VAIL, Colo. - Summer - The inaugural Damian Woetzel edition of the Vail International Dance Festival will officially kick off Saturday, December 30, as tickets for the 2007 festival go on sale at 11 a.m.
Woetzel, one of the top dancers in the world and a star with the New York City Ballet, was named as the Dance Festival's new artistic director this past October and the 2007 performances will be the first to bear his stamp as a programmer and director.
Scheduled for July 29 through August 11, the 2007 Vail International Dance Festival will get off to a rousing start as Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the foremost dance companies in the United States, takes to the stages of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Center for the Arts in Beaver Creek for a trio of memorable performances, all with distinctly different themes.
"Pacific Northwest Ballet is one of the most important companies in the U.S.," explained Woetzel. "Since being taken over by Peter Boal, they are the fastest rising company in this country, and they are bringing to Vail an incredible variety of the best ballets ever made."
Opening night, July 29, at the Ford Amphitheater will feature an American Dance Spectacular, an evening of masterworks by dance giants George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp.
The Vilar Center will play host to A Tribute to Balanchine on July 30, celebrating the revolutionary choreographer and founder of New York City Ballet, with festival premieres of Agon and Rubies, set to the music of Igor Stravinsky.
Pacific Northwest will return to the Amphitheater on August 1 for a night of Modern Masters, featuring an evening of spectacular ballets by Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe and Nacho Duato.
The popular International Evenings of Dance are scheduled for August 3 and 4, with some of the world's greatest dancers taking to the Ford Amphitheater stage in a program of varied repertory, specially selected by Woetzel. Headliners will include the Royal Ballet's Alina Cojocaru and her partner Johan Kobborg, as well as New York City prima ballerina Wendy Whelan and partner Albert Evans.
"I had the good fortune to be part of the first International Evenings series in 1993, and these performances continue to be a cornerstone of the festival as they introduce the world's greatest artists to Vail," said Woetzel.
The daring capoeristas of DanceBrazil will bring their unique blend of martial arts, modern dance and Brazilian music to the Amphitheater on August 6 for a show that has been described by critics as "electrifying".
The second week of the Dance Festival will put the Vail Valley squarely in the global spotlight as one of the foremost choreographers in the world today, Christopher Wheeldon, brings his new vision to Vail in two performances featuring his new company, MORPHOSES, headlined by stars of the international dance world.
"Superlatives have been exhausted in describing the abilities of Christopher Wheeldon," offered Woetzel, "and the honor of being able to introduce his new venture is enormous. Vail will serve as center stage for the world's most acclaimed young choreographer."
The main performance, August 10, will include several of Wheeldon's most successful works, along with previews of his newest creations. In addition, an up close and personal evening August 8 at the Vilar Center will introduce a select audience to Wheeldon the artist, with a one of a kind look at and discussion of a work in progress, hosted by Woetzel.
The 2007 Dance Festival will come to a fiery conclusion August 11 with a return engagement of Ballroom's Best, featuring a scintillating collection of international couples and a spicy lineup of Tango, Rumba and Cha Cha.
Individual tickets for the 2007 Vail International Dance Festival are priced from $17 to $85, with special pricing for the August 8 Christopher Wheeldon evening at the Vilar Center.
An array of ticket packages are also available, including the Center Stage Pass ($475), providing premium reserved seats for all festival performances, with the exception of August 8, and the popular Performance Plus Pass $75), which features discounted general admission lawn seating for all seven Dance Festival performances at the Ford Amphitheater and a $10 discount on a bottle of wine.
New for 2007 is the addition of a Student Performance Plus Pass ($50), available to all dance students, which also provides general admission seating for all Amphitheater shows.
Tickets for the 2007 Vail International Dance Festival are available online at www.vaildance.org or by calling (970) 845-TIXS (8497) or 1-888-920-ARTS (2787).
The Vail International Dance Festival, Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater and Vilar Center for the Arts are all programs and facilities of the Vail Valley Foundation. For additional information, please contact (970) 949-1999 or visit www.vvf.org.