The Unkindness of Ravens


In May 2012, Trey McIntyre Project toured the Philippines, Vietnam, China and South Korea as part of DanceMotion USAsm, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, produced by Brooklyn Academy of Music. Following the tour, Korea National Contemporary Dance Company was chosen to work with McIntyre and TMP in a DanceMotion USAsm U.S.-based residency pilot initiative.

During the residency in Boise, the two dance companies will work together on McIntyre’s newest ballet,
The Unkindness of Ravens.

DanceMotion USAsm is a vibrant cultural diplomacy program that shares the rich dance culture of the United States with international audiences through performance and cultural exchange. The program is funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by BAM with additional major support from J.P. Morgan, the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and Pfizer, Inc.

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The Unkindness of Ravens
Working on a New Piece with Dancers from KNCDC

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After only three weeks spent with McIntyre working on this new piece, Lee, An Lee Chang and Tae Hee Kim had transformed into some of Trey McIntyre Project’s company dancers; conveying strong emotions through facial expressions, executing flawless technique and fluidity, and most of all grasping the quirky and comedic appeal commonly found in McIntyre’s work.
-Coast Magazine

[In The Unkindness of Ravens], McIntyre’s choreography works with the tension between gravity and space. His dancers powerfully break the bounds and rebound to Earth as if connected by a bungee cord.
-The Idaho Statesman

The title of the first piece, "The Unkindness of Ravens," is poetic in its efficiency and, like so much else in the choreography, is both literal and metaphorical. A group of the birds are called is by "an unkindness of ravens." The etymology infers the birds’ characteristics and ultimately provides fascinating source material for a piece of choreography —so it’s funny, it’s strange, it’s sad, it’s twisted. But it’s about something—and that something is interesting.
-Salt Lake Tribune

Trey McIntyre Project unwrapped a series of creative surprises during last night’s performance at Harris Theater. Three disparate works unfolded, each showcasing choreographer Trey McIntyre’s inventive craftsmanship. Opening the evening was the edgy, yet playful, “The Unkindness of Ravens
-Chicago Dance Digest

The biting mockery of The Unkindness of Ravens and the social commentary of Ladies and Gentle Men ... show that Boise choreographer Trey McIntyre hasn't lost a step in bringing together big ideas and minute observations through dance.
-Boise Weekly


A Chorus Line Original Cast, Beirut, R. De Leon and L. Villalobos, The Growlers, Bunny Berigan, Connie Boswell and The Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, Korean Buddhist chanters and Todd Chavez, tUnE-yArDs, Johnny Greenwood, Johnny Cash


Premiered: Nov. 14, 2012 by
Trey McIntyre Project


Costume Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: Travis C. Richardson


The Unkindness of Ravens was co-commissioned by the Segerstrom Center for the Arts and was underwritten by Rob and Nancy Chimsky of Sonoma, CA.