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Opening Night 2018

July 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the Vail Dance Festival presents a mixed-bill evening previewing the 2018 season, featuring Festival artists along with appearances by Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre performing the Vail premiere of Souvenir d’un lieu cher choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky, “One of the 21st century’s greatest choreographers…”  – The New York Times  

American Ballet Theatre

July 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Since 1940, American Ballet Theatre has created a tradition of passion, innovation, and athleticism that transcends cultural boundaries and touches the soul of ballet lovers old and new. In its Festival debut, the company will present an evening of mixed repertory, including the Vail premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, hailed as the choreographer’s  “…most authoritatively original creation” (The New York Times).  Set to a score by Leonard Bernstein, live musical accompaniment will be provided by the Breckenridge…

Dancing in the Park: Alonzo King LINES Ballet

July 30 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Festival welcomes Alonzo King LINES Ballet in a free family-friendly show on the extraordinary stage of the Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park. Alonzo King’s visionary choreography, brought to life by the extraordinary LINES Ballet dancers, is renowned for connecting audiences to a profound sense of shared humanity. Also, performing will be the Celebrate The Beat All Stars.  

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

July 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Alonzo King LINES Ballet is a contemporary ballet company led by Alonzo King, “…one of the few bona fide visionaries in the ballet world today…” – San Francisco Chronicle. Known for collaboration and creation of works that draw on diverse cultural traditions, LINES imbues classical ballet with new expressive potential. For its Festival debut, LINES will perform two acclaimed Alonzo King ballets: Biophony and SAND.  

UpClose: Vail Premieres

August 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel presents an all-star cast in a rehearsal-style performance, featuring new works at the 2018 Festival, specifically focusing on the relationship of dance and music. This UpClose will highlight the Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, and the world premiere to her work, choreographed by Justin Peck in his first Festival commission. Elevate your evening by attending a pre-show reception in the May Gallery and post-performance dinner with the dancers at the…

International Evenings of Dance I

August 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A brilliant cast of dancers from around the world takes the stage in these signature Festival performances. These two unique gala evenings of innovation and artistic collaboration include debuts and new partnerships by a selection of today’s foremost dancers. “Where Dancers Shine Beyond Their Usual Specialties” –The New York Times Featured Artists to include: Alban Lendorf, American Ballet Theatre Alicia Graf Mack Calvin Royal III, American Ballet Theatre Carla Körbes Lil Buck, Memphis Jooker Cory Stearns, American Ballet Theatre Dario…

International Evenings of Dance II

August 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A brilliant cast of dancers from around the world takes the stage in these signature Festival performances. These two unique gala evenings of innovation and artistic collaboration include debuts and new partnerships by a selection of today’s foremost dancers. “Where Dancers Shine Beyond Their Usual Specialties” –The New York Times Featured artists to include: Alban Lendorf, American Ballet Theatre Alicia Graf Mack Calvin Royal III, American Ballet Theatre Carla Körbes Lil Buck, Memphis Jooker Cory Stearns, American Ballet Theatre Dario…

NOW: Premieres

August 6 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

NOW: Premieres presents a collection of new works commissioned by the Festival from some of today’s most renowned and emerging choreographers and performed by artists from ballet, modern, and contemporary dance. The 2018 choreographers will include: New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer Justin Peck in collaboration with the Festival’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Leonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence Caroline Shaw; New York City Ballet principal Lauren Lovette; MacArthur ‘genius’ grant recipient and founder of pioneering tap company Dorrance Dance, Michelle Dorrance; emerging ballet choreographer…

Dance for $20.18

August 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A mixed-bill evening for everyone with guest artists from the 2018 Vail Dance Festival. Specially priced $20.18 reserved seating and $10.18 lawn tickets go on sale Monday, June 18. Join the Festival Fan Club for early access to all Festival tickets including Dance for $20.18!

Dancing in the Park: Ballet Hispánico

August 8 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

The Festival welcomes Ballet Hispánico in a free family-friendly show on the extraordinary stage of the Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park. New York-based Ballet Hispánico explores and celebrates the diversity of Latino cultures through the dialogue of dance. Also, performing will be children from the Celebrate The Beat Pop Hop Camp.  

Ballet Hispánico

August 9 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Ballet Hispánico, the premiere Latino dance organization in the United States, is breaking through stereotypes by inspiring audiences with repertory that explores the diversity of Latino cultures. Founded by National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, the company is led by acclaimed choreographer Eduardo Vilaro. The evening’s program will feature CARMEN.maquia, which was recently featured on PBS’ Lincoln Center at the Movies as an exhilarating contemporary take on Bizet’s beloved composition.  

The Blues Project

August 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Dorrance Dance returns to the Festival with their collaborative work, The Blues Project. Bringing together Dorrance’s tap company with blues composer Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely, The Blues Project is a spectacular evening of original live music and explosive tap that The New Yorker calls, “…rich and exciting.”

Closing Night Celebration with BalletX

August 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Festival 2018 closes with Vail favorite BalletX, in a program of works never before seen in Vail. The evening features a world premiere by Memphis Jookin’ star Lil Buck, and the performance will be followed by an onstage dance party, bringing the Festival to a rousing conclusion celebrating dance for all.  

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