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Dancers from around the world

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Vail, CO, Colorado
Carla Korbes (two dots over the o in Korbes) of Pacific Northwest Ballet
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VAIL ” The year was 1993, and the Vail International Dance Festival was about to embark on a revolutionary idea: bringing principal dance couples from some of the world’s premier ballet companies to the stage of the Ford Amphitheater for an exclusive all star evening of pas de deux.

The six companies invited to perform in the inaugural International Evening of Dance included the Bolshoi Ballet, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, Ballet du Nord of France and Miami City Ballet.

Damian Woetzel, the new artistic director for the 2007 Dance Festival, was a part of that initial 1993 cast as a principal dancer with New York City Ballet. Now, 15 years later, Woetzel will help celebrate the anniversary of the popular International Evenings of Dance from the other side of the curtain, having assembled an all star lineup for the Aug. 3 and 4 performances at the Ford Amphitheater.

“The first International Evening of Dance was my introduction to the Vail International Dance Festival,” Woetzel said. “and since then I have danced on the program on five other occasions. I will always remember that inaugural show, and it is a pleasure to be the one now having the opportunity to invite great dancers to experience these evenings and this festival.”

Woetzel’s specially assembled programs for 2007 will feature works by Alvin Ailey, George Balanchine, August Bournonville, Nacho Duato, William Forsythe, Judith Jamison, Hans Van Manen, John Neumeier, Marius Petipa and Christopher Wheeldon, among others.

“While the dancers are the constant of the International Evenings,” Woetzel said. “the two performances will feature varied repertory.”

This year, the pieces will be showcased by dancing stars from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York City Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Britain’s Royal Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet. From spellbinding lyricism to cheer-inducing bravura, the International Evenings of Dance present a unique look at the world of dance.

Featured artists will include Clifton Brown, Alicia J. Graf, Jamar Roberts, Matthew Rushing and Dwana Adiaha Smallwood (former member) of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Helene Bouchet and Thiago Bordin of the Hamburg Ballet; Roberta Marquez and Johan Kobborg of the Royal Ballet; Daniel Ulbricht, Wendy Whelan and Albert Evans of New York City Ballet; and Carla Körbes and Batkhurel Bold of Pacific Northwest Ballet. The performances will also feature a special appearance by acclaimed violinist Jennifer Koh.

Tickets for the International Evenings of Dance are priced at $65 and $85 for reserved seating, as well as $17 for general admission lawn seating. Tickets are available online at http://www.vaildance.org or by calling 845-TIXS (8497) or 1-888-920-ARTS (2787).

In addition to the “International Evenings of Dance”, individual tickets for the 2007 Vail International Dance Festival are priced from $17 to $85, with special pricing for the Aug. 8 Christopher Wheeldon evening at the Vilar Center.

An array of ticket packages are also available, including the Center Stage Pass ($475), providing premium reserved seats for all festival performances, with the exception of August 8, and the popular Performance Plus Pass ($75), which features discounted general admission lawn seating for all seven Dance Festival performances at the Ford Amphitheater and a $10 discount on a bottle of wine at all Amphitheater shows.

New for 2007 is the addition of a Student Performance Plus Pass ($50), available to all students, 18 years of age and under, which also provides general admission seating for all Amphitheater shows.

The Vail International Dance Festival, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and Vilar Center for the Arts are all programs and facilities of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information, call 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.


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