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TMP World Premiere


Of choreographer Trey McIntyre, Dance Magazine wrote, "When so many people are trying to figure out how to make ballet accessible, McIntyre is doing it." That's true not only for audiences but for his dancers as well. As dancers, he gives them steps, and as artists, he gives them the freedom to express and explore their art.

The work that 22-year-old dancer Ashley Werhun does with TMP is so important to her, she was willing to fight the federal government to continue doing it. A technicality with her work visa sent Werhun back to her home country of Canada last year and initially both she and TMP were unsure of when or if she would return. But with a three-year permit tucked into her toe shoes, Werhun leapt into rehearsals for the Saturday, Feb. 13, show with vigor, especially excited to work on a brand-new, as yet untitled piece--this will be its world premiere--and be a part of that constantly metamorphosing creation process. Those rehearsals are anything but rote.

"When we create a new work, it's never just doing the same thing over and over again," Werhun said. "Each time something will change, and Trey will either say, 'I love that' or 'Let's change it a little.' Often times with Trey, choreography will change up until a few days before the show. And even then, while on tour, it will change as we get a better understanding of the piece."

A piece may also be different choreographically because McIntyre is likely to make slight changes after each show.

"It's always evolving, which is exciting," Werhun said.

An audience member who sees, say, the Feb. 13 show and then catches another performance in another city three or four weeks later probably won't notice changes in individual steps, but might perceive differences due to the dancers themselves.

"It's like meeting someone for the first time and then after a few weeks with them, you become more comfortable and you're able to open up more," Werhun said. "It's like that with a new work; you open up more and more each time you do it. It's a journey each time you do it on stage."

Saturday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m., $15-$50 (no children under age 6). Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Drive, 208-426-1609,