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Trey McIntyre Project Returns to Milwaukee for One-Night-Only Performance March 9
~Dance company spends two weeks giving back to the community~
MILWAUKEE – February 15, 2010 – One of the most sought-after choreographers working today, Trey McIntyre stretches the boundaries of ballet, earning accolades from critics and audiences across the country. Trey McIntyre Project will spend two weeks in Milwaukee, thrilling audiences with performances, on stage, in a hospital, on street corners and teaching master classes to area students. Topping off the two-week residency with Milwaukee Ballet and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), the hot, young Trey McIntyre Project returns for a one-night-only performance on Tuesday, March 9 at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.
This exclusive engagement is a unique collaboration between Milwaukee Ballet and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Dance enthusiasts will experience the Milwaukee premiere of Ma Maison, Wild Sweet Love and an additional piece. Dancers from the Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program will perform with Trey McIntyre Project in Wild Sweet Love.
Commissioned in 2008 by the New Orleans Ballet Association and underwritten by Ann Heil of Milwaukee, Ma Maison is set to jazz music by the renowned New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Clad in skeleton-like costumes and combining ballet lifts with knee-knocking Charleston steps, Ma Maison was hailed by the (New Orleans) Times Picauyne as a “jazz ballet triumph.”
Wild Sweet Love is inspired by Felix Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March” and takes its name from the lyrics of “Do What You Gotta Do,” recorded by Roberta Flack. In addition to Mendelssohn and Flack, the ballet is set to an eclectic mix of music by Queen, Lou Reed, José Alfredo Jimenez, The Partridge Family and The Zombies.
Local art supporters and enthusiasts Nancy and Steve Einhorn, Jodi Peck and Les Weil, and Katie Heil are Trey McIntyre Project board members.
Tickets for Trey McIntyre Project are $40 or $48, and available for purchase at the Marcus Center box office, online at www.marcuscenter.org or by calling 414-273-7206.
In addition to the performance, Trey McIntyre Project will spend the majority of its two weeks teaching master classes at UWM and Milwaukee Ballet, and working with children at the Urban Day School, a local choice school. Part of TMP’s mission is to bring dance to underserved populations around the nation. Working in partnership with Jon Swarthout, founding and artistic director of the Treasure Valley Institute of Children’s Arts, TMP brings dance—along with teamwork, confidence, a standard of excellence, and a sense of accomplishment—into the schools. Milwaukee Ballet’s Director of Education Alyson Chavez will work in tandem with Swarthout at the school.
Beginning February 22, Swarthout will work with four groups of children in grades 2-5 at Urban Day School, 3782 North 12th St. The students will come up with a brand new show to debut to their classmates, teachers, parents and the community on Friday, March 5 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Contemporary jazz group MRS. FUN will create new music for the show, as well.
While touring cities across the nation, TMP dancers will gather in areas of high foot traffic and do impromptu performances called “SpUrbans.” Keep an eye out for them around Milwaukee as it gets closer to the March 9 show.
About Trey McIntyre Project
Trey McIntyre Project is a contemporary ballet company founded in 2004 as a summer troupe with the purpose to nurture support and produce work by one of the world’s most vibrant choreographers, Trey McIntyre. Launching as a fulltime company in 2008 to innovate the ballet genre by infusing its classical inheritance with freshness, vitality, and depth, the company is touring annually at the most prestigious venues and festivals in the United States and abroad. Trey McIntyre Project is committed to its audiences and continues to break boundaries and develop dance audiences for the future. For more information on Trey McIntyre Project, visit www.treymcintyre.com.
Founded in 1970, Milwaukee Ballet strives to inspire its audiences to think within and beyond traditional ballet through the presentation of quality performances and the implementation of educational opportunities. Milwaukee Ballet and Milwaukee Ballet School are recognized among the top companies in the nation. Milwaukee Ballet School is the only professional dance school in the Midwest accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance. With an annual operating budget of more than $5 million, Milwaukee Ballet presents more than 40 performances to more than 50,000 people each year. Its resident company includes 25 professional dancers along with 18 trainees in its Nancy Einhorn Milwaukee Ballet II program and is one of the few dance companies in the country to maintain its own symphony orchestra. Milwaukee Ballet School, the official school of the Ballet, has an enrollment of nearly 900 students at three locations throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.
About the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts
The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is owned and partially funded by Milwaukee County. The Marcus Center has been the premier entertainment destination for Milwaukee and Wisconsin since 1969. It provides the setting for outstanding cultural experiences, where the arts come to life for current and future generations. Located in the heart of the Downtown Theater District, the Marcus Center is a community facility that offers live performance of opera, ballet, children’s theater, symphony and first-class national touring productions. For more information on Broadway shows presented as part of Time Warner Cable Broadway at the Marcus Center, visit the Marcus Center website at www.MarcusCenter.org or go to www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com.
Note to Editors: Interviews with TMP Artistic Director Trey McIntyre and Milwaukee Ballet Artistic Director Michael Pink, as well as high-resolution images, are available upon request.