Dance festival serves up free education opportunities
VAIL – While some of the world’s top dancers take center stage during the 2005 Vail International Dance Festival, a collection of some of the art form’s foremost critics, choreographers and historians will take you behind the scenes with Dance Dialogues, a series of free and informal presentations that will shed new light on not only the festival, but dance in general.Presenters will include Marian Horosko, dance journalist and former New York City Ballet dancer; guest artists Inaki Urlezaga and Tamara Rojo; Colorado Ballet artistic director Martin Fredmann, along with featured choreographer Jessica Lang; and Kathy Wood, artistic director of FLY Dance Company.
“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.”Horosko will get things started on Saturday at noon at the Ford Amphitheater with a presentation entitled “Two Great Classical Legacies.” She will focus on two 19th century classical ballets, “Don Quixote” and “Pas de Quatre,” both of which will be performed during the festival. Participants will explore why these two contrasting classical styles and technically different ballets endure as important legacies to the art form.Featured guest artists Tamara Rojo and Inaki Urlezaga will provide a first-hand look at the “South American Dance Explosion” on Tuesday at noon at the Ford Amphitheater. Both natives of Argentina, Rojo and Urlezaga will examine the recent plethora of great dance talent that is emerging from South America and taking the international dance community by storm.
Fredmann and Lang will discuss the creative process in “Choreographers and Their Creations” Wednesday at noon at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. Lang’s newest work, “From Foreign Lands and People,” set on Colorado Ballet, will celebrate its world premiere at the Vilar Center that evening.Houston’s FLY Dance Company’s artistic director Kathy Wood will bring down the curtain on the 2005 edition of Dance Dialogues on Sunday, Aug. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the Ford Amphitheater. She will share the background and history of the versatile and forward-looking company, as well as her vision of taking street dancing out of the underground and bringing it to the general public. In addition to the Dance Dialogues, the FLY Dance Company will literally take to the streets of Vail and Beaver Creek Villages with a pair of free performances dubbed “Village Vignettes.” The hip-hop dance troupe will perform at noon on Aug. 5 at the Children’s Fountain in Vail Village, while working their magic at the ice rink on the plaza in Beaver Creek on Aug. 6, also at noon.
The 2005 Vail International Dance Festival is scheduled from Saturday through Aug. 7, with performances at both the Ford Amphitheater and the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek.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 and 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.