World Premieres

Since Damian Woetzel stepped into the role of Artistic Director in 2007, the Festival has made the creation of new works a priority. 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

86 WORLD PREMIERES


Performance Date Choreography By
2007
Release My Heart 8.4.07 Ron K. Brown
The Orchard 8.4.07 Damian Woetzel
(Preview) Fool’s Paradise 8.11.07 Christopher Wheeldon
Prokofiev Pas de Deux 8.11.07 Christopher Wheeldon
Vicissitudes 8.11.07 Edwaard Liang
2008
Song V 7.27.08 Bulareyaung Pagarlava
2010
Solitude In Numbers 8.4.10 Sang Jijia
Fandango 8.6.10 Alexei Ratmansky
Rock Steady 8.6.10 Larry Keigwin (w/Ashley Browne, Aaron Carr)
Romper El Piso 8.8.10 Natalia Hills
2011
Archetypes 8.8.11 Emery LeCrone
Shoe Wither Revival 8.8.11 Richard Siegal
The Music’s Coming Through Me 8.8.11 New Styles Krew
Gravity Heros 8.8.11 Trey McIntyre
2012
Switch Phase 8.6.12 Matthew Neenan
Solo for Sy 8.6.12 Jill Johnson
Fall Falls 8.6.12 Brian Brooks
Varone Variation – Lamentation Variations Project 8.6.12 Doug Varone
3 Movements and 4 Repeats 8.6.12 Christopher Wheeldon
2013
Tango Trio 8.3.13 Analia Centruion, Herman Cornejo, Gabriel Missé, Damian Woetzel
Sunshine 8.2.13 Larry Keigwin
Entanglement 8.2.13 Brian Brooks
Les Hommes De La Legande 8.2.13 Lil Buck, Ron Myles, Ringmaster Nugget, Keviorr Taylor
Canvas 8.2.13 Larry Keigwin
All Will Be Still 8.3.13 Fang-Yi Sheu
Partita 8.3.13 Lil Buck & Damian Woetzel
Anywhere On the Road 8.5.13 Ron Myles & Fang-Yi Sheu
American Dreamer 8.5.13 Paul Taylor
2014
Street Scenes 8.1.14 Damian Woetzel & Artists
Unrepeatable 8.1.14 Fang-Yi Sheu
Tabla-Ture 8.2.14 Damian Woetzel & Lil Buck
Counterpoint 8.4.14 Brian Brooks
Talk to Her 8.4.14 Fang Yi-Sheu
1X1 8.4.14 Fang-Yi Sheu & Shantala Shivalingappa
Memphis Born 8.4.14 Lil Buck, Ron Myles, Keviorr Taylor
Pheromones 8.4.14 Fang-Yi Sheu
Blooming 8.4.14 Shantala Shivalingappa & Lil Buck
Increasing 8.4.14 Matthew Neenan
2015
Dig the Say 8.4.15 Lil Buck, Ron Myles, Damian Woetzel
Day for Night for Vail 8.4.15 Pam Tanowitz
Desire Liar 8.4.15 Silas Reiner & Rashaun Mitchell
Show Me 8.4.15 Matthew Neenan
Migration 8.4.15 Fang-Yi Sheu
Easy Win 8.4.15 John Heginbotham
L.O.V.E. 8.7.15 Alejandro Cerrudo
Time it was 8.7.15 Bill Irwin, Tiler Peck, Damian Woetzel
Y Dance 8.7.15 Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
2016
Vail Dance Jam 2016 7.30.16 Lil Buck, Shantala Shivalingappa, Ron Myles,
“Audacious Adi” Malcolm, Damian Woetzel
Universe 8.5.16 Gabriel Missé & Carla Espinoza
Lessons in Tradition 8.5.16 Michelle Dorrance & Bill Irwin
Milongon 8.6.16 Herman Cornejo
Zapateado 8.6.16 Valeriano Paños & Rafael Estévez
1.2.3.4.5.6 8.6.16 Developed by Damian Woetzel & Michelle Dorrance
Romance Study #4 8.8.16 Silas Riener + Rashaun Mitchell
Liquid Velvet 8.8.16 Jodie Gates
Jodi Kate ravel 8.8.16 Jodi Melnick
Solitaire 8.8.16 Claudia Schreier
Blooming II 8.8.16 Lil Buck & Shantala Shivalingappa
Credo 8.8.16 Matthew Neenan
Post Performance 8.13.16 James Whiteside
Wait 8.13.16 Lil Buck & Ron Myles
2017
Farewell 8.5.17 Matthew Neenan
Tranquil Night, Bright and Infinite 8.7.17 Claudia Schreier
Solo for Patricia 8.7.17 Pam Tanowitz
Entr’acte 8.7.17 Pam Tanowitz
Angles of the Get-Through 8.7.17 Lauren Lovette
we seem to be more than one 8.7.17 Michelle Dorrance, Dario Natarelli & Dancers
Lamentation Variation 8.7.17 Lil Buck
2018
Praedicere 7.29.18 Michelle Dorrance & American Ballet Theatre
They Try To Tell Us 8.4.18 Michelle Dorrance & Justin Peck
38109 8.4.18 Lil Buck with original score by Caroline Shaw
Ascending Bird 8.5.18 Lil Buck, Michelle Dorrance, Ron Myles, Naomi Funaki, Dario Natarelli & Phyouture
Papillons 8.6.18 Lauren Lovette
Lincoln Square 8.6.18 Tiler Peck
3body 8.6.18 Silas Riener + Rashaun Mitchell
RISE WAIT CLIMB THROUGH 8.6.18 Justin Peck
Contra 8.6.18 Claudia Schreier
Ex Pluribus One 8.6.18 Michelle Dorrance
Express 8.6.18 Lil Buck with BalletX
2019
New American Romance 7.27.19 Choreography: James Whiteside, Music: Claude Debussy
Fandango – restaged for Roman Mejia 8.2.19 Choreography: Alexei Ratmanksy, Music: Luigi Boccherini
The Personal Element 8.3.19 Choreography: Alonzo King, Music Composed by Jason Moran
Once More With Feeling 8.5.19 Choreography: Pam Tanowitz, Music: Caroline Shaw
Thousandth Orange 8.5.19 Choreography: Tiler Peck, Music: Caroline Shaw
If You’re Gonna Build A Body, Start With The Bones 8.5.19 Choreography: Lauren Lovette, Music: Kate Davis, Alexander Foote, Cameron Macintosh, Maurice Ravel
When We Know 8.5.19 Choreography: Lil Buck, Michelle Dorrance, Naomi Funaki, Catherine Hurlin, Ron Myles, Dario Natarelli, Phyouture, Cory Stearns, Devon Teuscher, James Whiteside, Music: Caroline Shaw

 


VAIL DANCE FESTIVAL: REMIX NYC

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

 

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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