The Trey McIntyre Project will take its final bow as a full-time company at Jacob's Pillow this June. McIntyre will continue to live and work in Boise, but he plans to explore new artistic avenues such as film, photography and writing. He'll also keep choreographing, accepting freelance opportunities and working with some of the TMP dancers on a project-by-project basis. The Idaho Stateman reports that the 22 ballets McIntyre created during TMP's 10-year run will now be up for purchasing by other dance companies.
This announcement follows last summer's resignation of co-founder and executive director John Michael Schert, who stepped down amidst controversy over a CNNMoney story "Why Hewlett-Packard is Hiring Dancers." Reporter Cheryl Strauss Einhorn (who's the daughter-in-law of one of TMP's board members) quoted Schert describing how HP paid TMP for dance presentations, but HP claims the story was completely falsified. Ever since, many fans have wondered about the fate of the company, which had been hailed for its innovative business models devised through close collaboration between both founders.
The farewell performances at the Pillow June 25–29 will feature a new work inspired by the surrealist illustrator Edward Gorey, plus the East Coast premiere of McIntyre's popular ballet set to the music of Queen, Mercury Half-Life. Read more about McIntyre plans for the future here.
The cast of Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise in rehearsal. Photo by Stephanie Berger, Courtesy The Shed
Akram Khan loves to dive into genres he is unfamiliar with. While his own movement vocabulary is a hybrid of kathak and contemporary dance, he has choreographed a new Giselle for English National Ballet, collaborated with flamenco artist Israel Galván and made a dance theater duet with film star Juliette Binoche. Now, in between touring Xenos, his final full-length solo, and several other projects, he's found time to tackle kung fu. Khan is part of the collaborative team behind Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise, a blockbuster musical based on themes of migration and the fight for survival, running June 22–July 27. Directed by Chen Shi-Zheng and featuring a score that remixes songs by Sia, it's part of the inaugural season of The Shed, a new venue in New York City.