On Saturday night at the Morrison Center, Trey McIntrye Project presented the Boise premieres of "Shape" and "The Sun Road," a return of "(serious)" and "Like A Samba."
"Like A Samba," a dance McIntyre choreographed more than 12 years ago that is demanding both technically and theatrically, is set to the dulcet tones of bossa nova legend Astrud Gilberto. It is a dance comprised of and, according to McIntyre, about classical ballet technique. Dressed in white, dancers John Michael Schert, Brett Perry and Dylan G-Bowley moved with an understated but visible strength, much like the music to which they danced. G-Bowley and Annali Rose, both of whom are in their second year with TMP, expressed a palpable confidence not as apparent last year. When either was on stage, it was hard to sit still. It was like audience members were attached to the dancers' muscles by strings, moving each time they moved. G-Bowley's solo, which he performed during Fiesta Tropical in September at the Knitting Factory, was as whimsical and riveting this time around.
When on stage and especially on pointe, new company dancer Ilana Goldman may best be described in animal terms: she moves with the grace of a gazelle, the fluidity of a cheetah and carries the stature of a giraffe. Dressed in watery white, hair pulled tight behind her head, Goldman looked like a mythical amalgamation of the three.
While I initially hoped McIntyre wouldn't employ the overwrought song from which the title of the dance came, that thought was quickly banished. McIntyre picked a live version different from the oft-heard Getz-Gilberto collaboration and avoided any obvious literal interpretation of the song. Goldman's grace complemented Gilberto's restrained but technically ideal delivery. One particularly charming move was when Goldman slightly shifted her knee from side to side, a move as delicious as Gilberto's sweetly accented "dall and tin and yeng and lovely ..."
After some extensive touring, TMP returns with another Boise performance in February 2010. In the meantime, TMP has a number of new video podcasts via iTunes and updates at treymcintyre.com.