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Vail Dance Fest to Celebrate Its 30th Anniversary


Michelle Dorrance, middle, appearing with Dorrance Dance. This 12 months’s Vail International Dance Festival will come with a number of new commissions, amongst them one by way of Ms. Dorrance.

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New commissions, from Justin Peck, Lauren Lovette, Michelle Dorrance, Lil Buck, Claudia Schreier, Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell, in addition to a choreographic debut by way of the New York City Ballet essential Tiler Peck, are a few of the highlights of this 12 months’s Vail International Dance Festival, which can run from July 28 via Aug. 11. The program, introduced Friday, celebrates the pageant’s 30th anniversary with an emphasis on collaborative inventive relationships.

“Breathing the Rocky Mountain air, we seem to let go of rules,” mentioned Damian Woetzel, the previous New York City Ballet essential dancer who has directed the Vail pageant since 2007. “Bringing together so many distinct voices sets the scene for some highly creative craziness.”

It’s a primary Vail fee for Justin Peck, New York City Ballet’s resident choreographer, whose paintings shall be set to a brand new composition by way of Caroline Shaw, these days the pageant’s Leonard Bernstein composer in place of dwelling. Ms. Schreier’s piece, created for Ballet Hispánico, could have a commissioned ranking by way of Gabriela Lena Frank, and be carried out by way of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider.

Ballet Hispánico’s look shall be its first time on the pageant. The identical is correct for American Ballet Theater and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Ballet Theater will provide Alexei Ratmansky’s “Souvenir d’un Lieu Cher” and his “Serenade After Plato’s Symposium.” Returning corporations come with the faucet ensemble Dorrance Dance, appearing along Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely in “The Blues Project,” and Ballet X, with the brand new piece by way of the jookin artist Lil Buck, as a part of the pageant’s last night.

Mr. Woetzel has established the pageant as a spot to see each primary dance stars and up-and-comers carry out. This 12 months’s listing additionally comprises Misty Copeland, Herman Cornejo, Alban Lendorf, Alicia Graf Mack, Roman Mejia and Calvin Royal III. Choreographers shall be appearing, too, amongst them Ms. Dorrance, Ms. Peck, Ms. Lovette and Lil Buck.

Vail could also be where to see those dancers up shut. As he does annually, Mr. Woetzel will provide a rehearsal-style efficiency that includes new works on the pageant, that specialize in the collaboration between Ms. Shaw and Mr. Peck.

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