Making of Arrantza


The accentuations of the steps look now back to the 19th-century Danish master Bournonville, now forward to the modern-dance master Merce Cunningham, but they all look entirely of the world of "Arrantza." And this suite of solos, vividly delivered by all, is the best demonstration of Mr. McIntyre's excellence as a dance maker.
-The New York Times

The implicit risk and loneliness and their [Basque] travels inspired rich oral histories in song and dance, the world that McIntyre vividly displays through sprightly couplings.
-The Berkshire Eagle

McIntyre used Basque dance steps as the basis for the work and beautifully blended them into the fabric of his own contemporary ballet style. Every time one of the dancers whipped out a traditional Basque step, such as Brett Perry's touch of "Agurra," cheers followed.
-Idaho Statesman

There were standing ovations for many of the groups but it was Arrantza, the interpretive dance by the Trey McIntyre Project, that grabbed the limelight.


Traditional Basque Music: Dan Ansotegui (accordion, txistu), Sean Aucutt (tambourine) Cathy Clarkson (txistu, drum) Miren Aizpitarte (alboka); Agur Jaunak performed by Oldarra, Interviews with Lucy Garatea, Alberto Santana Ezkerra, Dianne Pierce, and Adelia Simplot


Running Time: 20 minutes
Premiered: July 30, 2010 by Trey McIntyre Project at Jaialdi Festival


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


Arrantza was underwritten by the Ann and Joseph Heil Charitable Trust of Milwaukee, WI and the Cty of Boise. Additional underwriting support provided by Dianne Pierce, in honor of the work of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center

The re-staging of Arrantza was underwritten by Dianne Pierce, in honor of the work of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. The Basque Museum and Cultural Center is in Boise, ID and is the only Basque Museum in the U.S.A. Their mission is to preserve, promote and perpetuate Basque history and culture. Visit to learn more about the museum, membership and how you can help