Dance Festivals free Dance Dialogues start July 30
VAIL For those who cant seem to get enough information on dance or those that just want to know what they are watching, the Vail International Dance Festival has crafted the annual free Dance Dialogue series, designed to both inform and entertain festival-goers. The 2007 Dance Dialogue series will feature four casual discussions with dancers, directors and teachers.The free series of discussions will get underway on Monday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek as Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal gives a pre-performance talk about the company’s Balanchine Celebration performance, featuring the Vail premiere of the great choreographers Agon, set to the groundbreaking music of Igor Stravinsky.Boal took over as Artistic Director of Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2005 following a 22-year career as a dancer with New York City Ballet. In addition to working with George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Peter Martins, Boal also originated roles in over 30 new works.Woetzel and Boal will speak again on Wednesday, Aug. 1, in the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, adjacent to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, at 6 p.m., in a second pre-performance discussion on the company’s performance that evening of Modern Masters, featuring works by Twyla Tharp, Nacho Duato, Marco Goecke and William Forsythe.Life in one of the world’s most popular dance company’s will be the order of business on Saturday, August 4, at 1 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater star Matthew Rushing discusses his career with Dance Festival artistic director Damian Woetzel.Joining the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1992, Rushing’s career has included performances as a guest artist in throughout the world, as well as at former President Clinton’s inaugural celebration. In 2003, he performed at the White House State Dinner in honor of the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki.The final Dance Dialogue, slated for Sunday, August 5, at noon at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, will showcase Vail International Dance Festival Ballet Mistress Olga Kostritzky in a discussion with Woetzel. A product of the Odessa State Ballet School and Pedagogical Institute in Russia, Kostritzky will address ballet training in the 21st century.Since coming to the United States in 1975, Kostritzky has taught at numerous companies and institutions, including Ballet Oklahoma, New York State School of the Arts and Ballet Houston, and has also served as ballet mistress and coach with Pennsylvania Ballet. Since 1991, Kostritzky has been a member of the faculty of the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet.No registration is necessary for the free series of Dance Dialogue discussions.Tickets for the 2007 Vail International Dance Festival are available online at http://www.vaildance.org or by calling (970) 845-TIXS (8497) or 1-888-920-ARTS (2787).The 2007 Vail International Dance Festival is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information on the 2007 Festival, visit http://www.vaildance.org.