Fringe Events

2018 FESTIVAL FORUMS

 

Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden from the popular podcast series, “Conversations On Dance” host in-depth discussions with Festival artists from dancers – past and present – to musicians and choreographers. The Forums are inspirational and thought-provoking conversations with those engaged in the dance world. You can hear selections from the 2017 Vail Dance Festival here. A limited number of $20 tickets are available and price includes light food and drink. Hosted by Manor Vail Lodge.


Festival Forum: Collaborative Spirit in Vail

TUESDAY, JULY 31  |  6-7PM
MANOR VAIL LODGE

*SOLD OUT*

Justin Peck, one of the world’s most sought after and celebrated working ballet choreographers, and fresh off a Tony nomination for his work on the Broadway musical ‘Carousel’, will be premiering his first work at the Vail Dance Festival. Caroline Shaw, composer-in-residence at VDF, has been commissioned to create the score for this work. In conversation together with these artists, we will explore the possibilities of such a collaboration, from the first moments of mutual inspiration to bringing the premiere to the stage.

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Festival Forum: What’s Special about Vail?

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2  |  9:30-10:30AM
MANOR VAIL LODGE

*SOLD OUT*

New to the festival last year, Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambé, dancers with the Royal Ballet, are pleased to be back at VDF for the 2018 festival. We will talk with Francesca and Marcelino about the unique allure and feeling of the Vail Dance Festival, what separates it from other work outside the Royal Ballet, the intercompany and interdisciplinary collaborative spirit present at Vail, and how this experience enriches their work back at home.

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Festival Forum: Merce Cunningham’s Centennial

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3  |  9:30-10:30AM
MANOR VAIL LODGE

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Merce Cunningham is one of the greatest and most influential choreographers of the 20th century. In honor of his centennial, we are pleased to host a panel of esteemed guests including dancers of his works from past and present and scholars who will explore Merce’s work methods, collaborations with artists like John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg, and broad influence in the avant-garde, in dance and beyond.

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Festival Forum: Roman Mejia’s Breakout Season

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4  |  9:30-10:30AM
MANOR VAIL LODGE

*SOLD OUT*

Roman Mejia is one of the newest members of the New York City Ballet, having burst onto the scene at the Vail Dance Festival fresh out of the School of American Ballet. In just his first year at the company, he’s garnered critical acclaim for numerous solo roles, and is quickly gathering momentum as a dancer to be seen. We will talk with Roman about the pressures of being thrust into the spotlight so soon into his career, how he prepares for these challenges, and how coming from a ballet family has prepared him in his career.

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Festival Forum: Claudia Schreier’s World Premiere in Vail with Ballet Hispánico

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5  |  9:30-10:30AM
MANOR VAIL LODGE

*SOLD OUT*

Claudia Schreier has roots in the Vail Dance Festival as a young intern that grew into a burgeoning career as a choreographer noticed by major companies and critics alike. Ms. Schreier is expanding her impressive portfolio by premiering a new work this year on two dancers from Ballet Hispánico. This conversation will focus on the choreographic process, building a positive relationship between choreographers and companies, and how VDF nurtures these artistic offerings.

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Festival Forum: Tiler Peck’s Choreographic Debut in Vail

MONDAY, AUGUST 6  |  9:30-10:30AM
MANOR VAIL LODGE

*SOLD OUT*

One of the most celebrated dancers of her generation and a VDF staple for more than a decade, Tiler Peck will be making her choreographic debut at this summer’s festival. We will talk with Tiler about what spurred this artistic choice and how her life’s influences, from her time on broadway, to her work with a wide range of choreographers, to her oft-noted exquisite sense of musicality, come together to impact her first work as choreographer.

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