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FOR RELEASE JUNE 2013
HOUSTON BALLET REVIVES TREY MCINTYRE'S MAGICAL
PRODUCTION OF PETER PAN
JUNE 13 - 23
McIntyre Returns to Houston Ballet,
Where His Career as a Choreographer Began in 1987
Production Features Lavish Scenery by Thomas Boyd and
Dazzling Punk-Inspired Costumes by Broadway Designer Jeanne Button
Houston, Texas – From June 13-23, 2013, Houston Ballet presents Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan. Based upon the popular story by Sir James M. Barrie, Peter Pan is a magical ballet set to the music of Sir Edward Elgar in an arrangement by Niel DePonte and features spectacular flying sequences, swashbuckling swordfights, giant puppets, colorful masks, as well as costumes inspired by punk fashion. With elaborate, magical sets by Thomas Boyd and imaginative costumes by Broadway designer Jeanne Button, the production reinterprets the classic story with verve and wit. Houston Ballet will give seven performances of Peter Pan at Wortham Theater Center in downtown Houston. Tickets may be purchased by calling 713-227-2787 or by visiting www.houstonballet.org.
Houston Ballet premiered Peter Pan in March 2002, with dance critic Robert Greskovic of DanceView writing, "To call Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan the most impressive, original, multi-act ballet created by an American choreographer in recent memory doesn't quite do the three-act production justice….Peter Pan is a story ballet that really flies." (Summer 2002) Molly Glentzer, of the Houston Chronicle, called Mr. McIntyre "a superb storyteller with a kid's heart and an adult's appreciation of life's complexities." (March 16, 2002) Clive Barnes, writing in Dance Magazine, described Mr. McIntyre as a "choreographer of considerable promise…who tackled it [Peter Pan] with invention, a sure dramatic instinct, and a very special sensibility." (July 2002)
Mr. McIntyre's Peter Pan is told from a child's perspective, which is evident in the set design and costumes. Many set pieces have a playful sense of scale, representing a pint-sized person's perspective. The ballet opens with seven-foot, larger-than-life nannies wheeling in huge buggies. Mr. and Mrs. Darling, who wear stiff masks, seem cold and imposing; in this retelling, the adults seem far removed and somewhat frightening.
This Peter Pan also emphasizes the connection between children and the dream world. The Darling children sleep in beds festooned with flowers and vines. Right beyond their bedroom lies a massive garden full of pink and purple blooms, inhabited by fairies. The garden motifs on the beds and other set pieces symbolize their tie to a world full of magical creatures. Fairies are real, shadows become a threatening presence and the children meet a new friend who whisks them away to a fantastical place full of mermaids, pirates, redskins and a very large crocodile.
Mr. McIntyre is one of the most sought-after choreographers working today. Born in Wichita, KS, McIntyre has created more than 80 works for companies such as Houston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New York City Ballet and Ballet de Santiago (Chile). Mr. McIntyre is an artist who was discovered and nurtured at Houston Ballet over two decades: He studied at Houston Ballet Academy in 1987, danced with Houston Ballet from 1989 to 1995; and served as choreographic associate for Houston Ballet from 1989-2008. Houston Ballet has commissioned seven works from Mr. McIntyre, including Second Before the Ground (1996), Bound (2000), The Shadow (2003), and the full-length Peter Pan (2002).
In 2008, he formed his own company, the acclaimed Trey McIntyre Project, based in Boise, Idaho. In 2010 Mr. McIntyre was named the United States Artists Wynn Fellow. He has received two choreographic fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2001, one of People Magazine's "25 Hottest Bachelors" in 2003 and one of Out Magazine's 2008 "Tastemakers." In 2012 the Trey McIntyre Project toured to China, South Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Reviewing a trio of Mr. McIntyre's works performed by the Trey McIntyre Project at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in August 2010, The New York Times critic Alastair Macaulay observed of Mr. McIntyre:
It's refreshing to see a choreographer who, while showing a wide command of the ballet vocabulary, isn't haunted by the idioms of Balanchine and doesn't rely on high lifts or acrobatic extensions…. A gift like this reminds me of the choreographer Antony Tudor. There are other ways in which Mr. McIntyre could be a Tudor of our day: notably the way he can time movements to music for dramatic eloquence so that the music tells a story different from, but related to, the dance. But there's a fertility of invention and a modernity of spirit here that are all Mr. McIntyre's own. (August 6, 2010). The Los Angeles Times told the world to "keep [their] eye on Trey McIntyre, who creates brilliant works" in their dance preview of the 21st century.
Houston Ballet's performances of Peter Pan are made possible from the generous support of Chevron, JPMorgan Chase, DLS Event Services and Wortham Foundation.
About Houston Ballet
On February 17, 1969 a troupe of 15 young dancers made its stage debut at Sam Houston State Teacher's College in Huntsville, Texas. Since that time, Houston Ballet has evolved into a company of 55 dancers with a budget of $20.5 million (making it the United States' fourth largest ballet company by number of dancers), a state-of-the-art performance space built especially for the company, Wortham Theater Center, the largest professional dance facility in America, Houston Ballet's $46.6 million Center for Dance which opened in April 2011, and an endowment of just over $57.6 million (as of May 2011).
Australian choreographer Stanton Welch has served as artistic director of Houston Ballet since 2003, raising the level of the company's classical technique and commissioning many new works from dance makers such as Christopher Bruce, Jorma Elo, James Kudelka, Julia Adam, Natalie Weir and Nicolo Fonte. James Nelson serves as the administrative leader of the company, assuming the position of executive director of Houston Ballet in February 2012 after serving as the company's general manager for over a decade.
Houston Ballet has toured extensively both nationally and internationally. Since 2000, the company has appeared in London at Sadler's Wells, at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Ottawa, in six cities in Spain, in Montréal, at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in New York at City Center and The Joyce Theater, and in cities large and small across the United States. Houston Ballet has emerged as a leader in the expensive, labor-intensive task of nurturing the creation and development of new full-length narrative ballets.
Writing in Dancing Times in June 2012, dance critic Margaret Willis praised Houston Ballet and highlighted the fact that "During his own tenure, (Stanton) Welch has upped the standard and Houston Ballet now shows off a group of 55 dancers in splendid shape. With fast and tidy footwork, they are technically skillful and have strong, broad jumps and expansive, fluid movements. The dancers' musicality shines through their work, dancing as one with elegance and refinement –and they are a handsome bunch too!...if ballet were an Olympic sport, see Houston Ballet well on the way to achieving gold."
Houston Ballet Orchestra was established in the late 1970s and currently consists of 61 professional musicians who play all ballet performances at Wortham Theater Center under music director Ermanno Florio.
Houston Ballet's Education and Outreach Program has reached over 20,500 Houston area students (as of the 2011-2012 season). Houston Ballet's Academy has 509 students and has had four academy students win prizes at the prestigious international ballet competition the Prix de Lausanne, with one student winning the overall competition in 2010. For more information on Houston Ballet visit www.houstonballet.org.
WHAT: PETER PAN (2002)
Music by Edward Elgar (1857-1934), arrangement by Niel DePonte
Choreography by Trey McIntyre
Scenic Design by Thomas Boyd
Costume Design by Jeanne Button
Lighting Design by Christina R. Gianelli
Houston Ballet Orchestra Conducted by Music Director Ermanno Florio.
Generously supported by:
Chevron, JPMorgan Chase, DLS Event Services and Wortham Foundation.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
A magical work choreographed by Houston Ballet's former choreographic associate Trey McIntyre, Peter Pan is an enchanting three-act production set to the music of Sir Edward Elgar in an arrangement by Niel DePonte. The ballet features spectacular flying sequences, swashbuckling swordfights, giant puppets, colorful masks, as well as costumes inspired by punk fashion. With elaborate, magical sets by Thomas Boyd and imaginative costumes by Broadway designer Jeanne Button, the production reinterprets the classic story with verve and wit.
WHEN: At 7:30 p.m. on June 13, 15, 21, 22, 2013
At 2 p.m. on June 15, 16, 23, 2013
WHERE: Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Avenue in downtown Houston
TICKETS: Start at $19. Call (713) 227 ARTS or 1 800 828 ARTS.
www.houstonballet.org. Also available at Houston Ballet Box Office at Wortham Theater Center downtown at 501 Texas at Smith Street
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit Houston Ballet online at www.houstonballet.org.