World premiere added to Vail International Dance Festival |

World premiere added to Vail International Dance Festival

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail DailyChoreographer Alexei Ratmansky is creating a new ballet for New York City dancer Wendy Whelan --the piece will debut during the Vail International Dance Festival, set for July 27 through Aug. 10.

VAIL – Another world premiere will take place at the upcoming Vail International Dance Festival. Renowned choreographer Alexei Ratmansky is creating a piece for New York City Ballet star, Wendy Whelan. Whelan will perform the ballet as part of the International Evenings of Dance on Aug. 6 and 7. The new ballet will be set to music by Luigi Boccherini, and Whelan’s costume will be designed by Tony Award-winning costume designer William Ivey Long.

“It is a privilege to debut Alexei Ratmansky’s new ballet being created for the great American ballerina Wendy Whelan, who has been such an important part of the festival for many years,” said Vail International Dance Festival Director Damian Woetzel.

Ratmansky was born in St. Petersburg and trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow. His performing career included positions as principal dancer with Ukrainian National Ballet, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet. He has choreographed ballets for the Dutch National Ballet, Kirov Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Royal Swedish Ballet, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and the State Ballet of Georgia.

Ratmansky was named artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet in January 2004. Under Ratmansky’s direction, the Bolshoi Ballet was named “Best Foreign Company” in 2005 and 2007 by The Critics’ Circle in London, and he received a Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for The Bright Stream in 2006. Ratmansky joined American Ballet Theatre as artist in residence in January 2009.

Whelan has a long history performing at the Vail International Dance Festival, and is one of the most acclaimed ballerinas in American dance history. The 2009 festival celebrated her career as a dancer and muse with a sold-out UpClose evening. She returns to the 2010 Festival to perform the Ratmansky premiere.

The 2010 Vail International Dance Festival is scheduled from July 27 through Aug. 10 at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Tickets are on sale now and are priced from $10 to $90. Visit to learn more.

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