Steel and Rain


Trey McIntyre, arriving with the title "Choreographic Apprentice to the Houston Ballet," is obviously a new face to watch, judging by his Bartok ballet "Steel and Rain. Mr. McIntyre used all five movements of Bartok's String Quartet No. 4, played here by another distinguished group of musicians, the American String Quartet (Peter Winograd, Laurie Carney, Daniel Avshalomov, David Geber). Margaret Tracey, with Miranda Weese and Kathleen Tracey, were the three women in red leotards, for a scene in silhouette, who acquired partners: Nilas Martins, Arch Higgins and Albert Evans.

Mr. McIntyre's strong suit is his capacity to surprise. His sensibility is classical, but he can insert a karate chop into a phrase or have a dancer drop to the floor with an irreverence that destroys more symmetry than dignity. Ms. Calvert, always full of pizazz, was the leader of a female corps in blue in the second movement, which was contrasted with a duet for Margaret Tracey and Mr. Martins. Mr. McIntyre has a way with a pas de deux, especially in his imaginative lifts. The last two movements, which eventually unite the seven principals, finally leave Ms. Calvert alone onstage. By then the choreographer seems to have lost some direction, but not necessarily steam.
-The New York Times

McIntyre's Steel and Rain has a theatrical power and meaning that none of the above mentioned [Diamond Project Choreographers] even approached, let alone achieved.
-The Native

Nobody seems to know anything about Trey McIntyre except that he comes from Texas, but there's nothing provincial about Steel and Rain, a cool, slightly antiseptic, extremely well made dance that looked even stronger the second time we saw it.
-New York Daily News

The very next triumph came with an equally severe but exciting Steel and Rain by Houston Ballet choreographer Trey McIntyre.
-Newhouse News Service

On first seeing . . . Steel and Rain choreographed by Trey McIntyre to Bartok's 'String Quartet Number Four', made the strongest impression.
-Associated Press


Bela Bartok


Running Time: 22 minutes
Premiered: 1994 by New York City Ballet