In a stunning and complex announcement, the Trey McIntyre Project said it planned a change of direction for the company as it begins its tenth year, disbanding the dance company and refocusing the direction of its leader, Trey McIntyre. That he does this at the top of his game is both daring, and disappointing to those who have looked forward to his frequent trips to Jacob’s Pillow. One does not need to talk to McIntyre to know that part of the reason has to be the enormous drain on time and energy running a dance company takes from its leaders who by necessity have to spend inordinate amounts of time on fundraising, marketing and administrative duties instead of making dance. So in a sense this change of focus is also brave declaration of artistic freedom.
What does this mean in practical terms? According to the Idaho Statesman, McIntyre will continue to live and work in Boise, Idaho but the yellow and black TMP headquarters building on Warm Springs Avenue will be closed. After July, McIntyre will continue to accept freelance choreography assignments and work with Brett Perry, Chanel DaSilva and Travis Walker who will help choreograph McIntyre’s body of work with other companies.