Ever attended a dance performance and thought about what music you'd like to see the dancers move to? It is rare that a person gets to make the creative decision in an original production. In fact, for The Trey McIntyre Project, it's never been done—until now. Saturday, July 28, as part of TMP's world premiere preview of the company's latest work, Ladies and Gentle Men at The Morrison Center, one lucky bidder will be invited to select the music, theme and title of an original McIntyre duet.
"It is very rare, at any price point, for anyone to be able to suggest the music," said John Michael Schert, executive director and dancer. "Trey always gets to decide for himself what he wants the music to be, so this will be a special moment."
Following the preview, the audience, consisting of friends of the company, community members, fellow artists, collaborators and the national board of directors, will be invited to the small fundraiser Make a Ballet, which will replace past gala fundraisers held to raise money for the preview.
Bids will be taken and the winner will choose specifications for a duet, which McIntyre will create before the audience. Behind the scenes creation events such as this have only been offered to private donors or for educational events in the past.
"It is really one of the most-prized things that people can witness," said Schert. "So many people have only witnessed the product of dance, only seen the show that goes on stage, and they don't really understand how the choreography process works."
Even if you don't win the chance to see your creative genius played out, you can bid on a variety of other items during an auction. Light hors d'oeuvres and a no-host beer and wine bar will be available. Seating is limited, and reservations can be made on the TMP website.