The audience rose while the dancers bowed for their lengthy standing ovation as the Trey McIntyre Project concluded their last Boise dance performance in the Morrison Center.
Saturday’s performances signaled the end of the dancing component of Trey McIntyre Project (TMP). The dancers will disband, but the name of the project will remain when Trey McIntyre takes the company in a new direction.
Although not everyone in the audience knew the history of TMP, the experience of seeing a passionate creative performance stood for itself.
“It was fantastic,” said Berna Nyirabariyanga, a former University of Idaho student. “The first part was very costume-wise artistic, like very modern. The second part was just like ‘yeah!’”
The first half of the performance was somber, exploring death, which embodied the sad close to the project.
“It’s a pretty melancholy moment,” McIntyre said. “You know I walk away with, if anything, tremendous gratitude for having this experience and having a community embrace what we’re doing so fully.”
Meanwhile, the second half was upbeat, creatively putting Queen’s songs to dance, ending on a more optimistic note. In what some would call a fitting move, the last song of the performance was a dramatic interpretation of “We Will Rock You.” TMP may no longer be dancing, but that doesn’t mean it won’t continue to rock spectators’ expectations.
“When we were first making the move to Boise, so many people in the dance world said, ‘If you do that, you’re going to disappear.’ And quite the opposite has happened,” McIntyre said.
Although the ending was bittersweet for both the company and the community, many understood that it’s necessary for there to be growth.
“I don’t know the history that much but I hope they have this awesome experience about growing and expanding, especially in this line of work because they’re so talented in it, so I wish them the best,” said U of I graduate Calley Duke.
In 2008 Boise was selected as TMP’s home city, because McIntyre wanted the opportunity to see if it could become an integral part of a community.
“Within the country, there’s such a red state-blue state divide in terms of support and access. And I kind of feel like, if we’re not providing great art to people everywhere, then why would there be appreciation,” McIntyre said.
TMP had the opportunity to travel all over the world and perform in theaters like Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, but McIntyre said the coolest experience was when the State Department sent them on a month-long tour of Asia.
TMP has been fundamental to Boise with their community involvement, performing in schools, hospitals and on the streets. Mayor Dave Bieter named TMP ambassadors for the city.
Although the curtain dropped on the dance component of TMP, the creativity and innovation the company stands for will still be experienced through other projects.
Two documentaries are currently being developed. The first on the docket deals with their collaboration with the Preservation Hall Band, which will be told through recreations and interviews. The second is a documentary about TMP’s first decade.
“Everybody should see him if they ever get the chance,” Nyirabariyanga said.