Magazine article Dance Magazine

Trey McIntyre Project

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Trey McIntyre Project

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Jacob's Pillow

Becket, MA

August 20-24, 2008

Trey McIntyre is doing something right. Anchored in strong craft, his dances invite the audience to enjoy his mix of classical ballet, playful movement invention, and down-home humor. His music choices are full of pleasure, and we walk out smiling. A great start for his newly full-time company, based in Boise, Idaho.

Surrender, a world premiere, shows a slightly lost girl (Chanel DaSilva) put upon by a goofy looking guy in headphones and muscleman outfit. When one reaches for the other's hand, that hand pulls away. Attraction, resistance, ambush, and finally surrender. The first music is funky Grand Funk Railroad, the second--a surprise that brings the familiar--"Mirlitons" from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. The last section (Regina Spektor singing "Real Love" by John Lennon) releases them from the yes-no-maybe phase and yields a simple frolic toward each other. This time when one reaches out, they join hands.

Jason Hartley, who was such a strong presence in The Washington Ballet, gives the piece both its urgency and its humor. With his deadpan look and compact, forceful body, he dances as though he's got a joke up his sleeve.

But this delightful duet was just a warm-up act. The second, more substantial world premiere, Leatherwing Bat, opens and closes with one lone figure: John Michael Schert, who beautifully embodies McIntyre's blend of twitchy hips and velvet extensions. Peter, Paul and Mary's fanciful songs (recorded) turn childhood fears into something quizzical ("I'm being swollered by a boa constrictor and I don't like it very much"). People are attracted to each other in a slippery, polymorphous way. The piece shifts to family fun (a zoo song) and then to something a little more caustic, but never loses its sense of play. …

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