Trey McIntyre Project Performs Last Work as a Full-Time Dance Company at Harris Theater Tonight

Trey McIntyre Project Performs Last Work as a Full-Time Dance Company at Harris Theater Tonight

In one of its final performances as a full-time dance company, the Boise-based Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) will present the Harris Theater-commissioned Chicago premiere of The Vinegar Works: Four Dances of Moral Instruction. The performance tonight, April 3 at 7:30PM will include live musical accompaniment from the young stars of the Music Institute of Chicago. This exciting work, organized and led by the Harris Theater, pairs one of the city's finest cultural institutions with one of the country's foremost contemporary dance ensembles. The commission centers on the Theater's mission to collaborate with, and present, Chicago's midsize and emerging arts organizations in innovative ways.

Mark George, President and CEO of the Music Institute of Chicago said: "This is truly a historic collaboration. Our partnership with the Harris Theater continues to provide our students with opportunities to perform with great artists in a fantastic venue. This collaboration will be especially memorable, as it includes the last new work created by the Trey McIntyre Project, a piece that the Music Institute will forever be associated with."

The Vinegar Works is inspired by the work of illustrator and writer Edward Gorey, who was known for his intense fondness for ballet. Set to Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Trio in E Minor, the piece features live performances from the Music Institute's prestigious Academy musicians. TMP will tour The Vinegar Works with a recording by these musicians, and the piece also includes puppets from renowned designer Michael Curry. Curry's work has been featured by The Walt Disney Company, The Lion King on Broadway, Cirque du Soleil, and Shrek the Musical, among many others.

In addition to the The Vinegar Works, TMP also performs McIntyre's exuberant and wildly popular Mercury Half-Life, danced to the music of Freddie Mercury and the band Queen.

"It's been incredibly important for me, ever since founding the company nearly ten years ago, to consistently create new work," said TMP founder and artistic director Trey McIntyre. "Thanks to the Harris, we're able to present our last premiere before entering the next phase of our creative life. It's gratifying to know that the company's last tour will have an added degree of relevance."

This past January, the Trey McIntyre Project announced a new creative direction that will mark the end of the full-time dance company this summer. The Vinegar Works will be presented around the country during the company's last tour with stops concluding with final performances at the famed Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts, June 25-June 29. The world premiere performance of The Vinegar Works happens March 21 at the Zellerbach Hall at University of California, Berkeley.

Michael Tiknis, President and Managing Director of the Harris Theater added: "Through partnerships like this, we continue to foster new ideas, new works, and exciting performances, pushing the boundaries of what's possible. The Vinegar Works is a particularly significant commission because of its collaboration with the Music Institute and the artistic leaders of tomorrow, a true reflection of the Harris Theater mission at work. We're not just commissioning premieres; we're cultivating the next generation of great performers."

The Harris Theater presentation of the Trey McIntyre Project will include three performances over three days, encompassing all facets of Harris Theater programming: Harris Theater Presents, Eat to the Beat, and the Harris Theater Family Series.

Eat (and Drink) to the Beat
Returning by popular demand, TMP and the Harris Theater will present the second Eat (and Drink) to the Beat of the 2013-2014 performance season on Friday, April 4 at 5:30PM. This unique post-work social hour will include signature cocktails and local food trucks, sure to set the mood for the popular Mercury Half-Life, a high-energy piece of choreography danced to perennial Queen anthems like We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions. The Harris Theater celebrated its inaugural Eat (and Drink) to the Beat performance this past January with local ensemble DanceWorks Chicago.

Harris Theater Family Series: "Applause for the Cause"
The Trey McIntyre Project reprises Mercury Half-Life for its Family Series performance on Saturday, April 5 at 2PM. This marks the final Family Series performance of the 2013-2014 season. The Theater invites families to join in the theme "Applause for the Cause," supporting opportunities for families and kids to enjoy world-class art at affordable prices through our Access Tickets Program by:

· Donating at giving stations located throughout the Theater. Following the performance, TMP dancers will man these giving stations and meet with patrons.

· Eating at Giordano's Pizza in Prudential Plaza/Millennium Park on April 5 between 11AM and midnight. Giordano's is partnering with Harris Theater and will donate 15% of all proceeds on that day to the Theater's Access Tickets Program.

Tickets to the Thursday, April 3 Harris Theater Presents performance are $25-$55; tickets for Eat (and Drink) to the Beat on Friday, April 4 are $5; and tickets for the Saturday, April 5 Family Series performance are $10-$15, available at or by calling the Box Office at 312.334.7777.

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