The Vail International Dance Festival announces its 2014 schedule to be held July 27 through August 9, marking its 26th season with world premieres, exceptional debuts and captivating collaborations. Located in the pristine alpine community of Vail, Colorado, the Festival features many of the world’s greatest artists from all genres of dance. Under the direction of former New York City Ballet star, Damian Woetzel, the Festival has established itself as one of the premiere dance events in the world. This year, the Festival announces Argentine ballet superstar, Herman Cornejo as Artist-in-Residence, and Pennsylvania Ballet and BalletX as Companies-in-Residence. The Festival also welcomes back ballerina, Wendy Whelan in the Vail debut of her new project Restless Creature, along with New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild, Carla K?rbes from Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Martha Graham Dance Company, tango artists Gabriel Missé and Analía Centurión and the Memphis jookin’ sensation Lil’ Buck.
“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.”
Repertory highlights for 2014 will include 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 world’s finest dancers including – in addition to many of the dancers above – modern dance master Fang-Yi Sheu, Boston Ballet stars Misa Kuranaga and Jeffrey Cirio, the Indian dancing luminary Shantala Shivalingappa and the Royal Ballet’s newest leading dancer

Matthew Golding; the Martha Graham Dance Company's performance will include the premiere of 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, The Letter Suite (working title) will feature guest artists Tiler Peck, Herman Cornejo, and Robert Fairchild alongside stars of the Graham Company; and using the special UpClose format, Balanchine’s masterpiece Jewels will be the focus of an evening featuring rehearsal style excerpts, coaching and discussion led by Damian Woetzel, with performances by the Pennsylvania Ballet and special guests from New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. The creation of new works will continue to be a focus with the NOW: Premieres evening hosting world premieres by Brian Brooks, Matthew Neenan, Lil’ Buck and a collaboration between Fang-Yi Sheu and Shantala Shivalingappa. Artists from dance-inspired TV shows such as “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars” will again be incorporated into the season’s line up in Dance TV, ballroom stars will take the stage for Ballroom Spectacular and 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.
·         Sunday, July 27 - Opening Night
·         Monday, July 28 - Pennsylvania Ballet, Balanchine Celebration
·         Wednesday, July 30 - Up Close: Jewels, Pennsylvania Ballet & Special Guests
·         Friday, August 1 & Saturday, August 2 - International Evenings of Dance
·         Monday, August 4 - NOW: Premieres, Hosted by Damian Woetzel
·         Tuesday, August 5 - Dance for $20.14
·         Wednesday, August 6 - Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature
·         Thursday, August 7 - Martha Graham Dance Company
·         Friday, August 8 - Ballroom Spectacular
·         Saturday, August 9 - Dance TV
Performances take place at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek. Fan Club pre-sale tickets are available March 19-21; public sale begins March 25 and Dance for $20.14 tickets goes on sale in June 2014. A full schedule of performances and other Festival events are available on www.vaildance.org.


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