Vail dance festival announces lineup
VAIL, Colorado – The summer stages of the Vail Valley will shine in 2011 as the Vail International Dance Festival returns July 31 throu Aug. 13 with 17 performances over the two-week showcase of the world’s best dance.A highlight of the festival includes the worldwide debut of New York City Ballet’s new touring company, Moves, led by City Ballet Ballet Master-in-Chief Peter Martins. Moves will open the festival with three different appearances on Sunday, July 31, Monday, Aug. 1 and Tuesday, Aug. 2.For the festival’s opening night July 31, NYCB Moves presents its first program featuring the George Balanchine masterpiece “Duo Concertant” and the Jerome Robbins classic “Dances at a Gathering.”Program B on Aug. 1 features acclaimed works made in the 21st century, including Christopher Wheeldon’s “Polyphonia” and Peter Martins’ “Hallelujah Junction.”NYCB Moves’ Program C on Aug. 2 will be a one-time-only event at the Vilar Performing Arts Center titled “UpClose: The Male Dancer by George Balanchine,” hosted by Martins and Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel. Both widely acknowledged as paradigms of male dancing in their time, Martins and Woetzel will present and illuminate a rehearsal-style romp with current NYCB stars through the great Balanchine roles made for male dancers. Balanchine famously said “ballet is woman,” but on this night, the male roles from Apollo, Rubies and Mozartiana – among others – will take center stage.”Our Vail audiences have come to know and love many individual New York City Ballet stars over the last decades, and now NYCB itself will launch their new venture, Moves, at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for our festival,” said Damian Woetzel. “Growing this connection to the magnificent New York City Ballet company is particularly gratifying to me – it will be such a pleasure to host them in Vail.”Other highlights of the 2011 Vail International Dance Festival include the Vail debut of the Mark Morris Dance Group, celebrating its 30th anniversary season this year; the triumphant return of Trey McIntyre Project, which gave its first performances in 2005 in Vail; an evening of world premieres by choreographers including the world-renowned Christopher Wheeldon in his return to the festival; a new ballroom show created especially for Vail; and the extraordinary Memphis jookin’ sensation Charles “Lil’ Buck” Riley, who has been named the 2011 festival artist-in-residence.The perennially sold-out International Evenings of Dance, the marquee gala performances of the festival, feature dance superstars Gillian Murphy and Herman Cornejo from American Ballet Theatre, Hlne Bouchet and Thiago Bordin from the Hamburg Ballet, Wendy Whelan from New York City Ballet, Taiwan’s leading modern dancer Fang-Yi Sheu, former Alvin Ailey star Asha Thomas and more artists soon to be announced.The festival closes on Saturday, Aug. 13 with Dance TV, a performance highlighting the phenomenal success of dance on television. This one-night show features the winners of “America’s Best Dance Crew,” SuperCr3w along with other artists known to American audiences through various dance programs on TV. “Over these two weeks, one can expect to see a revealing range of dance brilliance from around the world,” continued Woetzel. “We will present Mark Morris’ masterpieces on our stage for the first time, while again fielding innovative world premieres – this time presented in special program devoted to their unveiling. We will also have a Ballroom Spectacular made especially for Vail, incredible artists both new and happily familiar on the two different International Evenings of Dance, and following on their critical- acclaim of the last few years, Trey McIntyre Project returns to Vail presenting exciting contemporary ballets with music ranging from The Shins to New Orleans jazz – all this on our uniquely beautiful stages, nestled in the mountains.” Beginning on July 23, the 23-year-old Festival presents its free performances, Village Vignettes and Hot Summer Nights of Dance featuring crowd pleasers Buckets & Tap Shoes. And over the following two weeks, the festival atmosphere continues through the streets of Vail with three interactive Dancing in the Streets events: one with Buckets & Tap Shoes, another with Riley, and the third with Trey McIntyre Project. The festival’s dance education program, 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 a final performance.The 2011 season schedule and artist information is available online at http://www.vaildance.org or by calling the box office at 888-883-ARTS(2787). Tickets for the 2011 Vail International Dance Festival are priced from $11 to $90 and go on sale Feb, 21 at 11a.m. The Vail International Dance Festival is a project of the Vail Valley Foundation.