"As artists, part of our mission is to impact the lives around [us]. We are giving back in a sense but we're also getting a lot out of it," said John Michael Schert, executive director and dancer with the Trey McIntyre Project.
May 10-12, TMP gives back to the community with their Trey It Forward campaign. The contemporary ballet company rarely performs in the Treasure Valley, spending most of the year touring. But the troupe of dancers, who are trained in dance therapy, performed at St. Alphonsus yesterday and today to help enrich the lives of patients as well as hospital staff.
"Patients who come and watch the dancers don't require as much morphine through the day," Schert said. "Not only is the program for the patients, but the doctors and nurses who work there."
Schert recalled one instance last year when a 101-year-old patient and former dancer performed along with TMP. Though she has since passed, she kept the experience close to her heart. "The nurse said she talked about it every day ... getting to dance again," Schert said.
TMP performances like this take place in the cafeteria and hallways so many patients can experience the show. Lengthy Q & A's follow, in which patients have the opportunity to learn more about dancing and the performers themselves.
On Wednesday, May 12, TMP's campaign continues with a visit to Frank Church High School, a Title 1 school. (That visit is made possible through a Boise Weekly Cover Auction grant.)
According to Schert, it is vital for disadvantaged children to know they have many options before them.
"Kids need that level of passion in their lives," Schert said.
Visit TMP at the Farmers Market on Saturday, May 15 and them join them at Tully's later that night for music, a raffle for a cruiser bike and the official premiere of a new summer beverage, TeaMP.
For more information, visit treymcintyre.com.