Behind the scenes with Dance Dialogues |

Behind the scenes with Dance Dialogues

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Special to the Daily Artistic director for Jeune Ballet du Quebec Didier Chirpaz will present the Vail International Dance Festival's first Dance Dialogue today at the Vilar Center. The program is intended to give festival attendees a more educational, behind the scenes look at dance.

VAIL – While some of the world’s top dancers take center stage during the 2006 Vail International Dance Festival, a collection of some of the art form’s foremost artistic directors will take you behind the scenes with Dance Dialogues, a series of free and informal discussions that will shed new light on not only the festival, but dance in general.Presenters will include Didier Chirpaz, artistic director for Jeune Ballet du Quebec; Cleo Parker Robinson, artistic director for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance; Robert Hill, artistic director for Ballet de Monterrey and Zhao Ruheng, artistic director for the National Ballet of China.”Dance Dialogues are informal yet informative discussions designed to enhance the understanding and enjoyment of not only the Festival performances,” said Katherine Kersten, producing artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival, “but of the dance art form as well.”

Chirpaz will get things started today at noon at the Vilar Center for the Arts with a presentation entitled “Today’s Contemporary Choreographic Styles.”Robinson will follow on Tuesday with “The Power, The Beauty and The Passion of Dance” at noon at the Ford Amphitheater.Hill’s presentation of “Melding Mexican Culture with Ballet” will take the stage of the Vilar Center on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at noon, while Ruheng will round out the series with her presentation “Making New Languages of Dance” on Aug. 11 at noon at the Ford Amphitheater. In addition to the Dance Dialogues, the Footworks Percussive Dance Company will literally take to the streets of Vail and Beaver Creek Villages with a pair of free performances dubbed Village Vignettes. The troupe will perform at noon on Friday, Aug. 11, at Slifer Plaza in Vail Village, while working their magic at the ice rink on the plaza in Beaver Creek on Saturday, Aug. 12, also at noon.

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