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… as awe-inspiring as this town’s alpine scenery.”

Lil Buck, Michelle Dorrance, Robert Fairchild, and Melissa Toogood Photo by Erin Baiano

—The New York Times

Jerome Robbins rehearsing Damian Woetzel in Fancy Free, 1990 Photo by Costas

COMMUNITY EVENTS Mon. July 31 5:30pm

Dancing in the Park: Colorado Ballet

Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park Wed. August 9 5:30pm

Master Class Series

The Master Class Series gives students from the Vail Valley and surrounding areas the opportunity to learn from renowned dancers and instructors.

CONTACT US PeiJu Chien-Pott Martha Graham Dance Company Photo by Hibbard Nash Photography

Dancing in the Park: Wonderbound

Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park Mon. July 31–Fri. August 4

Celebrate the Beat Pop Hop Camp

Dancing in the Streets Join Festival artists for choreographed dancing and fun! All ages and abilities are welcome.

BalletX

Photographed in Gore Creek, Vail, by Patrick Fraser

Misty Copeland (cover photo) Photo by Nisian Hughes

Tiler Peck

Photo by Erin Baiano

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TICKETS STARTING AT ��� FESTIVAL FAN CLUB PRE-SALE

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Join the Festival Fan Club beginning Feb. 21 for priority ticketing and more great benefits! PUBLIC TICKETS ON SALE

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY �� Tickets for Dance for $20.17 go on sale June 17, 2017.

SPECIAL FESTIVAL PRICING ENCORE CLUB PASS: ���� · Good for one lawn ticket to each performance at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail (9 shows total) · Ability to purchase discounted guest lawn passes and Dance for $20.17 tickets, $25 seat upgrades and more · One free beverage at each performance

STUDENT � FACULTY LAWN PASS: ��� · Good for one lawn ticket to each performance at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail (9 shows total) · Pass-holder must be a student or faculty member with valid ID

For more details on Festival Fan Club and Special Pricing, visit vaildance.org. For a complete schedule of events, artist information and to purchase tickets:

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Sat. July 29 7:30pm GRFA

Opening Night

This highlights performance kicks off the 29th Vail Dance Festival with a program ranging from tap improvisation and ballet, to street dance and groundbreaking contemporary works. Headlined by tap dancer extraordinaire and 2017 Artist-In-Residence Michelle Dorrance, the evening also includes audience favorite Lil Buck, New York City Ballet principal Lauren Lovette, live music from the phenomenal Kate Davis and a first look at the acclaimed L.A. Dance Project. Sun. July 30 7:30pm GRFA

L.A. Dance Project

Vail welcomes L.A. Dance Project in its Festival debut. Founded in 2012 by former New York City Ballet principal dancer and choreographer, Benjamin Millipied, over the past 5 years, this cutting-edge company has gained renown for creating new work and reviving seminal collaborations from influential dance makers. The New York Times raves,“The intelligence and eclectic generosity of the programming are not in doubt. The dancers prove attractive, impressive, versatile.” Mon. July 31 5:30pm AVON

Dancing in the Park: Colorado Ballet

FREE Performance The Festival welcomes back Colorado Ballet in a family-friendly show on the extraordinary stage of the Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park. Colorado Ballet is known for its depth of repertory and extraordinary versatility.

Tue. August 1 7:30pm GRFA

American Dance Classics: Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free & George Balanchine’s Serenade* Cornerstone works of American dance, performed by the extraordinary dance artists of today, American Dance Classics will open with Robert Fairchild, Marcelo Gomes, Daniel Ulbricht and Tiler Peck starring in Jerome Robbins’ acclaimed 1944 debut ballet, Fancy Free. Set to a rollicking Leonard Bernstein score, the ballet brings to life the adventures of three sailors on shore leave in WWII era New York City. The evening's second half will feature Colorado Ballet and Festival guest artists in George Balanchine’s first American ballet masterpiece Serenade*, set to Tschaikovsky's exquisite Serenade for Strings. Live music throughout the evening will be performed by Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra conducted by Kurt Crowley, music director of Broadway's Hamilton.

…at the Vail festival, it isn’t the high altitude that’s most dizzying. It’s the high level of dance.”

—The New York Times

International Evenings of Dance I & II

An all-star cast celebrates the launch of legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins’ centennial birthday year in a rehearsal-style performance hosted by Damian Woetzel, who worked closely with Robbins at New York City Ballet. The evening focuses on seminal works Dances at a Gathering, The Cage, Afternoon of a Faun and the Leonard Bernstein collaborations West Side Story and Fancy Free. Elevate your evening by attending a pre-show reception and post- performance dinner with the dancers. (Tickets sold separately.)

Mon. August 7 7:30pm GRFA

Thu. August 10 6:30pm VPAC

Tue. August 8 7:30pm GRFA

Dance for $20.17

A mixed-bill evening for everyone with guest artists from the 2017 Vail Dance Festival. Specially-priced $20.17 reserved seating and $10.17 lawn tickets go on sale Saturday, June 17. Join the Festival Fan Club for early access to all Festival tickets including Dance for $20.17!

L.A. Dance Project

Photo by Morgan Lugo

Dancing in the Park: Wonderbound

FREE Performance This family-friendly performance by Wonderbound takes place at the magnificent outdoor venue of the Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park. Named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch,” Wonderbound brings its innovative spirit to the Festival for the first time this season.

Celebrating today's women artists with a collection of new works by female choreographers, performed by a stellar cast from ballet, modern and contemporary dance. The 2017 choreographers include New York City Ballet principal Lauren Lovette; neoclassical and contemporary ballet choreographer Claudia Schreier; Artist-In-Residence Michelle Dorrance; and acclaimed modern dance choreographer Pam Tanowitz. Live music for the new works will be performed by musicians Brooklyn Rider, Kate Davis, Cameron Grant and Kurt Crowley.

UpClose: Jerome Robbins

Wed. August 9 5:30pm AVON

A magnificent cast of artists from around the world take the stage in these signature Festival performances. These two unique gala evenings feature debuts and new partnerships by a selection of today’s foremost dancers. “... simply the best gala I have attended in decades." —The New York Times

NOW Premieres: Celebrating Women Choreographers

Wed. August 2 6:30pm VPAC

*Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Fri. August 4 7:30pm GRFA Sat. August 5 7:30pm GRFA

Dorrance Dance 2017

In 2016, Dorrance Dance made its triumphant debut performance at the Vail Dance Festival. Now for 2017, this thrilling modern tap company comes to Beaver Creek’s intimate Vilar Performing Arts Center, led by their founder and Vail’s 2017 Artist-In-Residence, Michelle Dorrance,: “...the most exciting and original choreographer in tap today.” —The New York Times Fri. August 11 7:30pm GRFA

Martha Graham Dance Company

The unparalleled Martha Graham Dance Company returns to Vail in a special program featuring Graham classics. One of the foremost artists in the history of dance, Martha Graham's voice remains powerfully relevant, connecting audiences with past and present. Sat. August 12 7:30pm GRFA

Closing Night Celebration with BalletX

The enchanting dancers of BalletX bring the 2017 Festival to a rousing close with a celebration of song and dance, followed by an onstage post-show dance party for all.

���� SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE Sat. July 29 7:30pm GRFA

Tue. August 8 7:30pm GRFA

$50–$113

$10.17 | $20.17

Opening Night

Sun. July 30 7:30pm GRFA

L.A. Dance Project $50–$105

Mon. July 31 5:30pm AVON

Dance for $20.17

Wed. August 9 5:30pm AVON

Dancing in the Park: Wonderbound FREE Performance

Dancing in the Park: Colorado Ballet

Thu. August 10 6:30pm VPAC

Tue. August 1 7:30pm GRFA

Fri. August 11 7:30pm GRFA

FREE Performance

American Dance Classics: Jerome Robbins’ Fancy Free & George Balanchine’s Serenade* $50–$125

Wed. August 2 6:30pm VPAC

UpClose: Jerome Robbins $50–$150*

Dorrance Dance 2017 $50–$95

Martha Graham Dance Company $50–$105

Sat. August 12 7:30pm GRFA

Closing Night Celebration with BalletX $50–$113

Fri. August 4 7:30pm GRFA Sat. August 5 7:30pm GRFA

AVON = Avon Performance Pavilion, Nottingham Park

$60–$125

GRFA = Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

International Evenings of Dance I & II

Mon. August 7 7:30pm GRFA

NOW Premieres: Celebrating Women Choreographers $50–$105

VPAC = Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek GRFA Lawn Tickets: $23 | $10 Student FREE for kids 12 & under

All performances and artists are subject to change.

Tickets are $50–$125 and pricing is subject to change based on availability.

SUPPORT THE FESTIVAL!

Lawn tickets are $23 for all performances at GRFA.

AVON = Avon Performance Pavilion, Nottingham Park GRFA = Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail VPAC = Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Donations to the Vail Dance Festival are tax-deductible and help make it possible for us to provide the highest caliber programming. E-mail mbrassel@vvf.org or call 970.777.2015.

$10 lawn tickets are available for students 13 and older with an ID. Complimentary lawn seating is available for children 12 and under when accompanied by an adult – no ticket needed!

For a complete schedule of events, artist information and to purchase tickets:

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2017 Vail Dance Festival Brochure  

Official brochure for the 29th Season of the Vail Dance Festival.

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