Dance Magazine

“While certain factions in the ballet world continue to wait for the next Balanchine, Trey McIntyre makes dances that subvert, yet respect popular notions about classical technique. The company’s Boston debut proved that the Artistic Director is, quite simply, something very new. It was the 2009 Shape that charted exciting new territory. Lauren Edson, with two enormous red balloons tucked under her t-shirt, delivered a series of nearly impossible backbends, smiling hopelessly while a recording of Goldfrapps’s “Clowns” provided an ironic context. Dylan G-Bowley wore another red balloon on the top of his head, and Annali Rose carried on in each hand. As the music turned into The Polyphonic Sprees “Light and Day”, McIntyre completed a set of happy yet troubling distortions with these simple props.”

SF Gate

“In many ways, McIntyre’s “Shape” – a helium-light, delightful interlude on a mixed program – epitomizes the kind of whimsical yet canny craft that has made McIntyre such a sought-after young choreographer.”

Houston Press

“Also on the bill was the laugh-out-loud-funny Shape, a short dance featuring three performers who used balloons to reshape our ideas of the body — think boobs and odd heads.”

Reading Eagle

“In “Shape,” to music by Goldfrapp and The Polyphonic Spree, Lauren Edson, Dylan G-Bowley and Annali Rose used balloons in whimsical ways, leaving the audience bathed in glee.”


  • Choreography: Trey McIntyre
  • Music: Goldfrapp, The Polyphonic Spree
  • Costumes: The Bisou Consortium
  • Lighting: Travis C. Richardson
  • Project Details

  • Premiere Company: Trey McIntyre Project
  • Date of Premiere: August 27, 2009