Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Defying gravity

Trey McIntyre out of “retirement” to walk on water

Express Staff Writer

Trey McIntyre and dancers will present a once in a lifetime performance and presentation of this project that includes a performance created on the spot, Saturday, June 14. .
Courtesy photo

    What better way is there to honor the 50th anniversary of a historical act that saved the wilderness than to slow down and commune with it?
And if you’re an artist like Trey McIntyre, who spends more time inside honing his work than doing that, you take your work to the wilderness.
    “The Sawtooth Project: Art, Wilderness and the Human Connection,” is an unusual and original body of work to be presented at 8 p.m., Saturday, June 14, at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theatre at the Community Campus in Hailey.
    Tickets are $15 for open seating and are being sold at The Wildflower, 102 N. Main St. in Hailey, or online at
      The genesis of the project was the half-century mark of the Wilderness Act from 1964, which provides the highest level of protection for some of the last remnants of wild landscapes that are a part of the fabric of America.
    In August 2013, Boise’s Trey McIntyre and his troupe of stunning dancers traveled into the Sawtooth National Recreation Area as a part of a partnership to celebrate and bring awareness to the anniversary.
    In partnership with the Society of Wilderness Stewardship and the U.S. Forest Service, McIntyre captured a series of images and a documentary film that symbolize the transcendent connection between humans and nature.
    “Idaho is the place I call my home,” he said. “As the busy director of a dance company, there is probably nowhere [more so than in my studio that] I am more susceptible to the trappings of modern living. Yet I am only miles from some of the most stunning beauty on our planet.
    “To be able to connect with the wonder of the Sawtooths and create photos in this setting, I am changed as an artist and as a person. It underlines the importance of the Wilderness Act and how devastating it would be to lose the pristine nature that we build on top of.”
    On Friday evening, June 13, from 5:30–7:30 p.m., the Sawtooth National Recreation Area will host a public opening of McIntyre’s photographs at its North Fork visitor center, eight miles north of Ketchum. The photographs will be on display through July 4.
    On Saturday, June 14, McIntyre and dancers will arrive in Hailey for a once-in-a-lifetime performance and presentation of this project. It will be the company’s last appearance in Idaho.
    McIntyre will make a brand new work in front of the audience, and a glimpse of film and photographs taken in the Sawtooths.
    “I feel incredibly fortunate to have the partnership between the Society of Wilderness Stewardship and the U.S. Forest Service to uncover the most important and some of the most hidden wonders of this precious area, and am incredibly aligned with their mission,” McIntyre said. “My hope is that the results of this collaboration have captured and underlined the real need we have to care deeply for our planet and our connection to it.”

 How to get wild:
When: Saturday, June 14, at 8 p.m.
Cost: $15.
Tickets: The Wildflower, 102 N. Main St., Hailey, or online at
Where: Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater
Photo exhibit: Friday, June 13, through Friday, July 4, at the SNRA’s North Fork visitor center.


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