A final bow for the Trey McIntyre Project

TMP, which put Boise in the national spotlight for dance, will get smaller and pursue film and photography.

doland@idahostatesman.comJanuary 7, 2014 

After six years in Boise, 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 film production, photography and choreography.

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

It’s not clear what effect the move will have on the troupe’s Boise employment or how many dancers will remain in Boise. Calls to dancers Brett Perry, Chanel DaSilva and Ashley Werhun, and to Chief Strategy Officer Caty Solace were not returned Monday.

Also not clear: What effect the development will have on TMP’s relationship with the city of Boise as a “cultural ambassador.”

TMP has received several grants from the city since it was designated an ambassador in 2010. City spokesman Adam Park said the mayor is evaluating the next steps for the program and likely will have more information in the coming weeks.

“Anyone who has followed TMP’s impressive trajectory knows that this organization brings energy, innovation and quality to everything it does,” Boise Mayor Dave Bieter said in a statement. “Given TMP’s track record for creating new and exciting works of art, it’s not surprising to see the organization take a fresh direction.”

John Michael Schert, who ended his nine-year tenure as TMP founding executive director and board member in May, said change is part of the artistic process.

“I applaud Trey for this decision, because for artists to be their most creative, they need to keep changing and evolving. Most great choreographers have had many iterations throughout their career,” he told the Statesman. “In my opinion, this is the next iteration of Trey and the company.”

Schert, now a visiting artist and social entrepreneur at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, said the community may be saddened by the change, but it should look forward to McIntyre’s new work: “I believe in Trey, and I believe in the entity. There is great potential.”

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

The 22 ballets McIntyre created during TMP’s 10-year existence will be part of repertory that can be purchased by other dance companies.

Dancers DaSilva, Perry and Travis Walker will be part of a group that will travel to set his choreography with other companies. The 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. Fans can see a reprise of “Mercury Half-Life,” his 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 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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