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Blue until June

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2002

Choreographer(s) : McIntyre, Trey (United States)

Present in collection(s): Maison de la Danse de Lyon , Saisons 2000 > 2009

Video producer : Maison de la Danse

Integral video available at Maison de la danse de Lyon

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Blue until June

Maison de la Danse de Lyon 2002

Choreographer(s) : McIntyre, Trey (United States)

Present in collection(s): Maison de la Danse de Lyon , Saisons 2000 > 2009

Video producer : Maison de la Danse

Integral video available at Maison de la danse de Lyon

en fr

Blue until June

BLUE UNTIL JUNE / creation 2001

Choreography Trey McIntyre
Music Etta James
For 8 dancers

« A stunning first image was of a blond woman wrapped in fabric, arms raised, purple skirt extending from her waist to the borders of the stage. With statuesque calm, she rotated to the deep bluesy swing of "St. Louis Blues," slowly uncovering the rest of the dancers. Slow, deliberate walks were met with swift, effortless partnering. Men lifted women high in the air, swinging them back and forth under "moonlight." Women responded with stoic pirouettes attached, almost by accident, to male partners who supported their bodies with cool reserve.
Using the words of songs to narrate each vignette, McIntyre's most powerful tale, "Fool That I Am," is a chilling condemnation of '50s-era repression. Beautifully danced by Eric Beauchesne and Edgar Zendejas, the two men discreetly touch hands till one must leave the other for a woman waiting at the stage's edge. Woman in hand, he leaves, briefly looking back at the love he cannot have."
- Ninotchka Bennahum, Denver Post

"In Trey McIntyre's Blue Until June was a moving embodiment of the live romantic music sung by the soulful Faye Butler."
- Pointe Magazine

"Choreographer Trey McIntyre is really making the rounds. Open a dance program book at the Kravis Center -- for Ballet Florida, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and, early next season, for Miami City Ballet -- and you'll find the young American listed. McIntyre's one-act ballet Blue Until June (2001) wasn't just the program opener; it was an eye-opener. It beautifully captures the innate desperation of the blues. Let-it-all-hang-out lyrics come through in each dance gesture, attitude, step and shimmy. As much ballet as body language, the 32-minute Blue requires spirited acting (and) spot-on technique."
- Palm Beach Post

"Songs by blues thrush Etta James provides the backdrop for Trey McIntyre's sultry "Blues Until June," a 2000 piece that packs a wallop. Young master McIntyre has achieved great success with this ballet, which sets "St. Louis Blues," "At Last," "One For My Baby" and other gems into fluid motion."
- Philadelphia Daily News

"The duets between the men and women have an aggressive intensity to them that often turn the partners into combatants. It's exciting movement set against James' often wrenching vocals."
- The Cincinnati Post

Source : treymcintyre.com

Updating : March 2012

McIntyre, Trey

Trey McIntyre was born in Wichita, Kansas, and trained at North Carolina School Arts and Houston Ballet Academy. In 1989, he was appointed Choreographic Apprentice to Houston Ballet, a position created especially for him, and in 1995 he became the company’s Choreographic Associate. He has worked for more than 25 years as a freelance choreographer, producing more than 100 pieces during the span of his career so far.

McIntyre is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Choo San Goh Award for Choreographiy, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters,two personal grants for choreography from the National Endowment for the Arts, and is a United States Artists Fellow. His works have been performed by companies around the world including Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Oregon Ballet Theatre.

In 2005, McIntyre founded his dance company, Trey McIntyre Project (TMP), based in Boise, Idaho.  The company was a tremendous critical success and was lauded for its innovative business model. In 2014, the company transitioned towards new artistic ventures, reducing greatly its efforts in dance, focusing currently on the feature-length documentary, « Gravity Hero ».

A renowned photographer, McIntyre’s photographs have been featured in the New York Time, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and Sunset Magazine and he was commissioned by the U.S. First Service to create a series of photographs to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

Source : Trey McIntyre 's website

More information

treymcintyre.com

 

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