Vail International Dance Festival

July 27 - August 9, 2014
Vail & Beaver Creek

Event Overview:

The 2014 Vail International Dance Festival will take at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail and Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, while community events will be held in streets and villages throughout the Vail Valley.

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Opening Night: July 27
The Festival opens with a star filled evening previewing artists and companies to be featured in the 2014 season. The performance closes with Pennsylvania Ballet performing George Balanchine’s Rubies, with special guests Festival Artist-in-Residence Herman Cornejo and NYC Ballet ballerina Tiler Peck making their debuts in the principal roles.

Pennsylvania Ballet: July 28
One of the country’s premiere ballet companies in an all-Balanchine evening. Celebrating 50 years at the forefront of American dance, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Balanchine Celebration includes the masterpieces Serenade, Tarantella and Stravinsky Violin Concerto in its Vail premiere performance.

UpClose Jewels: July 30
Hosted by Festival Director Damian Woetzel, this benefit evening focuses on George Balanchine’s masterpiece Jewels, his full evening plot-less ballet in three acts entitled Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds with music by Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. In the unique UpClose rehearsal-style format, excerpts from each section of Jewels will be performed by Pennsylvania Ballet along with special Festival guests including Carla Körbes, Tiler Peck and
Festival Artist-in-Residence Herman Cornejo.

* Premium UpClose seating for the performance
* Pre-Performance Reception & Post-Performance Dinner with Festival Artists

* UpClose seating for the performance
* Pre-Performance Reception

Performance only tickets are also available, please contact the Box Office for more information. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Vail International Dance Festival.

International Evenings of Dance I: August 1
A magnificent cast of stellar artists from ballet, modern and contemporary dance share the stage in this signature Festival performance.

Two unique International Evenings bring “…new partnerships and debuts that would please the hearts of fans thousands of miles away.” –The New York Times

International Evenings of Dance II: August 2
The Festival’s International Evenings have become known for creating new and exciting partnerships not seen anywhere else. The gala evenings welcome brilliant artists from the Far East, South America, Europe, Asia and the United States.

“Simply the best gala I have attended in decades.” –The New York Times

Now: Premieres: August 4
A magnificent cast of artists from ballet, modern and contemporary dance share the stage in this signature Festival performance. World premieres commissioned by the Festival include new works by acclaimed choreographers Brian Brooks, Lil’ Buck, Fang-Yi Sheu, Shantala Shivalingappa and Matthew Neenan.

The evening performance is hosted by Festival Director Damian Woetzel.

Dance for $20.14: August 5
This popular sampler performance showcases a variety of Festival artists in a mixed-bill evening. With specially-priced tickets for every seat in the house, Dance for $20.14 features ballet and Memphis jookin’ artists, along with the powerhouse contemporary dance company BalletX. Tickets on sale June 14, 2014.

Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature: August 6
The Vail premiere of a collection of ballets created specially for celebrated ballerina Wendy Whelan. The project began in Vail in 2012 with the pairing of Whelan and Brian Brooks in a new duet for NOW: Premieres. That acclaimed collaboration led to Whelan commissioning three more dynamic choreographers to join her in creating a full evening entitled Restless Creature. Joining Whelan in this unique collaborative performance are Kyle Abraham (The Serpent and the Smoke); Joshua Beamish (Waltz Epoca); Brian Brooks (First Fall) and Alejandro Cerrudo (Ego Et Tu).

"It’s hard to think of another woman who could dance these pieces, by four different choreographers, half so strikingly. Everything about her is riveting, interesting, unusual, intelligent." -The New York Times

Martha Graham Dance Company: August 7
In its only performance of the Festival, the Martha Graham Dance Company presents masterpieces by its founder Martha Graham, one of the 20th century's most influential artistic voices. The evening’s program features Errand Into the Maze, Diversion of Angels and the world premiere of The Letter Suite – 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.

The evening closes with Echo, a new work created in 2014 by Andonis Fondiakis which demonstrates how the Martha Graham Dance Company is building on its legacy with new repertory for the 21st century.

Ballroom Spectacular: August 8
Latin dance sensations Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine and Liana Churilova create a unique made-for-Vail showcase with ballroom champions from around the world performing a variety of dances, from the waltz to the rumba, cha-cha, merengue, samba, tango and foxtrot.

Dance TV: August 9
The Festival closer brings the thrill of dance on the small screen to life, with spectacular artists from hit shows like “Dancing with the Stars,” “So You Think You Can Dance" and more. Lineup includes Anna Trebunskaya from "Dancing with the Stars," Alex Wong, Amy Yakima and Fik-shun from “So You Think You Can Dance,” Lil’ Buck, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles and New York City Ballet's Tiler Peck & Robert Fairchild, with more to be announced…

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