National Ballet of China to perform in Vail
VAIL – A group of 28 dancers from the National Ballet of China has been added to the performance lineup for the 2006 Vail International Dance Festival.The sole national ballet company in China, the National Ballet, will perform at the Ford Amphitheater Aug. 11. The 2006 Vail International Dance Festival runs from July 30 through Aug. 13, with performances at both the Ford Amphitheater and the Vilar Center for the Arts.
Founded in 1959, Russian ballet artist Pyotr Gusev laid a solid foundation of classical ballet for the company. The troupe’s repertoire includes dozens of full length classical ballets while in recent years, especially since the 1990s, the company has staged many contemporary ballet and modern dance works.The National Ballet of China has used ballet, an essentially Western art form, to depict the lives of the Chinese people. The “Red Detachment of Women” has become a classic which enjoys fame around the world, while “The Yellow River,” “Butterfly Lovers” and “Raise the Red Lantern” establishes a foundation for creating a ballet style that is uniquely Chinese.
Led by director Zhao Ruheng, the National Ballet of China has toured dozens of countries and regions around the world, while annually inviting famous ballet masters and choreographers from abroad to instruct the dancers and stage new ballets for the company.Tickets for all 2006 Vail International Dance Festival performances are currently on sale, priced from $14-$85. Vail International Dance Festival tickets can be purchased online at http://www.vaildance.org or by calling either 845-TIXS (8497) or 1-888-920-ARTS (2787).
The 2006 Vail International Dance Festival is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation. For more information on the festival or the foundation, call 949-1999 or visit http://www.vvf.org.Vail, Colorado