Mention Vail Colorado, and most people have visions of skiers, snow boarders, hot spiced drinks and snowy landscapes, but summer in the Vail Valley brings beautiful warm weather, vibrant cultural events and the famed Vail International Dance Festival.
Each summer nearly twenty-thousand people gather in the outdoor splendor of the Colorado Rocky Mountains to enjoy the spirited atmosphere of Vail Village and evenings under the stars watching illustrious dance artists in an intimate and casual setting
Under the direction of former New York City’s ballet star, Damian Woetzel the Vail International Dance Festival kicked off its 26th season on July 27th, spotlighting some of the Festival’s notable superstars with captivating performances by the Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, Lil Buck, Tyler Peck and festival artist in residence, Herman Cornejo.
Playing host to some of the world’s finest dancers from all genres and renowned for its artistic excellence and unparalleled programming this esteemed celebration of dance has become a highlight on the calendar of dance aficionados and travelers from the US and Europe
“The Vail International Dance Festival is more and more about collaboration – combining contrasting styles of dance, or dancers who have never worked together before,” says Damian Woetzel. “These explorations are what make the Festival a unique experience for the dancers and the audience. Pushing the limits and experimenting with what is possible has really become the goal.”
Highlights for 2014 include the Pennsylvania Ballet in George Balanchine’s Rubies with guest stars Tiler Peck and Herman Cornejo making their debuts in the principal roles. The International Evenings of Dance will once again create unique pairings of the worlds finest including modern dance master Fang-Yi Sheu, Boston Ballet stars Misa Kuranga and Jeffrey Cirio, the Indian dancing luminary Santala Shivalingappa and the Royal Ballet’s newest leading dancer Mathew Golding. The creation of new works will continue to be a focus with the NOW: Première’s evening. Famed Martha Graham Dance Company will premiere a new arrangement of the 1940 masterwork Letter to the World, inspired by the poetry of Emily Dickinson and not seen in its entirety since 1988.
Throughout the Festival, there will be off- stage components including master classes by visiting artists, free education for local children through the Celebrate the Beat program and public engagement through Dancing in the Streets, which brings the Festival stars into the community to perform and teach everyone to dance