Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Sneak Peek at TMP Premiere

Posted By on Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 10:04 AM

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On Saturday, Feb. 13, the Trey McIntyre Project will perform at the Morrison Center. The program will consist of "Shape," the Idaho premiere of "Wild Sweet Love" with music by Queen, The Zombies, Roberta Flack, Lou Reed, The Partridge Family and Felix Mendelssohn and the premiere of "Ten Pin Episodes" with music by Chopin and hand-painted costumes based on the work of artist Francis Bacon.

At a run through of the program yesterday, I got an intense firsthand glimpse of the intense "Ten Pin Episodes." In the warm, mirrorless TMP studio on Fulton Street, the only sounds were the accompanying music, the dancers' breathing, the occasional squeak of a bare foot and my pen scratching across my notebook. As I sat in the solemn quiet, when dancers might come within inches of where I sat but their concentration meant they didn't see me at all, it occurred to me one thing I really like about this—all of McIntyre's programs, really—is how he combines dances in such a way that I'm pulled through a range of impressions from the moment I sit in my seat (whether in the dance studio or a large hall) until the last claps of a standing o die down. With music that ranges from the classically sublime (Chopin) to the joyously contemporary (Polyphonic Spree), the dances evoke surprise, glee, melancholy, vexation ... plus this time, McIntyre is using props.

Show starts at 8 p.m., treymcintyre.com.

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