Blue Until June

Rediscovering Blue Until June


A stunning first image was of a blond woman wrapped in fabric, arms raised, purple skirt extending from her waist to the borders of the stage. With statuesque calm, she rotated to the deep bluesy swing of "St. Louis Blues," slowly uncovering the rest of the dancers. Slow, deliberate walks were met with swift, effortless partnering. Men lifted women high in the air, swinging them back and forth under "moonlight." Women responded with stoic pirouettes attached, almost by accident, to male partners who supported their bodies with cool reserve. Using the words of songs to narrate each vignette, McIntyre's most powerful tale, "Fool That I Am," is a chilling condemnation of '50s-era repression. Beautifully danced by Eric Beauchesne and Edgar Zendejas, the two men discreetly touch hands till one must leave the other for a woman waiting at the stage's edge. Woman in hand, he leaves, briefly looking back at the love he cannot have.
-Denver Post

Choreographer Trey McIntyre is really making the rounds. Open a dance program book at the Kravis Center -- for Ballet Florida, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and, early next season, for Miami City Ballet -- and you'll find the young American listed. McIntyre's one-act ballet Blue Until June (2001) wasn't just the program opener; it was an eye-opener. It beautifully captures the innate desperation of the blues. Let-it-all-hang-out lyrics come through in each dance gesture, attitude, step and shimmy. As much ballet as body language, the 32-minute Blue requires spirited acting (and) spot-on technique.
-Palm Beach Post

Songs by blues thrush Etta James provides the backdrop for Trey McIntyre's sultry "Blues Until June," a 2000 piece that packs a wallop. Young master McIntyre has achieved great success with this ballet, which sets "St. Louis Blues," "At Last," "One For My Baby" and other gems into fluid motion.
-Philadelphia Daily News

The duets between the men and women have an aggressive intensity to them that often turn the partners into combatants. It's exciting movement set against James' often wrenching vocals.
-The Cincinnati Post


Etta James


Running Time: 32 minutes
Premiered: Oct. 11, 2000 by The Washington Ballet
TMP Premiere: Feb. 11, 2012


Costume Design: Sandra Woodall
Lighting Design: Cliffton Taylor


The restaging of Blue Until June was underwritten by Mark and Judi Aronchick of Penn Valley, PA