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The Vail Dance Festival is known for its exceptional artistry, unique collaborations and commissioned new works. Learn more about new works created yearly in Vail as well as the first Festival event outside of our Colorado home that was held at New York’s City Center, ReMix NYC.

Since Damian Woetzel stepped into the role of Artistic Director in 2007, the Festival has made the creation of new works a priority. From 2007 to 2017, Woetzel commissioned 68 new works which carry the name of the Vail Dance Festival in perpetuity.

Launched in 2011, the NOW: Premieres program – an evening devoted to world premieres – brings new works to life, nurtures emerging talent and fosters collaboration among artists from diverse backgrounds. “It’s an evening that inspires enthusiastic anticipation and delivers rich rewards.” –The New York Times

World PremiereDateChoreography By
2007
Release My Heart8.4.07Ron K. Brown
The Orchard8.4.07Damian Woetzel
(Preview) Fool’s Paradise8.11.07Christopher Wheeldon
Prokofiev Pas de Deux8.11.07Christopher Wheeldon
Vicissitudes8.11.07Edwaard Liang
2008
Song V7.27.08Bulareyaung Pagarlava
2010
Solitude In Numbers8.4.10Sang Jijia
Fandango8.6.10Alexei Ratmansky
Rock Steady8.6.10Larry Keigwin (w/Ashley Browne, Aaron Carr)
Romper El Piso8.8.10Natalia Hills
2011
Archetypes8.8.11Emery LeCrone
Shoe Wither Revival8.8.11Richard Siegal
The Music’s Coming Through Me8.8.11New Styles Krew
Gravity Heros8.8.11Trey McIntyre
2012
Switch Phase8.6.12Matthew Neenan
Solo for Sy8.6.12Jill Johnson
Fall Falls8.6.12Brian Brooks
Varone Variation – Lamentation Variations Project8.6.12Doug Varone
3 Movements and 4 Repeats8.6.12Christopher Wheeldon
2013
Tango Trio8.3.13Analia Centruion, Herman Cornejo, Gabriel Missé, Damian Woetzel
Sunshine8.2.13Larry Keigwin
Entanglement8.2.13Brian Brooks
Les Hommes De La Legande8.2.13Lil Buck, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles, Ringmaster Nugget, Keviorr Taylor
Canvas8.2.13Larry Keigwin
All Will Be Still8.3.13Fang-Yi Sheu
Partita 8.3.13Lil Buck & Damian Woetzel
Anywhere On the Road8.5.13Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles & Fang-Yi Sheu
American Dreamer 8.5.13Paul Taylor
2014
Street Scenes8.1.14Damian Woetzel & Artists
Unrepeatable 8.1.14Fang-Yi Sheu
Tabla-Ture8.2.14Damian Woetzel & Lil Buck
Counterpoint8.4.14Brian Brooks
Talk to Her8.4.14Fang Yi-Sheu
1X1 8.4.14Fang-Yi Sheu & Shantala Shivalingappa
Memphis Born8.4.14Lil Buck, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles, Keviorr Taylor
Pheromones8.4.14Fang-Yi Sheu
Blooming8.4.14Shantala Shivalingappa & Lil Buck
Increasing8.4.14Matthew Neenan
2015
Dig the Say8.4.15Lil Buck, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles, Damian Woetzel
Day for Night for Vail8.4.15Pam Tanowitz
Desire Liar8.4.15Silas Reiner & Rashaun Mitchell
Show Me8.4.15Matthew Neenan
Migration8.4.15Fang-Yi Sheu
Easy Win8.4.15John Heginbotham
L.O.V.E.8.7.15Alejandro Cerrudo
Time it was8.7.15Bill Irwin, Tiler Peck, Damian Woetzel
Y Dance8.7.15Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
2016
Vail Dance Jam 20167.30.16Lil Buck, Shantala Shivalingappa, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles,
“Audacious Adi” Malcolm, Damian Woetzel
Universe8.5.16Gabriel Missé & Carla Espinoza
Lessons in Tradition8.5.16Michelle Dorrance & Bill Irwin
Milongon8.6.16Herman Cornejo
Zapateado8.6.16Valeriano Paños & Rafael Estévez
1.2.3.4.5.68.6.16Developed by Damian Woetzel & Michelle Dorrance
Romance Study #48.8.16Silas Riener + Rashaun Mitchell
Liquid Velvet8.8.16Jodie Gates
Jodi Kate ravel8.8.16Jodi Melnick
Solitaire8.8.16Claudia Schreier
Blooming II8.8.16Lil Buck & Shantala Shivalingappa
Credo8.8.16Matthew Neenan
Post Performance8.13.16James Whiteside
Wait 8.13.16Lil Buck & Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles
2017
Farewell8.5.17Matthew Neenan
Tranquil Night, Bright and Infinite8.7.17Claudia Schreier
Solo for Patricia8.7.17Pam Tanowitz
Entr’acte8.7.17Pam Tanowitz
Angles of the Get-Through8.7.17Lauren Lovette
we seem to be more than one8.7.17Michelle Dorrance, Dario Natarelli & Dancers
Lamentation Variation8.7.17Lil Buck

November 2016

In Damian Woetzel’s tenth year as Artistic Director of the Vail Dance Festival, City Center presented three programs and an UpClose performance channeling the spirit of our acclaimed summer dance event in the Rocky Mountains. Read the review here.

The event included Sara Mearns performing Ratmansky’s Fandago, hailed by The New York Times as the dance of 2016: “And in November, the illustrious Sara Mearns danced the New York premiere of Mr. Ratmansky’s ballerina solo “Fandango” (created for Wendy Whelan in 2010 at the Vail International Dance Festival, to Boccherini music). Ms. Mearns blazed; her musicality electrified. If I had to choose one 2016 performance by one dancer, this would be the one.” — Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

Program Information:
Thursday | Nov. 3, 2016 | 8pm

Apollo

(Stravinsky/Balanchine)

Herman Cornejo, Tiler Peck, Isabella Boylston, and Misa Kuranaga

 

1·2·3·4·5·6

(Dorrance/Toogood/Lil Buck/Fairchild)

Michelle Dorrance, Melissa Toogood, Lil Buck, and Robert Fairchild

 

Fandango

(Boccherini/Ratmansky)

Sara Mearns

 

This Bitter Earth

(Otis/Richter/Wheeldon)

Isabella Boylston and Calvin Royal III, with Kate Davis (vocals)

 

Élégie

(Stravinsky/Balanchine)

Carla Körbes

 

Divertimento Brillante

(Glinka/Balanchine)

Tiler Peck and Joseph Gordon

 

Lil Buck @ City Center: A Jookin’ Jam Session

(various composers/Lil Buck and others)

Lil Buck, Yo-Yo Ma, and other artists

 

Friday | Nov. 4, 2016 | 8pm

Apollo

(Stravinsky/Balanchine)

Robert Fairchild, Tiler Peck, Isabella Boylston, and Devon Teuscher

 

Leaves are Fading

(Dvorak/Tudor)

Tiler Peck and Cory Stearns

 

Lamentation

(Kodaly/Graham)

Carla Körbes

 

Fandango

(Boccherini/Ratmansky)

Sara Mearns

 

Lil Buck @ City Center: A Jookin’ Jam Session

(various composers/Lil Buck and others)

Lil Buck and other artists

 

Saturday | Nov. 5, 2016 | 8pm

Canvas

(Crystal/Keigwin)

Keigwin + Company

 

Ife / My Heart  

(Rucker/R. Brown)

Matthew Rushing

 

Anywhere on This Road

(Lhasa/Sheu)

Fang-Yi Sheu and Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles

 

Suite from Mazurkas

(Chopin/Limon)

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild

 

First Fall

(Glass/Brooks)

Wendy Whelan and Brian Brooks

 

Liquid Velvet

(Dallapiccola/Gates)

Carla Körbes and Jared Angle

 

This Bitter Earth

(Otis/Richter/Wheeldon)

Isabella Boylston and Calvin Royal III, with Kate Davis (vocals)

 

Tabla-ture   

(Das/Lil Buck/Woetzel)

Lil Buck and Sandeep Das

 

Divertissement Pas de Deux from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

(Mendelssohn/Balanchine)

Tiler Peck and Jared Angle

 

Switch Phase

(Zhurbin/Neenan)

BalletX

 

Sunday | Nov. 6, 2016 | 3pm

UpClose: Footwork

In this performance event, Damian Woetzel coaches dancers and deconstruct their work onstage in front of the audience while providing musical and choreographic context. Joining Woetzel to illustrate the sophistication of footwork in a wide variety of genres are Lil Buck, Carla Espinoza, Robert Fairchild, Carla Körbes, Gabriel Missé, Tiler Peck, Matthew Rushing,Fang-Yi Sheu, and others.


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