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VIDF Turns 25 Looking back at the last 25 years







Celebrate the Beat The Dance Festival's partnership with local schools

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An Opportunity for Pure Risk Five renowned choreographers present world premieres on one evening


Tchaikovsky Dances The composer's work is celebrated in two iconic ballets, both performed at the Festival by Pacific Northwest Ballet

Q&A Some of this year's performers talk about their art


Footwork The elevation of the art form


Support. Connect. Experience. Network. Enjoy. Swimming through Space Legendary choreographer Paul Taylor explores the varied spectrum of human emotion in his work

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bringing stories to life Artists-In-Residence Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck venues Curtain Call The Keith Haring image for the 2013 Festival

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25th Anniversary Celebration — Opening Night


Pacific Northwest Ballet


Balanchine in Black & White


UpClose: Footwork


International Evenings of Dance I & II


NOW — An Evening of Premieres


Dance for $20.13


Paul Taylor Dance Company


Ballroom Spectacular


Dance TV


Underwriters & Donors


Community Events


Festival Artists


Thank You

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Jared Staber All programs and artists are subject to change.

To the Vail Valley Foundation’s 2013 Vail International Dance Festival! This year we mark the 25th year of the Vail International Dance Festival, and it is a pleasure to share this silver anniversary season with you. We look forward to another 25 years of dance in the Vail Valley, as we gratefully look back on the past years spent building the Festival to be an integral part of the Valley and the arts world. For us a Festival is a celebration— a celebration that aims to welcome all to enjoy, partake, and to build a special community through dance. Dance on the stage, in schools, and on the streets. Dance that is not just beautiful, but also teaches children how to learn. Dance that not only thrills us with virtuosity, but also tugs at our hearts and minds. Dance that makes us think and feel differently. We hope you will join us for all of the aspects that, to us, represent dance. This season features many new artists, and the return of favorites from Festivals past. In a real sense, the Festival each season builds on a cumulative roster of artists; over 25 years, an ever-expanding “Team Vail.” Our stages make familiar works breath anew, such as when Pacific Northwest Ballet performs Balanchine’s Serenade on Opening Night or the classic Swan Lake the following evening— these heart-stopping works find a new context surrounded by towering pine trees and peaks, with the sunset as a moving backdrop. The creation of new work is vital to any art form, and for us that means hosting the premieres of new dances every Festival on the program we aptly call NOW. This year we will have five world premieres, including one by Paul Taylor, the modern dance genius whose company bears his name. It is our honor to welcome Mr. Taylor to Vail, and to host the unveiling of his latest work, his 139th opus. Our programs aim to cast a wide net, this year featuring not only a tribute to the historic genius of George Balanchine, and performances by stars of the ballet world, but also showcasing new dance forms as they develop such as Lil Buck’s Memphis jookin’. For this Festival, we embrace all that is brilliant in dance. Beyond our performance lineup, we hope you will join in one of the many interactive Dancing in the Streets off-stage events, and encourage you to learn more about our Celebrate the Beat education program, teaching valuable learning skills year-round in Eagle County schools through music and dance. It is our mission to bring the arts to life, offstage and in the classroom. We thank you for your support and hope you will enjoy the 2013 Festival, which we also hope you will consider your Festival. Happy Anniversary!

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Damian Woetzel Artistic Director Vail International Dance Festival

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Celebrate the Beat teaches inspirational music

and dance classes that help children discover their potential by motivating them to believe in themselves, value artistic expression, and develop a personal standard of excellence. ¶ CTB uses dance and music to teach kids to “learn how to learn,” and gives them a valuable life lesson: that energy, discipline, hard work, commitment, and joyful concentration can lead to success. For many children CTB is a life-changing event; for all, it is an amazing experience they will never forget. ¶ Each summer the Vail International Dance Festival hosts a “Pop Hop” summer camp, in conjunction with CTB. See nearly 100 children perform live on stage at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater before the International Evenings of Dance performance on Friday, August 2. CTB is the proud Colorado associate of the National Dance Institute.

3,411 students have participated in CTB since the program launched during the summer of 2007 305 students have participated in the annual CTB Pop Hop Camp over the past six summers 547 students participated in CTB during the 2012-2013 school year


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from top to bottom: Ron Myles performs with Celebrate the Beat at the 2012 Vail International Dance Festival. A Celebrate the Beat student performs with Festival Director Damian Woetzel at the 2012 Vail International Dance Festival. Celebrate the Beat's end-of-school-year performance in May 2013, at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

Photos by Erin Baiano and Tom McCarthy.

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VIDF turns 25 What began as an annual summer academy and exchange program with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow has evolved into a festival that includes performances, world premieres, classes, street dances, collaborations and local arts education programs.



1 Renowned French ballerina and longtime director of the Paris Opera Ballet School, Madame Claude Bessy taught a master class for students at the 1998 Festival. 2 In 2007, tap dancer extraordinaire Savion Glover made his first sold out appearance at the Festival, and has since returned in 2009 and 2010. 3 Paris Opera Ballet étoiles and frequent Vail performers Agnes Letestu and José Martinez grace the 2002 Program Book cover. 4 Prior to being named Festival Director, New York City Ballet Principal Damian Woetzel frequently danced at the Festival, including an appearance with NYCB ballerina Alexandra Ansanelli in Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun. 5 Miami City Ballet Director Edward Villella takes a bow, marking the end of the company’s 2009 debut season in Vail. 6 Local Colorado children jump for joy as part of Celebrate the Beat in 2007, its first year as a vital VIDF educational component. 7 Students of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail pose for a photo with patrons, on the lawn adjacent to the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, 1994. 8 From Moscow to Vail: Bolshoi Ballet Principal Dancers Nadezhda Gracheva and Andrei Uvarov perform the pas de deux from the second act of Swan Lake in 1992. 9 Beloved Festival Artist Wendy Whelan, who made her first Vail appearance in 1994, performs Fandango, a world premiere by famed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, specially commissioned for Vail. 10 Today he’s an international star and Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet, but in 1998 David Hallberg was just sixteen years old, studying for a summer at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Vail. Eight years later, Hallberg returned to Vail to perform at the Festival’s Gala. 11 Damian Woetzel was appointed Director for the 2007 season, instituting new programming including the popular UpClose Series. Here Woetzel works with Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Seth Orza on Fancy Free, as part of UpClose: Jerome Robbins in 2008. 12 Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s new troupe, Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, made its debut in 2007 as the main event of Damian Woetzel’s first season directing the Festival. 13 Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Matthew Rushing as seen on the 2009 Program Book cover. 14 New York City Ballet MOVES was the second troupe to make its company debut in Vail when they opened the 2011 Festival. Pictured: Rising young stars Chase Finlay and Lauren Lovette perform Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia. 15 At the invitation of President and Mrs. Gerald R. Ford, Madame Sophia Golovkina established the Bolshoi Ballet Academy at Vail in 1990, after bringing her students to Vail for the first time in 1989. It was the exclusive North American satellite to the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy of Moscow, which Golovkina had directed since 1960.


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Photos by Jack Affleck, Erin Baiano, Avery Cunliffe and Rex Keep.




thank you As we celebrate the 25th anniversary season, we would like to take this opportunity to thank a very special group whose commitment and support have ensured the success and growth of the Vail International Dance Festival. Thank you!




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President & Mrs. Gerald R. Ford Judy Alexander Kathryn Benysh Judy & Howard Berkowitz Marlene & John Boll Priscilla Brewster Doe Browning Susan & Jeff Campbell Lucy & Steve Cookson Allie Coppeak Joanne & Jack Crosby Eloise & John Paul DeJoria / John Paul Mitchell Systems Barb & Rob DeLuca / Currents Fine Jewelers Mary Ellen Devry Bill Douglas Lourdes & Paul Ferzacca / La Tour Restaurant Susan & Harry Frampton Pat & Pete Frechette Suzanne Gallegos Laura & Warren Garbe John & Vicky Garnsey Rose & George Gillett Donna Giordano & Family Madame Sophia Golovkina Sheika & Pepi Gramshammer Martha Head & John Feagin, M.D. Shirley Herz & Sam Rudy Marie-JosĂŠe & Henry Kravis Rex Keep Lynn Kelly Elaine & Art Kelton Melodee Kennington Katherine Kersten Bob Knous Rob Levine/Antlers at Vail Natasha Levkoeva Karen & Walter Loewenstern Vicki & Kent Logan Nancy & Richard Lubin Pat & Frank Lynch Leni & Peter May John McDonald & Rob Wright Jean & Tom McDonnell Eugene Mercy Marjorie & Philip Odeen Jill & Kevin Plancher Ann Powell / Vail Valley Dance Academy Mary Sue & Mike Shannon Beth & Rod Slifer Ann Smead & Michael Byram Phil Smiley & Family Cissie Swig Family Foundation Oscar Tang & Family Lissa Tyler Town of Vail Vail Resorts Linda & Stephen Waterhouse Joan Whittenberg LaDonna & Gary Wicklund Betsy & George Wiegers The Mary Wolf Family

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OFFSTAGE Festival artists

Misa Kuranaga Boston Ballet

Q &A

Herman Cornejo American Ballet Theatre

Herman Cornejo and Misa Kuranaga rehearse Giselle in 2010.

Q: First time at the Festival? A: This year will be my 6th time in Vail! I always have a great time with the dancers here. My favorite memories are getting coached by Damian (Woetzel) and Heather (Watts). I also love to perform with Herman (Cornejo). The first day I rehearsed with him was in 2010 in Vail - I still didn’t know him very well, so I was nervous. But at the first touch, I said, “This is it! This is perfect!” He was the perfect partner for me, and since then we have had a great partnership. We don’t always get to rehearse a lot because of distance, but every time we get together, it feels really good to be back! Q: Why do you come? A: Everyone who comes to Vail is wonderful to work with, and inspiring. Q: What do you do when you're not dancing or rehearsing? A: I take care of my body - massage, icing, the works. I love watching movies. Q: Who or what inspires you? A: Anything can inspire me. It could be a person, babies, animals, nature or performance. Anything! Q: Place you'd love to perform? A: I really love performing in Vail. And Boston, my home. But I like to perform in new places…and explore.

festival artists

Q: When did you start dancing? A: I started dancing at the age of 8 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Q: First time at the festival? A: No. I consider this festival one of the best festivals in the world. I believe this year is my fourth time in Vail. The environment around the theater and between the dancers is very nice and special. One of the highlights of the event for me is to be able to work and share a precious moment with Damian Woetzel and Heather Watts. I also love to go to the river that runs down beside the hotel after rehearsals and put my feet in the cold water. Q: Why do you come? A: Damian invited me a couple years ago for the first time to dance with Misa (Kuranaga), and since then Misa has been one of my favorite partners.


I think that’s the key for a partnership, the chemistry together. We felt it at the first touch.” — Herman Cornejo

Q: Any plans for down time while you're in Vail? A: This year my time will be focused on rehearsing and choreographing a new tango trio with my Argentinian friend Gabriel Missé. Q: What music do you listen to? A: The Beatles. Q: What do you do when you’re not dancing? A: I like drawing. It is the only thing that takes me away and relaxes me if I'm not dancing. Q: What inspires you? A: As a dancer, I was always inspired by Vladimir Vasiliev. In life, my family inspires me every day. Q: Where would you like to perform? A: Every performance and every theater is special. The Metropolitan Opera House in New York is my home and I A: love to perform there.


VAIL DANCE // 25 years

Photo by Caitlin Kakigi.



Gabriel Missé Tango dancer Q: First time at the festival? A: I participated in 2009, 2010 and 2012. My favorite memory is the last day, at the end of the show, when we are all together on stage.


Jonathan Royse Windham Gallim Dance


Q: First time at the festival?

Q: Why do you come? A: Because it is a festival of great popularity and prestige in the world of dance. I’m interested in seeing all the important dancers of all disciplines that come to Vail. Q: What music do you listen to? A: Tango, jazz and rock and roll from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. I love Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and AC/DC.

A: I have never danced at the festival but have attended shows almost every year since I was 14. Q: When did you start dancing?

A: When not doing that (dancing or rehearsing or thinking about dance) I'm driving my car (I love American muscle cars — I have one, a Chevy ‘67) or I go to vintage car shows.

A: As soon as I could walk. However, I started taking one-day-a-week Jazz classes at 8 and started more formal training at the Vail Valley Academy of Dance at 14.

Q: Where would you like to perform?

Q: Why do you come?

A: I love to perform in all the places where I can feel free dancing.

A: Growing up in the Vail Valley, the festival was the first time I saw such a diverse and high caliber of dance. It's always been a dream of mine to come back and be a part of the festival as a performer. Being a part of something that has been such a huge inspiration for me for so long is really an honor.

Q: What do you do when you’re not dancing?

Cristina Pato Pianist, bagpiper & composer Q: First time at the festival? A: This is my 3rd time! My first collaboration was in 2011. As a collaborative pianist I love performing with other people. In the case of dance it is very interesting, since you are working with many other parameters that sometimes are not that related to your own. To adjust to the different senses of breathing and feeling music is my favorite challenge. Working with the Martha Graham Dance Company, with Richard Siegal or Lil Buck are very beautiful memories. Although I have to confess that watching Christopher Wheeldon’s new choreography is a magical and revelatory experience. I never played for those, and that made me enjoy them in a very powerful way. Q: Why do you come? A: I like the beautiful and unique mixture of nature, art, beauty and respect that you can breathe in that amphitheater. It is a special moment of my summer tour: my summers are usually full of World Music and Jazz Festivals that I do with my band and coming to Vail brings me back to my life as a pianist and reminds me how beautiful it is to be the supporting and collaborative musician. Q: Is there anything you're looking forward to watching at the festival?

Q: What music do you listen to? A: I am a huge fan of Andrew Bird and always enjoy his music. I also have recently been enjoying Alt - J, Little Dragon and Led Zeppelin. Q: What inspires you? A: Humor is a huge inspiration to me. It's really difficult to make people laugh, and failed attempts can be pretty tragic. Anything or anyone that inspires a truly genuine laugh is impressive.

A: I love every dancer, every move and every moment of Vail, but I have to say that watching the children from Celebrate The Beat, lead by Tracy Straus, is one of the things I look forward to. Mainly because it reminds me how powerful the arts are to unite people, cultures and perspectives. I had the pleasure to collaborate with them and it is amazing…Projects like CTB shown at places like VIDF completes the circle to me. It is, as Yo Yo Ma would say, “Art for Life Sake.” Q: What inspires you? A: I met VIDF Artistic Director Damian Woetzel through Yo-Yo Ma. Working with both of them in different environments is a constant inspiration. Both are “diplomatic cultural activists” who take their artistry to the service of society. Watching both of them conduct workshops, give lectures or perform reminds me that talent is a responsibility, and as an artist you have to understand how powerful the arts are for our present moment in history. Passion, compromise and empathy inspires me, and they both have those in their bones.

Photos by Erin Baiano, Corey Melton and Xan Padrón.

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OFFSTAGE herman cornejo TILER peck


footwork lil BUCK

Robert fairchild

Six dancers, six styles, one evening The late Stanley Williams was a renowned ballet instructor

who trained generations of the world's greatest dancers at the School of American Ballet in New York. Festival Director Damian Woetzel recalls Williams’ classes as church-like, quiet and intense, with a special emphasis on footwork — subtle, deft, and speedy, advancing ballet technique from proficient to refined. Woetzel fondly recalls Williams' teaching methodology, especially his understanding of musical phrasing as a tool in his classes. “Instead of having combinations of steps accompanied by standard piano music or songs, Williams would often insist on the pianist simply playing a progression of chords, leaving space for the steps to fill the beats and silences… he created an obligation to dance every moment with sophistication." On July 31, Woetzel hosts a special program about the kind of footwork Williams' teaching created, showcasing six dancers, each one demonstrating a different style of dance. Featured dancers include: » Tiler Peck is known for her arresting musicality, which Woetzel says is enhanced by her exquisite footwork. “How much is known about the subtleties possible in pointe-work and how that makes all the difference in being truly musical?” asks Woetzel. » Robert Fairchild is not only a star ballet dancer, but also a terrific hoofer — a tap dancer who brings his background in jazz as well as ballet to bear on how his feet articulate complex rhythms.


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by wren bova » Fang-Yi Sheu is famous for her interpretations of the Martha Graham repertory. As a modern dancer, her bare feet feel the floor and absorb the force of her dancing, almost like a second set of hands. » Tango master Gabriel Missé possesses a restrained virtuosity which is driven by his carriage — the way he holds his body — and by his brilliant and incredibly suave footwork. » Lil Buck calls his style of Memphis jookin’ "urban ballet." “Jookin' is all about footwork," Woetzel says. “Its rhythms are divided up into phenomenal bursts of brilliance, with dancing en pointe in sneakers bringing a further element to this evolving technique.” » Herman Cornejo translates his unparalleled virtuosity easily from the floor to the air. “Herman’s footwork is completely organic to his dancing, creating the means for him to do amazing things while still maintaining form and integrity,” Woetzel muses. “The UpClose series is all about seeing great dancing with more understanding through added context,” Woetzel says. “Even if you already love a dance or appreciate a dancer, further knowledge deepens that love and appreciation.” Woetzel hopes the audience will leave with a better understanding of what makes not only a virtuosic dancer, but a sophisticated one, and how footwork plays a role in the elevation of dance. Photos by Erin Baiano.


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Clockwise from top left: 1 Kevin Plancher, Peter and Leni May, Howard Berkowitz, Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, Judy Berkowitz and Jill Plancher in New York at the sold-out show directed by Damian Woetzel, “Lil Buck @ Le Poisson Rouge.” 2 Kelly Holton, Allison Holker, Trista Sutter and Renee Fleischer at the 2012 Closing Night Party. 3 Susan Campbell and Grace Campbell at the 2012 VIDF Gala. 4 Backstage with Jacques d’Amboise, Marty Head and John Feagin. 5 Donna Giordano with tWitch and Allison Holker from So You Think You Can Dance at the 2012 Closing Night Party following the Dance TV performance. 6 Tiler Peck, Robert Fairchild, Erin Fogarty, Joan Whittenberg, Viki Psihoyos at the 2012 Opening Night Party. 7 Post-performance backstage with Marlene and John Boll and Ballroom hosts Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine and Liana Churilova with ballroom performers.


25th Anniversary Celebration July 28 @ Larkspur Restaurant Golden Peak Champagne on Stage July 29 & August 2 @ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater (Post-Performance) UpClose: Footwork 25th Anniversary Benefit July 31 @ Vilar Performing Arts Center (Post-Performance Dinner at 8100 Restaurant) Dancer Dine-A-Round August 4 @ Private Residences


VIDF Luncheon August 6 @ La Tour Restaurant Closing Night Party August 10 @ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater (Pre-Performance)


To learn how you can be part of the 2013 VIDF Scene, contact Shawn Kirschner at 970.777.2015.


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Joyce DiDonato Friday, February 7, 2014 | 6:30pm “The Queen of Opera.” – BBC Music Magazine

“Ms. DiDonato is simply magnificent, singing with plush richness and aching beauty. At a few moments, from the collective sounds of the subdued chorus and orchestra, a pianissimo high note, almost inaudible, emerged from Ms. DiDonato’s voice, slowly blooming in sound and throbbing richness. I left the house not just moved but renewed.” – New York Times

ClassiCal/danCe: Winter 2013-14 Saturday, December 21

Thursday, February 13

Handel’s Messiah

Tenors and diVas

Tuesday, January 7

Wednesday, February 19

Featuring the Boulder Philharmonic & Chorus

TakáCs QuarTeT Sunday, January 19

alonzo king lines BalleT Sunday, February 9

Parsons danCe Wednesday, February 12

Verdi’s Rigoletto presented by Teatro lirico d’europa

Photo by Josef Fischnaller

presented by Teatro lirico d’europa

MineTTi QuarTeTT

Thursday, March 6

HaiFa syMPHony orCHesTra

Tuesday, March 18

les BalleTs TroCkadero de MonTe Carlo Sunday, March 23

rHaPsody in Blue: lasser, deBussy, gersHwin

with the Boulder Philharmonic

Direct from israel Saturday, March 8

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Vail International Dance Festival Damian Woetzel , Artistic Director


Photo by Erin Baiano.

performance underwritten by Betsy & George Wiegers sunday, july 28 :: 7:30pm \\ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

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opening night In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Festival opens with a mixed bill featuring a stellar cast in their first appearance of the season. In the second act, Pacific Northwest Ballet returns to the Amphitheater stage to perform George Balanchine’s iconic ballet Serenade,* accompanied by full orchestra.

F eat urin g P erform a n c es By

Analia Centurión & Gabriel Missé (International Tango Stars) Jeffrey Cirio (Boston Ballet)

Tiler Peck & Robert Fairchild (New York City Ballet and 2013 Festival Artists-in-Residence) Lil Buck (New Styles Krew)


Francesca Romo & Jonathan Royse Windham (Gallim Dance)

Maria Kochetkova (San Francisco Ballet) Pacific Northwest Ballet

Pictured Above: Maria Kochetkova in Don Quixote.

Jonathan Royse Windham’s appearance in Vail is underwritten by Doe Browning Festival Artists-in-Residence Tiler Peck & Robert Fairchild underwritten by the Mary Wolf Family


Photo by Erik Tomasson.

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*Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.

performance underwritten by Linda & Stephen Waterhouse and Joan Whittenberg monday, July 29 :: 7:30pm \\ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Pacific Northwest Ballet One of the world’s greatest ballet companies, Pacific Northwest Ballet presents this evening as part of its 40th anniversary season, featuring the Vail premiere of acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s latest ballet. The performance concludes with the famous “white act” of Swan Lake, set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

E v e n i n g R e p e r to ry

Tide Harmonic (Vail Premiere) Music by Joby Talbot Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon

After the Rain (Pas de Deux)

Music by Arvo Pärt Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon

Swan Lake (Act II)

Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by Kent Stowell

"A gorgeous, gliding Swan Lake” – The Seattle Times

Pictured Above: Pacific Northwest Ballet in Kent Stowell’s Swan Lake.

Photo by Angela Sterling.

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performance underwritten by Anonymous Pacific Northwest Ballet tuesday, July 30 :: 7:30pm \\ Vilar Performing Arts Center, beaver creek

Balanchine in Black & White Pacific Northwest Ballet concludes their Vail residency with an evening of neo-classical masterpieces by legendary choreographer and founder of the New York City Ballet, George Balanchine*. This program focuses on Balanchine’s revolutionary development of ballet in the 20th century, stripping the stage of decorative elements and placing the dancers in simple black and white practice clothes – exposing the dancing and music in its purest form.

E v e n i n g R e p ertory

Apollo (1928)

Music by Igor Stravinsky Choreography by George Balanchine

Concerto Barocco (1941)

Music by Johann Sebastian Bach Choreography by George Balanchine

Agon (1957)

Music by Igor Stravinsky Choreography by George Balanchine

Pictured Above: Pacific Northwest Ballet in George Balanchine’s Agon.*


Photo by Lindsay Thomas.

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*Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.

25th Anniversary Benefit Performance wednesday, July 31 :: 6:30pm \\ Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

UpClose: Footwork A special 25th Anniversary Benefit Performance featuring a selection of Festival stars, this unique UpClose event hosted by Damian Woetzel explores virtuoso footwork in dance forms ranging from Memphis jookin’ to ballet to tango to modern dance.

F e atu r i n g P e r f o rm ances By

Analia Centurión and Gabriel Missé Herman Cornejo Robert Fairchild Tiler Peck Lil Buck Fang-Yi Sheu


A limited number of VIP tickets are available for this event.

“I just put my feet on the ground and move them around.” - Fred Astaire

Includes: Premium Seating at the UpClose: Footwork Performance + Post-Performance Dinner with Dancers & Festival Artists 8100 Restaurant, Beaver Creek Seasonally inspired menu featuring locally grown ingredients, created by Executive Chef Christian Apetz. VIP Tickets can be purchased by calling 970.748.5923.

Pictured Above: Charles “Lil Buck” Riley.

Photo by Erin Baiano.

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August 2 performance underwritten by Pam & Ernie Elsner August 3 performance underwritten by Jill & Kevin Plancher friday, AUGUST 2 :: 7:30pm & saturday, august 3 :: 7:30pm \\ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

International Evenings of Dance “Simply the best gala I have attended in decades.” – The New York Times

Featuring live music by Nicholas Cords, Jonathan Gandelsman, Raman Ramakrishnan, Cristina Pato, and Cameron Grant 28

Pictured Above: Carla Körbes in George Balanchine’s Elégie*. Photo by Erin Baiano.

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*Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust.

F eat urin g P erform a n c es By

Tyler Angle New York City Ballet Underwritten by Elaine & Art Kelton Isabella Boylston American Ballet Theatre Underwritten by Senenne & Marc Philippon Brian Brooks Brian Brooks Moving Company Underwritten by Donna Giordano Lil Buck New Styles Krew Underwritten by Leni & Peter May Zachary Catazaro New York City Ballet Underwritten by Deborah & Charles Adelman Analia Centurión & Gabriel Missé International Tango Stars Underwritten by Mary Sue & Mike Shannon Herman Cornejo American Ballet Theatre Underwritten by Donna & Donald Baumgartner Robert Fairchild New York City Ballet Underwritten by the Mary Wolf Family Jehbreal Jackson Dance Theatre of Harlem Underwritten by Rosalind Reed & Howard Walker

Keigwin+Company Underwritten by Elana Amsterdam & Rob Katz Carla Körbes Pacific Northwest Ballet Underwritten by Patricia & Pete Frechette Misa Kuranaga Boston Ballet Underwritten by Nancy & Richard Lubin Lauren Lovette New York City Ballet Underwritten by Martha & Terry Pearl Ashley Murphy Dance Theatre of Harlem Underwritten by Lisa & Bruce Goldman Ron Myles New Styles Krew Underwritten by Vikki & Michael Price Tiler Peck New York City Ballet Underwritten by the Mary Wolf Family Sergei Polunin Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet Underwritten by Eloise & John Paul DeJoria John Paul Mitchell Systems Fang-Yi Sheu Fang-Yi Sheu & Artists Underwritten by Sheika & Pepi Gramshammer Daniel Ulbricht New York City Ballet Underwritten by Stacy & Don Mengedoth

Pictured Above: Argentinian tango stars Analia Centurión and Gabriel Missé.

Photo by Erin Baiano.

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performance underwritten by Anonymous monday, august 5 :: 7:30pm \\ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail


An evening of world premieres specially commissioned for VIDF’s 25th anniversary, including a new creation by legendary modern dance master Paul Taylor.

P e r f o r m i n g A r ti sts

C h o r e o graphers

Tyler Angle Lil Buck Robert Fairchild Keigwin+Company Carla Körbes Lauren Lovette Paul Taylor Dance Company Tiler Peck Jonathan Royse Windham Fang-Yi Sheu Daniel Ulbricht

Brian Brooks Lil Buck Larry Keigwin Fang-Yi Sheu and Paul Taylor

This evening includes a new creation by Paul Taylor (above), marking the legendary choreographer's 139th work and performed by the Paul Taylor Dance Company.

Paul Taylor’s new work is underwritten by Marjorie S. Isaac and the Vail International Dance Festival Larry Keigwin’s new work is underwritten by Debra Herz, Jane & Gordon Netzorg and Joanne Posner-Mayer Brian Brooks’ new work is underwritten by Martha Head & John A. Feagin, M.D. Jonathan Royse Windham’s appearance in Vail is underwritten by Doe Browning Fang-Yi Sheu's and Lil Buck's new works are underwritten by the Vail International Dance Festival


VAIL DANCE // 25 years

Photo by Paul B. Goode.

performance underwritten by VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS TUESDAY, AUGUST 6 :: 7:30pm \\ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Dance $ for 20.13 Every seat in the house is $20.13 for this popular sampler performance, featuring a variety of Festival artists.

F e atu r i n g P e r f o r m ances By

Lil Buck Keigwin+Company New Styles Krew Paul Taylor Dance Company Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild

Pictured Above: Kit McDaniel and Brandon Cournay from Keigwin+Company.

Paul Taylor Dance Company’s performance on August 6 is underwritten by LaDonna & Gary Wicklund

Photo by Matthew Murphy.

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performance underwritten by Priscilla Brewster thursday, august 8 :: 7:30pm \\ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Paul Taylor Dance Company In their only full-evening appearance at the Festival, the magnificent Paul Taylor Dance Company performs an evening of Taylor’s iconic works.

E v e n i n g R e p e r to ry

Gossamer Gallants

Music by Bedřich Smetana Choreography by Paul Taylor

Airs (excerpt)

Music by G.F. Handel Choreography by Paul Taylor


Music by Edward Elgar Choreography by Paul Taylor


Music by Johann Sebastian Bach Choreography by Paul Taylor

Festival Artists-in-Residence Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild appear as special guests for this performance.

Paul Taylor: “The reigning master of modern dance.” – Time Magazine

Pictured Above: Paul Taylor Dance Company in Esplanade.


VAIL DANCE // 25 years

Photo by Paul B. Goode.

performance underwritten by Marlene & John Boll

Friday, august 9 :: 7:30pm \\ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Ballroom Spectacular A made-for-Vail showcase with ballroom champions from around the world performing a variety of dances, from the waltz to the rumba, cha-cha, merengue, samba, tango, and foxtrot to a musical medley of classic hits.

F eaturin g P erfor m a n c es By

Liana Churilova & Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine Latin Dance Champions

Micheline Marmol & Craig Smith

World Showdance Champions

Maria Nikolishina & Nikolay Voronovich Latin Dance Champions

Torri Smith & Benji Schwimmer

U.S. Open Swing Dance Champions

Marzena Stachura & Slawek Sochacki

World American Smooth Champions

Pictured Above: Liana Churilova & Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine. Photo by Erin Baiano.

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performance underwritten by Marjorie & PHILIP ODEEN and MARCY & GERRY SPECTOR saturday, august 10 :: 7:30pm \\ Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail


The Festival’s closing night brings the thrill of dance on the small screen to life, featuring a series of winners and popular favorites from hit shows including Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, and others.

F eat ur in g P er for m a n c e s By

Chehon Season 9 Winner So You Think You Can Dance Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer Season 9 Runner-Up So You Think You Can Dance Allison & tWitch All Stars So You Think You Can Dance Elecktrolytes Season 7 Winners America’s Best Dance Crew


VAIL DANCE // 25 years

Lil Buck & New Styles Krew Superbowl XLVI YouTube Viral Megastar Tiler Peck & Robert Fairchild Live from Lincoln Center Dancing with the Stars Benji Schwimmer & Torri Smith Season 2 Winner (Benji) So You Think You Can Dance Anna Trebunskaya & Dmitry Chaplin Dancing with the Stars

Photos by Erin Baiano, Kareem Black, Joe Toreno and Vince Trupsin Studio.

Presenters Circle

Unde r w r i t e r s & d on or s

The Vail Valley Foundation extends its sincere gratitude to our Presenters Circle donors, whose exemplary generosity has enabled the 2013 Vail International Dance Festival to achieve an extraordinary level of excellence.


Judy & Howard Berkowitz


Susan & Jeffrey Campbell Susan and Jeff Campbell are our newest Presenters of the Vail International Dance Festival. They live in San Francisco and Beaver Creek and are longtime supporters to the Vail International Dance Festival and Vilar Performing Arts Center.

Judy and Howard have been supporters of the Vail Valley Foundation since its inception. Their love for the art of dance and generous support has enabled the Vail International Dance Festival to grow into the criticallyacclaimed festival it is today. They are long-time members of the Friends of Vail program, and Judy serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, and is Chairperson of the Dance Festival committee. In New York, Judy serves on the Board of Rockefeller University, The New -York Historical Society, and chairs The Center for Educational InnovationPublic Education Association. Howard is the Chairman of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, is former Chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, and is a Board member of the New York City Ballet. Locally, he serves on the Board of the SteadmanPhilippon Research Institute.

Oscar Tang Family The Vail International Dance Festival is honored once again to be among the many beneficiaries of the Tang Family’s devotion to the arts. Oscar and Agnes are avid supporters of many charities in New York and the Vail Valley and maintain residences in both communities. The Tang Family has supported the Vail Valley Foundation at a leadership level since its inception and Oscar has long served as a member of its Board and executive committee. The Tangs are currently members of the Foundation’s Cornerstone Friends program and also generously support the Foundation’s educational initiatives.

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Unde r w r i t e r s & d on or s 2013 vidf donors listings VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Andy Arnold Judy Berkowitz Marlene Boll Bjorn Borgen Steven Coyer Jack Crosby Andrew Daly Ron Davis Frederick Eck William Esrey Tim Finchem Harry Frampton Peter Frechette Stephen Friedman John Garnsey Marjorie Gart Robert Gary George Gillett Donna Giordano Sheika Gramshammer Martha Head Michael Herman Robert Hernreich

25th Anniversary Season Presenters

Diamond Dress Circle

Ronne & Donald Hess

Donna & Donald Baumgartner

Lorraine & Harley Higbie

Judy & Howard Berkowitz

Marlene & John Boll

Alexia & Jerome Jurschak

Oscar Tang*

Barb & Rob DeLuca / Currents Fine Jewelry

Bonnie Lee & Lawrence Kivel

Presenters’ Circle

Patricia & Pete Frechette*

Joanne Posner-Mayer

Susan & Jeff Campbell

Martha Head & John A. Feagin, M.D.*

Stephanie & George Ogden

underwriters’ circle

Lisa & Bruce Goldman


Sheika & Pepi Gramshammer Elana Amsterdam & Rob Katz*

Priscilla Brewster DOE BROWNING Pam & Ernie Elsner Marjorie & Philip Odeen Marge and Phil have had a home in Vail for nearly 40 years. When not in Vail they live in McLean, Virginia and North Palm Beach, Florida. They have supported the Dance Festival for several years and both have been active in numerous cultural and charitable activities in northern Virginia.

Allan Hubbard William Hybl

Jill & Kevin Plancher

Yvonne Jacobs Chris Jarnot Robert Katz

Linda & Stephen Waterhouse

Kent Logan Peter May Brian Nolan Michael Price Donald Remey Eric Resnick Douglas Rippeto Richard Rothkopf Kenneth Schanzer Michael Shannon Stanley Shuman Rodney Slifer Ann Smead

Betsy & George Wiegers Long-time supporters of the arts in New York City and Denver, the Wiegers are also extraordinarily generous in the Vail Valley and contribute to many charities in our mountain community. The Vail International Dance Festival, as well as Bravo!, have both benefited greatly from George and Betsy’s philanthropy, and Betsy serves on the VVF Board of Directors, and the VIDF Committee.

Steve Virostek George Wiegers DIRECTORS EMERITUS Adam Aron James Berry Craddock Pepi Gramshammer Steve Haber Elaine Kelton


VAIL DANCE // 25 years

Leni & Peter May* Jean & Tom McDonnell Stacy & Don Mengedoth* Martha & Terry Allen Perl Vikki & Michael Price* The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Inc. Mary Sue & Mike Shannon* Marcy & Gerry Spector* LaDonna & Gary Wicklund Mary Wolf Family *Denotes Cornerstone Diamond Dress Circle Members

Mary Wolf Family In the summer of 1993, Mary and her daughter Melissa were seated behind President and Mrs. Ford at a Dance performance. During intermission, President Ford graciously inquired about Mary’s pregnancy, and he introduced himself to Melissa. The rest is history. Mary and her family have joyously supported the Dance Festival ever since that evening.

Jane & Gordan Netzorg Ferrell & William McClean Helen McIntyre Sarah Petersen Nancy & Donald Remey Brenton Ver Ploeg Richard Sandoval – Al Lado Restaurant Marla Steele Deana & Gerald Stempler Ellen & James Wiss Luanne & James Wright Silver Dress Circle Becky & Howard Braverman Carey Bertsch Margaret & Clayton Chessman Patti & John Cogswell

Platinum Circle

Arlene C. Cooper

Deborah & Charles Adelman

Micki & Larry Fletcher

Barbie Allen

Miriam & Morris Futernick

Eloise & John Paul DeJoria / John Paul Mitchell Systems

Margery Goldman

Kathy & William Hybl

Maryalice Cheney & Scott Goldman

Elaine & Art Kelton

Kelly & Michael Gottlieb

Wendy Williams & Noel Kullavanijaya

Linda & Richard Greene

Karen & Walter Loewenstern

Marjorie Marks

Eugene Mercy

Deborah Nunez

Senenne & Marc Philippon

Elaine & Steve Schwartzreich

Rella & Monroe Rifkin

Marla Steele

Susan & Jeffrey Stern

Carol & Hans Storr

Rosalind Reed & Howard Walker

Linda & Stewart Turley

Joan Whittenberg Gold Dress Circle Martin Atkin & Reid Balthaser Wendy & Warren Blumenthal

Oscar Tang Stewart Turley

Nancy & Richard Lubin

Martha & Carl Lindner

Gleneen & Joseph Brienza Diane & Jeffrey Brundage Clara Willoughby Cargile Peter Cooper & Norm Blachford Linda & J. Berry Craddock

Gretchen & Charles Lobitz

Karen & John Weslar Barbara & Jack Woodhull Vail Valley Member Ellen Arnovitz Pamela & Brooks Bock Tiffany Burnette & Donald Casturo Brenda & Thomas Curnin Janelle & Phil Coulson Carolyn & Fred Coulson

Karen Nold & Robert Croteau

Maureen & David Cross

Lois & Stephen Eisen

Arlene & John Dayton

Donna Giordano

Holly & Buck Elliott

Susan & Murray Haber

Dominique & Geoffrey Feldesman

Arlene Harris & Martin Cooper Debra Herz

Friends of the Dance

Un de r w r i t e r s & d on or s June & Peter Kalkus

Kathleen & Brian Brown

Linda McKinney

Alfredo Granai

Marion & Terence Martin

Marijke & Erik Brofos

Paul Mesard

Susan & Ron Gruber

Jan & John Meck

Barbara & Gary Bryson

Kimberly & Todd Milner

Jan Harkins

Deborah & John Morrissey

Virginia & Robert Burns

Leslie & Charles Mishner

Stephanie Herdrich

Terri & Michael Noell

Fred Bush

Douglas Mossman

Margo & Paul Hields

Sandy & Fred Pack

Geralyn Carroll

John Murphy

Teri & Joe LeBeau

Ronnie & William Potter

Mary Davis

Nancy Nelson & W.P. Nelson

Michael Mabugat

Lindsay & Rick Rauch

Rebecca & Glenn Davis

Ursula & Larry Nisonoff

Robin Mahboeb

Delfina Reid

Robin Deighan

Judy & Denny O'Brien

Elena McCall

Janet Pyle & Paul Repetto

Nancy & Craig Denton

Nancy Peterson

Lauren Mercer

Michael L. Ritchie

Jane & Matt Donovan

Lara Purchase

Vona & William Morefield

Ella Foshay & Michael Rothfeld

Dane Drimmer

John Reynolds

Sheila & James Mossman

Ranoa & Patrick Drimmer

Karen Rosenbach

Pam & Michael Mycoskie

Suzanne & Martin Schulman

Roger Duplessis

Kerry & Justin Roach

Karen Nagel

Nancy & John Snyder

Steven Eagleson

Suzie & Frank Robinson

Nancy & Mauri Nottingham

Pat & Larry Stewart

John Elliott

Lynn Rose

Michael & Marsha Portelance

Mark Taylor

Phyllis & Joseph Fabrizio

Sue & Mike Rushmore

Richard Pringle

Margaret & Glen Wood

Jennie & Gil Fancher

Lynda & Pete Sampson

Barbara Reed

Tina & David Wilson

Carol Ebert & Jim Ferrell

Leesa & Keith Samuels

Martha Reps

Kirsten Fink

Susan Schneider

Kenneth Robinson

Community Member

Donna & James Fisher

Kerry & James Skidmore

Paul Rocke

William Adler

Allan Forsyth

Mary Clare & Daniel Silva

David Scherbel

Sheila & James Amend

Nancy & Gary Freedman

Martha Skinner

Carol & Stanley Shapiro

Catherine & Truman Anderson

Patricia Frese

Sally Slaughter

Maureen & Les Shapiro

Eileen Friars & Scott Pyle

Kenneth Snider

Diane & Loren Smith

Holly Gill

Patricia Sternberg

Carol & Roger Sperry

Mitzi Gimenez

Judith & Robert Stiber

Austin Sandoval

Elisabeth & Alvin Goldman

Robert Thomas

Troy Selden

Suzanne Greene

Carrie Thomas

Sue & Douglas Sewell

Daniel Hagler

Alexander & Jean Urquhart

Cecilia Smith

Bethany & Jonathan Haerter

Jennifer & Jake Van Beelen

Gina & Steve Spessard

Jill & John Harty

Victor Vensas

Kathryn & Brian Stoffers

Jill & John Harrison

Lori Wachendorfer

Polly Hastie

Susan & Eric Wagenknecht

Mary Ann & Danilo Garcia-Travieso

Pamela & Richard Hinds

Sheila Wells

Lucile Trueblood

L. Roger Hutson

Bella Whelan

Judy Van Bergen

Myra Isenhart

Trudi Wilkes

Deborah L. Webster

Brenda & Gary Bailey Joan & Jack Carnie Jack Holt Jill & Loyal Huddleston Abbey & Alyne Kaplan Christina & Josh Lautenberg Sharon Marks Sarah & Peter Millett Teressa & Anthony Perry Monica & Daniel Porter Carole Schragen Patricia & Edward Wahtera Alyn Park & Jay Wissot Rosalie & Tal Wooten Supporting Member Anonymous Rochelle & Arthur Adler Matt Shapcott & Sally Agnoletto Kari Anderson & Bruce Evans Jennifer Andre Paulette Ash Carol Atha Mark A. Ballenger II Beth Barbre Mr. Ray Berry Kristen Best Wendy Boutin PK Scheerle & Bruce Bolyard Diana Bradley

Jill Wilson

Leslie Isom Amanda & Thomas Jenkins

Contributing Member

Janet & James Windham

Susan Jones

Brenda & Joe Adeeb

Linda & Dean Wolz

Annemarie & John Keane

John Austin & Nancy Austin

Carol & Robert Zamora

Ivy & Frederick Kushner

Diane & Richard Bardack

Carol & John Krueger

Helene Barasch

Ann & William Lieff

Janine Belveal

Susan & Jon Lounsbury

Kathryn Benysh

Barbara Briggs-Letson

Mike Boylston

Kathryn Levy

Karyn Contino

Rebecca Lewis

Arthur Elkind

Jane & Tod Linstroth

Geni Gatter

Philip Livingston

Nicole Firestone

Elspeth MacHattie Kim Matthews

Shawn Marie & Howard Fleishon

Lisa & William Maury

Felicia Furman

Jennie May

Nancy Gladstone

Julie & Bob McCormick

Carol & Henry Goldstein

Laura & Steve McKeever

Judith Gorman

Vail International Dance Festival Committee Judy Berkowitz-Chairman Kathryn Benysh Priscilla Brewster Allie Coppeak Jack Crosby Donna Giordano Lisa Goldman Sheika Gramshammer Jonathan Haerter Tom Jenkins Pat Peeples

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Unde r w r i t e r s & d on or s Senenne Philippon

Vicki & Trygve Myhren

Stacey Sapp

Terri & Michael Noell

Oscar Tang

Joanne & Steve Virostek

Future Founders ClubFirst Light First Tracks

Julie & Gary Peterson

Champions’ Circle

Dana & Brendan Addis

Linda Waterhouse

Molly & Jay Precourt

Henrietta & Eric Armbruster

Betsy Wiegers

Mary & Steven Read

Ann Newman & Andy Arnold Marilyn Augur

Sara & Eric Resnick

Vicki & Garry Boxer

Margo & Roger Behler

Douglas Rippeto

Carol & Harry Cebron

Alix & Hans Berglund

Vicki Rippeto

Kay & Thomas Clanton

Jane & Robert Berry

Maru & Jorge Rojas

Joanne & Jack Crosby

Doug & Melissa Bonnette

Lisa & Kenneth Schanzer

Angela & Peter Dal Pezzo

Anne & Jeffrey Brown

Helen & Charles Schwab

Sharon Dennis

Susan & Graham Burton

Helen & Vincent Sheehy

Jane & Reed Eberly

Rebecca & Joseph Crosbie

Sydney & Stanley Shuman

Trish Fillo

Katie & Dillon DeMore

Lisa & Rupinder Sidhu

Randy & Jay Fishman

Kathleen & Jack Eck

Elana Amsterdam & Robert Katz

Ann Smead & Michael Byram

Peggy Fossett

Lois & Stephen Eisen

Bill Stolzer

Joan Francis

Ericka & Matt Fitzgerald

Leni & Peter May

Susan & Steven Suggs

Laura & William Frick

Nicole Folino

Stacy & Don Mengedoth

Patrick Tierney

Sheika & Pepi Gramshammer

Jennifer & Richard Geisman

Vikki & Michael Price

Deborah & Fred Tresca

Joyce & Judson Green

Helen & Russell Gies

Mary Sue & Michael Shannon

Debra & Ken Tuchman

Stephanie & Dustin Hansen

Andrea & Michael Glass

Linda & Stewart Turley

Vera & John Hathaway

Kim & Richie Graham

Sandra & Gregory Walton

Deborah Wittman & Rik Heid

Arthur Greenfeder

Kristy & William Woolfolk

Kiwi & Landon Hilliard

Nicole & Philip Hadley

Friends of Vail

Gloria & Steven Johns

Bethany & Jonathan Haerter

Judy Hart & John M. Angelo

Eagle Program

Alexia & Jerome Jurschak

Alex & David Hyde Yvonne & Chris Jacobs

Judy & Howard Berkowitz

The Scrooby Foundation/ Priscilla Brewster

Elizabeth & Michael Kojaian Marlene & Benjamin Krell

Randi & Patrick Jaerbyn

Marlene & John Boll

Devon & Peter Briger

Sue & James Liken

Shelly & Chris Jarnot

Kathy & Bjorn Erik Borgen

Lisa & Ronald Brill

Elaine & Jeff Lovell

Cheryl Armstrong-Jensen

Doe Browning

Kelly & Samuel Bronfman

Eugene Mercy

& William Jensen

Patsy & Pedro Cerisola

Libby Anschutz Brown

Sissel & Richard Pomboy

Jeremy Krieg

Lucy & Ron Davis

Lisa & Don Brownstein

Dr. Bill Rodkey

Judith LaSpada

Renee & Todd Davison

Margie & Tom Gart

Carlos Rojas

Candice Wilhelmsen & Ted Leach

Barbara & Thomas Dooley

Lisa & Bruce Goldman

June & Paul Rossetti

Carol & Doug Lovell

Julie & William Esrey

Georgia & Robert Hatcher

Ingrid & Sean McGinley

LeeAnn & Jeffrey Ettinger

Jerrilyn & David Hoffman

Suzanne Perlman-Scharf & Bernard Scharf

Stephanie & Larry Flinn

Tara & Robert Levine

Janis & Ronald Simon

Ellen & Jean-Claude Moritz

Susan & Harry Frampton

Nicole & Steve Lucido

Elizabeth & Rodney Slifer

Kaia & Misha Moritz

Donna Giordano

Wales Madden, Jr.

Nancy & John Snyder

Karen Lechner & Mark Murphy

Georgia & Donald Gogel

Michele & David Mittelman

Sue & Martin Solomon

J.R. Musser

Lyn Goldstein

Amy & James Regan

Gay & Richard Steadman

Jeanne & James Gustafson

Chuck Steinmetz

Brooke & Martin Stein

Jennifer Alsever & Kevin O’Donnell

Viviana & George Handtmann

Joel Tucker

Aja & Patrick Stokes

Marlys & Ralph Palumbo

Karen & Michael Herman

Laura Tumperi

Nancy Traylor

Stephanie & Randolph Pierce

James Vincent

Amanda Precourt

Future Founders Club - Medallion

Laura & Stephen Wehrle

Wendy & Paul Raether

Carol & Patrick Welsh

Kelli & Kreston Rohrig

Mark A. Ballenger II

Joan Whittenberg

Stacey Sapp

Joan Whittenberg

2012-2013 Vail Valley Foundation Donors Cornerstone Friends Patricia & Pete Frechette Graciella & Carlos Hank Martha Head & John A. Feagin, M.D.

Marcy & Gerald Spector Oscar Tang Family

Susan & Dale Benditz

Robert Hernreich Heather & Glenn Hilliard Kathy & Al Hubbard Mr. & Mrs. H. Anthony Ittleson Susu & George Johnson Cynnie & Peter Kellogg Patty & Bill Kleh Ruth & Sidney Lapidus Vicki & Kent Logan Patricia & Frank Lynch Matilde & Alejandro Marti Shirley & William McIntyre


VAIL DANCE // 25 years

Roberta & Michael Joseph

Christina & Balz Arrigoni

Heather & J.P. McInerny

Annalisa & Adam Savin

Patricia & Jose Kuri

Legends Circle

Pamela & Frank Saxton

Sarah & Peter Millett

Barbie Allen

Melanie & Timothy Schmieding

Senenne & Marc Philippon

Marcella & Robert Barry

Shelly & Steve Shanley

Dr. William Sterett

Kristin Tang & Mike Marston

Marjorie Swig

Margaret Elliott/The Astor Foundation

Sarah Nash & Michael Sylvester

Kathleen & Stephen McConahey

Nancy & Jon Tellor

Denise O'Leary & Kent Thiry

Susan & Robert Tartre Jean & Alex Urquhart

Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Ashley Murphy & Jehbreal Jackson in When Love.

Peggy & Jere Thompson

Katsue & Kokichi Kawai

Marilyn & John Wells

Linda & Bob Llewellyn

Charles Yeagle

Cheryl & James McVey Gedra Mereckis

Meredith & Ryan Van Ness

Rosanne & Gary Oatey

Allison Krausen & Kyle Webb

Polly & Mark Peterson

Teresa & Paul Wible

Marc Pinto

Kristin Yantis

Jackie & James Power Happy & John Power

Presidents’ Circle

Ann & Ronald Riley

Shannon & Todger Anderson

Kenneth & Judy Robbins

Sara & William Bittorf

Nancy & Robert Rosen

Mary Clare & George Broadbent

Barbara & Howard Rothenberg

Diane & Jeffrey Brundage

Stacy Sadler

Susan Catalano

Briar Sangiuliano

Virginia Kraft Payson & David Cole

Nancy Wolk & David Schlendorf

Mary Ellen & Stanley Cope Maxene Dominey Irene & Jared Drescher

Carole & Peter Segal Kelley & James Smith Jamie & John Stone Ann & Michael Stone

Kristi & Craig Ferraro

John Tyler

Terry & John Forester

Kathryn & Leo Vecellio

Miriam & Morris Futernick

Randall Viola

Christopher Galvin

Diane & Marshall Wallach

Kim & Richie Graham

Susan & Thomas Washing

Rebecca & Stuart Green Doris Dewton & Richard Gretz

Vail Valley Member

Pamela & David Gross

Sandra & Larry Agneberg

Roslyn & Ralph Halbert

Mary Lee & Paul Asplundh

Stephanie & John Hanson

Norma & Charles Carter

Gail & Roger Haupt/ Thistle & Rose Foundation

Patti & Steve Coffin

Catherine & Graham Hollis Verna & Thomas Howard Mary Sue & Stephen Katz Elaine & Arthur Kelton Gary C. Klein & Family Barbara Trebbi & Michael Landry Jennifer Lansing Nancy & Richard Lubin Dora Beatty & Peter Macdonald Katie & Randall Marcus May Family Foundation Alison & Tim McAdam Brenda & Joe McHugh Nancy & Robert McLeod Diane & Paul McNamara Jan & John Meck

Reggie Delponte Kara Horner & Spencer Denison Paulette & Gil DiGiannantonio Sally & Ray Duncan Bruce Falkenberg Widge Ferguson Micki & Larry Fletcher Catherine & Barry Gassman Doris & Matt Gobec William Hibbs Nancy & Richard Knowlton Susan & Steven Lipstein Deborah & Dan Luginbuhl Susan & Thomas Lundeen Gerry & Edmund Palmer Marian & Philip Paolilli

Diane & Eric Neste

Andrea Markezin-Press & Joel Press

Wendy & Skip Nichamin

Cathy & Peter Ridder

Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Community Member

Kristine & Jim Mestdagh

Donna & William Barrows

Wendy & Donald Milliman

Janelle & Buck Blessing

Leslie & Robert Nathan

Janie & Bill Burns

Helen & Foxhall Parker

Joan & Jack Carnie

John Pattee

Joan & Donald Chambers

Joyce & Robert Pegg

Deanna & Todd Crawford

Carol Kay & Michael Phillips

Ines & Fred Distelhorst

David Romness

Kathy & Bill Farley

John Ruggles

Sunny & Dave Girk

Robin & Jerry Santoro

Carrick Inabnett

Katharine & Robert Shafer

Amanda & Tom Jaffe

Elizabeth & Don Simpson

Sandi & Skip Kinsley

Mary Bennett & Waldemar Sint

Bettan Laughlin

Katherine & Robert Smith

Diane & Louis Loosbrock

Bryan Stevinson

Jackie & Kenneth Marchetti

Andrew Tennenbaum

Nancy Nelson & W.P. Nelson

Susie & Brad Tjossem

Leslie & Jim Pavelich

Dan Wallace

Ann & William Sacher

Trudi Wilkes

Carole Schragen

Jodie & Bruce Willard

Robyn & Mark Shegda

Katharine & Thomas Wilson

Madeline & Leslie Stern

Traci & Michael Wodlinger

Martha Solis-Turner & James Turner

Brian Woodell

Janis & Bradley Vaughn

Contributing Member

George Vaught


Claudie & Richard Williams

David Alonzo

Carolyn & Tom Wittenbraker

David Bauer

Kathy & Stuart Zimmerman

Johanna & Keith Berge Margaret Blazek

Supporting Member

Werner Bruggeman

Sheldon Andrew

Nancy & George Casey

Pamela Aurbach

Sarah Claeys

Nicole & Matthew Balazs

Karen & John Dunn

Christine Bates

Kathleen & Carl Hall

Shirley & Jack Beal

Carol & John Krueger

Perry Becky

Jennifer & Pete Law

Kathy Bellamy & Mike Williams

Margaret & Jeffrey Nicholls

Elizabeth Biaett

Dinell Olson

Adriana & David Bombard

Shelley & John Pinkham

Erin & Robert Boselli

Peter Rafferty

Jane & Terry Brady

Gwyneth & Richard Sample

Sally & Dave Brew

Doreen Somers

Vincent Cisneros

Judy Van Bergen

Gail Day

Roberta & Jack Williamson

Susan & Mark Dean Kari Anderson & Bruce Evans Linda & Buzz Finn Sally & Crosby Foster

(Reflects gifts received September 1, 2012 through May 10, 2013)

Mary Heinen Cathey Herren Louise & Philip Hoversten

For information on how to become a donor, please call 970.777.2015

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free community events


Bud Light Hot Summer Nights of Dance

Tues. July 23 | 6:30PM Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, VaiL See Colorado’s top hip hop crews battle live on stage for cash prizes, 8150 bragging rights and the chance to perform at Dance TV on August 10.

VAIL’S NATIONAL DANCE DAY DANCE-A-THON Sat. July 27 | 4-7PM Solaris Plaza, Vail Village From ballroom and line dancing to hip hop and ballet, there will be something for everyone! Dance with Festival artists Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild (New York City Ballet) and Memphis jookin’ sensation Lil Buck, while supporting many of the Vail Valley’s performing arts organizations. YouTube sensation Matt Harding (Where the Hell is Matt?) will participate and capture footage for a new video project.


Free interactive dancing events Thurs. August 1 | 5:30PM Keigwin+Company Solaris Plaza, Vail

Sun. August 4 | 11AM Memphis jookin’ with New Styles Krew Vail Farmers’ Market

Wed. August 7 | 5:30PM Line Dancing with Lindy Roy Arrabelle at Vail Square, Lionshead


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MASTER CLASSES Mon. July 22 Hip Hop Master Class with 8150 Urban Dance Challenge Artists Studio 8100, Avon

Fri. July 26 Ballet Master Class with Pacific Northwest Ballet Artistic Director Peter Boal Vail Mountain School

Mon. July 29 Contemporary Master Class with Keigwin+Company Vilar Performing Arts Center


Thurs. Aug. 8 Hip Hop Master Class with New Styles Krew Studio 8100, Avon

Sun. August 11 Master Classes with So You Think you Can Dance stars tWitch, Allison and Cyrus Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Stage

Tues. July 30 Ballet Master Class with New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Daniel Ulbricht Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Stage

Sun. August 4 Tango Beginner Class, Master Class & Milonga Sonnenalp Resort of Vail

Wed. August 7 Modern Master Class with Paul Taylor Dance Company

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Photos by Erin Baiano.


“Dancers are the athletes of God.” – Albert Einstein

festival artists-in-residence Tiler Peck

New York City Ballet Trained at the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica, CA. Entered the School of American Ballet in 2003 and joined New York City Ballet in 2005. Promoted to Soloist in 2006 and Principal in 2009. In addition to performing as a celebrated guest artist internationally, Ms. Peck starred in Susan Stroman's production of The Music Man on Broadway, and has appeared on numerous television programs including the recent PBS broadcast of Carousel with the New York Philharmonic. Robert Fairchild

New York City Ballet Trained at the Ballet West Conservatory in Salt Lake City, UT. Entered the School of American Ballet in 2003 and joined New York City Ballet in 2005. Promoted to Soloist in 2007 and Principal in 2009. Mr. Fairchild appears frequently as a much-in-demand guest artist, and has appeared on television programs including Dancing With the Stars, and the recent PBS broadcast of Carousel with the New York Philharmonic.

artists Tyler Angle

New York City Ballet Trained with Allegheny Ballet Company in Altoona, PA and the School of American Ballet. Joined New York City Ballet as an apprentice in 2003. Promoted to Soloist in 2007 and Principal in 2009. Stephen "tWitch" Boss

Finalist on CBS’s Star Search and MTV’s Wade Robson Project, and runner-up on Season 4 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance. Mr. Boss has choreographed worldwide, as well as for Se7en and the Cheetah girls. He also performs with Breed OCLA, Chill Factor, and Crew dancing troupes. Isabella Boylston

American Ballet Theatre Trained at the Academy of Colorado Ballet in Denver, CO. Became an apprentice with American Ballet Theatre in 2006 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2007. Promoted to Soloist in 2011. Brian Brooks

Brian Brooks Moving Company Mr. Brooks was a cofounder and managing director of the Williamsburg Art neXus from 1999-2004. He has been a Teaching Artist of Dance at the Lincoln Center Institute since 1999, and is currently


the Chapter Leader of the TA Union represented by the United Federation of Teachers. Zachary Catazaro

New York City Ballet Trained at the School of Canton Ballet in Canton, OH and the School of American Ballet. Became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in 2007 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2008. Analia Centurión

Professional Argentine Tango dancer since 1995. Directed the Fusion Tango company, 2002-2006. Past cast member of Juan Carlos Copes and Company, Mora Godoy, La Ventana, Casa de Cena and Piazzolla Tango. Liana Churilova & Emmanuel Pierre-Antoine

Won first place at the prestigious La Classique de Quebec in Canada, the Florida Superstars DanceSport Championships, the Philadelphia Dance Festival and several Arthur Murray Dance-O-Rama competitions in Las Vegas, New Orleans and Miami. In 1999, Emmanuel was honored as Haiti’s dance representative to the International Dance Organization. His success has also garnered him appearances on PBS's America's Ballroom Challenge and ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

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artists Jeffrey Cirio

Boston Ballet Trained at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle, PA. Joined Boston Ballet in 2009, promoted to Second Soloist in 2010, Soloist in 2011 and Principal in 2012. Herman Cornejo

American Ballet Theatre Trained at Instituto Superior de Arte at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the School of American Ballet. Promoted to Principal with Julio Bocca’s company Ballet Argentino in 1999. Joined American Ballet Theatre in 1999 and promoted to Soloist in 2000 and Principal in 2003. Elektrolytes

Elektrolytes, crowned as MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew Season 7 winners, continues to amaze crowds, while providing entertainment to a wide variety of audiences. The 8-man performance crew utilizes their dance skills to promote positive aspects of hip hop dance. Allison Holker

Has made appearances on two seasons of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance and is credited with a wide variety of work in film, television and concert tours. Currently she is a backup-dancer on FOX’s The X Factor. Jehbreal Muhammad Jackson

Dance Theatre of Harlem Trained at the Dallas Black Dance Academy in Dallas, TX and The Julliard School in New York, NY. In addition to his career at Dance Theatre of Harlem, he has performed as


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a guest with Ballet Noir NYC, Keigwin+Company, among other companies. Maria Kochetkova

San Francisco Ballet Trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow, Russia. Joined San Francisco Ballet in 2007 as a Principal. Has appeared as a Guest Artist with the Bolshoi and Stanislavsky Theaters in Moscow, the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theaters in St. Petersburg and the Tokyo Ballet in Japan. Misa Kuranaga

Boston Ballet Trained at the Jinushi Kaoru Ballet School in Osaka, Japan and the School of American Ballet. Former member of San Francisco Ballet. Joined Boston Ballet in 2003, promoted to Second Soloist in 2005, Soloist in 2007 and Principal in 2009. Lauren Lovette

New York City Ballet Trained at the Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, NC and the School of American Ballet. Became an apprentice with New York City Ballet in 2009 and joined the Company as a member of the corps de ballet in 2010. Promoted to Soloist in 2013. Micheline Marmol & Craig Smith

Originally from South Africa, Micheline and Craig have been competing together for a year. They specialize in World Showdance. Gabriel Missé

Trained with Antoino Todaro and Pepita Avellaneda in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Missé was featured

in the Gianni Versace publicity campaign “Tango” and participated in the world-wide tours of Una Noche de Tango, with Miguel Angel Zotto’s company Tango x 2. Ashley Murphy

Dance Theatre of Harlem Trained at the Carol Anglin Dance Center in Shreveport, LA. In 2002, she studied and performed with Dance Theatre of Harlem’s Dancing Through Barriers® Ensemble. The following year, she was accepted into the Dance Theatre of Harlem Company and has toured with them as a leading dancer throughout the United States and Europe. Ron Myles

Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles was born in Memphis, TN, and specializes in jookin’, a Memphis-based freestyle dance. Myles appeared in the 2011 film Footloose, and starred in several commercials including a Diet Pepsi segment alongside Sofia Vergara, and a spot for Adidas Originals. New Styles Krew

Lil Buck, Ron Myles, Keviorr Taylor and Adedamola Orisagbemi are New Styles Krew. Collectively they have appeared in various television commercials and programs, as well as feature-length films. They specialize in freestyle dance and Memphis jookin’. Maria Nikolishina & Nikolay Voronovich

Originally from Moscow, Russia, Maria and Nikolay have been competing together since 2000. They are currently ranked number four in the United States in Latin Dance.

festival Sergei Polunin

Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet Trained at the Kiev State Choreographic Institute in Kiev, Ukraine and Royal Ballet School in London, England. Formerly a Principal Dancer with The Royal Ballet, Polunin is currently a Principal Dancer with the Moscow Stanislavsky Ballet and the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Charles “Lil Buck” Riley

Leader of a style of dance known as jookin’, which originated in Memphis, TN. Riley gained mass acclaim for his YouTube collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma in The Swan. He has also appeared with Madonna in her 2012 Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show and on her 2012 MDNA Tour, recently made a guest appearance on The Colbert Report, and is currently a featured performer in Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson ONE show. Francesca Romo

Gallim Dance Trained at the Royal Ballet School and the London Contemporary Dance School in London, England. Became an apprentice with Richard Alston Dance Company in 2002 and danced with the Company until 2006. In 2007, she co-founded Gallim Dance. Fang-Yi Sheu

Fang-Yi Sheu & Artists Trained at the Taipei National University of the Arts in Taiwan. Joined the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1995. Promoted to Principal in 1998. Founder, FangYi Sheu & Artists.

Torri Smith & Benji Schwimmer

Benji Schwimmer is an undefeated, eight time World Swing Dance Champion, and Season 2 winner of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance. Mr. Schwimmer has choreographed for American Idol, America's Got Talent and Dancing with the Stars. Torri Smith is the youngest and most decorated female in West Coast Swing, and is currently the undefeated World Champion. Cyrus “Glitch” Spencer

Runner-up on Season 9 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, Cyrus continues to captivate audiences with his unique fusion of popping, robotics, and Dubstep music. Marzena Stachura & Slawek Sochacki

Began dancing together in 2009 and are the current United States and World American Smooth Champions. They also won first place at the Vegas Showdown, Wisconsin Dancesport Championship, Emerald Ball and California Star Ball. Anna Trebunskaya

Has been featured on ten seasons of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, finishing second in two separate seasons. Currently, she is touring with the critically-acclaimed international dance production, Ballroom with a Twist.

Artist headshot photography by Angela Sterling and Lindsay Thomas.


Daniel Ulbricht

New York City Ballet Trained at the Judith Lee Johnson Studio of Dance and Les Jeunes Danseurs in St. Petersburg, FL. Entered the School of American Ballet in 1999 and became an apprentice with the New York City Ballet in 2001. Promoted to Soloist in 2005 and Principal in 2007. Jonathan Royse Windham

Gallim Dance Trained at the Vail Valley Academy of Dance in Vail, CO. Joined Gallim Dance in 2009 and was named one of Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" in 2013. Chehon Wespi-Tschopp

Winner of Season 9 of FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance, Chehon trained at The Royal Ballet School in London, England before joining Los Angeles Ballet in 2009. He is currently working on a full-length feature film as well as the US Dance Convention Tour 'CheForce The Convention' which begins in Fall 2013. PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET Batkhurel Bold

Principal Originally from Ulan Bator, Mongolia, he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1996 and was promoted to Soloist in 1999 and Principal in 2004.

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artists Maria Chapman

Principal Originally from Macon, GA, she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1995 and was promoted to Soloist in 2005 and Principal in 2009. Karel Cruz

Principal Originally from Havana, Cuba, he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2002 and was promoted to Soloist in 2007 and Principal in 2009. Mr. Cruz also danced with Ballet Nacional de Cuba, with Ballet Clasico de Camara and Teatro Teresa Carreño. Rachel Foster

Principal Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2002 and was promoted to Soloist in 2008 and Principal in 2011. Ms. Foster has also danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Carrie Imler

Principal Originally from Carlisle, PA, she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as an apprentice in 1995 and was promoted to Soloist in 2000 and Principal in 2002. Carla Körbes

Principal Originally from Porto Alegre, Brazil, she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet as a Soloist in 2005 and was promoted to Principal in 2006. Ms. Körbes was formerly a Soloist with New York City Ballet. James Moore

Principal Originally from San Francisco, CA, he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet


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in 2004 and was promoted to Soloist in 2008 and Principal in 2013. Mr. Moore also danced with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Seth Orza

Principal Originally from San Francisco, CA, he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Soloist in 2008 and Principal in 2010. Mr. Orza was formerly a Soloist with New York City Ballet. Lesley Rausch

Principal Originally from Columbus, OH, she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2001 and was promoted to Soloist in 2007 and Principal in 2011. Lindsi Dec

Soloist Originally from Fairfax, VA, she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2001 and was promoted to Soloist in 2009. Laura Tisserand

Soloist Originally from Hammond, LA, she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2003 and was promoted to Soloist in 2010. Kylee Kitchens

Soloist Originally from Laguna Hills, CA, she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2000 and was promoted to Soloist in 2012. Sarah Ricard Orza

Soloist Originally from Amherst, MA, she joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Soloist in 2010. Ms. Orza also danced with New York City Ballet.

Jerome Tisserand

Soloist Originally from Lyon, France, he joined Pacific Northwest Ballet in 2007 and was promoted to Soloist in 2012. Mr. Tisserand also danced with Miami City Ballet. CORPS DE BALLET Chelsea Adomaitis Jessika Anspach Andrew Bartee Leta Biasucci Amanda Clark Jahna Frantziskonis Angelica Generosa Joshua Grant Eric Hipolito Jr. William Lin-Yee Emma Love Elle Macy Margaret Mullin Elizabeth Murphy Liora Neuville Leah O’Connor Sarah Pasch Brittany Reid Carli Samuelson Price Suddarth


Mr. Taylor is the last living member of the pantheon that created America’s indigenous art of modern dance. At an age when most artists’ best work is behind them, Mr. Taylor continues to win public and critical acclaim for the vibrancy, relevance and power of his creations. MICHAEL TRUSNOVEC

Originally from Yaphank, NY, Trusnovec graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in Dance Performance. He joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 1998.

Artist headshot photography by Angela Sterling and Lindsay Thomas.


Originally from Roseville, MN, Kleinendorst graduated from Luther College with a BA in voice and dance. He joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2000.


Originally from San Antonio, TX, Graciano graduated from Stephens College. He joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2006. LAURA HALZACK


Originally from Jefferson City, MO, Samson graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a BFA in dance. He joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2001.

Originally from Suffield, CT, Halzack graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in history. She joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2006. JAMIE RAE WALKER


Originally from Bronx, NY, Fleet graduated from Purchase College with a BFA in dance. She joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2002. PARISA KHOBDEH

Originally from Plano, TX, Khobdeh graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in dance. She joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2003. SEAN MAHONEY

Originally from Bensalem, PA. He joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2004. ERAN BUGGE

Originally from Oviedo, FL, Bugge graduated from the University of Hartford with a BFA in ballet pedagogy. She joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2005.

Originally from Levittown, PA. She joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2008.


graduated from Butler University with a BFA in dance performance. She joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2011. GEORGE SMALLWOOD

Originally from New Orleans, LA, Smallwood graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BFA in dance performance. He joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company temporarily in 2011 and rejoined in 2012. CHRISTINA LYNCH MARKHAM

Originally from Westbury, NY, Markham graduated from Hofstra University. She joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2013.


Originally from North Haven, CT, Apuzzo graduated from Yale University with a BA in economics and theater. He joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2008. AILEEN ROEHL

Originally from Heidelberg, Germany, Roehl graduated from the University of Hartford with a BFA in dance. She joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2010. MICHAEL NOVAK

Originally from Rolling Meadows, IL, Novak graduated from Columbia University with a BA in dance. He joined the Paul Taylor Dance Company in 2010. HEATHER McGINLEY

Originally from St. Louis, MO, McGinley


Mr. Keigwin founded KEIGWIN+COMPANY in 2003 and serves as its Artistic Director. In addition to his work with K+C, his recent commissions include Works & Process at the Guggenheim, and The Juilliard School. Ashley Browne

Ms. Browne is a native of Los Angeles, CA and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a BFA in Dance. She joined KEIGWIN+COMPANY in 2007. Matthew Baker

Mr. Baker is a native of Ann Arbor, MI and a graduate of Western Michigan University, where he received a BFA in Dance. He joined KEIGWIN+COMPANY in 2009.

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artists Brandon Cournay

Mr. Cournay is a native of Detroit, MI and a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he received a BFA. He joined KEIGWIN+COMPANY in 2010. Kile Hotchkiss

Mr. Hotchkiss is a native of Half Moon Bay, CA and a graduate of Ailey/Fordham, where he received a BFA. He joined KEIGWIN+COMPANY in 2010. Gary Schaufeld

Mr. Schaufeld is a native of New York, NY and a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, where he received a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. He joined KEIGWIN+COMPANY in 2009. Emily Schoen

Ms. Schoen is a native of Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Arizona, where she received a BFA in Dance and a BS in Nutritional Sciences. She joined KEIGWIN+COMPANY in 2011. Jaclyn K. Walsh

Ms. Walsh is a native of Lowell, MA and a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she received a BFA. She joined KEIGWIN+COMPANY in 2011.


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musicians Nicholas Cords

Viola Mr. Cords is committed to the advocacy and performance of music from a broad historic and geographical spectrum. He is a founding member of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and is also a member of YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Jonathan Gandelsman

Violin Combining his classical training with a desire to reach beyond the boundaries of the concert hall, Mr. Gandelsman has a voracious interest in the music of our times and has developed a unique style amongst today's violinists. He is a member of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider and is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Cameron Grant

Piano Mr. Grant joined the New York City Ballet in 1984, became a Solo Pianist there 2 years later, and was appointed pianist of the NYCB Orchestra in 1998. He has performed all the major piano ballets of the company as well as virtually all the piano concerti of the repertory. Cristina Pato

Galician bagpipe Internationally acclaimed as a gaita (Galician bagpipe) master and a classical pianist, Ms. Pato has collaborated with world music, jazz, classical and experimental artists (including The Chicago Symphony, Yo-Yo Ma, and The Chieftains) and has given more than 500 concerts with her own band. Ms. Pato is a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.

Raman Ramakrishnan

Cello Mr. Ramakrishnan is a member of the Daedalus Quartet, winner of the 2001 Banff International String Quartet Competition. He has given solo recitals in New York, Boston, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., and as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, he has collaborated with musicians from the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra and performed in New Delhi and Agra, India and in Cairo, Egypt. FESTIVAL DIRECTOR Damian Woetzel

Damian Woetzel, former Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet, is the Artistic Director of the Vail International Dance Festival. Woetzel also serves as the founding Director of the Jerome Robbins Foundation's New Essential Works (NEW) Program and as the Director of the Aspen Institute Arts Program. Outside these roles, his recent projects as a Director have included “Lil Buck @ Le Poisson Rouge,” the tribute to ballerina Natalia Makarova for the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, and culminating events for the Silk Road Connect Program in collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma with whom he works on education projects nationally. In November of 2009, President Obama appointed Woetzel to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

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Legendary choreographer Paul Taylor explores the varied spectrum of human

Swimming Through Space emotion in his dances.

By Marina Harss


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Paul Taylor in Aureole (1962) Photo by Jack Mitchell.


efore he ever set foot in a dance studio, Paul Taylor was a champion swimmer. His specialty was freestyle (a.k.a. crawl), a stroke that requires big, sweeping arm movements, strong legs, powerful and flexible shoulders and the ability to coordinate the whole body to create momentum. “I

during the Depression and war years in hardscrabble circumstances—not much money, a distant father, few friends— go from being a shy, lonesome boy to becoming a collegiate swimmer, dancer and, eventually, one of America’s most respected and treasured modern-dance choreographers? As a kid

“I always loved the water. I loved to be in it and the way it felt, and the pressure you needed to use against it when you swam. When I danced, I imagined that the

air was like water

. It gave my movement

a certain quality.” paul taylor always loved the water,” Taylor told me recently. “I loved to be in it and the way it felt, and the pressure you needed to use against it when you swam. When I danced, I imagined that the air was like water. It gave my movement a certain quality.” It’s a quality you can see in grainy footage of Taylor and, to this day, in the members of his current company. They don’t simply traverse space or use their arms in aesthetically pleasing ways; every step has weight, fluidity and a sense of connectedness — to the body’s core and to the air around it. “It’s the idea of swimming through space,” says Michael Trusnovec, a company member who in many ways embodies the essential qualities of the Taylor dancer. “Carving, swimming, twisting. And then there are those classic, pure shapes, curve, V, scoop. All the movements come from the back.” How did Taylor, who was born in 1930 and grew up

he spent a lot of time on his own, time he filled by watching and interpreting the behavior of both animals and people. Then, as an adolescent, he began to seek out ways to express his view of what he saw around him, and to connect with others, if possible, without words. His first medium was painting, but, as he told me last year, “it turned out to be so static and I got impatient.” Naturally athletic, broad-shouldered, and tall—six feet—he took up swimming. He discovered dance — an activity that embodied the perfect combination of physical exertion and wordless expression — in college. “I make dances in an effort to communicate to people…because I don’t always trust my own words to matter,” he wrote recently. And, as he quickly discovered, he was quite good. Dancing brought him to New York, where he studied ballet with Antony Tudor and Margaret Craske,

as well as modern dance with José Limón and Martha Graham. He performed briefly with Merce Cunningham’s fledgling troupe and then joined the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he stayed for seven years, often playing bad guys, “which was,” he says, “a lot of fun.” Then, in 1954, he started making his own dances. At first, as if rebelling against the ironclad structure and epic emotionality of Graham, he composed works that were almost perversely devoid of content. In Resemblance (1957) he walked around while David Tudor made noises with the piano; in Duet (also 1957) he and another dancer didn’t move at all. In 3 Epitaphs (1956), which the company still performs, he and his dancers, covered in body stockings from head to toe, loped around and swung their arms like apes. (The body stockings were the invention of Robert Rauschenberg, an early collaborator.) Martha Graham called him a “naughty boy.” But in a way, this was only a phase. He was trying things out, figuring out what interested him, one dance at a time. In 1959, he collaborated with George Balanchine on a solo in Episodes, a work that combined the efforts of the New York City Ballet and Graham’s company. Though Taylor does not particularly admire ballet — too decorative for his taste — he was impressed by Balanchine’s straightforward, no-nonsense working method, which was in complete contrast with the priestly aura of Graham. Like Balanchine, he thought of himself more as a workman than as an artiste or a promoter of big ideas. “He says 25 years // VAIL DANCE


animal-like imagery — Aureole (1962), made the next year, represents yet another change of course. Aureole was the first in a series of dances set to Baroque music (usually movements from several works spliced together), a series that continues to this day. In these works, the dancers move with the life-affirming warmth and the buoyant, almost heroic fluidity that for many has come to define Paul Taylor’s dominant style. Airs (1978),

to see them again. He has also indulged his madcap sense of humor, creating such wickedly funny pieces as Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rehearsal) (1980) and Gossamer Gallants (2011). In the latter, Taylor jokingly equates humans with manic insects, possibly in heat. And yet, despite his his range, one can always recognize a Taylor piece. It comes down to that fluid, muscular, full-bodied way of

“You can’t fake it. You have to throw yourself into it, full-bodied, every single time.” michael trusnovec

above: Bettie de Jong and Paul Taylor in Scudorama (1963)

he’s a very blue-collar craftsman,” John Tomlinson, the company’s executive director, told me recently. “He doesn’t see himself as an elitist choreographer making erudite art…he sees his job as crafting these pieces for the company.” Now in his eighties, Taylor still creates two to three works per year for his company. In the early sixties, Taylor began toying with using classical music in his dances. Junction, from 1961, was a turning

point; in it, he used various movements of Bach cello suites. But from the beginning, he refused to follow the music blindly. Sometimes he fits the steps into the notes, sometimes he works across the surface of the score, and sometimes he goes against it, depending on his mood. If in Junction (1961) Taylor seems to almost resist Bach’s classical structure — responding to it with awkward flapping, extreme poses, and odd,

Paul Taylor's sunset


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set to Handel is a prime example; the duet, which will be performed in Vail on the August 8th performance by Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild of New York City Ballet, is a luminous lesson in partnering, unconcealed effort, and gracious cooperation. But Taylor didn’t stop there. In nearly sixty years of making dances, he has touched upon almost every human emotion and many of man’s foibles, from the trivial to the deeply disturbing: young love, mature love, lust, hatred, religious and political hypocrisy, isolation, sexual violence, death. The loss and loneliness of war is a recurring theme. In Sunset (1983), young soldiers spend a last evening with a group of young women, perhaps never

Paul Taylor's 3 epitaphs

moving. His dancers never hold back. Consider Esplanade, from 1975. In a way it captures everything about being human: the glory of being alive, but also the pain of solitude, the struggle of muddling through, the support provided by mutual trust, and the risk (and courage) involved in living life to the fullest. All this, Taylor accomplishes with just a few steps: running, walking, skipping, crawling, lifting, holding, leaping, and falling. The momentum of the movement propels the dancers ever forward, suggesting, in a way, the effort and energy of life itself. “You can’t fake it,” Trusnovec says. “You have to throw yourself into it, fullbodied, every single time.” •

Paul Taylor's gossamer gallants

Photos by Tom Caravaglia, Paul B. Goode and Jack Mitchell.

An opportunity for

pure risk Five renowned choreographers deliver a world’s first in Vail on Aug. 5 By Shauna Farnell


hile the world at large may not think of Vail as a birthplace for dance creations that move on to metropolitan cultural hubs the world over, anyone involved with the Vail International Dance Festival for the last 25 years is well aware that every year, the two-week Festival spawns a series of masterpieces that go on to inspire audiences on stages all around the globe. This summer once again will play host to an entire night of these important debuts. “The idea that it happens in Vail first and goes on to New York and other cities … it gives a wonderful feeling to the enterprise,” says Vail International Dance Festival Director Damian Woetzel. “Over the years we’ve had many premieres, and many have gone on to have other lives. That’s one goal, and the other is to put dancers and choreographers together in interesting ways.” Unusual pairings is a theme in this year’s collaborations for new works. This means taking a fixture of contemporary dance like Larry Keigwin and his modern dance specialists and teaming up with Principal Dancers from New York City Ballet. Or modern

dance star Fang-Yi Sheu collaborating with Memphis jookin’ dancer Ron Myles, Brian Brooks putting the physical strength of a few select dancers to task, or jookin’ star Lil Buck simply creating a new dance with his multi-dimensional talent for merging dance styles. And, going big for its silver anniversary, the 2013 Festival will host a world premiere by modern dance pioneer Paul Taylor. NOW, hosted by Woetzel, comes to the Ford Amphitheater stage on Monday, August 5. All the choreographers begin with a vision, that is then given color and life in the stretch of days during which the dancers rehearse while in Vail. The energy is fast and flowing. “They rely on the element of risk which is always present when you try something new,” Woetzel points out. “Maybe it’s something about the pines, the mountains or the altitude, but they want to try something they wouldn’t in their home theaters. The premieres really are about the creative process. Not only for the public to see something brand new, but also for the artists to feel they are the clay, the actual stuff of creativity. It’s not redoing what has been done elsewhere, but a fresh creation.”

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• Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor rehearses Brief Encounters with dancer Laura Halzack.

Here’s a small taste of what you’re going to see on Premieres night:

• Larry Keigwin

paul taylor’s new work is inspired by the songs of Stephen Foster, the 19th century songwriter known as the “father of American music,” who composed such classics as “Oh! Susanna” and “My Old Kentucky Home.” The actual shaping of the piece will happen once all the dancers of the Paul Taylor Dance Company are present in the rehearsal room with the choreographer. The work will be Taylor’s 139th dance creation — today, the 82-year-old genius has nearly 60 years of choreography to his name, and he commented on differences and similarities he faces in 2013: “I work faster,” he says about how his process has changed. “Dancers learn quicker. I am still inspired by things I see or things I read.” As far as why he is choosing Vail for the honor of a world premiere he simply says, “It’s a beautiful setting,” and, referring to friend and Festival Director Damian Woetzel, ”because the Festival is run by one of the best directors in the business.” “They rely on the element of

Larry Keigwin and his company will collaborate with several New York City Ballet dancers, among them Festirisk. Maybe it’s something about val Artists-in-Residence Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild — to the pines, the mountains or the perform a 16-minute piece called Canvas. A very short snippet altitude, but they want to try of the piece was recently unveiled at New York City’s Gugsomething they wouldn’t in their genheim Museum, but Keigwin won’t know the solid details of home theaters.” damian woetzel what the entirety entails until the dancers arrive and rehearse vigorously in his small studio in Green Mountain Falls. The inspiration behind the piece’s name is those moments in which a blank canvas awaits the onslaught of color, depth and Keigwin’s specialty: humanity. “It’s an opportunity to clean the palette, clear the slate like a blank canvas,” Keigwin says. “The dance floor is a very big canvas in which I can paint rather than choreograph. I don’t know what the outcome will be. I think these particular dancers will handle anything. It’s a two-way street. The vocabulary will end up being casual. It will have a humanistic touch. I want them to feel like humans on stage, not dancers.” Keigwin has enlisted an original musical score by composer Adam Crystal, formerly of the rock band Fischerspooner, to complement the accessible appeal of the piece: “His music is cinematic and sweeping. It’s very orchestral. It has a very contemporary, classical vibe,” Keigwin explains. Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck rehearse with Larry Keigwin for his new work Canvas, as part of the Guggenheim Museum's Works and Process series in May 2013.


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Photos by Paul B. Goode and Matthew Murphy.

Brian Brooks and Wendy Whelan rehearse Brooks' duet, FALL FALLS, prior to its world premiere as part of the 2012 NOW evening.

• Brian Brooks

Lil Buck dances in the streets of Vail in 2011.

• Charles ‘Lil Buck’ Riley

Lil Buck is a Festival favorite, famous for hypnotizing audiences with his ultra-liquid movements. The style is a street dance technique that originated in his hometown of Memphis, and is known as “jookin’”. A 2011 VIDF Artistin-Residence, Riley has since appeared with Madonna as one of the featured performers in her 2012 Super Bowl XLVI Half-Time show and on her 2012 MDNA Tour. He’s also been featured on The Colbert Report, performed in a solo-show with Yo-Yo Ma at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge directed by Woetzel, and is currently appearing in Cirque du Soleil’s new Michael Jackson show “One” in Las Vegas. In other words, he’s everywhere, including Vail where he will make a new piece continuing his goal of bringing jookin’ alongside more established dance idioms, sharing the stage with new ballet, contemporary and modern dance creations.

Photos by Erin Baiano.

Brian Brooks, whose work is renowned for showcasing no-holds-barred intense physicality and raw emotion, last year teamed up for a duet with New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Wendy Whelan, which was then shown in New York and embarks on an international tour inthe next months. This season in Vail, Brooks will be mixing an eclectic selection of talent comprised of Pacific Northwest Ballet’s Carla Körbes, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tyler Angle, and Vail native Jonathan Royse Windham, who primarily performs with New York’s Gallim Dance troupe.

• Fang-Yi Sheu Another mainstay of the festival, Taiwanese-born New Yorker Fang-Yi Sheu’s premiere is likely to be the most striking when it comes to a melding of styles. An elegant and beloved icon of the modern dance world, Sheu will be working with Memphis jooker Ron Myles, breaking new ground for both artists. “It’s going to be an exciting mix of two worlds,” Woetzel says of the collaboration. “They’ve both been here at the Festival, breathing the same air - but she’s a modern dance star and he’s a Memphis jookin' dance star. It’s going to be two strong personalities, and two different stage presences and dance styles coming together in an unprecedented way.” •

Fang-Yi Sheu rehearses in preparation for the 2011 NOW evening.

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The composer’s work is celebrated in two iconic works, both performed at the Vail International Dance Festival by Pacific Northwest Ballet.

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full moon; the rustling noise of tulle costumes and a blizzard of quick footsteps; the sound of the wind in the trees surrounding the stage. A corps de ballet of women fills a stage bathed in moonlight, as a stirring Tchaikovsky string cadence wafts through the mountain air. This magic happens twice this summer, as Pacific Northwest Ballet takes the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater stage as part of the Opening Night of the Vail

Photos by angela sterling.

International Dance Festival, and headlines its own program the next evening. The company, making its fourth trip to the Vail Valley, will dance two of the works that epitomize ballet, Swan Lake (Act II) and its 20th-century counterpart, George Balanchine’s Serenade. In doing so, the company helps to commemorate two important anniversaries: 25 years of the Vail International Dance Festival and 40 years of the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

In four decades, Pacific Northwest Ballet has evolved from being a small adjunct to the Seattle Opera into one of America’s most beloved and respected companies. In 2005, the company welcomed just-retired New York City Ballet star Peter Boal to take over the helm after the 28-year tenure of Kent Stowell and Francia Russell, who themselves had danced with City Ballet under the direction of the legendary choreographer George Balanchine. Russell and Stowell

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put PNB, then a fledgling troupe of eighteen dancers, on the American dance map. Today PNB has 44 dancers, a permanent home in Seattle and an impressive touring schedule that this year takes the company all over the world, from Spoleto to Victoria to Vail. “For PNB, touring has been an essential part of celebrating our 40th anniversary season,” Boal says. “After touring both nationally and internationally over the past year, our return to the VIDF has special meaning for us as the place we have toured to the most.” PNB’s visit is highlighted by the two classics that have defined centuries of ballet history. The rare luxury for audiences to see, side by side, two sweeping Tchaikovsky masterworks — created during two vastly different moments in classical dance and born on opposite sides of the world — is an ideal opening for the 25th anniversary celebration of a dance summit whose legacy has increasingly

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become its confluence of nations, traditions and styles. A Classic for the Ages George Balanchine once noted, “Swan Lake is always changing. That is as it should be.” The stirrings of Swan Lake as we know it today were born in 1895, when the Russian ballet masters Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov created the choreography now known all over the world. True to Balanchine’s words, since then Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s music and the original libretto has inspired countless reinterpretations: from Matthew Bourne’s 1995 Broadway hit, which replaced the female corps de ballet with barefooted male dancers and referenced all styles of dance from ballet to the dances of Fred Astaire, to Graeme Murphy’s 2002 version loosely based on the breakdown of the marriage of Lady Diana to Prince Charles. It is the traditional ballet, however, that has sustained ballet companies and thrilled audiences for well over a century. PNB's version is noted for its restoration of the 1895 staging of the ballet's soul: Lev Ivanov's original Act II, the lakeside "white act." The entrance of the White Swan in this act is one of the most beautiful and recognizable entrances in all of ballet. As twenty-four swan maidens alight on the stage, Odette enters on a shower of harp notes and bows down to Prince Siegfried like a bird landing on a lake, closing its wings. Carla Körbes, a Principal Dancer with PNB and a much-loved artist who has danced in Vail for seven consecutive seasons, has developed a deep emotional affinity for the ballet. “The music is so touching and

George Balanchine, arrived in the United States at the invitation of Lincoln Kirstein, the American arts visionary who saw the need to develop a “native” ballet style. As Kirstein explained in a widely-circulated pamphlet, American ballet “should spring from its own training and environment…

intimate, and it helps me feel the sorrow and desperation of Odette,” Körbes explains. “I love how by the end of the pas de deux, Odette is ready to open her heart to Siegfried. She walks toward him and lets him embrace and declare his love for her. It gives me chills every time I see or get to perform that section.” Twenty-five years old when she first danced Odette, the part is now like a second skin for the Brazilian-born Körbes, whose otherworldly beauty — alabaster skin and legs that curve perfectly like a swan’s neck — is famously suited to ballet’s most beloved heroine. In a recent Vanity Fair essay, Festival Director Damian Woetzel called Körbes a “prophetess, arriving to explain ballets we may love and think we know but have yet to fully experience, simply because we haven’t seen her exquisite interpretation.” For Körbes, getting to perform Swan Lake in the environs of one of the world’s most beautiful outdoor amphitheaters is a special experience. “It feels magical because the breeze from the wind and the natural sounds of nature make you feel like you are actually in a real forest and lake,” she explains.

Carla Körbes in Swan Lake.

The First ‘American’ Ballet Almost forty years after the creation of Swan Lake, a young man of Georgian descent,

from basketball courts, track and swimming meets and junior proms.” In Balanchine — who, though a Russian émigré, most naturally viewed himself as an ambassador for his adopted country — Kirstein found the man for the job. In 1933, they co-founded the School of American Ballet, where Balanchine established a training method and aesthetic that, while built on the traditions of the Imperial Russian Ballet he came from, was advanced and inspired by the needs of his new choreography and the unique style and physical gifts he came across in his American dancers.

Photos by Erin Baiano and Angela Sterling.

George Balanchine’s Black-and-White Ballets

Serenade was created the following year for a group of seventeen students from the School, and premiered outside at an estate in White Plains, N.Y. The ballet was Balanchine’s initial response to America; he explained his opening tableau of seventeen women as a balletic homage to the California orange groves, which he had not yet seen himself, but had imagined in his dreams of the American West. Serenade was the first work Balanchine created in the United States, and it has since retained a mythic status as the “first American ballet.” Certainly contributing to this is the way in which Balanchine choreographed the ballet. Several of its most dramatic moments came by happenstance; simple classroom incidents like late arrivals to rehearsal and accidental floor slips, for instance, were memorialized in the choreography. Other sections were inspired by Balanchine’s desire to show his young students just how dancing on the stage differs from classwork: The moving opening image, in which seventeen women adjust their feet from a parallel position into the balletic first position, underlines how one becomes a ballerina through the most subtle of transformations.

Serenade’s greatest legacy, however, was its initiation of a canon that came to define 20th-century ballet. Balanchine’s dances moved beyond the fairytales of the previous century, embracing choreography without stories and streamlining decorative trappings in favor of modernist purity and simplicity. In Serenade the heroines are stripped of the wings and feathers of Swan Lake; they are simply women. When Balanchine was asked what Serenade was about, he commented, “a dance in the moonlight.” And yet! Serenade was Balanchine’s American inauguration, but it was also his homage to the two men who were towering presences and “spiritual fathers” for him, Marius Petipa and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Set to Tchaikovsky’s soaring Serenade for Strings in C, the ballet saluted the traditions of Balanchine’s Russian heritage and the pillars of classical dance, like Swan Lake, with both subtle choreographic references and thematic allusions. The same motifs are there: blindness, love, fate, death and submission. As the dancers whirl on and off stage, pas de deux break apart, a ballerina falls to the ground and is swept

The term “black-and-white ballet” was born out of a canon of Balanchine works in which the dancers were costumed in simple black and white practice clothes. These ballets dispensed with decorative elements and emphasized the choreography and music, echoing the evolving traditions of abstract expressionism in American mid-century art. Ballets like Agon (1957) were premiered in black and white, while others like Concerto Barocco (1941) debuted with elaborate costumes and then were subsequently stripped bare. Balanchine's streamlining is most evident in Apollo (1928), the ballet he considered to be his artistic coming-of-age, and which he continuously edited over the course of his life. “Apollo seemed to tell me that I could dare not to use everything,” Balanchine said. “I began to see how I could clarify, by limiting, by reducing what seemed to be multiple possibilities to the one that is inevitable.” On July 30, 2013, Pacific Northwest Ballet concludes their Vail residency with a trio of black-and-white masterworks, performing Apollo, Concerto Barocco, and Agon. The ballets span a range of decades and degrees of abstraction, but all share a pure simplicity: amplifying and revealing the choreography and its profound relation to the music. They stand today as monumental works of art of the 20th century. above: george balanchine

away by an angel of death, and then carried aloft in an elegiac cortege. The corps de ballet is a familiarly beautiful rush of white tulle moving in unison; except for one dancer, who tries to find her place among the others, like Odette in her tribe of swans. Ultimately, despite these hints at narrative, there is no “story.” As Balanchine once remarked: “How much story do you want? You put a man and woman on a stage together, and already it’s a story.” On Opening Night, as the

curtain rises on the iconic tableau of women arranged in the orange-grove pattern of Balanchine’s imagination, their feet parallel and their right arms lifted as though shielding the moonlight, Tchaikovsky’s serenade will soar into the mountain air. The next night, Tchaikovsky’s immortal Swan Lake melody will echo throughout the pine trees. On both occasions, we will experience why ballet matters, why it touches our souls, why these two Tchaikovsky dances are immortal.•

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to Life

Bringing Stories Artists-in-Residence and festival favorites Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild return to Vail

By Brenda Himelfarb


here are times when a dancer makes an entrance and, at once, you are taken aback by the sheer beauty of the moment. Perhaps it’s the height of the leap, the graceful flourish of the hand, a simple tilt of the head. Its magic can take you to another place, perhaps, another time. You are soon mesmerized and, just like that, “in” the ballet. Dancers extraordinaire and Vail International Dance Festival Artists-in-Residence Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild can take you on that journey. Their energy is contagious. Born in Bakersfield, California, Peck began watching dance classes in her mother’s studio at age two. She started ballet lessons locally at the age of seven, and at age twelve while in New York starring on Broadway in Susan Stroman's The Music Man, Peck entered the School of American Ballet (SAB), the official school of the New York City Ballet (NYCB). Fairchild, who hails from Salt Lake City, Utah, began his training at the age of four, and at age ten began his formal ballet training at the Ballet West Conservatory as well as the Jacqueline College School of Ballet. In 2003 he, too, entered SAB as a fulltime student. Because of their boundless enthusiasm and unique


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sensibility, in just a few years Peck and Fairchild went from being apprentices, to being asked to join the NYCB as members of the corps de ballet; soon after, they were quickly promoted to Soloists and then to Principal Dancers. It’s no surprise that these two accomplished dancers were on the fast track. “I remember my first day of class at the New York City Ballet, and being there with all of the people that I idolized,” recalls Peck. “We watched them so often when we were in school, but then to be standing next to Wendy Whelan in class was amazing. I think the first ballet I did was

Symphony in C and I shared the stage with a lot of Principal Dancers. It was surreal.” “My first ballet was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I was in the court scene in the second act,” muses Fairchild. “I remember the first time I saw the New York City Ballet dance, other than The Nutcracker, was A Midsummer Night’s Dream. After seeing that performance, I thought, ‘that’s what I really want do. I want to be in that ballet company.’” Peck and Fairchild were both promoted to Principal Dancers at about the same time, and after years of getting to know each other and

at times, dancing as partners, Peck and Fairchild became engaged — to each other. “Honestly, I knew that Robbie was ‘the one’ since I was fourteen,” admits Peck. “I always felt like he was my soul-mate.” Fairchild’s memory is also very clear. “I knew that I liked Tiler at Point Pleasant Beach in New Jersey on an SAB field trip,” he lovingly recalls. “She was always the one. I am so grateful to have known her since I was so young, because it created such a familiarity and bond between us." And that bond translates into their dancing partnership as well. “We get to do a Photo by Caitlin Kakigi.

lot of romantic roles together and there is no forcing anything,“ reveals Fairchild. "It’s great to be able to play off of her vibes and have it mean something to me. “She also challenges me with the delivery of steps, in partnering with her and with my own individual solos. She has such a fearlessness about her that has helped me a lot in achieving my best work.” Both dancers credit Damian Woetzel, Artistic Director of the Vail International Dance Festival, with the direction and tremendous encouragement he has offered over the years; especially Peck, whom Woetzel partnered when he was a star at NYCB, in a partnership that Peck considers pivotal. “Damian educated me on so many levels,” she told Astrida Woods in an interview for Dance Magazine. “I learned how to play with the music, and to make things softer. Before, I tried to do everything on the beat, but Damian showed me how to ‘ride the music.” During rehearsals, Woetzel would engage Peck in dialogue: he’d ask what her character was thinking, or what motivated a

works with the dancers on their roles for Vail as well as for performances in New York during the year. "I love working with Heather," says Peck. "She pushes me beyond what I am capable of, and helps me find myself within a ballet. Watching her in the studio is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen."

Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild rehearsing at the 2010 VIDF

Woetzel and Fairchild never danced together. Rather, they played opponents in Jerome Robbins’ classic work West Side Story. “Damian played Riff and I played Tony,” says Fairchild. “I remember keeping my Playbill program because I

“As dancers, we are always trying to transcend and take ourselves to another place. But we don’t have to work so hard mentally in Vail, because we’re already in it.” robert fairchild

movement. And she remembers him advising, “Whatever you do, never be predictable.” Peck also especially values her coaching by Heather Watts (the former Balanchine ballerina who is married to Woetzel), who

thought it was so special. I didn’t know Damian very well and when he invited me to dance in Vail, it was a huge compliment. That was the beginning of it all for me. “To have another male in your corner — who has

Photos by Caitlin Kakigi, Matthew Murphy and Bruce Weber.

been there and done it all — to coach you in dance has been a huge blessing, because you work so hard at the company Peck and Fairchild in a portrait by Bruce Weber and you can really get just in one zone. But when you have someone who before dispersing to various has a view from the outside, ballet companies. it can open up your eyes to a And, Fairchild adds, “In whole lot of possibilities. New York, we work in a "I wouldn’t feel as comstudio that doesn’t have any fortable in some of the roles windows, so for us to be in that I do, had it not been for Vail and have an outdoor Damian’s guidance and help.” theater and the view we have Peck and Fairchild always is unbelievable. It’s just a look forward to the camarabreath of fresh air for every derie between dancers that dancer, because it’s so not the Festival brings. They enthe norm. joy being part of a new group “As dancers, we are always and learning from other trying to transcend and take dancers; often, it’s a kind of ourselves to another place. reunion as both Peck and But we don’t have to work so Fairchild went to school with hard mentally in Vail, because some of the other dancers we’re already in it.” • 25 years // VAIL DANCE


venues, box office & parking


Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Owned and operated by the Vail Valley Foundation, the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail is an outdoor venue that seats 1,260 guests in covered seating and an additional 1,300 on its expansive grassy hillside with a breathtaking view of the Gore Range. Venue enhancements made in 2013 include new restrooms and the addition of tiered lawn seating. Gates to the venue open one hour prior to showtime. Lawn seating is available on a first come-first served basis. Picnics with non-alcoholic, commercially-sealed beverages and legless chairs are permitted. Full concessions are available. Vilar Performing Arts Center Owned and operated by the Vail Valley Foundation, the Vilar Performing Arts Center is a 530-seat state-of-the art facility located in the heart of Beaver Creek. The theater’s intimate and inviting performance space was designed to exacting specifications to create perfect acoustics and unobstructed views from every seat. Please arrive early for performances. Lobby doors open at


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gerald r. ford amphitheater and vilar performing arts center below.

least one hour prior to showtime. Late arrivals will be seated at the back of the house and only at the discretion of the House Manager. Full concessions are available. PARKING

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Limited paid parking is available at Ford Park, located northeast of the Amphitheater on the Frontage Road at the Soccer Field, located southeast of the Amphitheater on Vail Valley Drive. Free parking is available at the Vail Village and Lionshead parking structures, both a short walk or shuttle ride to the venue. Courtesy cart service is provided on a regular basis for those needing transportation assistance.


Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater:

530 South Frontage Road, Vail Vilar Performing Arts Center:

68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek Phone:

970.845.TIXS (8497) or 888.920.ARTS (2797) For online ticket purchases, visit Hours of Operation:

Vilar Performing Arts Center Limited free parking is available at the Villa Montane or Village Hall parking structures in Beaver Creek Resort. Additional free parking is located at the East and West lots at the entrance to Beaver Creek, with free shuttle service to the covered bridge bus stop.

Daily; 11am to 7pm

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Š Keith Haring Foundation


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Keith Haring and the Vail International Dance Festival Since 2011, the work of the late artist and social activist Keith Haring (1958-1990) has become an important symbol of the Vail International Dance Festival. For the past three years, Julia Gruen, Director of the Keith Haring Foundation, has offered the festival a Haring image to feature in its public outreach, in keeping with the Foundation's mission to sustain, expand, and protect the legacy of Keith Haring, his art, and his ideals. The artist's jubilant and joyful creations have added an extraordinary layer to the festival, creatively inspiring both artists and audiences. Learn more about Keith Haring and the Keith Haring Foundation:


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