title derives from a dream he had in which he was interviewing the screenwriter/director Charlie Kaufmann; Kaufmann told him about acting as a young man and coming across the stage direction “(serious)”. Although McIntyre thought that the stage direction was absurd, Kaufmann pointed to the “different colors that make up the term ‘serious’ being widely varied” and this notion stuck with McIntyre in the creation of the new work.
The program will also include “Leatherwing Bat” (2008) a work for 6 dancers, that debuted last summer’s Jacob’s Pillow (with lighting design by Portland’s Michael Mazzola), set to songs by Peter, Paul and Mary. In her enthusiastic New York Times review, Roslyn Sulcas notes how the work “beautifully straddles the line between the whimsical and the poignant.”
The program ends with a thrilling work from 2006 that McIntyre originally created for Washington Ballet, “A Day in the Life,” set to 11 Beatles songs. The work uses the full company in solos, duets and ensemble sections to evoke the broad range of emotions in these beloved songs such as “Mother Nature’s Son,” to “Eleanor Rigby” to “In My Life.” The Washington Post hailed the seamlessness of the work—“where McIntyre's work had a sense of completeness, with all the parts not necessarily similar but corresponding and dovetailing into one another.”
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Trey McIntyre originally emerged as a young star in the ballet world, where his first work debuted with the Houston Ballet at the age of 20. McIntyre has set critically acclaimed work on major ballet companies across the country, including New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, as well as internationally with the Stuttgart Ballet and the Ballet de Santiago (Chile). For Oregon Ballet Theatre, he created “Like a Samba” (1997), “White Noise” and “Speak” (1998), “Happy Ending” and “Aliss in Wonderland” (1999), and most recently, “Just” (2006); McIntyre was Resident Choreographer at OBT in 1998-99.
establishing himself as a sought-after resident choreographer, Trey McIntyre launched his own company, the Trey McIntyre Project, in 2004. The project began as a summer company, with dancers hand-picked from McIntyre’s extensive contacts in the ballet world. The company earned immediate success at summer festivals like Jacob’s Pillow, Wolf Trap, and the Vail International Dance Festival, which created the significant momentum needed to launch the company full-time in 2008. Now based in Boise, Idaho, and in the midst of their first full touring season, the Trey McIntyre Project continues to grow into one of the most exciting new contemporary dance companies in America.
White Bird’s 2008-09 series continues with anoukvandijk dc (March 12-20 at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion), Dance Brazil (April 1 at the Schnitzer), Chunky Move (April 15-19 at the YWCA of Greater Portland) and CND2 (April 22) at the Schnitzer.
White Bird’s 11th season (2008-09) is supported by the Regional Arts & Culture Council and Work for Art, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, The Collins Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, PGE Foundation, The Kinsman Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Oregon Cultural Trust.