Keeping on their toes
In keeping with tradition, the Vail Valley Foundation’s 16th annual Vail International Dance Festival – August 6 -15th, 2004 – is filled with premieres, classic pieces and contemporary masterpieces performed by the world’s best artists.
The Festival opens with the always-popular International Evenings of Dance at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Produced by Festival Director Katherine Kersten, this year’s schedule features Ethan Stiefel and Gillian Murphy, principals with American Ballet Theatre, Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares, principals with The Royal Ballet, Shoko Nakamura and Jurgen Wagner from Vienna State Opera Ballet, Eric Gauthier from Stuttgart Ballet and Victor da Silva and Natalie Wolf – champion ballroom exhibition dancers.
In its sixth season of commissioning new works, the Festival, in collaboration with Cincinnati Ballet, is proud to present the world premiere of Trey McIntyre’s “Chasing Squirrel.” Choreographed to the passionate music of the Kronos Quartet, McIntyre’s creation is an intense, athletic and amusingly dramatic exploration of Latin culture and relationships. Both evenings will feature “Chasing Squirrel,” but otherwise offer different repertoire.
The original Victor Ullate Ballet continues the Festival at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. This company delivers a sensual mix of classical ballet flavored by Spanish culture.
Four companies take to the stage on August 14 for Different Dimensions, each performing a signature piece. Ballet Internationale presents Russian Treasures – a tribute to Marius Petipa. Although a Frenchman, Petipa spent his career in Russia and is widely-recognized as the father of the three-act classical ballet.
And, the evening wouldn’t be complete without the guest appearance of Russian ballerina Ida Nevasayneva of Les Ballets Trockadero de Mont Carlo in one of Anna Pavlova’s most famous signature solos.
Les Ballets Africains bring the Festival to an energetic close with two performances – an afternoon family matinee and an evening performance. Les Ballets Africains integrates tribal rhythms, dramatic celebrations and sheer physical energy. The matinee performance is one hour with no intermission followed by a photo opportunity with the company.
Tickets for the Vail International Dance Festival range from $17 – $85 and are available at the Vilar Center Box Office, by phone at 888.920.ARTS (2787), or online at http://www.vvf.org/dance.cfm.