Up next at the Vail Dance Festival new works debut at NOW: Premiers (video) | VailDaily.com

Up next at the Vail Dance Festival new works debut at NOW: Premiers (video)

A few common themes I hear when speaking with the Vail Dance Festival artists include: inspirational work, unlikely collaborations, pushing one's boundaries and loving every minute of being in Vail. These artists are always working hard to perfect their craft, but there is something about the spirit of working together for a common goal that makes this less like a task and more like a calling. Practice and production turns into pride and a promise to make the Vail Dance Festival the best it can be.

On Monday, Aug. 6, you can view some of these collaborations at NOW: Premiers, a performance that brings new works commissioned by the Festival from renowned and emerging choreographers. The 2018 choreographers will include:

• New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer Justin Peck in collaboration with the Festival's Pulitzer Prize-winning Leonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence Caroline Shaw
• New York City Ballet principal Lauren Lovette
• MacArthur 'genius' grant recipient and founder of pioneering tap company Dorrance Dance, Michelle Dorrance
• Emerging ballet choreographer and recent winner of the Princess Grace Award for choreography, Claudia Schreier, working with Ballet Hispánico
• Modern dancers and choreographers Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell
• New York City Ballet principal Tiler Peck, who will be making her choreographic debut

When you realize that each step needs to be thoughtfully created and then taught and explained and perfected, you start to understand the magnitude of all that is going on during a very short period of time while these artists are also performing at the Festival.

View the new works at NOW: Premieres, which takes the stage at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater on Monday, August 6 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, visit http://www.vaildance.org.