BOISE -- For the past few weeks, the dance studio at Trey McIntyre Project has been busy. Trey McIntyre and his dancers have been putting the finishing touches on his newest ballet The Unkindness of Ravens.
This ballet will feature three dancers from the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company (KNCDC). McIntyre agreed to host the dancers as part DanceMotion USA, a cultural diplomacy program run by the U.S. State Department.
In May, Trey McIntyre Project (TMP) toured the Philippines, Vietnam, China and South Korea with DanceMotion USA. That is the first time they met with KNCDC.
Tae Hee Kim, So Jin Lee and An Lee Chang have been in Boise for the past three weeks working on the new ballet.
It is just great to collaborate with someone, said TMP dancer Ashley Werhun. It was a really great interchange of both countries.
The collaboration hasn't been easy. The Korean dancers speak limited English. So every day, Ben Chon has been coming to the practices to translate.
We feel so lucky, Chang told us through her translator.
The dancers may not speak the same language but after days of long rehearsals everyone has become friends.
You know we are from totally different culture and yet through this very short period of time we got connected, Chon explained for Kim and Chang.
They are connected through dance.
We became one coming from two different cultures that is the greatest thing, said Kim and Chang through Chon.
TMP and KNCDC will have their first performance Saturday, November 10, at the Morrison Center in Boise.
After that all the dancers will head to Brooklyn to perform the World Premiere of The Unkindness of Ravens.
TMP is ready to get on the road. They are just part of our family now, said Werhun.