The Vail Dance Festival returns to the stage in person for its 32nd season from July 30 to August 30. 9, because he brings back to Vail a troupe of extraordinary dancers, musicians, composers and choreographers for nine performances and numerous public events.
Here is an overview of the highlights of the opening weekend from Friday July 30 to Sunday August 1:
Shows at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater
Friday July 30 | 7:30 p.m.
The festival returns with a festive opening night featuring stars such as American Ballet Theater lead dancer and artist in residence, Calvin Royal III, and, upon their return to Vail after nearly a decade, the New York City Ballet MOVES. The incomparable company will open the Festival with Jerome Robbins’ masterpiece Dances at a Gathering, embodying the spirit of reunion and renewal as we begin to come together again as a community of artists and audiences. . Tickets start at $ 27.
Saturday July 31 | 7:30 p.m.
During an evening of dance masterpieces with live music, New York City Ballet MOVES takes the stage to present George Balanchine’s expressive Sonatine set to music by Maurice Ravel, the timeless In the Night by Jerome Robbins staged by Frederick Chopin and the famous Pictures by Alexei Ratmansky during an exhibition of the extraordinary music of Modeste Mussorgsky of the same title.
Sunday August 1 | 6:00 p.m.
This first UpClose rehearsal style performance for 2021 celebrates American Ballet Theater lead dancer and Vail Dance Festival artist-in-residence Calvin Royal III. Hosted by Artistic Director Damian Woetzel, Royal will be joined by partners including Isabella Boylston, Unity Phelan and Melissa Toogood, in a repertoire that will include works by George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham and Christopher Wheeldon, as well as a first look at the new ballets created for Royal this season by Tiler Peck and Jamar Roberts.
Vail Dance Festival fringe events
Dancing in the streets
The dance plunges into the heart of the village of Vail with unique, free and participatory performances that create a collective spirit of community and celebration. Audiences, dancers and enthusiasts of all skill levels and abilities are invited to celebrate the joy of dancing with festival performers and fans. The series will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 29 during a special preview with the artists of the festival, and will continue on August 1 at 12 p.m., August 7 at 12 p.m. and August 8 at 12 p.m., on all in Solaris. Place in the village of Vail.
Master Classes with the festival artists
The stellar Master Class program kicks off the opening weekend with unique opportunities for pre-professional dance training with festival artists. The schedule starts July 29 from 9 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. with Calvin Royal III, followed by the second Master Class from 10:30 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. with Robbie Fairchild. Opening weekend sessions also include Ballet Technique with Michael Sean Breeden, Jean-Pierre Frohlich, Rebecca King Ferraro, Tiler Peck (Out of Stock), Tap with Dario Natarelli and Jookin with Lil Buck and Ron Myles. These Master Class events will take place at Vail Mountain School. Tickets cost $ 30 for participants and $ 15 for observers.
Conversations on the dance festival forums (live podcast)
Former Miami City Ballet dancers Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden present their popular Conversations on Dance podcast series recorded live from Vail with lively and in-depth discussions with festival artists. Members of the public are encouraged to participate. Tickets cost $ 25 and include light snacks and drinks. Podcast recordings take place each Festival morning from 9:30 am to 10:20 am at the Manor Vail Lodge Piney Ballroom.
Opening weekend talks include:
July 30 New York City Ballet MOVES with Jon Stafford
July 31 Artist in Residence: Calvin Royal III
August 1 BalletX Beyond: Christine Cox