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Friday, February 24, 2012

Trey McIntyre Project holds free public residency in Atlanta

Trey McIntyre Project Artistic Director and dancer John Michael Schert
  • Trey McIntyre Project Artistic Director and dancer John Michael Schert
Renowned dance company Trey McIntyre Project will hold a weeklong residency in Atlanta leading up to its March 10 performance at the Rialto Center for the Arts. The Trey McIntyre Project is partnering with the Atlanta Ballet for the residency and will take classes with the local company followed by public rehearsals March 6-8, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

In a 2010 feature on the Trey McIntyre Project, CL contributor Blake Beckham wrote:

Trey McIntyre makes ballets for the 21st century — daring, robust works that speak to the lives we live now. He invites a deeply personal and surprising experience; he wants audiences to be emotionally charged by movement. ...

McIntyre's artistry unfolds in luscious movement phrases, punctuated with surprising shifts that give the work density and rich texture. The dancers move fluidly between athletic abandon and refined virtuosity. It's as decisive and pristine as Merce Cunningham, with the sinew and slink of William Forsythe.

Trey McIntyre Project Artistic Director and dancer John Michael Schert (who's originally from Valdosta) told CL in a 2009 interview, "What the Trey McIntyre Project is trying to put onstage is as authentic as possible. If we were in the theater, we’d be method actors. The dancer really has to feel and express the emotions of a piece. ... I believe what Trey’s doing is the next evolution of an art form. We’re classified as a 'contemporary ballet company,' but labels tend to come from outsiders and are applied after the fact. What Trey’s doing isn’t contemporary ballet — that happened in the 1980s. It’s something that doesn’t have a quote-unquote 'style' attached to it. It is ballet-based, but ballet’s really a technique."

Schert will host a marketing workshop Wed., March 7 from 2-5 p.m. at the Public Broadcasting Atlanta studio (740 Bismark Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324). All events are free and open to the public. You can reserve your spot by emailing

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