The Big Hunger



“McIntyre’s choreography is as electrifying as the music. In an August 2019 rehearsal, principal dancers Dores André, Benjamin Freemantle, Jennifer Stahl and Luke Ingham dug deep to execute the blazingly fast and acrobatic movement. And yet, while The Big Hunger taps every ounce of physical energy and mental focus the dancers command, the steps flow with uncanny smoothness because they were created on their bodies, and in many instances are wholly unique to their physical qualities and their creativity.”


“The highlight of Program 3, in which everything was well-danced, was the world premiere of a Blade-Runner-ish ‘moving picture.” “The Big Hunger”(choreographer Trey McIntyre) is set in (maybe) the remains of a garment factory half-destroyed in an earthquake, with droids in pink-tinsel Anna Wintour wigs policing a world where a few people (Benjamin Freemantle and Dores Andre) want more tenderness and spiritual connection. But they’re in hot-pink hot pants and the same wigs, so they must be a little bit Zara-enslaved as well. Set to Serge Prokofiev’s colossal Piano Concerto No. 2 (described as “a dragon eating its young” by one of the few pianists who can play it), “The Big Hunger” is a synesthetic onslaught where all your senses are attacked at once. You don’t know what hit you. Me, I want to go back, see if I can parse it. But the head-rush is like dropping acid, and there’s a case to make for not interpreting it.”


  • Choreography: Trey McIntyre
  • Music: Sergei Prokofiev
  • Costumes: Thomas Mika
  • Set: Thomas Mika
  • Lighting: Jim French
  • Project Details

  • Premiere Company: San Francisco Ballet
  • Date of Premiere: February 13, 2020