Cheek to cheek
VAIL – Former President Jimmy Carter once offered that “we have become not a melting pot, but a beautiful mosaic.” So too are the Vail International Dance Festival’s popular International Evenings of Dance, which will take to the stage of the Ford Amphitheater today and Saturday.The cornerstone showcase of the festival, the International Evenings feature some of the worlds most acclaimed dance virtuosos performing classical and contemporary duets. The repertory includes favorite pas de deux from classical ballet and works by today’s most influential contemporary European and American choreographers.”In 1993, I intended to introduce some of the world’s most illustrious dance artists in a one-time gala event,” Dance Festival Producing Artistic Director Katherine Kersten said. “I never dreamed that the enthusiasm of that evening would transform into the International Evenings of Dance that have grown so magically from year to year.”The 14th edition of International Evenings guest artists will include Anna Antonicheva and Vladimir Neporozhniy of the Bolshoi Ballet; Isabelle Ciaravola and Benjamin Pech of the Paris Opera Ballet; Stephanie Dalphond, Africa Guzman and Alejandro Alvarez of Compania Nacional de Danza of Madrid; Lorna Feijoo and Damian Woetzel of Boston Ballet and New York City Ballet respectively; Paloma Herrera and David Hallberg of American Ballet Theatre and Eri Nakamura and Luca Vetere of the Victor Ullate Ballet.
Many of 2006’s guest artists also have strong ties to the festival, including Woetzel, who was featured in the inaugural International Evening performance in 1993, and Hallberg, who was a student in the World Masters at Vail program in 1998.In addition to Woetzel, the original International Evening featured principal dancers from the Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet du Nord, France and the Miami City Ballet. “Having artists of this caliber on one stage together truly sets the Vail International Dance Festival apart,” Kersten said. “And makes it an experience one would be hard-pressed to fine elsewhere. Our audiences know good dance and relish seeing these famous couples and soloists interpret new choreography each year. It truly has developed into a beautiful mosaic of dance.”Tickets for both International Evenings of Dance are priced from $17 to $85 and are available by calling 845-TIXS (8497) at the Ford Amphitheater and Vilar Center box offices and online at http://www.vaildance.org.
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