Monday, August 07, 2006

Trey McIntyre Project on Tuesday

Here's a note from Barbara Granieri, Wolf Trap's Director of Operations & Artistic Initiatives, with a preview of what to expect tomorrow night at Wolf Trap when Trey McIntyre Project takes the stage:

You may have seen quite a bit of press surrounding tomorrow night’s Wolf Trap show with Trey McIntyre Project. I had the distinct pleasure of actually seeing the show this past weekend at Jacob’s Pillow, a fantastic all-dance festival in Becket, MA. I have a brief list of reasons you simply cannot miss this performance.

1. Michelle Jimenez – One of the most beautiful dancers from Washington Ballet who will be making her final D.C.-area performance before moving overseas to perform with the Dutch National Ballet.

2. Tall, dark and handsome – This is the perfect description of Trey himself. May we all be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of him during a curtain call. He is as beautiful as the work he creates. This weekend, he shared with me his memories of coming to Wolf Trap as a 6-year-old. We at Wolf Trap believe strongly in exposing children to the arts as soon as possible- this is proof positive.

3. John Michael Schert – My personal favorite. If you were at Wolf Trap to open our dance season with Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet, you have already had the opportunity to witness the dancing that this 24-year old former ABT dancer is capable of. It’s fitting that John Michael should again grace our stage to finish our Summer 2006 dance season. His extension alone is breathtaking.

4. Like A Samba – The opening piece of the program is one you won’t be able to sit still during. With music by Astrud Gilberto (yes, including “The Girl From Ipanema”), this piece is HOT. The dancers’ technical virtuosity is matched only by how much fun they seem to have bringing this work to stage.

5. It’s ballet, but it’s not ballet. Yes, they will be in pointe shoes. Yes, they will be pirouetting and piquing. But these dances are made by a choreographer who found little interest in ballet himself. He uses the vocabulary of ballet, but he takes it to a new level. His intensity and artistry are unmatched.

6. Lawn tickets are only $10. Still not sure about buying a ticket after reading this list? Bring a picnic, a bottle of wine, and enjoy the show from the lawn. You’ll pay less for the ticket than you will for a good bottle of wine.

I hope I’ll see you at the show!!

Barbara Parker Granieri
Director, Operations & Artistic Initiatives
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts


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