On Saturday, Feb. 11, Boise's Trey McIntyre Project will present a collection of ballets that were years in the making. As the title At Last suggests, one of the dances serendipitously pays homage to the late Etta James in the piece titled Blue Until June.
"It's pretty amazing how things turned out," said TMP dancer Brett Perry of McIntyre's Etta James tribute. "I think the ballet is very much driven by the passion of the music. It's amazing how [McIntyre] curates a sound from the music from the beginning. There's kind of love affairs happening within the ballet."
Perry said these three ballets comprise a wholly different body of work for McIntyre. He wrote Blue Until June in 2000.
"It gives the audience a chance to see some of Trey's work from a while ago," said Perry. "This is 2000 Trey, and of course, he's a lot different."
Another dance, Leatherwing Bat, is an extremely personal creation for the company, said Perry. The subject matter comes from McIntyre's childhood, a source of inspiration for much of his work. The troupe has put this dance on hold since 2008, and Perry said it's a unique challenge to put a dance away for years.
"I love it. It's almost like an actor loved his character in a play and gets to revisit it," said Perry. "It's so fun."
The icing on the cake is the world premiere of McIntyre's latest work: Bad Winter.
"I think any time Trey creates something new, it's incredibly exciting," said Perry. "He really allows himself to be open and vulnerable and create work that's really of the moment."