Vail dance fest tickets go on sale Friday |

Vail dance fest tickets go on sale Friday

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Bill Mohn/The Balanchine Trust/Vail DailyPacific Northwest Ballet returns as company-in-rResidence for the 2010 Vail International Festival, presenting two evenings of masterworks old and new. Tickets for the Festival are on sale Friday at 11 a.m.

VAIL – Three premieres. Eleven performances. One artist-in-residence and one company residency.

The Vail International Dance Festival returns to the Vail Valley July 27 through Aug. 10 and the schedule was released this week. Tickets go on sale Friday at 11 a.m.

-Highlights of the festival include:

•-The Vail debut of BeijingDance / LDTX, who will present a repertoire of contemporary dance and a world premiere.

• Tango dancers Natalia Hills and Gabriel Misse, who will present an UpClose look at their art form, as well as the U.S. premiere of their new tango show, Romper el Piso.

• New for 2010, the artist-in-residence initiative. The festival’s first artist-in-residence is acclaimed choreographer and dancer Larry Keigwin, who will premiere a new work during the International Evenings of Dance, as well as perform himself during the festival. During his residency, Keigwin will also create a free, community participation event.

The two-week festival also features the return of Pacific Northwest Ballet for a week-long residency and two evenings of varied repertoire; a one-night-only appearance by the tap dancer Savion Glover; and Paul Taylor Dance Company, who will present masterpieces in celebration of the choreographer’s 80th birthday. The International Evenings of Dance present artists from around the globe in two gala performances. This year’s lineup features artists from companies such as The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, including dancers Herman Cornejo, Wendy Whelan, Daniil Simkin, Carla Körbes, Matthew Rushing and Tiler Peck, among others.

New for 2010, selected dancers of the International Evenings will pull back the curtain in a special UpClose with the stars performance, sharing their work as they prepare for their performances in Vail.

“This season celebrates the magnificent diversity and creative brilliance of dance,” said Damian Woetzel, now in his fourth year as artistic director of the 22-year-old Dance Festival. “With BeijingDance / LDTX’s innovative choreography and movement, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s superb stagings of Balanchine masterpieces, Savion Glover’s incomparable tap dancing and Natalia Hills and Gabriel Misse’s gorgeous tango, audience members will have the opportunity to experience a spectacular range of dance.”

Continuing its mission to engage the community and new audiences, the Festival will also host free events throughout the Valley, including Dancing in the Streets, Village Vignettes performances and an open dance party in The Arrabelle at Vail Square. The Festival’s education component, Celebrate the Beat, which now has expanded to include year-round arts education in the Eagle County public schools, will again hold a free summer session for local children culminating in an in-town performance.

The full season schedule, artist bios and ticket information are now available at the Festival Web site,, which also features video footage from past years, images of the artists, blog posts from the dancers as they get ready to travel to Vail and more.

Tickets are $10-$90, with special package pricing and student discounts available. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the Vilar Performing Arts Center Box Office in Beaver Creek. The Box Office is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Online ticketing is available 24 hours a day.

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