The Vail Dance Pageant, a venture of the nonprofit Vail Valley Basis, has formally introduced plans for its 34th season scheduled to happen from July 29-August 9, within the coronary heart of the Colorado Rockies. Underneath the inventive route of Damian Woetzel, the 2022 summer season season brings collectively world-renowned dancers, musicians, composers and choreographers for 12 performances and over 55 pageant occasions all through Vail and the encircling communities.
Every summer season, the Vail Dance Pageant fosters distinctive collaborations between artists of varied dance genres to push the boundaries of the artform, additional cementing Vail as a serious incubator for brand new choreography in the US. This 12 months, the Pageant will have fun its 100th world premiere dance fee underneath Woetzel’s visionary management since turning into inventive director in 2006. Over the previous 15 years, many works premiered in Vail have been offered in different venues around the globe, and starting in 2007 with Christopher Wheeldon as he launched his firm Morphoses in Vail, the Pageant has supplied a lab for inventive experimentation for dancemakers together with Michelle Dorrance, Pam Tanowitz, Alonzo King, Shantala Shivalingappa, Larry Keigwin, Alexei Ratmansky, Claudia Schreier, Fang-Yi Sheu, Lil Buck, Matthew Neenan, Jodi Melnick, John Heginbotham, Lauren Lovette, Tiler Peck, Jamar Roberts and Justin Peck, amongst many others. The 100th fee will likely be a brand new work by Justin Peck collaborating with bluegrass artist Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nationwide Public Radio) which may have a preview on the NOW: Premieres program on August 8, and its world-premiere on closing night time, August 9 on the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.
Further commissions for this 12 months’s Pageant season will likely be: Bobbi Jene Smith creating a brand new work for Sara Mearns; Caili Quan creating a brand new work for fellow Artist-In-Residence, Roman Mejia, and a second new work to commissioned music by Caroline Shaw; Claudia Schreier choreographing a brand new work to commissioned music by Conrad Tao; Jodi Melnick making a brand new work set to commissioned music by Andreia Pinto-Correia; Pam Tanowitz creating a brand new work to music by Kate Davis; and a brand new work with particulars to be introduced by Ephrat Asherie. Broadway’s Kurt Crowley (Hamilton, Within the Heights) will function music director, Brooklyn Rider (violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords and cellist Michael Nicolas) will return as Quartet-In-Residence, and Pulitzer-Prize winner and Leonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence Caroline Shaw will return to create new music compositions for the Pageant. Additionally making appearances are vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Kate Davis, and bass-baritone opera star Davóne Tines. The brand new works will likely be offered as a part of NOW: Premieres on Monday, August 8.
Dancer and choreographer Caili Quan and New York Metropolis Ballet (NYCB) Soloist Roman Mejia would be the season’s Artists-In-Residence. As a 2022 Artist-In-Residence, Mejia will dance in a number of works all through the length of the Pageant, making function debuts together with José Limón’s Chaconne solo performing as a visitor artist with the Limón Dance Firm, Jerome Robbins’ A Suite of Dances, and newly commissioned works particularly tailor-made to his expertise and artistry. As talked about above, along with performing as a dancer, Quan will current new choreography this summer season, together with a premiere that includes Mejia, and a brand new work set to a commissioned composition by Caroline Shaw.
Among the many dancers scheduled to seem for the primary time as particular person artists are considered one of NYCB’s latest principal dancers Jovani Furlan, ballroom duo Denys Drozdyuk and Antonina Skobina, and KJ Takahashi of NYCB. Artists returning to Vail after an absence embrace Jeffery Cirio, star of the English Nationwide Ballet and Boston Ballet; newly appointed soloist of NYCB Miriam Miller; worldwide ballerina Maria Kochetkova; and former Miami Metropolis Ballet ballerina Patricia Delgado. They'll be part of a stellar solid of Pageant regulars together with Isabella Boylston, India Bradley, Lil Buck, Herman Cornejo, Michelle Dorrance, Robbie Fairchild, Joseph Gordon, Lauren Lovette, Sara Mearns, Mira Nadon, Dario Natarelli, Tiler Peck, Unity Phelan, Calvin Royal III, Cory Stearns, Devon Teuscher, Melissa Toogood and extra to be introduced. Final 12 months’s Scholar-In-Residence Philip Duclos returns this 12 months as a newly appointed member of the Royal Danish Ballet. Programming all through the length of the Pageant will function these artists and lots of extra in function debuts, “solely in Vail” cross-company partnerships and new works, fulfilling the Pageant’s mission of offering revolutionary alternatives for artists in any respect levels of their careers.
Efficiency tickets will go on sale to the general public on April 19 at vaildance.org or via the field workplace by cellphone at 970-845-TIXS (8497). The field workplace hours are 11:00 a.m. via 5:00 p.m. every day. For extra data, go to vaildance.org.