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April 13, 2009

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UT Tyler Cowan Center Presents Trey McIntyre Project

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The University of Texas at Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center will present the Trey McIntyre Project as the last performance of the 2008-09 Performing Arts Series, Susan Thomae-Morphew, Cowan Center director, announced.

The dancers will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21.

The show sponsor is Park Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Media sponsors are KETK 56 and Gap Broadcasting.

Tickets are $11, $26, $31, $41 and $51 and can be purchased online at www.cowancenter.org, by phone at 903.566.7424 or at the box office. Box office hours are 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“The exciting thing about the Trey McIntryre Project is that the company, though fairly new, has already worked on the world stage. McIntryre’s works are both fluid and funky. The contemporary edge he gives ballet plays well with the popular music he uses, making ballet accessible to a broader audience.”   Thomae-Morphew said.

Trey McIntyre Project is a contemporary ballet company. It is not your grandparent’s ballet, she added.

Performing primarily to pop music, this concert will begin with Peter, Paul and Mary music and close the evening with "A Day in the Life" to a collage of Beatles music.

Founded in 2004, TMP has performed in such prestigious dance venues as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts and The Vail International Dance Festival. 

“McIntyre is paving a new road with his company making ballet a very fun and sassy interpretation of familiar music favorites.  Energetic, whimsical, elegant and fun,” said Thomae-Morphew.

Initially formed as a summer touring company in 2004, Trey McIntyre Project began touring full time in 2008. The company’s mission is to break boundaries and make ballet accessible to it audiences and the communities where it’s performed. They will visit 30 cities across the country and abroad in 2008-09.

Artistic director Trey McIntyre is a much-sought-after choreographer who studied at North Carolina School of the Arts and later danced with the Houston Ballet Academy.

In 1989 he was named choreographic apprentice to the Houston Ballet, a position created for him after which he has created six pieces for the company. Since then he has created more than 75 works for companies such as Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New York City Ballet and Ballet de Santiago in Chile.

One of Dance Magazine’s 25 to Watch and People Magazine’s 25 Hottest Bachelors, McIntyre started the Trey McIntyre Project to allow him to continue his artistic and creative relationships with a select group of high-caliber dancers.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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