The New York Post
Watching Michael Smuin’s “Medea” is like freebasing kitsch. From its first image of the heroine wrapped in an enormous purple cape that is smoking — literally — you’re in for something completely over the top.
The San Francisco troupe brought three works, including its late founder’s 1977 version of the Greek myth. The story of Medea’s grisly revenge on her husband, Jason, after leaving her for a younger woman, is told with as much fabric, yet as little clothing as possible. Medea has three different capes; the men wear nothing but thongs.
Trey McIntyre, whose own troupe is now the toast of Boise, has finally found a form for his whimsical, wide open, very American imagination. Taking its title and music from the Portland-based band The Shins, Oh, Inverted World is ballet’s answer to indie rock – The Shins’ kind, in which sweet, strummed melodies support vivid, ruminative lyrics. The dance imagines introspection as a way of being with others: a loose, unmannered communality.