Boise Idaho's Very Own Trey McIntyre Project
Caught a chance to witness the wonder of the Boise, Idaho based dancer, Trey McIntyre? Surely you've heard of him – he's a dancer and a choreographer whose won numerous awards for his amazing talents, including a Choo San Goh award for choreography as well as two grants for choreography from the National Endowment of the Arts. The work of Trey McIntyre has been performed by outstanding dance companies such as the American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, the Washington Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Stuttgart Ballet.
Trey McIntyre was born in Wichita, Kansas and trained at North Carolina School of the Arts and Houston Ballet Academy. He was appointed Choreographic Apprentice to Houston Ballet in 1989 and in 1995, he became the company's Choreographic Associate. Ten years later, Trey McIntyre founded Boise's well known dance company – Trey McIntyre Project. It debuted at the Vail International Dance Festival. Back in those days the company was a summer touring gig, but since receiving such great national and international success, the company established itself year round in 2008. This year, Trey McIntyre project debuted a crowd sourced documentary film called Ma Maison.
Trey McIntyre is a Boise, Idaho based nonprofit arts organization, contributing to Boise's love for the arts. The organization's mission is to “nurture, support, and produce the artistic vision of Trey McIntyre and engage individuals and communities in the experience of art.” Their groundbreaking, award winning methods have set them apart, and gained them the attention from several high profile media outlets, such as the likes of The New York Times, Dance Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, PBS and more. They've received several grants from the NEA, ArtPlace and the Doris Duke Foundation. Here in Boise, mayor Dave Bieter named Trey McIntyre Project as Boise's Economic Development Cultural Ambassador two years in a row. They've performed almost everywhere, including hundreds of prestigious venues across the world. Do names such as Carnegie Hall, Jacob's Pillow, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall sound familiar? These are just some of the venues the Trey McIntyre Project has graced.
Trey McIntyre experienced a successful career as a freelance choreographer for 18 years, and created more than 75 works for ballet companies both on the large and small scale, collecting awards and grants along the way. Once Trey finally formed the Trey McIntyre Project and launched it full time, he began looking for the perfect place to call his company home.
His search began with cities such as Houston, San Francisco and Washington. However, John Michael Schert, one of the company's founders, claimed, “the thing we were looking for became more and more intangible to define.” As a result, the company made its roots in the unlikely Boise, Idaho. At least, according to the New York Times -- it was unlikely. To natives, choosing Boise, Idaho as the home for a budding dance company makes perfect sense. An isolated city surrounded by gorgeous desert and millions of acres of wilderness with a vibrant culture and arts community – Boise is the natural choice for anyone looking to release their creative, inner genius. After recognizing Boise as the place he could live and create -- that's exactly what the Trey McIntyre Project has done – lived and created.
It was in part due to Boise's remoteness that attracted Mr. McIntyre here in the first place. His company of ten dancers agreed to move to Boise along with 4 members of the production staff, hopeful that they could create their own world in a way that would be next to impossible in dance-saturated places like San Francisco and New York City. This was back in 2008, and since, the company has continued to catch the attention of national audiences, as well as the endless support and adoration from those of us who live in the company's creative home.
If you haven't had the true Boise experience of watching Trey McIntyre perform, they'll be gracing the stage at the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts on October 26th.
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