New York City Center will host Vail Dance Festival: ReMix, Nov. 3-6
Vail Dance Festival: ReMix
• Program 1 (8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3) — “Apollon Musagete” (Stravinsky/Balanchine), “Suite from Mazurkas” (Chopin/Limon), “Elegie” (Stravinsky/Balanchine), “Fandango” (Boccherini/Ratmansky), Lil Buck’s Jookin’ Jam Session (various).
• Program 2 (8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4) — “Apollon Musagete” (Stravinsky/Balanchine), “Leaves are Fading” excerpt (Dvorak/Tudor), “Lamentation” (Kodaly/Graham), “Fandango” (Boccherini/Ratmansky), Lil Buck’s Jookin’ Jam Session (various).
• Program 3 (8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5) — “Canvas” (Crystal/Keigwin), “Ife/My Heart” (Various/R. Brown), “Anywhere on this Road” (Bregovic/Sheu), “First Fall” (Glass/Brooks), “This Bitter Earth” (Richter, Washington/Wheeldon), “Elegie” (Stravinsky/Balanchine), “Tablature” (Das, Block/ Lil Buck, Woetzel), “Divertimento Brillante” (Glinka/Balanchine).
• UpClose: Footwork (3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6) — Hosted by Damian Woetzel, featuring Tiler Peck, Lil Buck, Robert Fairchild, Gabriel Misse, Carla Espinoza, Fang-Yi Sheu, Matthew Rushing, Carla Korbes and others.
NEW YORK — New York City Center presents Vail Dance Festival: ReMix NYC, Nov. 3-6, celebrating Damian Woetzel’s 10th year as artistic director of the Vail International Dance Festival. Channeling the spirit of the summer dance happening in the Rocky Mountains with three programs and an UpClose event, Vail Dance Festival: ReMix NYC brings the unique collaborative sensibility of Woetzel’s festival to New York City, featuring dancers and musicians from many genres.
Featured dancers include Vail International Dance Festival artists Lil Buck, Tiler Peck, Robert Fairchild, Herman Cornejo, Carla Korbes and Isabella Boylston, joined by Jared Angle, Brian Brooks, Michelle Dorrance, Carla Espinoza, Misa Kuranaga, Sara Mearns, Gabriel Misse, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles, Ringmaster Nugget and Vibez, Calvin Royal III, Matthew Rushing, Fang-Yi Sheu, Wendy Whelan and Keigwin + Company.
Featured musicians include Scott Borg, the Catalyst Quartet, Kurt Crowley, Kate Davis, members of the FLUX Quartet, Cameron Grant, Sandeep Das, JP Jofre, Cristina Pato, Wu Tong and special guest Yo Yo Ma (Thursday, Nov. 3).
Program 1 (Nov. 3) begins with George Balanchine’s “Apollon Musagete,” performed with the birth scene, led by Cornejo making his New York debut in the title role. The evening also features Jose Limon’s “Suite from Mazurkas,” featuring Peck and Fairchild; Balanchine’s “Elegie,” revived in Vail for the 2012 festival and performed by Korbes; Alexei Ratmansky’s “Fandango,” created for the 2010 Vail International Dance Festival and now danced by Mearns in its New York premiere; and Lil Buck’s Jookin’ Jam Session, which features the Memphis jookin’ star, along with a range of fellow dancers and musicians, including cellist Ma, for this opening night performance.
Program 2 (Nov. 4) again features “Apollon Musagete” — this performance led by Fairchild. This program also includes Martha Graham’s “Lamentation” danced by Korbes, an excerpt from Antony Tudor’s “Leaves are Fading,” featuring Peck, Ratmansky’s “Fandango” again with Mearns and Lil Buck’s Jookin’ Jam Session.
Program 3 (Nov. 5) features a selection of dances that have been commissioned or premiered by the Vail International Dance Festival over the past decade, including Larry Keigwin’s “Canvas” (2013) danced by Keigwin + Company; Brian Brooks’ “First Fall” (2012), featuring Brooks and Wendy Whelan; Sheu’s “Anywhere on this Road” (2013), featuring Sheu and the Memphis jooker Myles; and Ronald K. Brown’s “Ife/My Heart” (2007), with Matthew Rushing.
Additional pieces for Program 3 include Christopher Wheeldon’s “This Bitter Earth” (2012), featuring Boylston and Royal; and Lil Buck and Woetzel’s “Tablature” (2014), featuring Lil Buck and tabla master Sandeep Das. This program also includes two ballets revived by the Festival, Balanchine’s “Elegie” (New York City Ballet premiere 1982/Vail International Dance Festival revival 2012), and Balanchine’s “Divertimento Brillante” from “Glinkiana” (New York City Ballet premiere 1968/Dance Festival revival 2016).
On Sunday, Nov. 6, Vail ReMix NYC will conclude with an UpClose performance event focusing on footwork, with Woetzel coaching the dancers and deconstructing their work onstage in front of the audience while providing musical and choreographic context. Joining Woetzel to illustrate the sophistication of footwork in a wide variety of genres are artists including Peck, Lil Buck, Fairchild, Misse, Espinoza, Sheu, Rushing, Korbes and others.
Additional programming will be announced, and all programs and casting are subject to change. Tickets start at $35 ($25 for UpClose) and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased online at nycitycenter.org, by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212 or in person at the City Center Box Office. New York City Center is located at 131 W. 55th St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues.
Learn more about the Vail International Dance Festival at http://www.vail dance.org.