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A sneak peek at Vail dance premieres

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Daily/Caitlin Kakigi

VAIL, Colorado – The 22nd annual Vail International Dance Festival features two weeks of dance performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, including two events in the UpClose series. UpClose: Stars of the International Evenings of Dance will be held on today at 6 p.m. and UpClose: The Art of Tango takes place Saturday at 2 p.m. Both events will be held on the Amphitheater stage.

The UpClose series was conceptualized by Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel four years ago when the first UpClose (with Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company) was held. The events are billed as a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of dance and dance performances with choreographers and artistic directors on stage alongside the dancers, mostly dressed in rehearsal attire. Woetzel hosts the series, facilitating discussion between the artists and audience and occasionally demonstrating a few dance steps himself.

As with UpClose: Morphoses/The Wheeldon company, UpClose audiences are often the first to see newly created works that are slated to world premier at the festival.

“A highlight of the UpClose: Stars will be a preview of the world premiere Aretha Franklin ballet by our artist-in-residence Larry Keigwin, the lucky UpClose audience will the very first to see it on the stage,” says Woetzel. “We will also be looking at some of the greatest dancers in the world do their pieces for International Evenings. Stars like Herman Cornejo and the thrilling bravura showpiece Don Quixote. This is an amazing opportunity to see the stars of dance like never before.”

UpClose: The Art of Tango will feature acclaimed ballroom dancers Natalia Hills and Gabriel Misse with their full company of dancers and musicians Tangueros del Sur. The ensemble will be preparing their new piece, “Romper el Piso” (Break the Floor), scheduled to world premiere on Sunday at the Ballroom 2010: Tango performance.

Tickets to UpClose: Stars of the International Evenings of Dance are $35 and$25 for UpClose: The Art of Tango. Tickets to all Vail International Dance Festival performances are available online at http://www.vaildance.org or by calling 888-920-ARTS(2787).

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