Different Dimensions serves up classical, contemporary dance
VAIL – Classical and contemporary dance forms will each have their evening in the spotlight July 31 and Aug. 2 as the Vail International Dance Festival’s Different Dimensions will serve up “a festival within a festival” at the Ford Amphitheater.Debuting during last summer’s festival, Different Dimensions will feature two evenings, one classical and one contemporary, showcasing six dance companies.”Different Dimensions truly is a mini dance festival in and of itself,” Ceil Folz, president of the Vail Valley Foundation, said. “Our audiences will be treated to both unique and historic classical pieces on one evening and dynamic and innovative contemporary offerings the next.”
The performance, Sunday, July 31, will showcase a trio of classical offerings, courtesy of Trey McIntyre Project, Ballet Rosario Suarez and Inaki Ballet Concierto. Introducing his new company, choreographer McIntyre will present “Reassuring Effects of Form and Poetry,” a dance to Dvorak’s “Serenade for Strings.”Ballet Rosario Suarez will unveil the historic “Grande Pas de Quatre,” a Jules Perrot piece first performed in 1845. Artistic Director Suarez will restage Alicia Alonzo’s original choreography for her young Miami-based company. The classical edition of Different Dimensions will conclude with Inaki Ballet Concierto’s rendition of “Apolo y Sus Tias,” which brings classical heroines to life in a satire set to the music of Jacques Offenbach.
“We are indeed fortunate to have these three tremendous companies as part of the classical evening,” the festival’s Producing Artistic Director Katherine Kersten said. “This will be a coming out party for Trey McIntyre’s new company, while Ballet Rosario Suarez will be performing an important piece of dance history. Inaki Urlezaga, one of the most gifted dancers on the international scene today, is humorous in Oscar Araiz’s ‘Apollo and His Aunts.'”Different Dimension’s contemporary evening, Tuesday, Aug. 2, will contain works by Smuin Ballet, the Dominic Walsh Dance Theater and nandanse. Smuin’s newest work, “Fly Me To The Moon,” features the stylish melodies of Frank Sinatra, merging classical ballet with contemporary dance, to tunes such as “The Lady Is A Tramp” and “Got You Under My Skin.”Dominic Walsh’s “Katharsis” will paint a portrait of an artist, alone in his studio, confronted by his own creation. Performed to an original score by Terrence Karn, “Katharsis” presents a humorous metaphor of art manipulating its creator.
Choreographer Lauri Stalling’s company, nandanse, a collaboration between two Chicago-based companies (the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago), will interpret Bacchus’ “Vessel.” “For those that like their dance a bit more on the cutting edge,” Kersten said, “this is definitely the ticket. Frank Sinatra’s music is the perfect choice for Smuin Ballet’s signature piece, while Dominic Walsh and nandanse add their own special brand of energy and vitality to their respective repertory.” The 2005 Vail International Dance Festival is scheduled from July 30 through Aug. 7, with performances at both the Ford Amphitheater and the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek. Tickets for all performances 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, contact 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.