Pass, Away

Making of Pass, Away


"Pass, Away" was the newest piece on the program and a world premiere set to a suite of songs by Richard Strauss, sung by Jessye Norman. The contemporary flare of the piece carried a weighty and grounded quality as McIntyre explored ideas of life and mortality. The partnering throughout the piece took on a different quality from McIntyre's past works. It's still intricate and technical, but here dancers used full body approaches to lifts, using the momentum of body weight to rebound into the air, pulling apart as far as possible, then almost ricocheting.
-The Idaho Statesman

Framed by a screen projecting a cloudy, tumultuous sky, dancers Travis Walker and Ashley Werhun started the number locked in a kiss, as Jessye Norman's operatic soprano floated over them. Though Richard Strauss' classical suite lent the piece a more traditional ballet feel, McIntyre's choreography was anything but traditional. Clad in a black midriff-baring bodysuit, Chanel DaSilva grabbed Brett Perry's mouth from behind, sending him spinning like a top; Werhun's head plunged into Walker's abdomen, which rippled at her touch. Pass, Away was arresting in both its athleticism and its delicacy.
-Boise Weekly


Richard Strauss


Running Time: 20 minutes
Premiered: April 26, 2013 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts


Costume Design: The Bisou Consortium
Lighting Design: Travis C. Richardson


Pass, Away was commissioned by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and underwritten by Funding Arts Broward, Inc., John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, in honor of Funding Arts Broward's 10th Anniversary.

Additional support provided by NEA Art Works.