Trey McIntyre Project to disband as full-time dance company

doland@idahostatesman.comJanuary 6, 2014 

Choreographer Trey McIntyre says he will disband his Trey McIntyre Project as a full-time dance company in July, instead focusing TMP on other enterprises involving dance, film production and photography.

McIntyre will continue to live and work in Boise, but the yellow and black TMP headquarters building on Warm Springs Avenue will be closed. After July, McIntyre will continue to accept freelance choreography assignments and work with some of the dancers who are under contract, but on a per-job basis.

Their first booking next season is an outdoor dance installation at Segerstrom Hall in Costa Mesa, Calif.

At the same time, he intends to pursue his growing interest in film production and photography. He also will expand the engagement programs TMP developed in Boise on a national scale, tying engagement events to his works when they’re performed in other cities.

“I’m really of two minds right now,” McIntyre said. “I’m super excited about being in this creative path. The other half of me is sad to put this chapter in the book to rest. This has been 10 years of my life.”

The 22 ballets McIntyre created during TMP’s 10-year existence — six of those years as a full-time company based in Boise — will now be part of repertory that can be purchased by other dance companies.

TMP dancers Chanel DaSilva, Brett Perry and Travis Walker will be part of a group that will travel to set his choreography on other companies.

This upcoming season will be like a rock ‘n’ roll farewell tour that will end at Jacob’s Pillow in Becket, Mass., one of the first venues TMP played when it debuted. Fans can see a reprise of “Mercury Half-Life,” McIntyre's epic Queen ballet, in March at the Morrison Center.

“The dancers and I have been having this conversation for over a year, so they’ve been making choices they need to for their careers,” he said. “Some are joining other companies, others are using this as an opportunity to transition into whatever the next phase is for them.”

McIntyre also will finish up the narrative documentary project about the collaboration with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band on two ballets about New Orleans.

Then he plans to launch another film project about the 10 years of TMP and the impact the company had on the dance world and on Boise.

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