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What is the new work for BalletX about?
I am using music by Amy Winehouse. Usually, I
don’t focus on biographical info, but I am interested in Amy’s story. I identify with portions of her
process as an artist, and her death really affected
me. It was so tragic. The ballet explores parts of
her life that I resonate with. She had a different
way of bringing herself and her art into the world;
her struggle with that was her eventual undoing.
She was miserable, inconsolable until it was right.
The world was terrible until she figured out how to
make it into art.
What’s the best part of your life now that your
company has closed?
I’m able to return my focus to being an artist, and
make that the principal activity of my life. It feels
like I’m getting back to myself.
What’s been most difficult?
I was always so proud of how nimble TMP was,
and I had an amazing staff that made that pos-
sible. Now, if something needs to be done, it has
to be me doing it.
Tell us about the film you’ve been working on.
This Used to Be My House is about the life and
death of a dance company, and my personal jour-
ney through that process. This is my first long-form
documentary, so I am learning so much every day.
As with most documentaries, you learn what it is
about after you shoot it. It’s turning out to be autobiographical, with a big focus on the dances I made
during the course of the company, especially the
two ballets using the music of Preservation Hall Jazz
Band from New Orleans, The Sweeter End and Ma
Maison. Those pieces examined the unique culture
around death in that community, and the film draws
metaphorical parallels to the life and death of TMP.
And I understand there are book projects
underway as well.
Yes, two, actually! Private Idaho includes nude pho-
tos of athletes in the gorgeous terrain of Idaho, with
my essays and an intro by actor Alan Cumming.
It should be out in a year or so. The second book
is about how dancers relate to the place they call
home. You can get an idea of my photography from
my Instagram, @treymcintyrephoto. ■
The dance world gasped when Trey McIntyre
announced in 2014 that he was shutting down
his company, Trey McIntyre Project, after six
wildly successful years as a full-time troupe. The
dashing dancemaker, currently traveling around
the country, always had a hand in other projects,
such as film and photography, so his next chapter
as an independent choreographer/filmmaker/
photographer was already in motion. As McIntyre
works on both books and a film, he’s also making
new dances: The latest, for BalletX, is slated for a
February 10–14 premiere at the Wilma Theater in
A year and a half after closing his company, the choreographer
BY NANCY WOZNY
continues to bring dance to film, photography and the stage.
book, Private Idaho