Moves to Melt You

Few who have experienced Montana’s Glacier National Park would argue that it takes the cake for epic scenery among U.S. parks. But if global warming continues at the current rate, the result could be a glacier park sans glaciers. To celebrate its upcoming centennial and raise awareness about the chilling speed at which its namesakes are melting, the park recently co-commissioned four artists to create site-specific works on park land. Videographers then captured the works on film for integration into subsequent stage performances. Among the artists chosen for the project was choreographer Trey McIntyre, whose maverick brand of ballet has earned him growing international attention for a decade. Having created nearly 80 dances for bulwarks such as Stuttgart Ballet and New York City Ballet, McIntyre launched his own company from his home base in Boise three years ago. The Trey McIntyre Project makes its West Coast debut with "The Sun Road and Other Works." Footage of the company dancing among Glacier’s majestic peaks serves as a backdrop to live ballet on the stage. Given the dancers’ backgrounds with some of the best ballet companies in the country, this one-night performance should offer some dancing to remember — if Glacier’s imperiled grandeur doesn’t upstage it.
Fri., Oct. 30, 8 p.m., 2009

 
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