See world premeires and internationally renowned dancers at Vail Dance Festival’s International Evenings of Dance I & II this weekend
If you go
What: Vail Dance Festival International Evenings of Dance I & II
When: Friday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m. both nights.
Where: The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail
Cost: $60-$130 reserved. For lawn, $27 for 18 years and older. Children ages 13-17 are $10 and 12 and under are free.
More information: For tickets and additional information, visit vaildance.org or call 970-845-8497.
A brilliant cast of dancers from around the world takes the stage in the Vail Dance Festival’s signature International Evenings of Dance I & II performances today and Saturday. These gala evenings celebrate artistic collaboration, innovation and include debuts and new partnerships by a selection of today’s foremost dancers.
On International Evening of Dance II, the Vail Dance Festival presents a world premiere from legendary choreographer Alonzo King, with an original score by jazz pianist, composer and performance artist Jason Moran. This new work will be performed by a cast of dancers drawn from King’s LINES Ballet and from New York City Ballet.
Two of those dancers are the New York City Ballet’s Kennard Henson and Alvin Ailey’s Jacqueline Green. Friday night, Henson will perform in “Antic Meet” alongside Devon Teushcer, India Bradley, Savannah Green, Miriam Miller, Jared Angle and Preston Chamblee. Green will make her Festival debut in both International Evenings in “Cry” on Friday and in “Pas De Duke” on Saturday.
In addition, Henson will also perform during NOW: Premieres on Aug. 5 with Unity Phelan in Artists-in-Residence Lauren Lovette’s world premiere.
Kennard Henson was born in Baltimore, Maryland and began his ballet training at the T.W.I.G.S. after-school program at the Baltimore School of the Arts at age 11 with Samantha Ordaz, Paula LeVere, and Norma Pera. He attended the summer course at the School of American Ballet, NYCB’s official school, in 2013 and enrolled full-time for the 2013 winter term. In August 2016, he became an apprentice with NYCB. As an apprentice, Mr. Henson originated a corps role in Lauren Lovette’s For Clara. He joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in August 2017.
Jacqueline Green began her dance training at the age of 13 at the prestigious Baltimore School for the Arts. After being accepted into the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program by Denise Jefferson, she graduated Cum Laude in 2011. During this time, she also received training at the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, Chautauqua Institution for Dance and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. In her career, she has performed works by a wide range of choreographers, including Wayne McGregor, Jirí Kylián, Elisa Monte, Ronald K. Brown and Kyle Abraham. In 2016, she performed as a guest artist with the Royal Ballet. Green is the recipient of a 2014 Dance Fellowship from the Princess Grace Foundation-USA and a 2015 Clive Barnes Award nominee. She is also the recipient of the 2009 Martha Hill Fund’s Young Professional Award and the 2010 Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. She was a member of Ailey II and joined the Company in 2011.
Damian Woetzel, artistic director of the Vail Dance Festival and President of The Julliard School, is excited to watch two former classmates make their debuts in Vail together.
“Norma Pera, their former director from Baltimore School of the Arts, one of the top-performing arts schools in the country, will be in attendance cheering them on,” he said.
International Evenings I (Aug. 2) and International Evenings II (Aug. 3) begin at 7:30pm at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Reserved seating costs $60-130, based on availability, and lawn ticketing is $27 for 18 years and older, children ages 13-17 are $10 and 12 and under are free.
Front Range duo Shovelin Stone, made up of Makenzie Willox and Eagle Valley High School graduate Zak Thrall, performed the final ShowDown Town concert in Eagle this summer. While in town, they stopped by the Vail Daily to perform a Newsroom Jam.