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Colorado Ballet to perform at festival

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Special to the DailyColorado Ballet will perform a world premiere of choreographer Jessica Langs From Foreign Lands and People at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek Aug. 3.
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VAIL – Vail International Dance Festival audiences will experience a new work before the rest of the world Aug. 3 as the Colorado Ballet performs a world premiere of choreographer Jessica Lang’s “From Foreign Lands and People” at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek.Lang’s new work is set to the music of Robert Schumann’s “Kinderzenen,” a solo piano piece comprised of 13 variations. The work revolves around the idea of the piano, with eight dancers representing an octave of music.

“I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with the dancers of Colorado Ballet,” Lang said. “I was excited by their total commitment and the energy they brought into the studio, and I felt my ideas and I were welcomed in their space.”Lang began setting the work on Colorado Ballet at the end of April, taking two weeks to complete the choreography. “From Foreign Lands and People” represents the third piece she has created for various companies since the outset of 2005, and she has been commissioned to choreograph at least four additional works this year alone. “From Foreign Lands and People” will be gifted to Colorado Ballet and will become part of its overall repertoire.

“This is the seventh year that we have commissioned a new piece for the festival,” Producing Artistic Director Katherine Kersten said. “This is our way of not only giving something very special to our audiences, but also of being able to give something back to the dance world as well.”A former member of Twyla Tharp’s company THARP!, Lang received her bachelor’s degree in dance from The Julliard School in 1997. During the past six years, her choreography has been performed around the United States, as well as internationally.



Colorado Ballet’s 2005-06 season marks its 45th year of performing. In addition to the world premiere, the company will also perform Konstantin Uralsky’s romantic “Rachmaninov Second” as part of their Vail International Dance Festival offering.The 2005 Vail International Dance Festival is scheduled from July 30 through Aug. 7, with performances at the Ford Amphitheater, as well as the Vilar Center.

Tickets for all performances of the 2005 Vail International Dance Festival are currently on sale and are priced from $17 to $85. A variety of packages are also available, including Dine & Dance ($60) and Performance Plus ($55). Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.vvf.org or by calling 845-TIXS (8497).The 2005 Vail International Dance Festival is presented by the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on either the Foundation or the International Dance Festival, call 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.


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