2022 Vail Dance Festival Magazine

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13 Welcome Letter

24 Caili Quan &

33 Limón Dance Company

40 Dance for $20.22

14 Support the Festival

Artists-In-Residence fly to great heights by Sarah Silverblatt-Buser

34 UpClose

42 Festival Patrons

35 Dancing in the Park

50 Festival Support & Staff

15 Exclusive Donor Events 16 Festival Events 18 Festival Programs 19 Frequently Asked Questions

21 Ticket Packages & Offerings

22 Festival Calendar

Roman Mejia

26 In Good Company

Three dance companies will make their Festival debuts by Joel Solari

28 Take a Chance on Me Two success stories of the Festival’s internship program by Joel Solari

30 Opening Night

Friday, July 29 | 7:30pm

31 New York City

Ballet MOVES

Saturday, July 30 | 7:30pm

32 Ephrat Asherie

Dance: ODEON

Sunday, July 31 | 6:00pm

Monday, August 1 | 7:30pm

Wednesday, August 3 | 6:00pm

Thursday, August 4 | 5:30pm

36 International

Tuesday, August 9 | 7:30pm

52 Company Biographies

Evenings of Dance I

54 Festival Artists

International Evenings of Dance II

56 An Everlasting Legacy

Friday, August 5 | 7:30pm

Saturday, August 6 | 5:00pm Saturday, August 6 | 7:45pm

38 DanceAspen

Sunday, August 7 | 6:00pm

39 NOW: Premieres

Monday, August 8 | 7:30pm

The Festival’s first endowment for classical ballet by Joel Solari

58 NOW: Premieres

Channeling innovation and authenticity by Sarah Silverblatt-Buser

63 “Scene” at the Festival

Photos from left to right: The Limón Dance Company performs The Winged. Photo by Kelly Puleio. Lauren Lovette and Colorado Ballet perform George Balanchine’s Serenade at the 2019 Festival. Choreography © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Erin Baiano. Sara Mearns performs Alexei Ratmansky’s Fandango as part of the Festival’s 2016 ReMix NYC program at NY City Center. Photo by Erin Baiano.






Join The Dance Archive in celebrating its 50th anniversary as a dance resource for all. Congratulations to the 2022 Legends of Dance Honorees! Denver Turnverein Judi Hofmeister Jan Johnson

Louise Leise Stan Obert Larry Southall

Save the Date for our celebration: October 16, 2022

Joel Solari

ASSOCIATE EDITORS Wren Bova Ross Leonhart

SALES MANAGERS Sandie Aveil Heidi Bricklin Mark Bricklin Emily Peterson

CONTENT & DIRECTION Martha Brassel Sarah Johnson Cameron Morgan Kate Penner Trish Weber Damian Woetzel




Sarah Silverblatt-Buser Joel Solari


VAIL VALLEY ACADEMY OF DANCE The Vail Valley Academy of Dance is Western Colorado’s most prestigious dance instruction destination. Founded in 1989, we educate and train The Eagle Valley for a life full of dance! We offer top quality dance instruction to dedicated young people from 3 to 18, as well as adults! We consider our Dancers and Teachers to be our family, and we love being part of the Vail dance community. Styles include: Ballet Jazz Tap Dance



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Roman Mejia’s photo by Erin Baiano. Caili Quan’s photo by Christopher Duggan.

Hip Hop


Erin Baiano Peter Cai Christopher Duggan Patrick Fraser Chris Kendig Shervin Lainez Brian Maloney Matthew Murphy Beau Pearson Kelly Puleio Jon Resnick Walter Strate

Festival artists take morning class at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Illustration by Andrea Selby.

All programs and artists are subject to change. The Vail Daily is a wholly owned subsidiary of

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ear Friends, It is with gratitude that we welcome you to Vail Dance Festival’s 34th season with dozens of performances and events across the Vail Valley, deep in the heart of the beautiful Colorado Rockies. As we collectively emerge from the tumultuous last two years into a summer of renewed optimism, we are reminded of the community-building power of the arts that unite us in our shared humanity. Creativity and curiosity are the hallmarks of our Festival and we hope that what you experience here — whether on our stages, in the streets, or in our studios — inspires you and creates lasting memories into the future. The New York Times has raved that “in quantity and quality, the lineup of worldclass dancers who perform at the Vail Dance Festival is as awe-inspiring as this town’s alpine scenery.” We build on that each year, and we are excited to welcome new and returning friends to the Vail Valley in this year’s alignment of talent and artistry. Performance highlights this summer include the Limón Dance Company making its Vail debut as part of its 75th anniversary season, the return of New York City Ballet MOVES, and the Festival premieres of DanceAspen and Ephrat Asherie Dance. In addition to the dancers and musicians we will be featuring from around the world, we are grateful to be able to host four young dancers displaced by the war in Ukraine as our Scholars-In-Residence this season. And please join us in welcoming choreographer and dancer Caili Quan and New York City Ballet soloist Roman Mejia as this year’s Artists-in-Residence, and Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw as our returning Composer-in-Residence. This season, we are proud to reach and surpass our 100th world premiere dance commission since the 2007 Festival. Marking this milestone, we will present the world premieres of dynamic new works from a roster of predominately female choreographers including Pam Tanowitz, Ephrat Asherie, Jodi Melnick, Claudia Schreier, Bobbi Jene Smith, Tiler Peck, Caili Quan, as well as a new work by Justin Peck in collaboration with bluegrass artist Chris Thile.

Susan Campbell, Chair Jill Plancher, Vice Chair Judy Berkowitz* Priscilla Brewster Allie Coppeak Stacey Gillett Lisa Goldman Sheika Gramshammer John Harrison Alexia Jurschak Jonna Mackin Jane Netzorg Senenne Philippon Fred Tresca Betsy Wiegers Damian Woetzel * Dance Committee Chair 1998-2018

In addition to the 12 performances across our beautiful stages, this year’s Festival will offer 40+ events including Watching Dance with Heather Watts; a stellar master class series; the Conversations on Dance live podcast recordings; the Tiny Dancer Tea Party; and free events across the Valley including multiple Dancing in the Streets performances in Vail, Dancing in the Park in Avon, and many more surprises. However you choose to connect with us this summer, we hope you will find creative inspiration through the beauty of dance in all its forms. If you are experiencing the Vail Dance Festival for the first time, or if this is an annual visit, we sincerely extend our welcome and appreciate you joining us. Let’s Dance!

Damian Woetzel

rtistic Director, A Vail Dance Festival

Susan Campbell

ommittee Chair, C Vail Dance Festival

The Vail Dance Festival is a project of the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation.




YOUR SUPPORT FUNDS THE FESTIVAL THANK YOU! Your financial support creates our phenomenal dance festival in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Beyond helping in the creation of extraordinary art, your support helps bring international acclaim to Vail by placing us on the world’s stage and creating a culturally vibrant community.

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Make an IMPACT and Support the Festival Today!

Your philanthropic support is acknowledged with a variety of unique benefits reserved exclusively for donors including:

• Special Events

• Rehearsal Access

• VIP Parking

• Priority Ticketing

See page 15 to learn about the variety of events reserved for donors.

How to Give: Check or Online

Wire Transfer

Did You Know?

Make a donation by mailing a check to the Vail Dance Festival at PO Box 6550, Avon, CO, 81620 or online.

To make a donation via wire transfer, please contact the Vail Dance Festival at 970.777.2015

You can also support the Festival through: • Stock Gifts • Donor Advised Funds (DAF) • IRA Charitable Rollover

To learn more, visit vaildance.org/support or reach out to a member of our philanthropy team: Sarah Johnson

Whitney Harper

Euginnia Seyferth

Martha Brassel

Kendra Powell

Lee Steele

Sr. VP of Philanthropy sjohnson@vvf.org

Sr. Director of Philanthropy mbrassel@vvf.org



Associate Director of Philanthropy wharper@vvf.org Sr. Manager, Donor Engagement kpowell@vvf.org

Director of Philanthrophy eseyferth@vvf.org

Associate Director of Annual Support lsteele@vvf.org

Kathryn Weller

Director of Annual Support kweller@vvf.org


Vail Dance Festival Donors may enjoy a variety of exclusive donor events this summer! Check pages 22–23 to view the full Festival calendar. Dine Then Dance // Dance Then Dine Donors at the Gold Dress Circle level and above are invited to join other Festival patrons for dinner at some of the best local restaurants. Proceeds help support impactful Festival programs. August 5 A pre-performance dinner at select restaurants in Vail Village. Proceeds benefit Celebrate the Beat Eagle County, a program of Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365. August 7 A post-performance dinner at select restaurants in Beaver Creek Village. Proceeds benefit our Community Arts Access program. Tickets: $175 each

En Pointe Party

August 3 | Post-Performance | Larkspur Restaurant, Vail Donors at the Gold Dress Circle level and above receive complimentary tickets to the En Pointe Party, a special post-performance celebration to show our appreciation for our Festival donors. This exciting evening will include libations, dinner and dancing at Larkspur Restaurant in Vail with appearances by some of the Festival artists. RSVP required; Gold Dress Circle donors and above may purchase additional tickets for $200 each.

May Gallery Access The May Gallery at the Vilar Performing Arts Center is designated for Gold Dress Circle level donors and above prior to the July 31 performance of Ephrat Asherie Dance: ODEON. No RSVP necessary.

Pre-Performance Receptions

Sparkling Brunch

August 7 | 10:30am-1:00pm | Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Social Courtyard Donors at the Gold Dress Circle level and above receive complimentary tickets to an exclusive Festival rehearsal from 10:30-11:30am on the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater stage followed by brunch and breakfast cocktails with Festival dancers in the Social Courtyard. This year, we are thrilled to honor Paul Repetto & Janet Pyle. RSVP required. Additional tickets may be purchased for $150 each.

Sparkling Receptions

Post-performance July 30, August 6 & 9 Vail Valley Circle level donors and above are invited to post-performance Sparkling Receptions where dancers and donors will mix and mingle over a glass of sparkling wine in the Borgen Family Patrons Plaza. Please note that the Closing Night Sparkling Reception will take place on stage. Fan Club level donors are invited to attend one (1) Sparkling Reception. RSVP required.

Vail Valley Foundation Summer Donor Reception

August 8 | 6:00pm | Borgen Family Patrons Plaza A pre-performance reception to show our appreciation for your support and dedication to the Vail Valley Foundation. Gold Dress Circle level donors and above as well as Vail Valley Foundation donors at the Alpine level and above are invited to join us in the Borgen Family Patrons Plaza at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for complimentary appetizers and libations. RSVP required.

Donors at the Gold Dress Circle level and above are invited to join us at 6:30pm on July 29 (Opening Night) and August 5 (International Evenings of Dance I) in the Borgen Family Patrons Plaza at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for complimentary appetizers and libations. RSVP required.

Interested in participating in these donor events? Contact one of our philanthropy team members listed on the bottom of page 14. �VAILDANCE



Conversations on Dance heck the calendar on pages 22–23 for C dates and times. Conversations on Dance podcast hosts will record in-depth discussions with artists throughout the Festival. These intimate events provide audiences with an inside look into the world of dance through interviews with the industry’s best and brightest. A limited number of tickets are sold to each Conversations on Dance event during the Festival or listeners can tune in from anywhere once the episodes air! Generously Underwritten by Town of Vail. Conversations on Dance. Photo by Chris Kendig.

Tickets: $25 each; includes coffee, tea, and pastries

Dancing in the Park ugust 4 | 5:30pm | Avon Performance A Pavilion at Nottingham Park Free for everyone! Dancing in the Park returns to Nottingham Park in Avon for a one-of-a-kind participatory performance for dance fans of all ages. The program includes the break-dance stylings of Ephrat Asherie and dancers, ballroom stars Denys Drozdyuk and Antonina Skobina, along with appearances by DanceAspen, and YouthPower365’s Celebrate the Beat alumni. Generously Underwritten by Town of Avon and Slifer Smith & Frampton. Dancing in the Park. Photo by Erin Baiano.

Dancing in the Streets Free for everyone! We are thrilled to

showcase our incredible artists and engage our community with these one-of-a-kind pop-up performances taking place in Vail throughout the Festival.

Thursday, July 28 at 6:00pm

Robbie Fairchild and Caili Quan | Solaris Plaza located at 141 East Meadow Drive in Vail Village

Sunday, July 31 at 12:00pm

Limón Dance Company | Intersection of Bridge Street & Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village

Sunday, August 7 at 12:00pm Martha Graham Dance Company member Lloyd Knight performs at Dancing in the Streets.

Ephrat Asherie, Dario Natarelli, and more | Intersection of Bridge Street & Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village

Photo by Brian Maloney.

Learn More & Purchase Event Tickets at vaildance.org. 16



Master Classes heck the calendar on pages 22–23 C for dates and times. From July 28-August 9, advanced-level dance students may take advantage of up to two classes per day at Vail Mountain School. This summer’s Master Class series offers an array of classes taught by Festival artists in ballet, tap, jazz, repertory, and more. This year’s lineup also includes ballroom and movement classes for adult participants.

Tickets: $30 each to participate; $15 to observe (parent, guardian, or dance instructor)

Tiler Peck teaches a Master Class. Photo by Chris Kendig.

Open House with Caili Quan August 7 | 1:30pm-2:30pm | Golden Peak Studio Tent Join Artist-In-Residence Caili Quan and other Festival artists for an insider’s look at the rehearsal process of Caili’s new works, and learn about this dynamic dancer/choreographer’s artistic vision.

Tickets: $25 each; limited quantity available

Caili Quan in Vail. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

Tiny Dancer Tea Party uly 30 | 10:00am-11:15am J Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Social Courtyard An event for the littlest dancers with the biggest dreams. Boys and girls ages 4-7 are invited to enjoy crown and tiara decorating, a dance session, meet-and-greets with Festival dancers, snacks, and fun! The ticket price includes one children’s size Festival t-shirt. Hosted by Laura & Charlotte Parker Tiny Dancer Tea Party. Photo by Brian Maloney.

Tickets: $50 each; includes admission for one adult and one child

Watching Dance with Heather Watts August 2 | 11:00am-12:00pm | Vail Mountain School Legendary Balanchine ballerina Heather Watts shares an interactive exploration of dance repertory through video footage and live demonstrations with Festival artists.

Tickets: $25 each; all proceeds benefit YouthPower365’s Celebrate the Beat

Heather Watts. Photo by Erin Baiano.




���� Expanded Scholar-In-Residence Program Responding to the need to support young artists affected by the unprovoked war and resulting humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, the 2022 Festival will host four Ukrainian Scholars-In-Residence, expanding the program to give these displaced young dancers the opportunity to study in the United States this summer. Since the onset of the war in March, these four aspiring ballet dancers have been studying in schools in Europe which are closed in the summer, and with no safe way to return home at this time, they will be our guests in Vail during the Festival. Please help us welcome Polina Chepyk, Alisa Garkavenko, Yelyzaveta Lazovska, and Skorenka Yeva-Mariia.

Community Arts Access Access to the arts for all

• We partner with local nonprofits to distribute complimentary tickets to Vail Dance Festival performances. • Children 12 and under receive free access to the lawn with the purchase of an adult ticket (for performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater). • Students and faculty may purchase discounted lawn tickets for $10 (for performances at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater). • Dance for $20.22 is a specially-priced evening devoted to arts accessibility. Reserved pavilion seats are $20.22 each and lawn tickets are $10.22 each.

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater. Photo by Chris Kendig.

Intern & Ambassador Programs Engaging the next generation of arts leaders

Ambassador Program The Ambassador Program provides a unique, hands-on opportunity for current 8th through 12th graders. Ambassadors work closely with the Festival staff and are able to contribute to many different areas of the Festival’s on-site operations. The program includes a community service component as well as numerous educational offerings. Generously Underwritten by Barbara Scrivens, LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

2021 Festival Ambassadors. Photo by Chris Kendig.

Intern Program Every year, the Festival engages ambitious graduate and undergraduate students and young professionals from around the country who serve as members of the Festival intern team. Interns support a variety of areas including artist hospitality, media/communications, education/ outreach, venue/rehearsal management, transportation/logistics, food/beverage, and development. This is a unique opportunity for interns to work behind-the-scenes alongside some of the world’s greatest dancers, choreographers, and artistic leaders, and has launched numerous professional careers in the arts.

YouthPower���’s Celebrate the Beat Pop Hop Camp A free dance camp culminating in a performance on International Evenings of Dance I August 1 – August 5, 2022

Celebrate the Beat Pop Hop Camp. Photo by Christopher Duggan.



Eagle County youth ages 9-14 have the opportunity to participate in the free, week-long Pop Hop Camp designed to foster teamwork, creativity, and joy of accomplishment through dance. Directed by Tracy Straus, the program was introduced to Eagle County in 2007 by Heather Watts and Damian Woetzel. Graciously Underwritten by The Other 364 Foundation


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS How do I buy tickets to the Vail Dance Festival? ONLINE at vaildance.org BY PHONE at 970.845.TIXS (8497) IN-PERSON at one of our box office locations: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail or Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek

Where do the performances take place? Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

503 S Frontage Road East, Vail, CO 81657 The Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater (GRFA) in Vail is operated by the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation and is a spectacular outdoor venue that seats 1,265 guests in covered pavilion seating and an additional 1,235 on its expansive grassy hillside with a breathtaking view of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Seating: Covered pavilion seating is reserved. General Admission lawn seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Legless chairs are permitted on the lawn. The GRFA provides reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities, including those with limited mobility. Parking: The closest free parking is at the Vail Village parking structure. Limited paid parking is available at the Ford Park parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis. Getting to the GRFA: Walking - From the Vail Village parking structure, exit to the east, then walk northeast down the S Frontage Road E sidewalk toward the softball fields until you see the paved walkway into the park on your right. Follow the path down to the GRFA. Shuttle - A complimentary express shuttle to Ford Park is also available from the top levels of both Town of Vail parking structures during the Festival.

Getting to the VPAC: Beaver Creek Shuttle from lower lots - Park, walk or ECO bus to the lower Beaver Creek Village lots (Elk and Bear) and hop on the complimentary transportation Beaver Creek Village shuttle. Staying in Beaver Creek? Try the DialA-Ride Shuttle Service, a complimentary door-to-door, shared ride transportation within the Beaver Creek and Bachelor Gulch villages. Guests may ask their concierge to arrange transportation anywhere within the resort or download the Village Connect app. Venue Policies: visit vilarpac.org/venue-policies

Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park 1 Lake Street, Avon, CO 81620

Located in Avon, the Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park is a year-round cultural and entertainment venue for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, theater performances, educational events, and more. Seating: Open-air seating is available on an expansive grasscovered lawn and is perfect for audiences of all ages. Limited bleacher seating is provided, however attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas, and picnics to make the experience even better! Festival performances will take place rain or shine. Parking & Restrooms: Public restrooms are located adjacent to the venue in Nottingham Park. Nearby free parking is available.

What should I wear? Audiences wear anything from mountain casual to semi-formal. It’s totally up to you! Keep in mind that summertime in Vail is beautiful, but it does cool off quickly once the sun goes down. We recommend bringing layers and even a blanket for cooler evenings. Festival performances will take place rain or shine.

QUESTIONS? Visit vaildance.org or contact us at info@vvf.org or 970.777.2015.

Venue Policies: visit grfavail.com/policies

Vilar Performing Arts Center

68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, CO 81620 The Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in Beaver Creek is a 530-seat theater that is operated by the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation and presents a variety of year-round performances including concerts, Broadway, family entertainment, comedy, classical, dance, film and more. The facility features breathtaking architectural design with the highest quality finish work and acoustics available. Parking: Summer parking is FREE in Beaver Creek on a first come, first served basis. The Villa Montane lot is directly across from the VPAC on Avondale Lane and the Ford Hall lot is located just north of the venue on Village Road.

Mira Nadon performs George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes in 2021. Choreography © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Chris Kendig.




TICKET PACKAGES & OFFERINGS Enjoy big entertainment with big savings! New for 2022, we have a range of ticket packages and offerings to choose from. Continue to pages 30-40 to learn more about Festival performances. Encore Club Pass | ����

GRFA Pick � | ��� Off

• O ne (1) lawn ticket to each performance at the GRFA; nine (9) shows total

• P ick two (2) of the select performances and receive 20% off the best reserved pavilion seating available

• A bility to upgrade to reserved pavilion seating for $25 to select performances (based on availability)

• S elect performances include Limón Dance Company, UpClose, or NOW: Premieres

• Three (3) vouchers for discounted guest lawn tickets - $10 each

• P urchase the best available seating at vaildance.org or call the box office at 970.845.TIXS(8497) to choose specific seats

• Pass is NOT valid for performances at the VPAC • Over $60 in savings

Pay Your Age (ages ��–��) • Receive the best available seats at a big discount • 1 8-30 year-olds are invited to ‘Pay Your Age’ for reserved seating at select performances including Opening Night, Ephrat Asherie Dance: ODEON, Limón Dance Company, UpClose, DanceAspen, and NOW: Premieres • P ay Your Age tickets must be purchased at the GRFA or VPAC Box Office with valid proof of age ID

Student & Faculty Lawn Tickets | ��� • S tudents and Faculty may purchase discounted lawn tickets to performances at the GRFA • Excludes Dance for $20.22 and performances at the VPAC • P urchase discounted Student & Faculty tickets at vaildance.org or call the box office at 970.845.TIXS(8497)

• Limited availability

VPAC � Pack | ���� • One (1) ticket to Ephrat Asherie Dance: ODEON • One (1) ticket to DanceAspen • Purchase the best reserved seating available at vaildance.org or call the box office at 970.845.TIXS(8497) to choose specific seats • $50 in savings

FREE Lawn Admission for Children • Children 12 and under receive free lawn admission at the GRFA with the purchase of an adult ticket (no children’s ticket required for entry) • Excludes performances at the VPAC

LOCATION KEY GRFA: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail VPAC: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Purchase packages or single tickets at vaildance.org. boxoffice@vvf.org | ���.���.TIXS(����)

*Subject to availability. Subject to change. Prices listed do not include service fees. �VAILDANCE






Learn more at vaildance.org

FESTIVAL EVENTS: Educational Events Donor Events




Conversations on Dance with Caili Quan & Roman Mejia 9:30am–10:20am // MVL

Conversations on Dance with the Limón Dance Company 9:30am–10:20am // MVL

Watching Dance with Heather Watts 11:00am–12:00pm // VMS


Tap with Dario Natarelli 10:30am–11:50am // VMS

Broadway with Robbie Fairchild 10:30am–11:50am // VMS

AVON: Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park, Avon

FREE Dancing in the Streets 12:00pm // B&G

Limón Dance Company 7:30pm // GRFA

Events for Children Master Classes

B&G: Intersection of Bridge Street & Gore Creek Drive in Vail Village BFPP: Borgen Family Patrons Plaza at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail GPST: Golden Peak Studio Tents GRFA: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail LR: Larkspur Restaurant, Vail MG: May Gallery at the Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek MVL: Manor Vail Lodge Piney Ballroom SC: Social Courtyard at Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater SP: Solaris Plaza VMS: Vail Mountain School



Ballet with Tiler Peck 9:00am–10:20am // VMS

Ballet with India Bradley 9:00am–10:20am // VMS

Ballet with Roman Mejia 9:00am–10:20am // VMS

Pre-Performance Access † 5:00pm // MG Ephrat Asherie Dance: ODEON 6:00pm // VPAC

Conversations on Dance with Claudia Schreier & Lauren Lovette 9:30am–10:20am // MVL Ballet with Sara Mearns 10:30am–11:50pm // VMS

Mindful Movement with Viki Psihoyos 10:30am-11:50am // VMS

Sparkling Brunch † 10:30am–1:00pm // SC

VVF Summer Donor Reception * 6:00pm // BFPP

Repertory with Lauren Lovette 10:30am–11:50am // VMS

NOW: Premieres 7:30pm // GRFA

Pre-Performance Access † 6:30pm // BFPP

Merce Cunningham Technique with Melissa Toogood 9:00am–10:20am // VMS

FREE Dancing in the Streets 12:00pm // B&G Open House with Caili Quan 1:30pm–2:30pm // GPST DanceAspen 6:00pm // VPAC Dance then Dine ‡ Post-Performance // Beaver Creek

Conversations on Dance with Lil Buck & KJ Takahashi 9:30am–10:20am // MVL

Ballet with Unity Phelan 9:00am–10:20am // VMS Conversations on Dance with Jovani Furlan 9:30am–10:20am // MVL

Dance for $20.22 7:30pm // GRFA Sparkling on Stage ** Post-Performance








Repertory with the Limón Dance Company 10:30am–11:50am // VMS

House with Ephrat Asherie 10:30am–11:50am // VMS

Conversations on Dance with Justin Peck 9:30am–10:20am // MVL

Contemporary Ballet with Caili Quan 9:00am–10:20am // VMS

FREE Dancing in the Streets 6:00pm // SP

Limón Technique with the Limón Dance Company 9:00am–10:20am // VMS

Pre-Performance Reception † 6:30pm // BFPP Opening Night 7:30pm // GRFA

Ballet with New York City Ballet MOVES 9:00am–10:20am // VMS

Tiny Dancer Tea Party 10:00am–11:15am // SC Repertory with Caili Quan 10:30am–11:50am // VMS Pre-Performance Access † 6:30pm // BFPP New York City Ballet MOVES 7:30pm // GRFA Sparkling Reception ** Post-performance // BFPP

Conversations on Dance with Sara Mearns & Pam Tanowitz 9:30am–10:20am // MVL

Conversations on Dance with Jodi Melnick 9:30am–10:20am // MVL

Ballet with Margaret Tracey 10:30am–11:50am // VMS

Conversations on Dance with DanceAspen 9:30am–10:20am // MVL

Ballet with Patricia Delgado 9:00am–10:20am // VMS

Hip Hop with Byron Tittle 10:30am–11:50am // VMS UpClose 6:00pm // GRFA

Ballet with Calvin Royal III 9:00am–10:20am // VMS

Conversations on Dance: Music in Vail 9:30am–10:20am // MVL

Jookin with Lil Buck 10:30am–11:50am // VMS

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Artists-In-Residence Fly to Great Heights

CAILI QUAN � ROMAN MEJIA By Sarah Silverblatt-Buser


his summer’s Vail Dance Festival highlights two Artists-In-Residence: dancer and choreographer Caili Quan and New York City Ballet (NYCB) soloist Roman Mejia. The residency offers opportunities for tailored enrichment of these rising artists, who this year complement each other in their embodiment of the spirit of the Festival. Both are admired for their infectious enthusiasm, thirst for challenge, and pure passion for moving to music. Dance is in —Caili Quan their bones. Mejia’s father, himself a former NYCB soloist, described his son “dancing in diapers,” showing an uncanny musicality from a young age. Quan, who grew up in Guam, credits the Pacific island and its culture of community celebrations for instilling dance in her DNA. Quan first performed at the Festival with BalletX in 2014. Her quick ascent as an in-demand choreographer results from seven rich years dancing with the esteemed Philadelphia-based contemporary ballet company. “At BalletX,” Quan says, “I was part of 30 premieres, and that creative process was where I really fell in love with choreography.

“I’m always trying to come back to the joy of moving and to create processes that nurture artists.”

BalletX was my life school.” It was representing BalletX that she presented her first choreographic work at the Festival in 2018. This summer as Artist-In-Residence, Quan will share her talent through performing, teaching, and choreographing. Like BalletX’s vast repertoire itself, Quan incorporates numerous styles and influences into her works, all building from a strong foundation in ballet. “I love ballet,” she says. “There’s something about that effortlessness and euphoria in executing a step just right.” Yet before studying ballet in New York City, Quan brightly recalls memorizing music videos from VHS tapes in her living room as a young girl. This omnivorous appetite for dance has centered music and the dancers in front of her at the core of her choreography. “I love the collaborative process and watching how the body responds to music,” she says. “I’m always trying to come back to the joy of moving and to create processes that nurture artists.”

Caili Quan is Generously Underwritten by The James & Janet Averill Charitable Fund.



Caili Quan in Solo on a Saturday. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

Mejia exudes a similar zeal for dance. The 22-year-old Texas native describes himself as an “adrenaline junkie,” addicted to “that feeling of flying” that is full-out dancing. Artistic Director Damian Woetzel first invited the Princess Grace Awardee to the Festival in 2017, while he was still a student at the School of American Ballet, the official school of NYCB. One month later, he was invited to join the company. “You can’t teach this thing that makes you want to watch someone dance,” remarked principal ballerina Tiler Peck, who has danced frequently with Mejia over the past few years in Vail and increasingly in New York and elsewhere. The purpose of the Artist-In-Residence program is to challenge promising artists in a nurturing environment specific to their talents and potential. Mejia, who is the Festival’s youngest ever Artist-InResident, has already tackled roles beyond his age in Vail. From premiering in George Balanchine’s ebullient Tarantella alongside ballerina Lauren Lovette, to venturing into new creative terrain with contemporary ballet master Alonzo King, he continues to inspire

audiences. His performance of the Alexei Ratmansky solo Fandango, originally created for NYCB star Wendy Whelan, and later danced by Sara Mearns, led the choreographer to compare Mejia’s “great energy and attack, and fantastic technique” to the legendary dancer Edward Villella. Ever looking forward, Mejia remains his own biggest motivation. “You’re only as good as your last show,” he recalls his mother’s advice. “You can’t just keep going out there. You have to keep getting better.” The opportunities for enrichment offered to this summer’s Artists-In-Residence will be equally rewarding for audiences. Mejia will take on new roles including José Limón’s landmark solo Chaconne, and Quan will be busy onstage and off, creating a new solo for Mejia. From exciting new collaborations to performing iconic roles, Festival goers will get to witness two of the dance world’s brightest rising talents. Quan and Mejia’s individual and unique passion for dance can only bring them to even greater heights in the heady altitude of Vail.

Roman Mejia is Generously Underwritten by Donna & Donald Baumgartner. Roman Mejia with Brooklyn Rider, Alberta Khoury and Dario Natarelli in Alexei Ratmansky’s Fandango. Photo by Christopher Duggan.





Three dance companies will make their Festival debuts this summer


By Joel Solari

osé Limón (1908 – 1972), Mexican-born pioneer of American modern dance and one of the 20th century’s greatest artistic voices, stated “we are never more truly and profoundly human than when we dance.” This essence of humanity and urgency pulses throughout modern and contemporary dance forms and is uniquely expressed with each generation of dancers and choreographers. In the Festival premiere of three remarkable dance companies this summer, with a collective presentation of dance works across nine decades, this expression of shared humanity will be on full display through each ensemble’s diverse dance vocabulary, enduring individuality, and forward-facing momentum. The Vail Dance Festival will welcome the renowned Limón Dance Company, currently in its 75th anniversary season, along with New York’s critically acclaimed Ephrat Asherie Dance, and the newly formed DanceAspen. Each has a unique story to tell. Founded by dance titans José Limón and Doris Humphrey (1895 – 1958), the Limón Dance Company is one of the most significant dance legacies in the world. After immigrating from Mexico to Los Angeles at a very young age, Limón later moved to NYC to study visual art, and shortly after discovered a new direction in dance. In 1946 he founded his New York-based company, with his mentor Humphrey as Artistic Director, to bring the newly emerging art of American modern dance to the masses. Limón and his company quickly grew in popularity nationally and internationally, touring under José Limón performs Chaconne. the sponsorship of the US State Photo by Walter Strate. Department, and becoming the first modern dance group to perform at Lincoln Center. A powerhouse for decades that has inspired generation after generation, the Limón Dance Company received the National Medal of Arts for Lifetime Achievement in 2008. Described as “breathtaking” by The New York Times and widely acclaimed for its dramatic expression and storytelling, the Limón company will make a preview appearance on Opening Night, July 29, before headlining its Festival debut program, also at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater (GRFA) in Vail, on August 1. Select repertory for



Limón Dance Company in Air for the G String photographed in Steamboat Springs, CO. Photo by Kelly Puleio.

their engagement will include Limón’s Psalm (1967, restaged 2002), inspired by the mystical Jewish legend of The Righteous, and two works that pre-date the founding of the company, including Doris Humphrey’s Air for the G String (1928) set to Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, and Limón’s powerful solo Chaconne (1942) to be danced by New York City Ballet soloist, and 2022 Festival Artist-InResidence, Roman Mejia. “It is such an honor to present the Limón Dance Company at this year’s Festival,” says Artistic Director Damian Woetzel. “The genius of Limón’s choreography is essential viewing for all who love dance and the arts, and with its profound humanity and naturalness it will be a magnificent match with our outdoor setting in Vail.”

Ephrat Asherie Dance performs ODEON. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

DanceAspen performs Press Play. Photo by Beau Pearson.

Also making its Festival debut is New York City’s award-winning DanceAspen made its world debut in its inaugural sold out Ephrat Asherie Dance led by b-girl, dancer, and choreographer performance entitled The Pieces Fall at the Wheeler Opera House Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie. Israeli-born and NYC bred, Asherie in Aspen on September 17, 2021, just two months after officially found her creative voice in breaking, hip hop and house through becoming a company. Thus, an exciting new dance troupe was born. her immersion in the New York City underground club scene. Her “In just a few months, DanceAspen has proved not only its potential company’s signature dance vocabulary is rooted in African American but also its dancers’ resiliency,” said Dance Magazine in a feature and Latine street and social styles. Since its founding in 2012, Asherie article about the company’s impressive debut. and her company have received numerous awards and commissions This summer the company will step onto the stage of the Vail for their groundbreaking work including the Bessie Award for Dance Festival almost exactly one year to the day of its very Innovative Achievement and a recent commission with Works first rehearsal in July of 2021. “To be a part of this world-class & Process at the Guggenheim. Festival at any point in a company’s trajectory is an honor After giving audiences a sneak peek on Opening Night, and a privilege,” says Kaya Wolsey, a dancer who, like other the company will bring its evening length work ODEON to members of the group, shares administrative roles to support the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) the organization, herself a company manager. in Beaver Creek on July 31. Live musicians The troupe has since inspired community are a key element of ODEON, which is support to fund its artists and foster the set to the music of Brazilian composer creation of new works, firmly establishing Ernesto Nazareth combining samba and DanceAspen as a fresh voice and champion other popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms. The for contemporary choreography in the piece remixes breaking, hip hop, house and dance world. Recent world-premieres by vogue dance styles, and has been described the company have included works by an by The New York Times as an entertaining international roster of female choreographers work that “celebrates a community of including Danielle Rowe, Penny Saunders, artists with the kind of generosity that and Ana Maria Lucaciu, as well as a company —Kaya Wolsey, DanceAspen makes the viewer feel a part of things too.” premiere of a recent work by 2022 Vail Dance In addition to the ODEON performance Festival Artist-in-Residence Caili Quan. For at the VPAC and a new dance work their official Festival debut, DanceAspen commission by Asherie in the NOW: Premieres program at the GRFA will showcase an evening of exciting and entertaining contemporary on August 8, Festival attendees can also catch appearances of Ephrat works at the VPAC on August 7, in addition to appearances at Asherie Dance at Dancing in the Park in Avon on August 4 and Dancing in the Park on August 4 and Dance for $20.22 on August 9. Dance for $20.22 on closing night at the GRFA on August 9. José Limón’s meditation on the shared humanity of dance will no The third company to make their Festival debut is the newly doubt echo throughout this year’s Festival as audiences and artists formed DanceAspen. An incredible story of perseverance and come together to welcome these three impressive dance companies passion, this fresh contemporary company has risen as a new at numerous events across the Vail Valley. Some will also hold a collective of professional dancers from the acclaimed dual city Aspen special place for gratitude for the moment. “Not too long ago, many Santa Fe Ballet which dissolved during the pandemic after 25 years. of the dancers, myself included, thought we may never have the Recognizing the continued need to keep the arts alive in Aspen for opportunity to perform again,” Wolsey continues. “What once felt both artists and audiences alike, five dancers from the shuttered like a far-off dream has become a reality and it is exhilarating. We company, along with one newcomer, came together to build a new cannot wait to share our love for dance with the audience alongside dance company -- in the middle of a global pandemic, no less! the immense talent and grace of our fellow Festival artists.”

“To be a part of this worldclass Festival at any point in a company’s trajectory is an honor and a privilege”




Two success stories of the Vail Dance Festival’s one-of-a-kind internship program


By Joel Solari

cornerstone of the art of dance is its symbiotic but I didn’t yet know that it would become my career path,” she says. relationship to the art of teaching and mentorship. “Being within such close proximity to excellence and extraordinary This tradition is threaded throughout the Vail Dance artmaking over the course of my two summers as an intern had a Festival and is part of what makes the legendary lasting impact on me.” event special for many not only on the stage, but behind In between various administrative and backstage tasks, the scenes as well. Young artists and administrators alike Claudia, like many Festival interns, was able to witness the journey to Vail for firsthand access and mentorship creative processes of some of the brightest stars in music from leading influencers of the dance industry, all and dance. “I experienced firsthand the high level of with an added benefit of an idyllic discipline and hard work that goes into summertime setting in the beautiful making the Festival, along with the Colorado Rockies. Some have made distinctive culture of collaboration and a lasting impact on the Festival they camaraderie. It certainly rubbed off on have grown to call home. me!” Recently named Choreographer One of the program’s first in Residence at Atlanta Ballet in participants in 2007 (and again 2020, Claudia has since become one in 2008) was Claudia Schreier, a of the industry’s most sought-after student of Heather Watts at Harvard dancemakers, having recently set new University, and who returns this works at Boston Ballet, Miami City summer to create her fourth Vail Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, Dance Festival commission as part of among others. NOW: Premieres on August 8. “At the Another success story began in time of my internship experience, I —Claudia Schreier 2015 when the Festival internship was passionate about choreography, program welcomed Cameron Morgan,

“Being within such close proximity to excellence and extraordinary artmaking over the course of my two summers as an intern had a lasting impact on me.”


Claudia Schreier taking a bow with dancers Chris Bloom and Dandara Veiga during the premiere of her work Contra at the 2018 Festival. Photo by Erin Baiano.

Claudia Schreier and Cameron Morgan with their fellow interns in 2007 and 2015 respectively. Photo courtesy of the Vail Dance Festival.

Cameron speaking on the stage at the 2021 Festival. Photo by Christopher Duggan.

a charismatic young dancer and college student from the University of Oklahoma. After returning several summers in a row in a variety of roles in marketing and operations, Cameron proved to be a valuable asset to the Festival team. Last year, he moved to the Vail Valley full time after accepting the title of Vail Dance Festival’s year-round Operations Manager. In addition to his leadership role that involves logistical planning and coordination of the Festival, Cameron is also in charge of recruiting for the internship program. “We look for ambitious individuals with strong work ethic and commitment to teamwork and each year we receive nearly 100 applicants for roughly fourteen spots.” he says. “There is a highly valuable opportunity to be seen and to make a difference in this program.” Fellowship and mentorship are strong values that are pillars of the Festival made evident by its commitment to young dancers and administrators in the early stages of their professional lives. Not only are careers made here, but so are friendships. “My internship experience showed me a career path in dance outside of performance by giving me the opportunity to work in a copious relationship side by side with key figures in the dance world,” Cameron continues. “These people have become such great friends and I am thrilled to support their work in this serendipitous opportunity to make a difference in the artform I love.” For information about the Festival internship program, please visit vaildance.org/about/work. Underwriting opportunities are available to support the future generation of arts leaders. Contact the Vail Valley Foundation Office of Development for more information at 970.777.2015.

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FRIDAY, JULY �� Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail | �:��pm



The Vail Dance Festival kicks off its 34th season with a spectacular evening of performances, featuring New York City Ballet MOVES in Red Angels by Ulysses Dove and Other Dances by Jerome Robbins, the Festival debuts of the legendary Limón Dance Company and the fusion street styles of Ephrat Asherie Dance, alongside special performances by Festival stars.

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Generously Underwritten by Lisa Tannebaum & Don Brownstein. Tiler Peck and Roman Mejia perform Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances. Photo by Erin Baiano.



SATURDAY, JULY �� Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail | �:��pm



New York City Ballet MOVES returns for a special evening of ballet under the Colorado summer evening sky. MOVES is the dynamic touring arm of New York City Ballet, showcasing intimate chamber works from their history-making repertoire. This program will include Justin Peck’s recent premiere Partita set to Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer-Prize winning composition Partita for 8 Voices, Artist-In-Residence Roman Mejia’s debut in Jerome Robbins’ A Suite of Dances, originally created for Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Jerome Robbins’ timeless In the Night set to nocturnes by Frédéric Chopin.

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Generously Underwritten by Tina & David Wilson and The Carol F. Storr Endowment for Classical Ballet. New York City Ballet performs Justin Peck’s Partita. Photo by Erin Baiano.



SUNDAY, JULY �� Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek | 6:00pm



Ephrat Asherie Dance:


New York City’s acclaimed Ephrat Asherie Dance is rooted in African American and Latine street and social styles, and makes their Vail Dance Festival debut with ODEON. Set to the music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth combining samba and other popular Afro-Brazilian rhythms, ODEON is what happens when you bring together street and club dances - including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue – and remix them in a world that blurs time, tempo and genre. ODEON is an original dance work for six dancers and four musicians, the second collaboration between sister and brother team Ephrat and Ehud Asherie (choreographer and musical director, respectively).

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Generously Underwritten by Jonna Mackin. Ephrat Asherie Dance performs ODEON. Photo by Matthew Murphy.



MONDAY, AUGUST � Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail | �:��pm




Built on the genius of José Limón, one of history’s greatest choreographers, the Limón Dance Company has been at the forefront of American modern dance since its founding in 1946. The company is revered for its dramatic expression of human themes, which will come uniquely to life in the natural setting of the Ford Amphitheater for this Vail debut performance. Repertory will include Limón’s dynamic Psalm, Doris Humphrey’s evocative Air for the G String, and Limón’s legendary solo Chaconne which will be danced by New York City Ballet soloist, and 2022 Festival Artist-In-Residence, Roman Mejia.

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Generously Underwritten by Priscilla Brewster. Limón Dance Company performs A Choreographic Offering. Choreography by José Limón. Photo by Peter Cai.



WEDNESDAY, AUGUST � Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail | �:��pm


UpClose takes you behind the scenes as a selection of the world’s finest dancers push themselves to ever greater heights in taking on challenging new repertory and choreography for upcoming Festival performances. See the work that goes into all the brilliant dancing, hosted by Artistic Director Damian Woetzel with an exciting range of Festival stars on the stage of the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.

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Generously Underwritten by Jeffrey D. Byrne. Roman Mejia and Damian Woetzel at the 2021 UpClose performance. Photo by Christopher Duggan.





Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park | �:��pm



Dancing in the Park returns to the neighboring township of Avon at Nottingham Park for a one-of-a-kind and participatory performance for dance fans of all ages. Free and open to all, the program includes the hip hop and breaking styles of Ephrat Asherie and dancers, ballroom stars Denys Drozdyuk and Antonina Skobina, along with appearances by DanceAspen, and YouthPower365’s Celebrate the Beat Celebration Team.

Generously Underwritten by Town of Avon and Slifer Smith & Frampton. Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park. Photo by E rin Baiano.



FRIDAY, AUGUST � & SATURDAY, AUGUST � Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail Friday �:��pm | Saturday �:��pm & �:��pm

INTERNATIONAL EVENINGS OF DANCE I & II A brilliant cast of dancers and musicians take the stage in these signature Festival performances. Celebrating artistic collaboration and innovation, these evenings are full of surprises and unique “only in Vail” partnerships and role debuts by a selection of dance stars from around the world. In addition, YouthPower365’s Celebrate the Beat Pop Hop Camp will perform the curtain teaser on Friday, August 5.


Corps de Ballet, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Anne C. Kubik

Lil Buck

Memphis Jooker Underwritten by Marcy & Gerald Spector

Chun Wai Chan

Principal, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Karen & John Arnold

Preston Chamblee

Patricia Delgado

Former Principal, Miami City Ballet Underwritten by Paul Repetto & Janet Pyle

Michelle Dorrance

Robbie Fairchild

Kennard Henson

Maria Kochetkova

Former Principal, New York City Ballet / Broadway Star Underwritten by Martin Atkin & Reid Balthaser

Soloist, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Mike Krupka

Dorrance Dance Underwritten by Sarah Malloy Millett & Peter Millet

Jovani Furlan

Jeffrey Cirio

Denys Drozdyuk

Christopher Grant

Principal, English National Ballet / Boston Ballet Underwritten by Nancy & Richard Lubin

Herman Cornejo

Principal, American Ballet Theatre Underwritten by Jane & Skip Netzorg

Ballroom Dancer Underwritten by Martha Head

Philip Duclos

Corps de Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet Underwritten by Mary Sue & Michael Shannon

Principal, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Lisa & Mark Neporent Corps de Ballet, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Michael Ritchie

Savannah Green

BalletX Underwritten by Mary Lujack

Friday’s Performance is Generously Underwritten by Marge & Phil Odeen. Devon Teuscher and Cory Stearns perform Todd Bolender’s The Still Point. Photo by Christopher Duggan.



Corps de Ballet, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Doe Browning & Jack Hunn International Ballerina Underwritten by Ann Smead & Michael Byram

Lauren Lovette

Former Principal, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Malo & John Harrison

Sara Mearns

Principal, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Virginia Gold, Alexia & Jerry Jurschak, and Victoria Morris

Roman Mejia

Principal, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Donna & Donald Baumgartner

Miriam Miller

Soloist, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Susan & Jeff Campbell

Mira Nadon

Soloist, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Deborah & David Boillot

Dario Natarelli

Tap Dancer Underwritten by Laura & Tim Parker

Tiler Peck

Calvin Royal III

Principal, American Ballet Theatre Underwritten by Shirley & Jim Cassing and LaDonna & Gary Wicklund

Devon Teuscher

Principal, American Ballet Theatre Underwritten by Kristy & Bill Woolfolk

Byron Tittle

Principal, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Donna & Donald Baumgartner

Antonina Skobina

Ballroom Dancer Underwritten by Debbie & Fred Tresca

Dorrance Dance Underwritten by Lisa & Bruce Goldman

Unity Phelan

Cory Stearns

Melissa Toogood

Caili Quan

KJ Takahashi

Principal, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Tina & Colby Wilson Dancer & Choreographer Underwritten by The James & Janet Averill Charitable Fund

Principal, American Ballet Theatre Underwritten by Maggie & Steve Parker

Pam Tanowitz Dance Underwritten by Bacca Foundation

Corps de Ballet, New York City Ballet Underwritten by Teresa Tsai

Saturday’s 5:00pm Performance is Generously Underwritten by Judy & Howard Berkowitz. The 7:45pm Performance is Generously Underwritten by Jill & Kevin Plancher.

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Unity Phelan and Calvin Royal III perform an excerpt from George Balanchine’s Apollo in 2021. Choreography © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Christopher Duggan.



SUNDAY, AUGUST � Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek | �:��pm



DanceAspen Making their world debut last summer, DanceAspen has risen as a new collective of professional dancers from the former Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – breathing new life and resiliency into the arts community of the nearby Roaring Fork Valley and across the Centennial State. The company will present innovative new works from their burgeoning and impressive repertoire at the Vilar Performing Arts Center.

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Generously Underwritten by the Susan & Jeff Campbell. DanceAspen performs Everyone’s in St. Barth’s. Photo by Beau Pearson.




NOW: Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail | �:��pm


NOW: Premieres is a night of dynamic new works by a selection of today’s most creative dancemakers. Each year, the Festival commissions collaborations between artists across dance genres, pushing boundaries of the artform and further cementing Vail as an incubator for new choreography. This summer, we celebrate the Festival surpassing 100 world premieres under Damian Woetzel’s leadership since becoming Artistic Director in 2006. This unique performance features Festival stars performing the new dances, with musicians including Brooklyn Rider, Kurt Crowley, Kate Davis, Cameron Grant, Caroline Shaw, Chris Thile, and Davóne Tines.

NEW Choreography By: Ephrat Asherie

Underwritten by Jonna Mackin

Caili Quan

Underwritten by Wendy Williams & Noel Kullavanijaya

Jodi Melnick

Underwritten by Malo & John Harrison

Justin Peck*

Underwritten by Paul Repetto & Janet Pyle

Claudia Schreier

Underwritten in part by Marvin Naiman & Margery Goldman Family Foundation

Bobbi Jene Smith

Underwritten by Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors

Pam Tanowitz

Co-Commissioned by New York City Center *The Justin Peck/Chris Thile new work will preview on NOW: Premieres, and make its premiere on Dance for $20.22

NEW Music By: Andreia Pinto-Correia Caroline Shaw Conrad Tao See page 21.

Underwritten in part by Gina Browning & Joe Illick. Festival cast in Justin Peck’s Rise Wait Climb Through at the 2018 Festival. Photo by Erin Baiano.



TUESDAY, AUGUST � Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail | �:��pm



Dance for $20.22 brings the Festival to a close with performances by DanceAspen, Ephrat Asherie Dance, and other Festival stars. The evening features the official premiere of a new work by Justin Peck in collaboration with bluegrass musician Chris Thile (Punch Brothers) who performs live onstage with the dancers. Pavilion seating is priced at $20.22 and general admission lawn seating at $10.22.

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Generously Underwritten by Town of Vail. Caili Quan and Robbie Fairchild perform Caili and Robbie at the 2021 Festival. Photo by Christopher Duggan.




The Vail Valley Foundation and the Vail Dance Festival extends its sincere gratitude to our patrons. Thank you for your financial support! The list that follows represents patrons who gave from September 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022.

MARQUEE PRESENTER JODY & JOHN ARNHOLD Jody and John Arnhold are major supporters of the arts in New York City and admirers of Vail Dance Festival’s Artistic Director Damian Woetzel. They are proud to support the Vail Dance Festival again this year. John is committed to making a positive impact serving the organizations important to him, including the Mulago Foundation, University of California Santa Barbara, International Tennis Hall of Fame, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Conservation International, and WNET. Jody was a New York City public school dance teacher for 25 years. She is an advocate for dance and dance education and her mission, Dance For Every Child. She is Board Chair of the 92nd Street Y New York, Chair Emeritus of Ballet Hispánico, and founded the renowned Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) 92NY. She is the Executive Producer of PS Dance!, a New York Emmy-nominated documentary about dance education in public schools. Her next documentary, PS DANCE! The Next Generation, is currently showing on public television. The Arnhold’s visionary support for dance education has brought opportunities to many through the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program at Hunter College and the Doctorate in Dance Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Arnhold Institute for Dance Education Research, Policy & Leadership at Teachers College generates valuable thought leadership for dance education in public policy, ensuring that dance becomes central to the conversation wherever education is discussed.

LUMINARY SOCIETY JILL & KEVIN PLANCHER Jill and Kevin Plancher first enjoyed the Vail Dance Festival in 1993 when Kevin was a fellow at the Steadman Clinic in Vail. They have attended and supported the Festival each and every year since. Jill and Kevin now live in Greenwich, and have three grown children: Brian, Jamie and Megan; daughter-in-law Annie Knickman Plancher and sonin-law Cezar Babin; and granddaughter Tess (Brian and Annie). Kevin has a private orthopedic practice in New York City and Greenwich. Jill is a family lawyer with Connecticut Legal Services. Jill also serves on the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Trustees and Vail Dance Festival Committee. They are delighted to once again support the International Evenings of Dance II. In addition, the Planchers are supporting a variety of artist’s hospitality needs.



TINA & DAVID WILSON AND THE CAROL F. STORR ENDOWMENT FOR CLASSICAL BALLET Tina & David Wilson have called the Vail Valley home for 30+ years. Along with their daughters, Colby and Nicole, the Wilsons have embraced the uniqueness of Vail complete with immersion in the arts, culture and outdoor activities that make Vail so special. In addition, they are active supporters and volunteers for a variety of charitable organizations in the Vail Valley. In honor of Tina’s mother, Carol Storr, the Wilson Family created The Carol F. Storr Endowment for Classical Ballet to ensure the inclusion of classical ballet in the Vail Dance Festival for generations to come. The Wilson Family is proud to support the New York City Ballet MOVES performance on July 30th.


SEASON PRESENTER PRISCILLA BREWSTER SUSAN & JEFF CAMPBELL Susan and Jeff Campbell started coming to the Vail Valley from Dallas when their children were first learning to ski. They bought a house in Beaver Creek, providing stability for the family as they moved from Dallas to London, San Francisco and the West Village in New York City. They are avid dance lovers and longtime supporters of the Vail Dance Festival and the Vilar Performing Arts Center. Susan serves on the board of the Vail Valley Foundation and the New York City Ballet, and also chairs the Vail Dance Festival Committee. Jeff serves on the board of New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, in addition to his full-time job as Vice Chairman and CFO of American Express. The Campbells and their three grown children, who now live in Denver and San Francisco, are avid skiers, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts, and the Vail Valley has been the center of family life for many years. OSCAR TANG & AGNES HSU-TANG Oscar has supported the Vail Valley Foundation (VVF) at a leadership level since its inception and has been a vital sponsor of the Vail Dance Festival for its 33-year history. He was one of the original visionaries and catalysts of VVF’s early focus on education in Eagle County. Many of the first educational programs continue to have a positive, transformational impact today. Oscar served on the VVF’s Board of Directors from 1987 to 2015 at which time he became a Board Life Trustee. In New York, Oscar is a Trustee Emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is Co-chair of the New York Philharmonic. Trained as an art historian and archaeologist, Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang is an international policy advisor who has advised UNESCO and President Obama’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee, including two UNESCO World Heritage designations and an international treaty with China on the prevention of looting and commercialization of looted cultural objects. Formerly trained as a classical musician, Agnes made her debut at the Kennedy Center at age 18. Agnes served as the Managing Director on the Metropolitan Opera board from 2014 to 2021 and is Board Chair of the New-York Historical Society.

UNDERWRITER CIRCLE MALO & JOHN HARRISON WENDY WILLIAMS & NOEL KULLAVANIJAYA DONNA & DONALD BAUMGARTNER For more than 30 years, Donna & Donald Baumgartner have enjoyed their mountain home in the Lake Creek Valley. They have been active supporters of both the visual and performing arts in their hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and have shared their passion locally with their support of the Vail Dance Festival. As long-time fans of the Festival they have missed only two seasons. Donald is a car buff and together they have spent many hours honing their skills on tracks in the US, Canada, and Europe. Donald has a pretty nice collection of hot cars. JUDY & HOWARD BERKOWITZ Howard was a founding partner of Steinhardt, Fine and Berkowitz, one of America’s first hedge funds. He recently retired as Managing Director of BlackRock and serves on the advisory board of BlackRock’s Private Equity Partners. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Howard is the Chairman Emeritus of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and now serves as Chairman of its South Florida Advisory Board. He also served as Chairman of the Anti-Defamation League and currently sits on the Board of the New York City Ballet. Locally, he serves on the Board of the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. In New York, Judy serves on the Board of the New-York Historical Society; and is a Board Emeritus for The Center for Educational Innovation and Rockefeller University. Judy and Howard have been supporters of the VVF since its inception. Judy chaired the Vail Dance Festival committee for 20 years, cultivating it to the critically acclaimed festival it is today. They are longtime members of the Friends of Vail program, and Judy is a Board Life Trustee of the Vail Valley Foundation. LISA TANNEBAUM & DON BROWNSTEIN Lisa Tannebaum and Don Brownstein are longtime supporters of the performing arts and education in Vail and Connecticut. Lisa has a career as a harpist. Don is an investor. JEFFREY D. BYRNE Jeffrey Byrne has been coming to the Vail Valley, from his full-time home in Kansas City, for 20 years as a part-time resident to ski in the winter and enjoy music, dance and the weather in the summer. Co-Founder + CEO of Byrne Pelofsky + Associates, LLC, Jeffrey provides leadership and counsel to nonprofits across the USA in the areas of capital, endowment and overall fundraising having worked with 500+ nonprofits and raised over $3 Billion. Jeffrey recently retired from B&F Farms, Inc. where he was a corporate officer and 4th generation family member in an agricultural farming operation. Jeffrey enjoys volunteering and serves on the David Parsons Dance Company Board of Directors, the Vail Valley Foundation’s Development Committee and is one of the founding Board Members of Charitable Communications. Additionally, Jeffrey has served as the National Chair of his professional association, The Giving Institute, and served as a Board Member of the Grammy Award winning Kansas City Chorale, the Kansas City Camerata and numerous other arts and nonprofit organizations.



FESTIVAL PATRONS JONNA MACKIN Jonna Mackin, has a PhD in American Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and taught English at Dartmouth for 15 years. She lives in New Hampshire and since retiring spends much of her time in New York City attending dance performances. She has 3 adult children and 5 grandsons. She has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Festival since 2015, and a member of the Vail Dance Committee since 2021. MARGE & PHIL ODEEN Marge and Phil Odeen have had a home in Vail for more than 40 years. When not in Vail they live in McLean, Virginia, and Naples, Florida. They have supported the Vail Dance Festival for several years and both have been active in numerous cultural and charitable activities in the communities in which they live. PAUL REPETTO & JANET PYLE Paul Repetto & Janet Pyle are enthusiastic supporters of the Vail Dance Festival and the performing arts in general. Janet was a very involved Board Member of the Colorado Music Festival in Boulder. Paul has served on the Board of the Boulder Ensemble Theater Company and the Colorado Music Festival as the Chairman of that Board. Paul and Janet greatly enjoy traveling and have explored much of Europe and the Pacific together. Paul is co-founder of Horizon Organic Dairy.

serves on the boards of Colorado Ballet and The Denver Ballet Guild and is a member of the Vail Dance Festival Committee. Together they serve on the capital campaign committee for Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. Jane and Skip have loved seeing some of the finest dancers in the world at the Vail Dance Festival each year. They are grateful to Damian Woetzel and Heather Watts for the creativity and excitement they bring to the Vail Valley. BETSY & GEORGE WIEGERS Ardent supporters of the arts in New York City and Denver, the Wiegers are also extraordinarily generous in the Vail Valley, particularly to the Vail Dance Festival, Bravo! Vail and YouthPower365, and most recently to the Vail Interfaith Chapel renovation. Betsy is a long-time member of the Vail Dance Festival Committee and is a former trustee of Bravo! Vail and Life Trustee of the Vail Valley Foundation. George is the founder and creator of the University of Colorado Depression Center at the Anschutz Medical Center in Denver and is also a founder of the Deisseroth Laboratory for Brain Research at Stanford University. Their philanthropy in New York includes support of the New York Philharmonic, American Ballet Theatre and the New-York Historical Society. In Denver they support the Denver Art Museum and also contributed to the Libeskind wing at the museum.

RUBY DRESS CIRCLE THE JAMES & JANET AVERILL CHARITABLE FUND Jim and Janet Averill’s affection for the Vail Valley began with Jim’s many skiing excursions to the area and, in later years, Janet’s (and both of their) admiration for the creativity and beauty that the Vail Dance Festival brings to them—and to so many others. Jim is a former Professor of English Literature and Partner of Wellington Management Company. Janet is a retired university administrator, guidance counselor, and fundraiser. They live outside Philadelphia, where both continue as volunteers and board members for a number of arts, educational, and social service organizations. Janet is the outgoing Chair of BalletX. Their two children and five grandchildren are enthusiastic skiers and are expected to maintain the Vail connection well into the future. GINA BROWNING & JOE ILLICK Gina Browning and Joe Illick are both professional musicians and lovers of the performing arts. Gina started coming to Vail in 1971 and Joe started coming with her in 1979. Gina and Joe’s life in opera has taken them to live and work all over the world. The two of them are avid skiers and hikers, and are passionate part-time residents of the Vail Valley. They want to use their talents to support the Valley with an emphasis on the performing arts and education for children, which they feel are an integral and essential part of a healthy and vibrant community. As lifelong dance lovers, they both feel that the Vail Dance Festival adds important richness to the incredible cultural fabric of Vail, and they are excited to be involved with this wonderful organization. JANE & SKIP NETZORG The Netzorgs have enjoyed their mountain home in East Vail for 25 years. They are active supporters of the performing arts and education in Denver, CO. They are true lovers of dance and Jane



Roman Mejia, Lauren Lovette & John Harrison. Photo by Brian Maloney.

DIAMOND DRESS CIRCLE Anonymous Karen & John Arnold* Bacca Foundation* Jane & Gary Bomba Barbara & Robert DeLuca Rebecca & Samuel Eden Lisa & Bruce Goldman Margery Goldman Martha Head* Judith Hoffman Doe Browning & Jack Hunn* Anne C. Kubik* Nancy & Richard Lubin Mary Lujack Jean & Tom McDonnell Sarah Malloy Millett & Peter Millett* Lisa & Mark Neporent* New York City Center Martha & Terry Perl

Senenne & Marc Philippon Nancy & Donald Remey Rella & Monroe Rifkin Barbara Scrivens Mary Sue & Michael Shannon* Irene Shen Shannon & George Slessman Marcy & Gerald Spector* Debbie & Fred Tresca* Teresa Tsai* Martin Waldbaum LaDonna & Gary Wicklund Kristy & Bill Woolfolk* Heather Watts & Damian Woetzel * VVF Cornerstone Patron PLATINUM DRESS CIRCLE Anonymous (3) Nancy Adam Amy & Charles Allen

FESTIVAL PATRONS Hennessy-Allen Mary Ellen Anderson Martin Atkin & Reid Balthaser Christine & John Bakalar Dierdre & Ronnie Baker Barbara Baldrey Deborah & David Boillot Margo & Terry Boyle Barbara & Christopher Brody Ann Smead & Michael Byram James & Shirley Cassing Pamela Comfort Ms. Arlene Harris and Mr. Martin Cooper Pam & Ernie Elsner Caryl & Ken Field Susan & Harry Frampton Virginia Gold Jane & Ray Heller Alexia & Jerry Jurschak The Kirschner Family Dr. Henry & Pam Levine Mangat Copit Plastic Surgery and Skin Care Tamara Miller Elizabeth G. Chambers & Ron Mooney Victoria Morris Melanie & Allan Nelkin Laura & Tim Parker Michael L. Ritchie Amanda & Michael Ross Elise & Jay Rossiter Ann & William Sacher Nancy Sands Marlene & Eugene Shapiro Kelley & Brendan Synnott Dhuanne & Doug Tansill Jenifer Valentine Sunnie & Mark Wang GOLD DRESS CIRCLE Anonymous Diana Bradley & Claude Accum Jill Hamilton Anschutz & Christian Anschutz Colleen Curran & Stephen Boane Rebecca & Howard Braverman Janet & Curtis Clark Donae & Rob Chramosta and Nancy & Vito Cangelosi Robert J. Croteau & Karen A. Nold Brenda & Thomas Curnin Lois & Stephen Eisen The Fabos Family Kaye Ferry Kim & Andrew Fink Nicole & Leonard Firestone Mauri Pioppo & Keith Funger Patti Eylar & Charles Gardner Vicky & John Garnsey

Janet Pyle & Paul Repetto, 2022 Vail Dance Festival Honorees. Photo by Brian Maloney.

Stacey & Foster Gillett Neal Groff Sherry & Michael Guthrie Pam & Duke Hartman Raydean Acevedo & Walter Jenkins Susan Kasser & Daniel Kah Elaine & Arthur Kelton Amy Kristof-Brown Mary & Michael Leonard Ellen & Harry Levitt Janet & Paul Lewis Terry Lindsay Phil Livingston Eugenia Lubell Patricia Marshall Helen McIntyre Karen R. Nagel Rosie & Roger Oberg Renée Okubo Ellen Arnovitz & Michael Plasker Carolyn & Steve Pope Joanne Posner-Mayer Ronnie Potter Eileen Friars & Scott Pyle Janet Robinson Nicole & Jason Rosener Fran Schulman Leanne Tyler Joan Whittenberg Ellen & James Wiss Mary Ellen & Dave Wright Barbara & Peter Wright SILVER DRESS CIRCLE Anonymous (2) Brenda & Joe Adeeb Bonnie Andrikopoulos Linda & William Aylesworth Wendy & Warren Blumenthal Martha & John Chamberlin Maggie & Clayton Chessman Allie Coppeak Richard Corton Dr. Fred Distelhorst Holly & William “Buck” Elliott

Renee & Jeffrey Epstein Kathy & Bill Farley Diane & Larry Feldman Jim Francis Susan Rothschild & Don Freedman Margie & Tom Gart Alex Goldsmith Roberta Levin & Dr. Gilad Gordon Lisa Green Sharon & Thomas Haverstock Lorraine^ and Harley^ Higbie Family via The Denver Foundation Ami Hudgins Kaye Isaacs Sarah & Tait Johnson Donna & Ward Katz Karlin Keller Bonnie Lee & Lawrence Kivel Joyce & Paul Krasnow Beth & Todd Leonard Gretchen & Charles Lobitz Karen Marisak & Gerard Lynch Marcia & Thomas McCalden Ferrell & William McClean Pat McFarland Lynn McGowin Paul S. Mesard Deborah Nunez Sandy & Fred Pack Erik Peterson

VAIL VALLEY CIRCLE Anonymous (3) Janet & Bill Adler Dorothy & Jay Ahuja Jannice Alvaney Martha Brassel & Chris Anderson Stephen Anderson Elizabeth & Cristian Basso Cathy & Bill Bethke Mary Bird Kathy & Jack Blair Lourdes Rosado & Jan Boswinkel Linda Boyne Steve Brint & Mark Brown Sunny & Phil Brodsky Julie Carr T. Ruth Chang Jennifer & George Coloney Stephanie & Brian Cramer Duke Dang & Charles Rosen Katherine & Hassan Dayem Elizabeth & Warren Dean Robin Deighan Debra Devereaux Andrea Eddy Luis Escalante Larry and Barbara Field Colleen Forrest & Christopher Forrest Nancy & Gary Freedman Family Mikki & Morris Futernick Merrily Glosband Amanda Gotto

Susan & Jeff Campbell and 2021 Festival Interns Sara Komatsu and Olivia Wymbs. Photo by Brian Maloney.

Kayla & Joshua Reid Etty & Alberto Rimoch Nellie Rosenberg Stan Shapiro Charlotte Shifrin Jeanne & Terry Startzel Jodi & Richard Steel Marla Steele Elizabeth & James Webb Bruce Wilson & Sara Fitzgerald

Mrs. Kim Hackett & Dr. Thomas Hackett Gina Harman Rhondda Hartman Vilia Hayes Ronne & Donald Hess Pamela & Richard Hinds Myra & Frank Isenhart Barbara & Paul Jenkel Lynn & Andrew Kaufman �VAILDANCE


FESTIVAL PATRONS Kinnin Family Tony & Sue Krausen Laine & Merv Lapin Cynthia & Robert LeBreton Fund Laura Leitzinger Alaine & Joey Lerner Susan & Steven Lipstein Augusta Molnar & Kent Lupberger Beth Barbre & John Mangan DeAnn & Dan Maurer Jill & Mark Meyer Amy Kennedy & Steve Miller Marka Moser Daniel Murphy The Nalbantoglu Family Laurian Unnevehr & Jerry Nelson Ruth Malman & Michael Opatowski Nan & Charles Procknow Amanda & Adam Quinton Rosalind Reed Margaret & Rick Rogers Patricia Rowe Sherry Schreiber Elaine & Steven Schwartzreich Amy & Leonard Slosky Barbara Smith Gina & Stephen Spessard Kathryn & Brian Stoffers Karen Sumner Darinda & Barrett Townsend Martha Tyler Patty & Ed Wahtera Hanna Warren Doreen & Martin Weisfuse Rosalind & Larry Wolff Margaret & Glen Wood Rosalie Wooten Luanne & James Wright

James & Ellen Wiss. Photo by Brian Maloney.

FAN CLUB Anonymous (4) Graeme Aggett Leisha Andersen Catherine Anderson Karin & Ron Artinian



Lisa & Jeffrey Babb Judith McBride & Bruce Baumgartner Susan & Jesse Beasley Alan Bell Linda Bernhard Drs. Steven Brenman & Donna DeSimone Marc Brombert Ailene Brown Kathe & Morris Brown Jean Kutner & Robert Brown Bobbi Bryson Christine & George Burns Amy Cantor Carolyn & James Chamness Marie Chong

Ingie & Rol Franberg Ann Frick Penelope & Brad Furry Mary Ann Galpin-Plattner Renita Greenberg Suzanne Greene Karlyn Griswold Susan Grodnick Susan & Allie Gruber Sharon Gurwitz Dale & Rebecca Hahs Emy Halpert Jan Harkins Ann Harris Debra Herz David Hill Cathy & Graham Hollis

Gary & LaDonna Wicklund and Jim & Shirley Cassing. Photo by Brian Maloney.

Mary Lynn Cohagan Barbara & Mark Cohen Charles Cohen Dr. Cathy Cohn Gretchen Corey Joyce Costa Maureen Cross Terry Curl Elizabeth Czaja Chus De La Llama Nancy & Craig Denton Marlene & Joseph Dichiacchio Cari Dietz Andrew Donaldson Sharron Dorward Dawn Doty Vawter Joyce Dulin Kelsey & Zachary Dworkis Darlene & Lee Ebert Kay Maune & David Elmore Carolyn & Don Etter Mary Anne Fantauzzi Leslie & Howard Farkas Carole Feistmann Dr. and Mrs. James P. Fisher Robin Fitzpatrick Carolyn & C. Reed Ford Becky & Bob Ford

Nan Holt Loyal & Jill Huddleston Leslie & Stephen Isom Alice & Steve Jennison Alberta Johnson Amy & Kevin Jones Alice Kaderlan George Kapplinger Geneva & David Kerstein Julie & Mike Kirk

Linda & Robert Kirscht Robin Kohn David Kretzschmar Audrey LaFehr Lawrence LaFevre Robyn Landry Sarah Lash Dawn Lesh Ann & William Lieff Karen Lindenberg John Lock Anita & Allan Lubarsky Elspeth MacHattie Barbara Maloney Leslie & John Manes Maeva & Dan Marcus Margaret Mastrianni Sheila McInerney Nancy McKeever Anne McKinnon Susan Miller Emorene Morris Helen Moxcey Gudrun Lange & Benjamin Natelson Kathryn Norton Judy O’Brien Sue & Thomas O’Dorisio Jane Packard Eunice Park Louise Pearson Ali & Paul Peters Jana Edwards & Frederick Poppe Elizabeth Benish & Charles Powell Kathryn Powers Lorraine Prentis Dana Query Alexander & Jane B. Roberts Joan Robinson Ken Robinson Coralie & Bruce Rogers Constance & Dennis Rojo Lynn & Randy Rose

Ken & Caryl Field and Robbie Fairchild. Photo by Brian Maloney.

FESTIVAL PATRONS Nancy & Robert Rosen Merle & Philip Rosenfeld Stephanie Rudnick Kate Boniface & Kenneth Sauerberg Tom Russo

John & Lois Van Deusen. Photo by Brian Maloney.

Susan & Eric Schneider Judy Margolis & Joede Schoeberlein Carole Schragen Valerie Schweyer Andrea & Stuart Shatken Clay Shubin Terry Snyder Linda & Stephen Sparn Christy Speirn-Smith Mark Stageberg Linda & Tim Stancliffe Maureen & Mark Stevenson Judy & Charles Stoopack Jacqueline & Richard Sullivan Jill & Alan Tanenbaum in memory of Joe & Bobbie Weinstein

Carrie & Brian Thomas Peggy Thompson Michael Tocci Bonnie Utley Lois Van Deusen Yuka Wakino Linda Wasserman Deborah Webster Jane & Ben West Gayle Westerberg Lorie Williams Helene Zimmer-Loew Edward Zinbarg SUPPORTER Jane Allaman Elizabeth Ard Marilyn Averill Ludi & John Beasley Mark Bresnan Mary & Bill Cotton Anne Coughlin Pamela & James Crane Patricia DiTolla Mary Elwood Wendy Elaine Erb Cheryll Faust Dan Flanigan Michelle & Robin Gersten Carol & Ronnie Goldman Alfredo Granai Dianne Grimmett Helen & Richard Hana Jan Hiland Gretchen Hoffmeyer Debby & Stuart Kaufman Marsha Landesman Brina Larson Tiffany & Joshua Lemos Therese Lester Sally Lewis

Howard & Judy Berkowitz and Richard Lubin. Photo by Brian Maloney.

Javier Lozano Michelle & Brian Maloney Susan Marino The Maurer Family Sloan Munter Martha Olson Patricia Picciotto Reininger Sandra & Timothy Powell Michelle & Lewis Ribner Wendy Robertson Whitney & Adam Rudner Sue & Michael Rushmore Andrea Schumacher James Smith Carol & Roger Sperry Judy Stevens Jane Ellen Stone Marleen & Spencer Swalm Angela & Scott Tucker Scott Vollmer Rosanna D’Orazio & Kent Wagner

Carol & Peter Walker Betsy Wayne Karen & John Weslar Linda & Dean Wolz FOUNDATION SUPPORT Community First Foundation Doris Duke Charitable Foundation The Jerome Robbins Foundation National Endowment for the Arts The Other 364 Foundation Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation ARTE DAVIES MEMORIAL FUND Chris Anderson & Martha Brassel Lisa & Jeffrey Babb Jennifer Mason Heather Watts & Damian Woetzel

Vail Valley Foundation Leadership Circle CORNERSTONE AND UP Anonymous Karen & John Arnold Bacca Foundation Martha Head Doe Browning & Jack Hunn Michael Krupka Anne C. Kubik Sarah Malloy Millett & Peter Millett Lisa & Mark Neporent Maggie & Steve Parker Mary Sue & Mike Shannon Marcy & Gerald Spector Debbie & Fred Tresca

Teresa Tsai Kristy & Bill Woolfolk FRIENDS OF VAIL Anonymous (2) Ellen & Dan Bolen Kathy & Bjorn Erik Borgen Devon & Peter Briger Lisa & Ronald Brill Kelly & Sam Bronfman Ann Smead & Michael Byram Angela & Peter Dal Pezzo Julie & Bill Esrey Susan & Harry Frampton Margie & Tom Gart

Unity Phelan and Colby, Tina & David Wilson. Photo by Brian Maloney.



FESTIVAL PATRONS Mary Kevin & Tom Giller Donna Giordano Georgia & Donald Gogel Lisa & Bruce Goldman Lyn Goldstein Tom Hackett Georgia & Robert Hatcher Karen & Michael Herman Kathy & Al Hubbard Susu & George Johnson Cynnie & Peter Kellogg Shelby & Scott Key Ruth & Sidney Lapidus Leni & Peter May Michele Mittelman Leah & Clayton Pope Mary & Steven Read Amy & Jay Regan Sara & Eric Resnick June & Paul Rossetti Didi & Oscar Schafer Lisa & Kenneth Schanzer Susanna Johnson Shannon & Tim Shannon

Sydney & Stanley S. Shuman Sue & Martin Solomon Oscar Tang Family James W. Taylor Michelle & Craig Taylor Denise O’Leary & Kent Thiry Barbara & Richard Wenninger MEDALLION CIRCLE Anonymous Judy Hart Angelo Marlene & John Boll Dr. John and Kim Callaghan Susan & Jeff Campbell Mary Beth & Philip Canfield Karen & Gerard Diffley Abbey & Thos Evans Cindy & Christopher Galvin Heather & Glenn Hilliard Roberta & Michael Joseph Amy & Mike Kazma Sunni & Gary Markowitz Sophie & Jeffrey Martz Shirley & William S. McIntyre

Richard McVey Amy & Harold Novikoff Senenne & Marc Philippon Amanda Precourt Marina & Christopher Scanlan Brooke & Hap Stein Rhonda Woodruff & Bob Stephanoff Bill Sterett Leanne & Richard Tavoso Betsy & George Wiegers Jan & Greg Winchester

Elizabeth & Michael Galvin Kristel & B.J. Hybl Alexia & Jerry Jurschak Marlene & Ben Krell Elaine Lovell & Jeffrey Lovell Alejandra & Tomas Milmo Vicki & Trygve Myhren Ed O’Brien Jill & Kevin Plancher Sissel & Richard Pomboy Elaine & Steven Schwartzreich Shelia Sullivan & Harvey Simpson Elizabeth & Rodney Slifer Sally & Gregg Tryhus George Ann & Buzz Victor Vincent Family Jacqueline & Norman Waite ^ in remembrance

CHAMPIONS CIRCLE Anonymous Patricia & Sergio Arguelles Ann Newman & Andy Arnold Ann Schroeder & Mark A Ballenger II Jeffrey D. Byrne Leslie & Blaise Carrig Sidney & Donald Childress Kay & Thomas Clanton Trish Fillo Holly & Tim Finchem

*Gifts received between September 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022

The Vail Dance Festival is a project of the nonprofit Vail Valley Foundation. VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS Andy Arnold John Arnold Sam Bronfman Linn Brooks Susan Campbell Charlene Chen Will Cook Steve Coyer Johannes Faessler Tim Finchem Carlos Gardea Margie Gart

Paul Gordon Sheika Gramshammer Nadia Guerriero Carrie Besnette Hauser Beth Howard Al Hubbard B.J. Hybl David Hyde Mike Imhof Chris Jarnot Cheryl Jensen Alexia Jurschak

Anne-Marie Keane Mike Krupka Sarah Malloy Millett Alejandra Cortés de Milmo Ellen Moritz Kaia Moritz Dan Pennington Jill Plancher Chris Romer David Salvin Ken Schanzer Mike Shannon

Susanna Johnson Shannon Rod Slifer Ann Smead Hap Stein Kristin Tang Fred Tresca Melina Valsecia Tina Vardaman Gary Woodworth Kristy Woolfolk

VAIL VALLEY FOUNDATION LIFE TRUSTEES Adam Aron Judy Berkowitz Marlene Boll Bjorn Erik Borgen Andy Daly Bill Esrey Harry Frampton Steve Friedman



John Garnsey George Gillett Donna Giordano Steve Haber Martha Head Mike Herman William Hybl Elaine Kelton

Kent Logan Peter May Eric Resnick Doug Rippeto Stanley Shuman Oscar Tang Stew Turley Betsy Wiegers

In Memoriam

President Gerald R. Ford Berry Craddock Jack Crosby Pete Frechette John Galvin Pepi Gramshammer









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It takes a village to put on the Vail Dance Festival and we could not do it without the hard work and dedication of our sponsors, partners, staff, interns, ambassadors, and volunteers. FESTIVAL SPONSORS Cambria CELSIUS Epic Mountain Express GMC Manor Vail Lodge Nature Valley Pacifico Slifer Smith & Frampton Sonnenalp Squash Blossom Town of Avon Town of Vail Vail Resorts Vail Integrative Medical Group Well Social FOUNDATION SUPPORT Community First Foundation Doris Duke Foundation Jerome Robbins Foundation National Endowment for the Arts The Other 364 Foundation Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation LODGING PARTNERS Tivoli Christiania at Vail

Kristen Dudding, Director of Marketing,

Arts & Athletics Roya Abab, Guest Lighting Designer & Lighting Director Sierra Adams, Director of Grant Development Harper Addison, Personnel Coordinator Lexa Armstrong, Social Media Marketing Assistant Betsy Ayer, Production Stage Manager Lisa Babb, Senior Operations Manager Brandon Stirling Baker, Resident Lighting Designer Kirk Baltzell, Venue/Rehearsal Manager Tricia Bancker, Controller Kurt Bilanoski, Stage Operations Crew Greg Bloom, Sponsorship Sales Director Tom Boyd, Director of Public Relations & Communications Martha Brassel, Sr. Director of Philanthropy Anna Brevetti, Electrician Dionne Drugan Brown, Office Manager Erik Brown, Director of Special Projects & Infrastructure Javier Cendejas, Pianist Kurt Crowley, Music Director Emily DeDionisio, Logistics Coordinator




Rehearsal Director

Kate Kalamon, Sales Coordinator &

SPECIAL CONTRIBUTORS The Juilliard School The Keith Haring Foundation Larissa Savaliev, Youth America Grand Prix

Vail Valley Foundation Damian Woetzel, Festival Artistic Director Sarah Johnson, Sr. VP of Philanthropy Cameron Morgan, Vail Dance Festival & Operations Sr. Manager

Erin Hall, Accounting & Finance Manager Marlene Hamm, Costume Director Joseph Van Harn, Operations Coordinator Whitney Harper, Associate Director of Alexis Hinman, Venue/Rehearsal Manager Shane Huebner, Operations Manager Russell Kaiser, Head of Artistic Planning &



Heidi Elzinga, Asst. to the President Tim Felton, Operations Manager Bob Ford, Chief Financial Officer Sarah Franke, VP of Marketing & Operations Sabina Fritz, Asst. Stage Manager Marq Gonzalez, Production Electrician Kyle Grant, Director of Production

Account Manager

Chris Kendig, Photographer Erin Lawrence, Accounting Manager Spencer Lawson, Stage Operations Crew Lisa Leonhardt, Resident Stage Manager Ross Leonhart, Communications & Patricia Delgado, Staging Associate Colton Dodd, Asst. Music Director Dave Dressman, VP of Sales & the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater

Christopher Duggan, Festival Photographer

Multimedia Manager

Brian Maloney, Photographer Nancy McDill, Pianist Melissa Meyers, Development Events Manager Nicole Mitchell, Stage Manager Carlos Molina, IT Manager

FESTIVAL SUPPORT & STAFF Brian Muller, Chief Technical Officer Liz Nguyen, Stage Operations Crew Becky Nussbaum, Electrician Heather Olcott, Asst. Stage Manager Angelina Pellini, Asst. Stage Manager Kate Penner, Social Media Manager Kendra Powell, Sr. Manager, Donor Engagement Stefanie Price, Sr. Director of HR Heather Pynne, Electrician Shelbie Rassler, Music Associate Kevin Romero, Technical Director Alberto Ruiz, Production Manager Gail Russell, Accounting & Finance Manager Joe Samala, Audio Consultant

Chris Sannino, Audio Head Andrea Selby, Festival Illustrator Euginnia Seyferth, Director of Philanthropy Gabe Shalley, Sr. Database Manager Edward Smith, Audio Assistant Sophia Smith, Stage Operations Crew Joel Solari, Festival Public Relations Manager Lee Steele, Associate Director of Annual Support Amanda St Pierre, DPT, CSCS, CYT Jessica Stevens, Sponsorship Sales Director Nel Shelby Productions, Festival Videographer Michael Sheridan, Asst. to the Artistic Director Margaret Tracey, Teacher and Repetiteur Miranda Trembley, Asst. Production Electrician Liz Tsurusaki, Electrician Trish Weber, Sr. Marketing & Communications

Kate Sebes, Donor Relations Intern Kayla Thomas, Marketing Intern Emmy Wildermuth, Donor Communications Intern

Savannah Wray, Artist Services Intern FESTIVAL AMBASSADORS Kim Mayorga, Ambassador Coordinator Avery Begg Lauryn Carr Reese Dean Katelyn Doyle Charlotte Frampton Gracie Johnson Emma Garcia-Harrison Jillian Lee Emily Anne Morgan Deniz Nalbantoglu Serra Nalbantoglu Scarlett Novak Paige Rosener Kate Thomas


JUNIOR AMBASSADORS Zoe Larese Tamar Moskovich


GERALD R. FORD AMPHITHEATER (GRFA) STAFF Paige Arnold, Box Office Agent Peter Blosten, Director of GRFA Liz Chadderdon, Box Office Agent Lauren Gary, VVF Director of Ticketing & Asst.

Tracy Straus, Artistic Director Tony Kieraldo, Musical Director Joslyn Sanchez, YouthPower365 Celebrate the

Director of GRFA

Elizabeth Todd, Box Office Manager

Manager, Philanthropy

Kathryn Weller, Director of Annual Support Peggy Wolfe, Sr. Director of Operations FESTIVAL INTERNS Angelina Astillero, Donor Fulfillment Intern Sutton Bristol, Operations Intern Maddie Brown, Merchandise Intern Cameron Childs, Festival Management Intern Libby Dusek, Donor Relations Intern Tessa Fungo, Marketing Intern Devin Lyon, Marketing Intern Sara Komatsu, Marketing Intern Charlotte Parker, Development Events Intern Marley Poku-Kankam, Artist Services Intern

VILAR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (VPAC) STAFF Owen Hutchinson, Executive Director Katie Gervais, Food & Beverage Manager Dean Davis, Facilities Manager Andie Cott, Assistant Box Office Manager Ruthie Hamrick, Director of Marketing Tess Reinhold, Programming & Artist Relations

Jake Del Valle, Production Coordinator Morgan Russell, Sr. Venue & Events Manager Jan Sackbauer, Box Office Agent Liz Sinnott, Box Office Agent Sharon Smith, Box Office Agent Kelsey Wright, Box Office Agent Patrick Zimmerman, High Country Backline Big Delicious Catering Gore Creek Concessions

2021 Festival Volunteers and Ambassadors. Photos by Brian Maloney.


Beat Program Manager

Gerald Watson, Teaching Artist Jacob Lidard, Musical Director Eagle County Karina Cardella, Teaching Artist Isaac Huerta, Teaching Artist

The Vail Dance Festival and the Vail Valley Foundation extend our sincere appreciation to our dedicated team of volunteers. Each year, nearly 100 Festival volunteers contribute approximately 2,000 hours of service. The Festival would not be possible without the support of our incredible volunteers. Thank you!




EPHRAT ASHERIE DANCE Ephrat Asherie, Artistic Director

Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, a 2016 Bessie Award winner for Innovative Achievement in Dance, creates work for the dynamic group of multifaceted dancers in her company Ephrat Asherie Dance (EAD). Rooted in various African American and Latine vernacular dances, including breaking, hip hop, house and vogue, EAD is dedicated to exploring the inherently complex and dynamic qualities of these forms - Asherie’s “movement phrases – compact bursts of choreography with rapid-fire changes in rhythm and gestural articulation – bubble up and dissipate, quickly paving the way for something new” (The New York Times). Photo by Christopher Duggan.

DANCERS: Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie Manon Bal Teena Marie Custer Val “Ms Vee” Ho Matthew “Megawatt” West Omari Wiles

MUSICIANS: Eduardo Belo Angel Lau Ben Rosenblum Jeremy Smith

LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY Dante Puleio, Artistic Director Logan Frances Kruger, Associate Artistic Director

The Limón Dance Company (LDC) has been at the vanguard of dance since its inception in 1946. The first dance group to tour internationally under the auspices of the State Department, and first modern dance company to perform at Lincoln Center in New York, it has performed twice at The White House. The José Limón Dance Foundation, with Company and Institute, is the recipient of a 2008 National Medal of the Arts. José Limón has a special place in American culture for a social awareness that transcended distinct groups to address how we all search for commonality. It is with this ethos that LDC continues to commission works by critically acclaimed and emerging international voices 50 years after Limón’s passing. His works continue to influence the evolution of the art form with their arresting visual clarity, theatricality, and rhythmic and musical life. Photo by Kelly Puleio.



DANCERS: Joey Columbus Terrence D. M. Diable MJ Edwards Mariah Gravelin Johnson Guo Deepa Liegel Nicholas Ruscica

Frances Lorraine Samson Jessica Sgambelluri Savannah Spratt Lauren Twomley Robert M. Valdez, Jr. B. Woods




Laurel Jenny Winton, Founder, Executive Director Kaya Wolsey, Company Manager

Jonathan Stafford, Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, Associate Artistic Director

DanceAspen was founded in 2021 amidst the global pandemic. Rising from the ashes, the dancers of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet decided to work together to rebuild, with the goal of continuing to bring high-caliber performing arts to Aspen, Colorado and beyond. In just one short year, DanceAspen has made leaps and bounds. The athleticism, innovation and dynamic range of the performance kept audiences on the edge of their seats and the community support for DanceAspen has continued to grow. DanceAspen is comprised of 7 dancers from around the globe that have made Aspen their home. The artists’ love for the art form and their perseverance through the past few years brings unmatched energy, artistry and emotion to the stage. Photo by Beau Pearson.

New York City Ballet (NYCB) is one of the foremost dance companies in the world. The Company was founded in 1948 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein and quickly became world-renowned for its athletic and contemporary style. Jerome Robbins joined NYCB the following year and, with Balanchine, helped to build its unparalleled repertory. Now under the artistic direction of Artistic Director Jonathan Stafford and Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan, NYCB is committed to promoting creative excellence and nurturing a new generation of dancers and choreographers. Composed of a select group of NYCB dancers and musicians, New York City Ballet MOVES provides an opportunity to showcase NYCB’s extraordinary artists and repertory for new audiences. Photo by Erin Baiano.

DANCERS: Sammy Altenau Katherine Bolaños Marian Faustino Matthew Gilmore

Madeleine Scott Kaya Wolsey Myles Woolstenhulme Pete Walker


DANCERS: Gilbert Bolden III India Bradley Harrison Coll Ashley Hod Claire Kretzschmar Roman Mejia Tiler Peck

Unity Phelan Aaron Sanz KJ Takahashi Peter Walker

MUSICIANS: Elaine Chelton, Piano Hannah Holman, Cello Mary Rowell, Violin

BROOKLYN RIDER With their gripping performance style and unquenchable appetite for musical adventure, Brooklyn Rider has carved a singular space in the world of string quartets over their fifteen year history. Defining the string quartet as a medium with deep historic roots and endless possibility for invention, they find equal inspiration in musical languages ranging from late Beethoven to Persian classical music to American roots music to the endlessly varied voices of living composers. Claiming no allegiance to either end of the historical spectrum, Brooklyn Rider most comfortably operates within the long arc of the tradition, seeking to illuminate works of the past with fresh insight while coaxing the malleable genre into the future through an inclusive programming vision, deep-rooted collaborations with a wide range of global tradition bearers, and the creation of thoughtful and relevant frames for commissioning projects. Photo by Shervin Lainez. MUSICIANS: Johnny Gandelsman, Violin Colin Jacobsen, Violin

Nicholas Cords, Viola Michael Nicolas, Cello �VAILDANCE



Ephrat Asherie

Manon Ball

Ephrat Asherie Dance

Corps de Ballet, New York City Ballet

India Bradley

Lil Buck

Memphis Jooker

Soloist, New York City Ballet

Jeffrey Cirio

Herman Cornejo

Patricia Delgado

Michelle Dorrance

Denys Drozdyuk

Robbie Fairchild

Jovani Furlan

Christopher Grant

Savannah Green

Lauren Lovette

Sara Mearns

Ephrat Asherie Dance

Principal, English National Ballet / Boston Ballet

Former Principal, New York City Ballet / Broadway Star

Former Principal, New York City Ballet


Principal, American Ballet Theatre

Principal, New York City Ballet

Principal, New York City Ballet


Former Principal, Miami City Ballet

Corps de Ballet, New York City Ballet

Roman Mejia

Soloist, New York City Ballet / Artist-InResidence

Dorrance Dance


Miriam Miller

Soloist, New York City Ballet

Preston Chamblee

Chun Wai Chan

Principal, New York City Ballet

Philip Duclos

Ballroom Dancer

Corps de Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet

Kennard Henson

Maria Kochetkova

Corps de Ballet, New York City Ballet

Mira Nadon

Soloist, New York City Ballet

International Ballerina

Dario Natarelli

Tap Dancer


Tiler Peck

Principal, New York City Ballet

Principal, New York City Ballet

Caili Quan

Dancer & Choreographer / Artist-In-Residence

Calvin Royal III

Antonina Skobina

KJ Takahashi

Devon Teuscher

Byron Tittle

Melissa Toogood

Matthew “Megawatt” West

Corps de Ballet, New York City Ballet

Unity Phelan

Principal, American Ballet Theatre

Dorrance Dance

Principal, American Ballet Theatre

Pam Tanowitz Dance

Ballroom Dancer

Cory Stearns

Principal, American Ballet Theatre

Ephrat Asherie Dance


Kurt Crowley Music Director, Pianist

Kate Davis

Vocalist, Multi-Instrumentalist

Cameron Grant Pianist

Shelbie Rassler

Music Associate, Multi-Instrumentalist

FESTIVAL CHOREOGRAPHERS Ephrat Asherie Caili Quan Jodi Melnick Justin Peck

Tiler Peck Claudia Schreier Bobbi Jene Smith Pam Tanowitz

FESTIVAL COMPOSERS Davóne Tines Baritone

Artists confirmed as of May 24, 2022

Andreia Pinto Correia Caroline Shaw Conrad Tao

Caroline Shaw

Leonard Bernstein Composer-InResidence

Chris Thile

Singer, Mandolinist (Punch Brothers)


Yelyzaveta Lazovska Skorenka Yeva-Mariia




LEGACY How the Wilson Family created the Vail Dance Festival’s first endowment in honor of family, tradition, and classical ballet. By Joel Solari


or many, the Vail Dance Festival is a family affair. Whether it be a familial bond between the dancers and musicians that return annually to their creative summer home here in the valley, or through the local families that regard the internationally renowned dance destination a source of hometown pride this perennial festival has a power to inspire and unite. For David and Tina Wilson, along with their daughters Colby and Nicole, their passion for the Vail Dance Festival extends across generations and has led them to make special plans to ensure that future audiences will continue benefiting from the classical ballet culture that has become signature to this revered summer dance tradition in the heart of Colorado. “I feel so lucky that this world-class festival comes to our little town of Vail,” says longtime resident Tina Wilson in a recent interview along with her daughter Colby who adds, “I can’t even remember my first time at the festival since I was so little; that’s how long I’ve been attending!” After a light chuckle, she continues, “But my earliest memory is seeing Serenade. Growing up dancing and watching classical ballet has always been my favorite. It’s timeless.” In a collective happy sigh of mutual recollection, both mother and daughter philanthropists share an affinity for not only the Balanchine masterpiece, but also a pride in seeing classical ballet here in the natural surroundings of the beautiful Vail Valley they call home.


Since its inception with the inaugural presentation of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 1989, the Festival’s classical ballet traditions have become synonymous with Vail and its summertime artistic allure and charm. Some of the world’s most revered ballet companies, touring groups and individual dancers from around the globe have since graced the stage including artists from American Ballet Theatre, Ballet de Monterrey, Miami City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, The Royal Ballet, among many others. “It’s just achingly beautiful,” Tina explains. “There is simply nothing else like seeing this beautiful artform on the open-air stage at the Amphitheater. And with the many supplemental education and outreach opportunities making it so accessible, it’s not just for dance aficionados, it’s a festival for everyone.” With a penchant for the beauty and grace of the ballets they recall with such endearment, they also collectively share in an everlasting memory of their beloved matriarch Mrs. Carol Storr, Tina’s mother and Colby’s grandmother, who also had an affection and respect for classical ballet. “My mother deeply loved the ballet,” Tina recalls warmly. “She was a subscriber and supporter of New York City Ballet for nearly 50 years and she shared that love of the arts with her children and grandchildren as well. She absolutely loved coming to the Vail Dance Festival with her family.” In the summer of 2016, Carol Frances Storr passed away peacefully at the age of

76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. A mother of three and grandmother of eight, she instilled in her descendants a passion for lifelong learning (she held three degrees herself), volunteerism and for giving back to the community. She supported several social and arts charities and served as a volunteer social worker for Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York City for many years. She was lovingly devoted to her family and often traveled extensively to show support for her grandchildren at competitions, school events and performances. “When I was in high school, I was in the Vail Dance Festival’s Ambassador program, and I loved that my grandma got to see me in that role,” Colby remembers fondly. “Working behind-the-scenes, learning that I was needed here and was a part of the team, that was really special for someone at such a young age. It inspired me. My grandma recognized that and she was proud to see me involved.” The Carol F. Storr Foundation for Classical Ballet, the Vail Dance Festival’s first named endowment, was established in 2021 by the Wilson family to ensure that the presentation of classical ballet repertoire be enshrined in Festival programming for future generations to enjoy. “This form of legacy giving to our organization will be felt for years to come,” explains Sarah Johnson, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy. “An endowment such as this, is money set aside where the investment earnings grow over time and are distributed to

Unity Phelan, Lauren Lovette, and Cameron Dieck in Serenade at the 2017 Vail Dance Festival. Choreography © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Erin Baiano.

David & Tina Wilson, Carol Storr, Colby & Nicole Wilson.

support a specific wish or program—in this case the presentation of classical ballet programming—keeping the original funds in perpetuity to support the donor’s intended purpose. We are so grateful for this beautiful and meaningful gift by the Wilsons in honor of Mrs. Storr.” For the entire Wilson-Storr family, establishing this endowment fund for the Vail Dance Festival is a natural extension and continuation of a shared family value in charitable community support. “I feel so grateful to carry on the legacy of giving that was so important to both my parents,” says Tina. “I believe that if you are fortunate to be in the position to help, it’s your responsibility to do so.” The family’s philanthropic spirit continues forward into the next generation with Colby too. “The Festival goes beyond getting a ticket, seeing a beautiful performance and then leaving,” she says. “It has a lasting impact for those new to dance and those that cherish it, like my grandmother. There are many benefits to the arts with valuable lessons in discipline, respect, passion, and honor for those that came before you. And now, with this endowment created in her memory, other people in the future will get to benefit from this, too. It’s so special.” If you wish to contribute to the Carol F. Storr Endowment for Classical Ballet, or if you would like to learn more about planned giving options to support the Vail Dance Festival, visit vaildance.org or contact Sarah Johnson at sjohnson@vvf.org. �VAILDANCE


Channeling Innovation and Authenticity at

NOW: Premieres

By Sarah Silverblatt-Buser


he Vail Dance Festival aims to give artists “an experience and pop artists and even a major figure from the bluegrass scene. that adds to their quiver of knowledge and possibility,” While some new works emerge entirely at the Festival, most begin says Artistic Director Damian Woetzel. The former New with initial conversations and preliminary rehearsals arranged York City Ballet (NYCB) principal and current president of by Woetzel in New York City. Only in Vail are the works finalized the Juilliard School continues his commitment to innovation as this for Festival audiences. The process of creative exchange over time, year marks the 100th dance commission since he became director of space, and discipline creates infinite possibilities. the Festival in 2006. “Spirited curiosity,” he says, drives the focus on This year, celebrated choreographers Justin Peck, Claudia collaboration across disciplines and often catalyzes key partnerships Schreier, and Caili Quan create from a foundation in ballet. Each and artistic achievements. As a result, Vail audiences are treated carries the genre forward by incorporating their own artistic each summer to watching creative work come to exciting reality on histories into their evolving choreographic styles. Contemporary the stages of the Festival. postmodern pioneers Pam Tanowitz and Jodi Melnick engage While new works are presented throughout the Festival, the NOW: with their artistic antecedents, constructing singular voices Premieres program on August 8 comprises an evening of pure through careful reconstruction of modern movement languages. innovation with eight new dances ranging from neoclassical ballet Committed to radical authenticity, contemporary choreographer and contemporary to street and social dance styles. Accompanying Bobbi Jene Smith and street and social dance maker Ephrat Asherie musical compositions vary as widely as the dances, including works envision worlds through dance that encourage true self-discovery from leading contemporary classical composers to emerging jazz and expression.



Calvin Royal III and Jeffrey Cirio perform ENTR’ACTE with Brooklyn Rider in 2017. Photo by Erin Baiano.

Justin Peck, Herman Cornejo, and Christopher Grant rehearsing in 2018. Photo by Erin Baiano.

Calvin Royal III and Pam Tanowitz in rehearsal in 2015. Photo by Erin Baiano.


“Growing up on Guam,” she says, “adds to myself as an artist.” The matriarchal society is rooted in a celebration of life through music and dancing, and it is from that culture of community that Quan creates dances rooted in joy and resiliency.

Tony Award winner Justin Peck will choreograph to music by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and Punch Brothers leader Chris Thile (who will perform in the new creation), officially marking the Festival’s 100th new work under Woetzel’s artistic direction. Both artists are hailed as important torch bearers in their respective fields, leading American ballet and bluegrass music into meaningful new territory. As resident choreographer at NYCB, Peck is known for creating invigorating dances that are at once architectural and sweeping yet intimate and familiar. His origin of choreographing on friends as a dancer is felt in the way he breaks down typical ballet hierarchies. Additional inspirations abound from his first love for tap dance to the George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins lineages that formed him at NYC Ballet. Peck’s recent acclaimed work as choreographer for director Steven Spielberg’s new West Side Story film marked his standing as one of ballet’s preeminent creators. The Peck and Thile collaboration is sure to push dance another step forward into the future. Atlanta Ballet resident choreographer Claudia Schreier creates thrillingly intricate work that embraces complex music, dancing, and themes. Her new ballet will be accompanied by the classical prodigyturned-decisively-21st-century composer Conrad Tao. The two artists are forged in classical work yet remain responsive to modern-day life. Regarding the past two tumultuous years of social reckoning, Schreier recalls, “There was a seismic shift in how I identify as a Black woman in America and the daughter of an immigrant.” Her recent creative output reflects this shift in its evolution from pure visceral musicality to incorporating narration. Schreier, a Princess Grace Awardee, speaks also of significant life experiences that influenced her as an artist. Notably, she interned at the Vail Dance Festival in 2007 and 2008. In between duties, she spent her time soaking up the intoxicating creative excellence that makes Vail so formative for so many artists. “I didn’t know at the time that I would be fortunate enough to have a career in choreography,” she says, “but Vail was my jumping off point. Being surrounded by that environment, it had an indelible impact.” Caili Quan, one of this summer’s Artists-In-Residence, also regards Vail as a source of artistic inspiration. She returns after several summers at the Festival performing as a dancer with leading contemporary ballet company BalletX. “It always starts with the music,” says Quan, who will collaborate with Caroline Shaw, the Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winning Festival Composer-In-Residence. Quan’s dynamic musical interpretations make it easy to be carried away by her dances.

MODERN MAVERICKS Pam Tanowitz’s choreographic career has skyrocketed since first creating work for the Festival in 2015. Her signature wit and rigor have crossed borders, from NYCB to The Royal Ballet and Australian Ballet. This summer, Tanowitz looks forward to collaborating with composer and vocalist Kate Davis. “I want to work with jazz and pop music, something totally different,” she says in her constant search for new creative challenges. Clearly a modern dance maker (Tanowitz takes her bows barefoot), she enjoys bending rules, particularly those inherent to ballet. She reconstructs the syntax of specific dance languages in conversation with the originators — whether that is the dancer in front of her or a known dance maker. The more distinct her dancers, the richer her work, as the movement languages each artist brings with them become material to be remolded. The dances she makes in Vail, varied in cast by the nature of the Festival itself, are rare feats of choreographic dialogue. Jodi Melnick is a choreographer-dancer whose dancing spills from her pores. “She is like water made human,” The New Yorker stated. Drawing from the lineage of postmodern dance master Trisha Brown, Melnick’s work feels endlessly spontaneous, radically present. Her precision reveals discipline while her lithe movements confirm a vital sense of freedom. Melnick’s commission will be accompanied by Portuguese composer Andreia Pinto-Correia. Her music is meditative yet energetic, calling to mind windstorms and landscapes racing past. Both artists carry a certain electricity; moments of dense sound and movement are held together by undercurrents of calm clarity. The collaboration between these two dynamic creators is sure to captivate.

FINDING FREEDOM IN AUTHENTICITY Bobbi Jene Smith, the fierce former star of Batsheva Dance Company, searches for virtuosic emotionality. Her work is grounded in Gaga, the movement language of Batsheva’s previous longtime Artistic Director Ohad Naharin. From this technical base, she researches the subconscious to choreograph interior lives into physical presence. �VAILDANCE


Claudia Schreier rehearses dancers in Tranquil Night, Bright and Infinite in 2017. Photo by Erin Baiano.

Smith returned to New York City from Israel in 2014 to focus on developing her own choreographic voice. The documentary, Bobbi Jene, chronicalled her difficult decision to leave the world-renowned contemporary company, capturing the unique story of an artist deeply searching for her essential authenticity. Smith continuously recommits herself to this quest, encouraging her collaborators and audiences to open themselves to their own deep truths. In 2020, Vail Dance Festival Digital Edition viewers were able to experience just that in a new work that Smith created during the height of the pandemic for Calvin Royal III, Melissa Toogood and herself, tapping into each dancer’s raw vulnerability. This summer, she will create a solo for the NYCB principal dancer Sara Mearns, who, like Smith, is known for her compelling emotionality and fearlessness. Ephrat Asherie emphasizes openness and authenticity as vital to her work. “Come as you are and bring your heart,” is how she describes the New York City club scene that raised her. As a choreographer, Asherie acts as dance alchemist. She remixes the Latine and African American street and social dance styles that taught her and so many others to “live in and with a spirit of generosity.” Asherie carries this ethos of club culture with her in all that she does. She creates work that reflects the layered intricacies of what is embodied nightly on those sacred dance floors, sharing the community’s values of individual and collective freedom. From hip hop and breaking to house and vogue, Asherie honors these styles’ complex histories by exploring the stories inherent in the dances themselves. “The club,” she says, “is a space where the collective consciousness celebrates each individual’s uniqueness.” In the early 1970s, NYC’s underground dance parties were some of the only places where historically excluded communities, specifically African American and Latine LGBTQIA+ youth, could be free to fully



express themselves. These inherent stories of human resilience and connection guide Asherie’s collaborations.

MOVING BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS AND LOOKING AHEAD Many of the new works that premiere at the Vail Dance Festival often live far beyond their summertime debuts. Over the past 15 years under Damian Woetzel’s artistic leadership, the legacy of new works created in Vail has expanded across the country and have earned the Vail Dance Festival a global reputation as a high-altitude incubator of important new works in American dance, as well as music. Tiler Peck’s Thousandth Orange, Alexi Ratmansky’s Fandango, Justin Peck’s Bloom, Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth, as well as Wendy Whelan’s collaboration with Brian Brooks First Fall (later incorporated into Restless Creature), are just a handful of works that have gone on to critical and audience acclaim elsewhere since making their premieres in Vail. Gracing the major stages of the San Francisco Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, New York City Center, among many others, the contributions of Vail Dance Festival commissions to the field is immensely vast and significant. So with spirited curiosity embedded in the impressive roster of new collaborations this summer, the 2022 Festival’s legacy of contemporary new dance works promises to display cutting edge artistic achievement and innovation. As artists push boundaries and broaden their artistic horizons, audiences are encouraged to lean in and witness the Festival’s expansive creative spirit in magnificent action. It is from here that dance leaps forward into new territory.

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A look back at past Festivals! 1. Kennard Henson and Unity Phelan

rehearse Lauren Lovette’s If You’re Gonna Build a Body, Start with the Bones. Photo by Erin Baiano, 2019.

2. Lil Buck takes a break from rehearsing. Photo by Erin Baiano, 2013.

3. Miriam Miller plays tennis in Vail.

Photo by Patrick Fraser, 2018.

4. Heather Watts rehearses Herman

Cornejo. Photo by Erin Baiano, 2014.

5. India Bradley and dancers take

9. Pete Leo Walker, Shawn Cusseaux, and

a break from rehearsing. Photo by Christopher Duggan, 2021.

Savannah Green after Caili Quan’s Solo on a Saturday. Photo by Christopher Duggan, 2021.

6. Michelle Dorrance in rehearsal.

10. Melissa Toogood with other Festival Artists in Michelle Dorrance’s New to the Session. Photo by Christopher Duggan, 2021.

Photo by Erin Baiano, 2017.

7. Maria Kochetkova and Jeffrey Cirio in Don Quixote. Photo by Erin Baiano, 2013. 8. Carla Körbes, Melissa Toogood, Miriam Miller and Preston Chamblee perform Pam Tanowitz’s Once More With Feeling. Photo by Christopher Duggan, 2019.

11. Caroline Shaw and Lil Buck in 38109. Photo by Erin Baiano, 2018. 12. Patricia Delgado and Johnny

Gandelsman rehearse Angels of the GetThrough. Photo by Erin Baiano, 2017. �VAILDANCE


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