Let’s end the suspense: it’s a film. For the past year choreographer Trey McIntyre has hinted he will take on different creative ventures outside of his Trey McIntyre Project dance company.
He launched a Kickstarter campaign for a film project on Aug. 8. The idea is to blend elements of documentary and fiction filmmaking as McIntyre recreates the process of choreographing two of his ballets: “Ma Maison” (2008) and “The Sweeter End” (2011).
The two pieces were commissioned by the New Orleans Ballet Association to commemorate and explore the cultural aftereffects of hurricane Katrina. McIntyre collaborated with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The pieces often were performed with the band playing on stage.
And though they weren’t documented at the time of creation, McIntyre wants to delve back into their history as a way of exploring memory and narrative storytelling.
“Every time you remember something you recreate it,” McIntyre says. I want to break open this idea of memory.”
The film will start out as a documentary. When it inspires conflicting ideas, each will be explored and reenacted. McIntyre hopes the process will create a hybrid film that blends reality and fiction.
He plans to return to New Orleans and revisit the origins of the works, then through interviews and recreations explore how the piece came together.
The Kickstarter campaign is to buy a high-end camera for the project. TMP digital content manager Kyle Morck will oversee the filming and editing process.
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform in Boise at 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St. TMP will be filming that concert, including the audience. Tickets are $45 in advance at The Record Exchange, Egyptian Theatre box office, 387-1273, and egyptiantheatre.net. $50 day of show.