Drop-In Session: Choreographer Trey McIntyre

Freddie Mercury has enjoyed a revival of sorts since the band recently celebrated 25 years since the final album… not that we have never not loved the music of Queen through the years. Be it in the “classic rock” genre or as a first discovery in younger ears. Now, that music has been reinvented into a ballet piece as Mercury Half Life, thanks to choreographer Trey McIntyre and highlights are part of The Portland Ballet’s spring performance!





Choreographer and artist Trey McIntyre was in Portland briefly last week to polish up his piece Mercury Half-Life on the young and expert dancers of The Portland Ballet. WE caught up on the making of dance, the idea of “giving your most for a period of time” which Queen’s Freddie Mercury certainly did, and working with, as Trey describes them, his “lovely and authentic” TPB dancers.





It was just a little over 25 years ago this year that the band’s final album came out and Freddie Mercury confronted mortality in much the same way as David Bowie’s final album has done. Freddie vowed to keep working until he dropped. But the music keeps renewing itself in so many unexpected ways, as it does in choreographer Trey McIntyre’s Mercury Half Life. 



The Portland Ballet’s Spring Concert 2016, with Portland Premiere of Trey McIntyre’s Mercury Half-Life (Highlights), Queen (2013)

World Premieres of Gregg Bielemeier’s Separate Times (Similar To But Different Than), original score by                                           Jeremy Reinhold (2016)

Jason Davis’ Ochos Niñas en Rojo (2016), fandangos by the San Francisco Guitar                                                 Quartet

George Balanchine’s Valse-Fantaisie, Glinka (1967)

Anne Mueller after Marius Petipa’s Raymonda Suite, Glazunov (1898)

Jason Davis’ Simplicity, Chopin (2012)

F/Sa, May 6-7, 7:30 PM Lincoln Hall, 1620 SW Park at Market  Runtime: 80 minutes w/intermission Reserved seats: $5-$10-$15, under 18; $10-$25-$35, adults

theportlandballet.org or 503.452.8448

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