Trey McIntyre ProjectThe Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts presented Trey McIntyre Project and Preservation Hall Jazz Band’s Ma Maison on Saturday, November 12.

For those who aren’t familiar, Trey McIntyre Project burst onto the national dance scene as a summer touring company in July 2005. Trey McIntyre Project’s fresh and forward thinking choreography was an immediate sensation with both critics and audiences alike. TMP’s repertoire spans rock, classical, jazz, and folk music. Due to overwhelming success during their summer tours, Trey McIntyre Project is now a full-time, year-round company. Ma Maison was commissioned by the New Orleans Ballet Association and premiered November 21, 2008.

Trey McIntyre ProjectThe show opened with the electrifying sounds of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, transporting the audience to the streets of the French Quarter making us all feel vibrantly alive. Fittingly, the stage was then invaded by nine Charleston stepping skeletons, dressed in Carnival attire. They shook and shimmied, jerked and jived. They dangled loose-limbs and threw back their heads as the banjo let loose and the clarinet wailed.

The show was beautiful, full of surprises, and at times downright comical. It was a joyful celebration of life, death, and the spirit of New Orleans.

Sure to please newcomers and veterans fans of ballet alike, Ma Maison unfolds seamlessly.

The Mondavi Center season continues through the end of the year with performances by Tia Fuller Quartet (Dec 7-Dec 10), Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez (Dec 8), Lara Downes Family Concert (Dec 11), Blind Boys of Alabama (Dec 15), and American Bach Soloists (Dec 18). Catch even more in 2012!


Written by Intern, Aimee Steffen


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