Trey McIntyre Project: Doin’ dance different

The lights lowered and one of the visiting Korean dancers approached the microphone and posed a question to the audience: “How many choreographers does it take to screw in a light bulb? FIVE, SIX, SEVEN, EIGHT!”

And so, the Trey McIntyre Project performance began.

Ten dancers entertained the audience with three expressive contemporary dances comprised of special effects, 70s and 80s music, costume changes and universal themes of individuality and interaction on the Morrison Center stage on Nov. 10.

Choreographed by Boise-based dancer and choreographer Trey McIntyre, these dances displayed his visions of cultural diversity, personal relationships and gender roles—themes students can relate to in developing their identity as adults.

In conveying these concepts, dancers performed gravity-defying lifts and bends, sudden bursts of running and expressive movement all while conveying emotional messages with each dance.

While the themes were mature, the messages applied to everyone.

“I think he has a very clear overall vision of what he what he wants to say and I’m really grateful that he comes in with such a clear idea and then once he sets the work on us he really gives us the space to develop it as we need to as artists,” said fifth-year dancer Ashley Werhun. “His choreography is really honest. To me there’s not a lot of extra. It says what it needs to say, so I appreciate it’s just very clear. I think it affects the audience on a very human level because although it is very specific in its dance vocabulary the overall message of it can be very worldwide. It’s very universal so a lot of people can relate to it.”

Based in Boise, Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) takes its performances to schools, hospitals and streets all over the U.S. and other parts of the world. According to their webpage, TMP aims to enlighten, inspire and heal people everywhere through the universal language of dance, but also with the modern ideas of Trey McIntyre.

“I believe what Trey’s doing is the next evolution of American dance,” said executive director and dancer John Michael Schert. “I think historians and writers will look back on this era and list Trey as one of the defining voices that defined a new era of American dance. He is considered the greatest American choreographer of this era.”

TMP will visit Boise State again in February. For more information about TMP visit their website at treymcintyre.com.

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Alx Stickel is the Chief Copy Editor at The Arbiter. Stickel studies journalism and sociology at Boise State. She is a lover of reading, running and shooting photos of those willing to be her guinea pigs. Follow her on twitter @alxstickel.