The song of the body
Ryan Summerlin August 11, 2012
Another dance festival came to a close finishing with “Dance TV,” a dance extravaganza that brought together some of the best dancers from each style of dance to perform a TV-style showcase. It epitomizes the two weeks of the festival as the perfect mix of classical ballet and modern ballet, urban dance and ballroom.
This year’s festival seemed to be a celebration of the old and the new. The festival opened with New York City Ballet MOVES performing 24-year-old corps de ballet member Justin Peck’s new piece “In Creases.” This was followed by the UpClose: Stravinsky by Balanchine performance, which gave audiences an intimate look into the collaborative work of renowned choreographer George Balanchine paired with the music of Igor Stravinsky, which led to the creation of some of the most important ballets of the 20th century.
The Martha Graham Dance Company’s participation in the festival for the first time brought a distinctly American modern style of ballet to the event. And as usual, Ballroom Spectacular wowed the crowds with a show that took the audience on an emotional roller coaster from love to laughter that left everyone wanting more. With an impressive lineup this year, it will be interesting to see how Vail International Dance Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel will top the event for next year when the festival celebrates its 25th anniversary.