Vail Dance Festival 2019 Program

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Catching up


Calvin Royal III BEYOND


Dance takes on Social Justice

Lovette’s Gift of DANCE and

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Letter from Committee Chair, Vail Dance Festival Committee Members

Thanks to You Your support makes it possible

Fringe Festival & Community Events Artist-In-Residence Lauren Lovette

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Ballerina. Choreographer. Dancemaker.

The Little Prince Bringing the classic tale to stage

Artistic Reserve Fund


Welcome from Vice President of Education & the Arts, Artistic Director

Groundbreaking collaborations that are pure Vail

Q & A with Calvin Royal III

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Get a glimpse at what makes Calvin soar


Martha Graham Dance Company

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Classic history and innovative presentation

NOW: Premieres Dynamic new works take the stage

JUST Dances Movement takes on social justice

“Scene” at the Festival

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Celebrating Festival dancers

Ballet Hispánico Festival Venues and Intern Program

VAIL DANCE FESTIVAL OFFICIAL PROGRAM 22 Performance Schedule 23 Opening Night 24 American Ballet Theatre 25 Malpaso Dance Company 26 BalletX: The Little Prince

Presenters Circle

27 UpClose: JUST Dances

Festival Patrons & Underwriters

28 International Evenings of Dance I & II

Board of Directors

New Faces

Welcoming new dancers to the Festival

Featured Companies

Festival Artists

Thank You

Malpaso Dance Company

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Dear Vail Dance Enthusiasts,


elcome to the 31st annual Vail Dance Festival and to the beautiful atmosphere of the Rockies in the summertime. We are extremely pleased to have you join us as many of the dance world’s luminaries come together in this unique environment to not only entertain us, but to cultivate and explore the growth of the artform. The Vail Dance Festival takes place over two weeks; however it is truly a year-round effort for our team, and a decades-long pursuit for our entire community. The Vail Dance Festival is a product of thousands of people, artists and ideas all coming together at once. And what propels this amazing event forward into the future is the commitment, support and passion this community puts into the event itself. or this, and for your continued support, we are grateful to the highest degree. On behalf of the Vail Valley Foundation, our Board of Directors, our Dance Committee, our staff, our supporters, and our volunteers, it is our honor and privilege to be a part of this extraordinary Festival and its soaring vision to elevate the art of dance. We hope you enjoy the Festival, and I look forward to seeing you at the next performance.


Warmest regards,

Sarah Johnson Senior Vice President, Education and the Arts, Vail Valley Foundation

From the Artistic Director


e are so looking forward to sharing another exciting season with you as the Festival enters into its fourth decade here in Vail. Each year, the creative atmosphere has grown as we provide the platform for some of the most adventurous artists in the world to perform, experiment and be their extraordinarily imaginative selves. It is especially exciting to have seen so many artistic voices grow through their experiences here in Vail, and this year we can look forward to another Festival of firsts. We welcome for their Vail debut Malpaso Dance Company. Direct from Cuba, this thrilling ensemble has been charting a meteoric rise as a force for new choreography danced by artists who defy categorization—artists who revel in the possibilities of movement whether balletic, modern or hip-hop. It will be a thrill to contrast Malpaso with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) in its second appearance at the Festival, in a program that brings the Antony Tudor masterpiece Jardin aux Lilas to our stage in a match of setting and substance that has been a dream of ours to bring to life until now. On that same program, ABT will thrill with Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite, and in true Festival style, will also present a world premiere by Principal Dancer and Choreographer James Whiteside. There are so many vibrant dances to come in this Festival, from works just created by Pam Tanowitz and a collaboration between Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith for Martha Graham Dance Company, to our evening of world premieres by artists including our Artist-In-Residence New York City Ballet’s Lauren Lovette, to our closing night celebration with Ballet Hispánico, this Festival is all about the excitement that comes with seeing our dynamic dancers take on new heights of artistic invention. Such invention is to be seen in an epic collaboration for 2019 choreographed by Alonzo King, danced by artists from his LINES Ballet and New York City Ballet, with a commissioned score composed and performed by the extraordinary jazz artist Jason Moran. The synthesis of these artists is pure Vail, as are new explorations by Tanowitz with our Composer-In-Residence Caroline Shaw, Tiler Peck in her second new work following her acclaimed choreographic debut last season, and Michelle Dorrance who we have been so privileged to have as a creative revolutionary in our midst these past seasons. Even while all the dancing goes on, our community commitment is equally vibrant—art cannot and should not live in exclusivity. We open our doors through our Community Arts Access program; we educate Vail Valley children year-round through the wonderful Celebrate The Beat program, and take our visiting artists into town through Dancing in the Streets. Our Master Classes provide unmatchable insight for young Vail dancers, and our Festival Forums give context and deeper understanding to audiences throughout the Festival. Our companies are part of our community: as BalletX becomes even more beloved with their new The Little Prince on the stage, so will they inspire our young people, with our partnership for this special performance with local bookseller The Bookworm and with the Vail Public Library. All this and more amount to a true community enterprise, and we are so pleased to have you as a part of it. I look forward to seeing you throughout the Festival—and thank you for joining us for all the dancing.

Damian Woetzel Artistic Director, Vail Dance Festival



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Dear Friends, Fans and Supporters of Dance,


e are so happy to have you here in Vail for this year’s Vail Dance Festival. Each year, I have been amazed to be a part of this Festival as it has grown to play a special role in this beautiful artform. In the Vail Valley, we can be inspired by the natural beauty, enjoy the peace and quiet, and breathe in the fresh, clean air of the Rocky Mountains. This setting allows us to more readily foster a sense of exploration and anticipation: to at once create a place where we are enthralled by the quality of the performances, even as we provide safe harbor for new and striking ideas. The ideas that begin in Vail grow and expand, creating a ripple effect throughout our beloved world of dance. Each of you will have your own unique experience at our event: you may witness world premieres or new works; you might take part in Festival Forums or Master Classes; you might discover a newfound love for a choreographer, dancer, or musician’s work; or you might revel in the nostalgia of a classical piece. Most of all, we hope you make new connections to new people from all walks of life who are a vibrant part of this Festival. I’d like to be one of them—please come say hello if you see me, be sure to make yourself at home, and enjoy this wonderful event.

Thank you to our Vail Dance Festival Committee Susan Campbell, Chair Jill Plancher, Vice Chair Judy Berkowitz, Board Life Trustee Priscilla Brewster Allie Coppeak Stacey Frieder Lisa Goldman Sheika Gramshammer B.J. Hybl Alexia Jurschak Jane Netzorg Senenne Philippon Fred Tresca Linda Waterhouse

I hope to see you soon!

Betsy Wiegers Damian Woetzel

Susan Campbell Committee Chair, Vail Dance Festival

Isabella Boylston greets fans from Boulder Ballet.

From left, Susan Gruber, PJ Walder, Cory Stearns, Tiler Peck, Colby and Tina Wilson, and Deb Harrison celebrate after a performance.

Damian Woetzel and Marty Head in the Borgen Family

Noel Kullavanijaya, Alonzo King, Wendy Williams and

Joanne Crosby, Elaine Kelton and Priscilla Brewster

Patrons Plaza.

Adji Cissoko pose backstage for a photo after the

celebrate at the UpClose Benefit Evening at Splendido

Alonzo King LINES Ballet performance at the

at the Chateau.

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater.



Photos by Brian Maloney.


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he Vail Dance Festival is a testament to the power of community. Please join us in creating robust and lasting support for the Vail Dance Festival by making a donation. We couldn’t do it without you. Your support for the Vail Dance Festival has allowed our event to flourish.


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In 2018, thanks to your support:


aspiring dance students received training from Festival artists through 15 Master Classes.


students ages 9 to 14 participated in the week-long, free Celebrate The Beat Pop Hop Camp, culminating in a celebration performance during the International Evenings of Dance I program.

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interns and assistants gained the experience of a lifetime working at the Festival.

high school students played their part in the success of the Festival by volunteering for the Ambassador Program.


new works and commissions wowed Festival-goers.


Scholars-In-Residence, Memphis Jooker Phyouture “Lil P” and Tap Dancer Naomi Funaki, had the opportunity to perform with and learn from the best.

Photos by Brian Maloney.

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Access to the Arts

With your help, the Vail Dance Festival has created a series of programs to welcome and engage everyone. Please join us at any or all of the following:

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Demonstrating the Festival’s commitment to accessibility to the arts by offering specially priced $20.19 tickets for pavilion seating.

Dancing in the Park + Dancing in the Streets

Ernie and Pam Elsner (pictured with Tiler Peck) will be honored this year at the annual La Tour luncheon for their long-standing commitment to the Vail Dance Festival.

FREE performances and community activities at the Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park and in the streets throughout Vail.

Community Arts Access

Eliminating socio-economic barriers to the arts by distributing more than 140 complimentary tickets to the Vail Dance Festival via eight local nonprofits during the 2018 Festival.

Complimentary tickets for children 12 and under

Nurturing future artists and exposing the next generation to the arts with complimentary lawn seats. During the 2018 Festival, 864 tickets were distributed to local youth. *When accompanied by a ticketed adult.

From left, Malo Harrison, Fred and Debbie Tresca, Terry and Margo Boyle, and John Harrison enjoy the UpClose Benefit Evening at Splendido at the Chateau.

We need your support to continue to provide access to the arts.

Contact Martha Brassel at 970.777.2015 or; visit vaildance. org; text VAILDANCE to 41444 or mail a check to PO Box 6550, Avon, CO 81620 to grow your contribution.

Michelle Dorrance signs an autograph for local fan Vivian Anders.




Fringe Festival Events

Festival Forums


n addition to the on-stage performances, the Festival offers numerous free Fringe Festival events that showcase our performers and engage our community. Thanks to Lloyd Knight from Martha Graham Dance Company the generous support from at Dancing in the Streets. Photo by Erin Baiano. the Town of Vail and Town of Avon, we are able to offer the following free performances.

Saturday, July 27 12:00pm Dancing in the Streets: Malpaso Vail Village, Cross Streets of Bridge & Gore

Saturday, August 10 12:00pm Dancing in the Streets: Ballet Hispánico Vail Village, Cross Streets of Bridge & Gore

Wednesday, August 7 5:30pm Dancing in the Park: Colorado Ballet & Alonzo King LINES Ballet Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park

Monday, July 29 12:00pm Watching Balanchine with Heather Watts Manor Vail


oin Rebecca King Ferraro and Michael Sean Breeden from the popular podcast series Conversations On Dance, as they host in-depth discussions with Festival artists from dancers to Caroline Shaw and Justin Peck share a laugh musicians to choreographers. during a Festival Forum. Photo by Brian Maloney. We are grateful for the Town of Vail’s generous support of these intimate gatherings held throughout the Festival. Tickets are available at or through the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Box Office, 970.845.8497.

Saturday, July 27 9:30am Festival Forum #1: James Whiteside— Creating for ABT

Wednesday, July 31 9:30am Festival Forum #4: Jon Boogz & Lil Buck— Dance & Social Justice

Monday, July 29 9:30am Festival Forum #2: Imagining The Little Prince

Sunday, August 4 9:30am Festival Forum #5: Lauren Lovette in Conversation

Tuesday, July 30 9:30am Festival Forum #3: Kenneth E. Parris III & Melissa Toogood Talk Cunningham

Monday, August 5 9:30am Festival Forum #6: Tiler Peck in Conversation

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Balanchine ballerina Heather Watts leads an exploration of the ballets by George Balanchine featured this season at the Festival. Tickets are available at or through the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater Box Office, 970.845.8497.

Tutu Tea Party





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Thursday, August 8 9:30am Festival Forum #7: Martha Graham Dance Company in the 21st Century Manor Vail

Celebrate The Beat elebrate The Beat (CTB) provides the highest quality in-school and after-school dance programs Celebrate The Beat on stage at the Gerald R. Ford for all children, Amphitheater. Photo by Erin Baiano. giving them the knowledge that energy, discipline, hard work, commitment and focus lead to success. For many children, CTB is a life-changing event; for all, it is an amazing experience they will never forget. Each summer, the Vail Dance Festival hosts the Pop Hop summer camp for 120 children who perform on-stage at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater during the International Evenings of Dance I. This year the performance will take place on Friday, August 2. CTB is directed by Tracy Straus and is a proud associate of The National Institute of Dance.

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or the second year, we are creating a morning of magic for the littlest dancers with the largest dreams. August 4 will be a day of dance, activities and a classic tea party from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater’s Social Courtyard. This special Dance comes alive for young dancers at the Tutu Tea morning is best suited for Party. Photo by Brian Maloney. children ages 4 to 7 years old. New York City Ballet’s Unity Phelan will join the party for a meetand-greet and photo opportunity. Parents are welcome to join the party. Purchase $40 tickets at


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Up Close with Lauren Lovette The Artist-In-Residence brings her vision to life By Kimberly Nicoletti


horeography and dance have formed a foundation for Lauren Lovette to burst through mental blocks and live a more authentic life. Today, she applies her innate talents to create emotion and thoughtfulness for audiences. “I believe that dance is one of the most powerful forms of artistic expression, because it involves breathing humans, literally and physically interacting with either their environment or each other,” Lovette says.

Lovette began choreographing pieces for her siblings long before she ever set foot in a dance class. She naturally “saw” movement and images in music, and felt completely at home “leading a room as a young girl,” she says.

But things changed after her first ballet class. She narrowed her focus on technique, memorization and muscular patterns. While she discovered a new method of understanding and expressing her emotions through dance, she also stopped choreographing. “I didn’t really feel as comfortable around my peers at that time,” she says. “I went through a lot of self-doubt, insecurity, introverted spells and social awkwardness as a teenager.” So, at 14, she decided to break free of timidity. She entered the School of American Ballet, and, at age 16, after reading a leadership book her dad recommended, signed up for the prestigious school’s choreography workshop. When selected, fear took hold and she tried to pull out, but instructors strongly encouraged her to follow through. As she choreographed her first ballet, she reconnected with her first love.


Lauren Lovette in Giselle and in Farewell. Photos by Erin Baiano.



“I was a kid that often felt things way too strongly, and had a gift for the dramatic,” she says. “Finding a place to channel my emotions and to strengthen my mind continues to prove itself to be a gift in my life.” It’s also a gift to others. Lovette has quickly risen through the ranks as both a renowned ballerina at New York City Ballet and as a choreographer. From the beginning as a new corps dancer, she took risks on stage and tried to maintain a positive attitude, whatever the challenges that came her way. “I set my dreams high and tried my best to swim every time I was thrown into waters that felt dangerously deep, and I still continue to do that,” she says.


Lovette views dancing as a “therapeutic-like devotion” and describes choreography as a playground for her imagination. As she collaborates with dancers, she “unwraps” the music, reveals dancers’ “untapped greatness” and explores the nuances of various ideas. “I enjoy setting the mood of a room and problem solving with various personalities,” she says. “Choreography feels to me like the leadership position I always dreamed of having as a shy kid.” And that’s why being the Artist-In-Residence in Vail is a dream come true. After attending the Vail Dance Festival and participating in different aspects of it for years, she yearns to delve into

“Finding a place to channel my emotions and to strengthen my mind continues to prove itself to be a gift in my life.” —Lauren Lovette, Choreographer

everything she has learned about dance in the past decade and teach, choreograph, collaborate and “be the ballerina I have trained my whole life to be and ultimately to give as much as I can to the Festival as a whole,” she says. She’s also eager to participate in the Festival’s JUST Dances, which explores how movement can create social impact and justice. “To me, there is no more honest or clear way to stir questions or to evoke thought about how we interact on this planet than seeing it demonstrated live in a theater,” she says. “I have always loved dancing and choreography because it feels so honest for me to express on the outside what the inner world is feeling.”  Lauren Lovette and Joseph Gordon in Jerome Robbins’ Three Chopin Dances. Photo by Erin Baiano. Choreography (c) The Robbins Rights Trust.

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The Little Prince BalletX brings the classic tale to life By Kimberly Nicoletti


nnabelle Lopez Ochoa is a storyteller. She is a choreographer of acclaimed ballets for more than 50 companies from around the world, but after she created A Streetcar Named Desire, she realized the unique thrill of using dance in service to narrative: “It was a magical feeling to experience the audience following the story and empathizing with the characters on stage,” Ochoa says. “I was hooked.” Ochoa’s success as a dancemaker has been closely linked to BalletX, which in 2008 was the first U.S. company to commission the Colombian-Belgian choreographer. One of the reasons BalletX Co-founder and Artistic Director Christine Cox selected her was to help balance the playing field: “We’re not seeing as many women representing choreography, so [I’m] trying to emphasize and support creating opportunities for talented women,” Cox says. But showcasing an emerging woman choreographer was only the tip of the iceberg; Cox singled Ochoa out for the deep richness she infuses into works.

“You really see what ideas and inspiration come through her movements. She’s always evolving because she has a really diverse interest in music; she creates her style through adaptation to the music and the storylines.”—Christine Cox

Ochoa chose The Little Prince because it extends beyond a children’s book, reaching into themes about love, life, loss of imagination and loss of loved ones. After researching author— and pilot—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, she discovered he suffered from depression while writing the book. “The pilot in the story is on survival mode after crashing in the desert with his plane,” Ochoa says. “It is his inner voice in the form of the Little Prince that brings him to his senses and encourages him to finish repairing his plane because what is awaiting him back home is worth living for. The Little Prince is ultimately the person that teaches the adult valuable lessons about life.” Every prop is made of cardboard, which represents how simple things, like wrapping paper, can fascinate a small child more than the actual toy underneath, because “wrapping paper can be anything he imagines or invents,” Ochoa says. She uses the eclectic styles of BalletX dancers and the live performance of British Composer

poetry that dance is because if I’m going to be telling a story the way it is exactly written in a book, then we might as well read the book,” she says. Her inspiration bursts forth from the world around her: nature, animals’ movements and behaviors, human interactions, art, movies, literature and philosophy. As a choreographer for theater, opera and musicals, she understood the principles of immersive storytelling. “That being said, like in any artform, there are no set rules that one has to follow to succeed,” she says. “I guess rule No. 1 is to think out of the box and to be as free and creative with the art form in which you choose to tell a story. The most important is to make a clear choice of what Peter Salem’s music—characterized by banjo, it is you want to tell.” violin and percussion—to enhance the storyline. BalletX is no stranger to filling the Vail stage “She’s an exceptional choreographer and an with emotion, story and wonder; this will be the exceptional person,” Cox says. “You really see eighth time the company performs in the Festival what ideas and inspiration come through her and the second time to present a full-length ballet. movements. She’s always evolving because “We feel like Vail is a second home,” Cox says. she has a really diverse interest in music; she And the Festival is always enlivened by the creates her style through adaptation to the next thrilling idea brought to the mountains music and the storylines.” by this vibrant contemporary ballet company. Ochoa continually explores innovative ways Don’t miss BalletX’s 2019 appearance on July dance can convey emotions, stories and subjects. 30, at the Vail premiere of Annabelle Lopez “I’m searching how to use the fascinating Ochoa’s The Little Prince.


Roderick Phifer of BalletX. Photo by Gabriel Bienczycki. Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Photo by Bill Hebert.



Artistic Reserve Fund Ensures Festival’s Vitality

Fund fosters groundbreaking collaborations and creations in a purely Vail way By Kimberly Nicoletti


his summer renowned Choreographer Alonzo King creates his first ballet for the Festival. This much-anticipated work features four of his LINES dancers and four New York City Ballet dancers. It’s a very Vail collaboration, pairing dancers from across the country in a creative venture by one of our greatest living dancemakers. Add to that one of the world’s most important jazz voices, Jason Moran, composing and performing a new score for King’s choreography. Pure Vail. This is just one example of the Vail Dance Festival’s dedication to supporting unique collaborations—something Vail audiences have come to expect. In 2018, to augment individual contributions dedicated to the creation of new works, the Festival launched the Artistic Reserve Fund, which supports the commission of landmark works and collaboration by artists, to ensure these exploratory, dynamic partnerships continue. The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation supercharged the Artistic Reserve Fund with a 2:1 matching grant, contributing an additional $100,000 if the Vail Valley Foundation raises $200,000 by October 2019. As of April 2019, the fund only had $26,000 more to raise. “Over the last several years, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has supported us directly, and as part of their grant to us, we are establishing this Artistic Reserve with their initial funding, supported by additional donations from our extraordinary donors and audiences that enjoy the festival every year,” Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel says. The Artistic Reserve Fund is part of the Festival’s overall funding, which relies on ticket sales, grants, sponsors and generous underwriters. Marty



“New works are pivotal to the success of the Festival, they fulfill the unique opportunity the Festival can provide to today’s artists.” —Damian Woetzel, Festival Artistic Director

Waldbaum has been a fan and supporter of the Vail Dance Festival for more than 25 years. “It is a highlight of my summer season in the Vail Valley,” Waldbaum says. “I know that without the support of donors, the Festival cannot sustain the excellence that we have come to expect. It allows the ability to reach out and attract the talent that will keep the Festival enticing to the patrons that come and enjoy the performances.” The prime showcase for new work at the Festival has been the NOW: Premieres performance, which began in 2011, and annually debuts commissioned works and collaborations. Since then, the Festival has increasingly highlighted unique and vibrant collaborative opportunities, and the audience has continuously grown for this unique evening every year. The Vail Dance Festival has built a renowned reputation for some of today’s most acclaimed choreographers including Alexei Ratmansky, Pam Tanowitz and Christopher Wheeldon. The premieres often feature

Lauren Lovette, Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener in 3body. Photo by Erin Baiano.

Major Supporters for the Artistic Reserve Fund* Donna & Donald Baumgartner Judy & Howard Berkowitz Susan & Jeff Campbell Yvonne Chen Donae & Rob Chramosta Community First Foundation Paul Docktor Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Stacey Frieder Brenda M. Fulkerson Catherine Gellert Kate Lear Nancy & Richard Lubin Mary Lujack and Sarah & Gracie Johnson Ferrell & William McClean Marge & Phil Odeen Jill & Kevin Plancher The Scrooby Foundation Martin Waldbaum Betsy & George Wiegers Tina & David Wilson *List includes gifts received through April 30, 2019.

collaboration with acclaimed musical voices, such as last summer’s creative melding of jookin star Lil Buck and Composer-In-Residence Caroline Shaw, or the collaborative vignette featuring dancers and choreographers Michelle Dorrance and Justin Peck, with singer and instrumentalist Kate Davis. The Artistic Reserve Fund now guarantees that the Festival will be able to continue to nurture this kind of highly creative work. “The idea behind this is simple: We invest in the future of art and artists by supporting innovation,” says Woetzel. “New works are pivotal to the success of the Festival, they fulfill the unique opportunity the Festival can provide to today’s artists.”  We are nearly at our goal to achieve the match with $26,000 remaining. Please consider a one-time donation to the Artistic Reserve Fund by October 2019 in addition to your annual membership. Please give strong consideration to supporting the Artistic Reserve Fund by texting VAILDANCE to 41444, making an online donation at or mailing a check to Vail Dance Festival, PO Box 6550, Avon, CO 81620.

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Five Questions with Calvin Royal III Grace and power collide 1. How did you come to dance?

My first experience with dance was when I was around 11 years old. I auditioned and got into the annual Chocolate Nutcracker where I was exposed to jazz, west African dancing and hip hop. I started ballet at my performing arts high school in St. Petersburg, Florida, when I was a freshman. During our junior year, our director took a group of us to the Youth America Grand Prix Competition. At the NYC Finals that spring, I was scouted by the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at ABT (American Ballet Theatre). A few months later I began my journey at ABT. 2. What is one of your favorite memories of dancing here in Vail? I always look forward to coming out to Vail for the Festival! I’ve always gotten a sense that it’s a place to meet, reunite and connect with the best in the dance world. One of my favorite memories was getting to work with Michelle Dorrance and Pam Tanowitz for the first time. 3. Vail is known for forging new partnerships, have you had that opportunity in your work at the Festival? I’ve had many exciting debuts with ballerinas from NYCB (New York City Ballet) that I don’t often get to share the stage with at ABT. I’ll always cherish the friendship and partnership I’ve found in Unity Phelan. Beyond being one of the most beautiful and powerful dancers I’ve seen on stage, her sense

of humanity and care is so honest and I’m so grateful for it. Our first ballet we danced together was Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes, we literally fell to the floor in the wings afterward because of the altitude! Thankful for the oxygen backstage! Last summer I performed Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun alongside Lauren Lovette which was pretty special. 4. You made your debut in George Balanchine’s Agon with Unity Phelan at the 2017 Festival. Can you tell us why this experience was so special, and what it meant to have Balanchine ballerina, Heather Watts, coach you in it? Working with Heather and Unity on Agon pas de deux was an experience I’ll always hold close to my heart. Heather has such a deep understanding of the importance and magnitude of why this ballet was created. Balanchine choreographed Agon during the American Civil Rights Movement. A time when racial inequality was at a high, and having paired a dancer of color (Arthur Mitchell) with a Caucasian ballerina (Diana Adams) was incredibly controversial. Their partnership and collaboration expressed the strength and beauty that could come out of working together. To me that is powerful. And here we are sixty-plus years later, taking the stage together with a new sense of freedom and mentality, it’s a true gift.


Calvin Royal III performing in Michelle Dorrance’s premiere for NOW: Premieres, Ex Pluribus One. Photo by Erin Baiano.

“And here we are sixtyplus years later, taking the stage together with a new sense of freedom and mentality, it’s a true gift.”


Heather Watts rehearsing Calvin Royal III and Unity Phelan in Agon. Photo by Erin Baiano. Choreography © The George Balanchine Trust

5. What are you most looking forward to this

year in Vail? I’m excited that ABT is returning again this summer, and I’ll be performing a new work made specially for the Festival!  Interview by the cohosts of the Conversations on Dance podcast Michael Sean Breeden and Rebecca King Ferraro, who also lead Vail’s Festival Forums series.

���� Opening Night

Friday, July 26 7:30pm

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

American Ballet Theatre Saturday, July 27 7:30pm

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Malpaso Dance Company Sunday, July 28 7:30pm

Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

BalletX: The Little Prince

Tuesday, July 30 7:30pm

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

UpClose: JUST Dances

Wednesday, July 31 6:30pm

Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

International Evenings of Dance I

Friday, August 2 7:30pm

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

International Evenings of Dance II

Saturday, August 3 7:30pm

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

NOW: Premieres

Monday, August 5 7:30pm

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Dance for $20.19

Martha Graham Dance Company

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Colorado Ballet & Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Dancing in the Park:

Closing Night Celebration with Ballet Hispánico

Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park

Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail

Tuesday, August 6 7:30pm

Wednesday, August 7 5:30pm

Friday, August 9 7:30pm

Saturday, August 10 7:30pm

Thanks to our Season Presenters Jody & John Arnhold, Susan & Jeff Campbell and Oscar Tang & Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang. 22


Roman Mejia and Lauren Lovette in the Pas de Deux from William Tell. Photo by Erin Baiano

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

Opening Night The 2019 Vail Dance Festival comes to life with an extraordinary evening featuring Festival stars including Artist-In-Residence and New York City Ballet Ballerina Lauren Lovette, a preview appearance by Cuba’s Malpaso Dance Company and artists from American Ballet Theatre. The evening concludes with a performance of George Balanchine’s Serenade, performed by Colorado Ballet with principal guest artists from the New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, and music by the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra.

Performance underwritten by Lisa Tannebaum & Don Brownstein. Lauren Lovette and the Colorado Ballet in George Balanchine’s Serenade. Photo by Erin Baiano. Choreography © The George Balanchine Trust



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

American Ballet Theatre American Ballet Theatre (ABT) returns to Vail after its sold-out Festival debut last year, with a program celebrating its heritage and its future. This evening will feature masterworks from the company’s repertory, along with a world premiere danced by ABT’s magnificent artists who proudly carry on the company’s illustrious history while maintaining its distinct modern identity.


Jardin aux Lilas

Choreography by Antony Tudor Music by Ernest Chausson

Sinatra Suite

Choreography by Twyla Tharp Music by Frank Sinatra

Don Quixote Act III Pas de Deux Choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky Music by Ludwig Minkus

World Premiere Ballet

Choreography by James Whiteside Music by Claude Debussy

Performance underwritten by The Storr Family Foundation in memory of Carol Storr. 24


American Ballet Theatre’s Devon Teuscher. Photo by Erin Baiano.



Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek �:��pm

Malpaso Dance Company This invigorating Cuban dance company has quickly become one of the most high-profile companies on the international scene. Established in 2012, the company makes its Vail Dance Festival debut this year, taking to the Vilar Performing Arts Center stage, featuring works created especially for the young troupe by Ronald K. Brown, Sonya Tayeh and Beatriz García; as well as Merce Cunningham.


Fielding Sixes

Choreography by Merce Cunningham Music by John Cage

Face the Torrent

Choreography by Sonya Tayeh Music by Colette Alexander and The Bengsons

Being (Ser)

Choreography by Beatriz García Music by Ezio Bosso

Why You Follow

Choreography by Ronald K. Brown Music by Zap Mama, Gordheaven & Juliano, The Allenko Brotherhood and The Heavy Quarterz

Performance underwritten by the Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors. Malpaso Dance Company’s Michael Avalos and Beatriz García. Photo by Nir Arieli.



TUESDAY, JULY �� Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail �:��pm

BalletX: The Little Prince

A favorite of Vail Dance Festival audiences, Philadelphia’s powerhouse company BalletX led by Artistic and Executive Director Christine Cox, returns to present its first full-length story ballet by female choreographer, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s brilliant novella, has inspired millions since its publication in 1943, and now the story is the inspiration for this new ballet, featuring new music composed and performed by Peter Salem.

“BalletX ... an epicenter of creation.” —Dance Magazine

Performance underwritten by Pam & Ernie Elsner. 26


BalletX’s Roderick Phifer. Photo by Gabriel Bienczycki.

WEDNESDAY, JULY �� Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek �:��pm

UpClose: JUST Dances This season’s UpClose rehearsal-style performance explores the powerful relationship between dance and the world we live in, focusing on how movement can create social impact. M.A.I. (Movement Art Is) Co-founders Lil Buck and Jon Boogz; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Dancer and Choreographer Hope Boykin; and Artist-In-Residence Lauren Lovette lead a cast of Festival stars including New York City Ballet’s Unity Phelan and American Ballet Theatre’s Calvin Royal III. Elevate your evening by attending a pre-show reception and post-performance dinner with the dancers at Splendido in Beaver Creek. Tickets sold separately. To purchase tickets, email Whitney Harper at

Performance underwritten by Anonymous. Lil Buck in Color of Reality. Photo by Matthew Brush.



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

International Evenings of Dance I & II A brilliant cast of dancers from around the world take the stage in these signature Festival performances. These unique gala evenings celebrate artistic collaboration and innovation, and include debuts and new partnerships by a selection of today’s foremost dancers. With live music performed by musicians including Kurt Crowley, Kate Davis, Cameron Grant, Alberta Khoury, Jason Moran, Jacek Mysinski, Caroline Shaw, the Juilliard Music Fellows, and Festival resident string quartet Brooklyn Rider. FEATURED ARTISTS: Jared Angle

New York City Ballet

Underwritten by H. Carroll & Jonna Mackin

Isabella Boylston

Herman Cornejo

American Ballet Theatre

Underwritten by Martin Waldbaum

Alina Cojocaru

English National Ballet

American Ballet Theatre

Underwritten by Jane & Skip Netzorg

India Bradley

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Underwritten by Dhuanne & Doug Tansill

New York City Ballet

Underwritten by Christine & John Bakalar

Lil Buck

Movement Art Is

Underwritten by Marcy & Gerry Spector

Preston Chamblee New York City Ballet

Madeline DeVries

Underwritten by Ann B. Smead & Michael M. Byram

Michelle Dorrance

Dorrance Dance Company

Underwritten by Martin Waldbaum

Shuaib Elhassan

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Underwritten by Marty Head

Underwritten by Joan Whittenberg

Naomi Funaki

Adji Cissoko

Underwritten by Anonymous

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Dorrance Dance Company

Underwritten by Mary Sue & Michael Shannon

The children of Celebrate The Beat (CTB) Pop Hop Camp will open Friday evening’s performance. The CTB Pop Hop Camp and appearance underwritten by Donna & Donald Baumgartner and Nancy & Don Remey.

Friday’s performance underwritten by Marge & Phil Odeen. 28


Herman Cornejo in Suite of Dances. Photo by Erin Baiano. Choreography ©The Robbins Rights Trust.

Joseph Gordon

Phyouture ‘Lil P’

On August 3, the Festival presents a

Underwritten by Judy & Howard Berkowitz

Underwritten by Vail Dance Festival Committee

world premiere from choreographer

Christopher Grant

Calvin Royal III

New York City Ballet

New York City Ballet

Underwritten by Michael Ritchie

Jacqueline Green

Memphis Jooker

American Ballet Theatre

Underwritten by Melanie & Allan Nelkin

Cory Stearns

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

American Ballet Theatre

Savannah Green

American Ballet Theatre

Underwritten by Barbara Baldrey

Melissa Toogood

Underwritten by Karen & John Arnold

BalletX Dancing Fellow; Buglisi Dance Theater

Kennard Henson

Underwritten by Irene Shen

Devon Teuscher

Underwritten by Nancy & Richard Lubin

Pam Tanowitz Dance

New York City Ballet

Underwritten by Judith Hoffman

Underwritten by Margo & Terry Boyle

Catherine Hurlin

James Whiteside

Underwritten by Maria Santos

Underwritten by Sheika & Pepi Gramshammer

American Ballet Theatre

Maria Kochetkova

Alonzo King, with an original score composed and performed by jazz luminary Jason Moran, danced by artists from Alonzo King LINES Ballet and New York City Ballet. An encore performance of this new work will be presented during the NOW: Premieres performance on August 5. The Alonzo King/Jason Moran premiere is underwritten by Jody & John Arnhold.

American Ballet Theatre

International Ballerina

Underwritten by The Cangelosi & Chramosta Families

Lauren Lovette

New York City Ballet

Underwritten by Malo & John Harrison

Julian Mackay

Mikhailovsky Ballet

Underwritten by Susan & Jeff Campbell

Roman Mejia

New York City Ballet

Underwritten by Leni & Peter May

Miriam Miller

New York City Ballet

Underwritten by LaDonna & Gary Wicklund

Michael Montgomery

Alonzo King LINES Ballet Underwritten by Barbara & Christopher Brody

Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles Memphis Jooker

Underwritten by Susan & Harry Frampton

Dario Natarelli

Tap Dancer

Underwritten by Mary Lujack and Sarah & Gracie Johnson

Unity Phelan

New York City Ballet

Underwritten by Tina & David Wilson

Saturday’s performance underwritten by Jill & Kevin Plancher. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Jacqueline Green in Alvin Ailey’s Cry. Photo by Paul Kolnik.



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

NOW: Premieres New works and collaborations by a selection of today’s most adventurous voices in dance and music, featuring world premieres from Artist-In-Residence Lauren Lovette, Pam Tanowitz, Michelle Dorrance and Tiler Peck, and new music by Pulitzer Prizewinning Festival Composer-In-Residence Caroline Shaw. This evening also features an encore performance of Alonzo King’s new work for the Festival with music composed and performed by Jason Moran.


Underwritten by Malo & John Harrison

Tiler Peck

Underwritten by Donna & Donald Baumgartner

Michelle Dorrance

Underwritten by Wendy Williams & Noel Kullavanijaya

Pam Tanowitz

Underwritten by Paul Repetto & Janet Pyle

Alonzo King

Underwritten by Jody & John Arnhold

Performance underwritten by Judy & Howard Berkowitz, Lisa & Bruce Goldman and the Marvin Naiman & Margery Goldman Family Foundation. Additional support provided by the National Endowment for the Arts. Lauren Lovette, Tiler Peck, Michelle Dorrance and Pam Tanowitz works supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. 30


Tiler Peck and Roman Mejia in Peck’s Lincoln Square. Photo by Erin Baiano.

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

Dance for $20.19 A mixed-bill evening for everyone with guest artists and companies from the 2019 Vail Dance Festival. Tickets are specially priced at $20.19 for reserved seating and $10.19 for lawn seating.

Performance underwritten by Town of Vail. Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail. Photo by John-Ryan Lockman.



WEDNESDAY, AUGUST � Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park �:��pm Free Performance

Dancing in the Park: Colorado Ballet & Alonzo King LINES Ballet The Festival welcomes Alonzo King LINES Ballet and the Colorado Ballet to Avon for a free, family-friendly show on the outdoor stage of the Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park, together with other Festival artists. Also performing will be the Celebrate The Beat All Stars.

Performance underwritten by Town of Avon. 32


Avon Performance Pavilion. Photo by John-Ryan Lockman.

FRIDAY, AUGUST � Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail �:��pm

Martha Graham Dance Company

“The company is overflowing with talented dancers.” —The New York Times

Martha Graham Dance Company returns to the Vail Dance Festival with a powerful program of classics and new works, featuring the Graham masterpiece Appalachian Spring, set to the iconic Aaron Copland score performed by the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra.


Appalachian Spring

Choreography by Martha Graham Music by Aaron Copland Performed by Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra


Choreography by Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith Music by Lesley Flanigan

Untitled (Souvenir)

Choreography by Pam Tanowitz Music by Caroline Shaw

Secular Games

Choreography by Martha Graham Music by Robert Starer Performed by Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra

Performance underwritten by Priscilla Brewster. Martha Graham Dance Company. Photo by Erin Baiano.



SATURDAY, AUGUST �� Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater, Vail �:��pm

Closing Night Celebration with Ballet Hispánico Following a thrilling Festival debut in 2018, Ballet Hispánico returns to Vail with an exciting program for Closing Night. Post performance, join the artists and a live salsa band to dance and celebrate the closing of the 2019 Festival.


El Viaje

Choreography by Edwaard Liang Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams


Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Music by Banda Ionica featuring Macaco el Mono Loco, Titi Robin, and soundscape by various artists

Club Havana

Choreography by Pedro Ruiz Music by Israel López, Rubén Gonzales, A.K. Salim, Perez Prado, and Francisco Repilado

Performance underwritten by Jody & John Arnhold. 34


Melissa Verdecia in Con Brazos Abiertos. Photo by Paula Lobo.


Presenters Circle

The Vail Valley Foundation extends its sincere gratitude to the Presenters Circle patrons whose dedication has made it possible for the 2019 Vail Dance Festival to achieve an extraordinary level of success. JODY & JOHN ARNHOLD

Jody and John Arnhold are supporters of dance in New York City and longtime admirers of Vail Dance Festival’s Artistic Director Damian Woetzel. They are proud to support the Vail Dance Festival. Jody is founder of the renowned Dance Education Laboratory at 92Y and is the Executive Producer of the New York Emmy-nominated documentary PS DANCE! Dance Education in Public Schools that has excited educators across the country. The film has sparked a movement #DanceForEveryChild that seeks to implement quality dance education in public schools nationwide. Stream the film and get more info at and


Susan and Jeff Campbell started coming to the Vail Valley from Dallas when their children were first learning to ski. They continued visiting as they moved to London, San Francisco and most recently to 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 CFO of American Express. The Campbells and their three children are avid skiers, mountain bikers and outdoor enthusiasts, and with two of their three children now living in Denver, their Beaver Creek home has become the center of family life.

Artistic Director Damian Woetzel rehearses Herman Cornejo. Photo by Erin Baiano.


The Tang Family has supported the Vail Valley Foundation at a leadership level since its inception and has been a vital sponsor of the Vail Dance Festival for all 30 years. Oscar was one of the original visionaries and catalysts of Vail Valley Foundation’s (VVF) 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 has been a Trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 25 years and is the Co-chair Elect of the New York Philharmonic. Dr. Hsu-Tang is on the faculty at Columbia University and has advised UNESCO and the United States Cultural Property Advisory Committee. Her TV credits include two documentary series on the Discovery and History Channel networks. Trained as a classical musician, Agnes made her debut at the Kennedy Center in 1989. Agnes serves on the boards of the Metropolitan Opera and the New-York Historical Society, and chairs the Asia Society’s Global Council on Arts and Culture. She was recently appointed to ICC’s International Advisory Council on refugee and immigration issues spearheaded by the Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, Canada’s former head of state.

Lil Buck, Michelle Dorrance and Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles in rehearsal. Photo by Erin Baiano.




���� VDF Patrons

It is with the support of our patrons that the Vail Dance Festival has become one of the greatest festivals in the world. We are deeply appreciative of their generosity and investment in our mission. The list that follows represents patrons who gave a gift between September 2018 and April 30, 2019. UNDERWRITERS CIRCLE

Anonymous Priscilla Brewster Pam & Ernie Elsner

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.

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 North Palm Beach, 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.

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, Connecticut, and have three grown children: Brian, Jamie and Megan; and daughter-in-law Annie Knickman Plancher. In December at Beano’s Cabin, Jill and Kevin were thrilled when Jamie became engaged to Cezar Babin. Kevin has a private orthopedic practice in New York City and Greenwich. Jill is a family lawyer with Connecticut Legal Services. They are delighted to once again support the International Evenings of Dance, and this year provide special support for the Vail Dance Festival Artistic Reserve Fund.

Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation

The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation proudly carries forth its founder’s belief in fairness and equal opportunity for women in the performing arts. It funds the commission of new works by emerging female artists in choreography, symphony, opera and theater.



Carol Storr, Storr Family Foundation

Carol Storr of Greenwich, Connecticut, along with her husband Hans G. Storr, was a proud supporter of the Vail Dance Festival. She enjoyed attending performances and planning her summer visits to her Vail home around the Festival. Carol admired and followed many dancers in New York City and loved to come to Vail to meet and interact with these same dancers at the Vail Dance Festival. Carol passed down her love and appreciation of dance to her family, and they are proud to honor her memory on July 27 at the American Ballet Theatre performance.


Malo & John Harrison Wendy Williams & Noel Kullavanijaya Martin Waldbaum

Donna & Donald Baumgartner

For almost 30 years, Donna and 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 through their support of the Vail Dance Festival. As true lovers of the art of dance, they rarely miss a performance during the two-week Festival.

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, chairs The Center for Educational Innovation Board, and is a Board Emeritus member for Rockefeller University. Judy and Howard have been supporters of the Vail Valley Foundation (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 VVF.

Paul Repetto & Janet Pyle

Paul Repetto and 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 later became Chairman of that Board. Paul is currently a Board Member of the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company, and a former member of the Board of the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder. Paul and Janet are honored to support Pam Tanowitz’s new work on the NOW: Premieres evening.


Karen & John Arnold* Barbara & Robert De Luca Lisa & Bruce Goldman Margery Goldman Sheika & Pepi Gramshammer Martha Head* Nancy & Richard Lubin Leni & Peter May* Jean & Tom McDonnell Jane & Skip Netzorg Martha & Terry Allen Perl Senenne & Marc Philippon Nancy & Donald Remey Rella & Monroe Rifkin Mary Sue & Michael Shannon* Irene Shen Marcy & Gerald Spector* Dhuanne & Doug Tansill Tina & David Wilson * VVF Cornerstone Patron


Anonymous Christine & John Bakalar Barbara Baldrey Margo & Terry Boyle Jeffrey D. Byrne Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust Barbara & Christopher Brody The Cangelosi and Chramosta Families Susan & Harry Frampton Lorraine Higbie Mary Lujack and Sarah & Gracie Johnson H. Carroll & Jonna Mackin Melanie & Allan Nelkin Michael L. Ritchie Maria Luisa Santos Ann B. Smead & Michael M. Byram Genie & Robert Stine Debbie & Fred Tresca Linda Waterhouse Joan Whittenberg LaDonna & Gary Wicklund


Anonymous (2) Edward J. Abramson & Susan Ludlow Shannon & Todger Anderson Martin Atkin & Reid Balthaser Dierdre & Ronnie Baker Colleen Curran & Stephen Boane Rebecca & Howard Braverman Kaye Summers & Dan Carpenter Yvonne Chen Arlene Harris & Martin Cooper Linda & Berry Craddock Robert J. Croteau & Karen A. Nold Lois & Stephen Eisen Kim & Andrew Fink Vicky & John Garnsey Pam & Duke Hartman Jane & Ray Heller Francie & David Horvitz Kristel & B.J. Hybl Raydean Acevedo & Walter Jenkins Alexia & Jerry Jurschak Elaine & Arthur Kelton Mary Lujack and Sarah & Gracie Johnson Helen McIntyre Larned A. Waterman & Paul S. Mesard Elizabeth G. Chambers & Ron Mooney Karen R. Nagel Carolyn & Steve Pope Joanne Posner-Mayer Ronnie Potter Carey & Tim Romer Elise & Jay Rossiter Dr. Marie Rotunno & Dr. Arthur Bertelsen

Fran Schulman Robin & Fred Seegal Ellen & James Wiss Barbara & Peter Wright


Ellen Arnovitz Wendy & Warren Blumenthal Deborah & David Boillot Maggie & Clayton Chessman Brenda & Thomas Curnin Ellen Dehaven Jeffrey & Renee Epstein Stacey Frieder Margie & Tom Gart Maryalice Cheney & Scott Goldman Paul Goodspeed Kelly & Michael Gottlieb Neal Groff Sharon & Tom Haverstock Debra Herz Ami & Scott Hudgins Bonnie Lee & Lawrence Kivel Ruth & Sidney Lapidus Ellen & Harry Levitt Gretchen & Charles Lobitz Arika & Geoff Long Eugenia Lubell Ferrell & William McClean Marka Moser Deborah Nunez Laura & Tim Parker Lisa & Ken Schanzer Dr. Stanley & Carol Shapiro Nancy & John Snyder Marla Steele Diane Tope Glen & Margaret Wood


Anonymous (3) Sheila & James Amend Martha Brassel & Chris Anderson Beth Barbre Cathy & Bill Bethke Wendy Rudolph & Graeme Bush Vicki & Jack Box Steve Brint & Mark Brown John Chamberlin Jacqueline & Jerome Chaves Allie Coppeak Debra Devereaux Louise J. Douglass Holly & Buck Elliott Jim Francis Miriam & Morris Futernick Virginia & Martin Gold Alex Goldsmith Pamela & Richard Hinds Loyal & Jill Huddleston Barbara & Paul Jenkel Kathi & Stanley Jones

Lynn & Andrew Kaufman Holly & Mark Kirschner Katherine & Derek Konopka Ann & William Lieff Emily Mead Janet & John Meck Jean & Thomas Merrick Sandy & Fred Pack Sandra & Tom Thomas Patricia & Edward Wahtera Hanna Warren


Anonymous (8) Janet & Bill Adler Catherine & Truman Anderson Carol Atha Donna Baily Carrie Benway Jordan & Alison Biggers Jeannie Bickman Kathy & Jack Blair Kate Boniface Diana Bradley Dr. Donna DeSimone & Dr. Stephen Brenman Linda Stamper Boyne Marc Brombert Kathe & Morris Brown Bobbi Bryson Christine & George Burns Heather Carney Joan & Jack Carnie Julie Carr T. Ruth Chang Mary Lynn Cohagan Cathy Cohn & Gilad Gordon Jennifer & George Coloney Karyn Contino Chelsey & Alexander Cudney Maureen & David Cross Katherine & Hassan Dayem Elizabeth Dean Chus De La Lama Nancy & Kenneth DeLine Diane Bradshaw & Dr. John Demenkoff Nancy & Craig Denton Lynn Dolven Sharron Dorward Barbara & Marty Dubin Debra & Richard Durben Sharon Dwinnell Jerrie & Donald Earthman Rebecca & Samuel Eden Marguerite & James Emshoff Carolyn & Don Etter Kathleen & William Farley Carole & Peter Feistmann Caryl & Kenneth Field Barbara & Lawrence Field Carolyn & Reed Ford

Becky & Bob Ford Inge Franberg Donald Freedman Nancy & Gary Freedman Eileen Friars & Scott Pyle Jane Gamble Peter Gilbert Merrily Glosband Karen & Clifford Goldman Ira Goldman Suzanne Greene Jim & Laurie Gregg Sharon Gurwitz Dale Hahs Debbie Hand Emy & Michael Halpert Jan Harkins Pamela & Henry Harris Cathy Heller Ronne & Donald Hess Betsy Hoke Marilyn & Matthew Horween Leslie & Stephen Isom Malin Johnsdotter Pam Johnson Sheila Kautt Karlin Keller Ann Kennedy Tom Kennedy Julia & Mike Kirk Ann & Collier Kirkham Brian Kolzow Cynthia LeBreton Audrey Lafehr Laine & Merv Lapin Laura Leitzinger Tracy & Brian Lenehan Helen & Robert Lyon Elspeth MacHattie Karen Marisak Kay Maune & David Elmore Kevin McAuliffe Patricia McFarland Nancy & Michael McKeever Anne McKinnon Leslie & Charles Mishner Charles Mize Emorene Morris Daniel Murphy Ann Norton Susan Stearns & Frank O’Loughlin JeriLynn & Gordon Ommen Jeannie Osborne Linda & Bob Porter Wendy Powell Barbara Reed, MD Suzie & Frank Robinson Joan Robinson Kenneth Robinson Coralie Rogers Merle & Philip Rosenfeld



FESTIVAL PATRONS E. Jay Rosenstein Jill & Bob Rutledge Nina Saks Carole Schragen Susan Schneider Lara Shapiro Martha Skinner Jeanne Snyder Terry Snyder Gina & Stephen Spessard Nancy Alexander & David Staat Linda & Timothy Stancliffe Kenneth Stein Judy & Robert Stiber Kathryn & Brian Stoffers Charles E. Stoopack Selma & Harvey Sweetbaum Jill Tanenbaum Carrie Thomas Nancy Traylor Tom & Sharon Trumble Leanne Tyler Lois & John Van Deusen Sarah Valente Jenifer Valentine Julie Van Camp Abigail Wallach Carol & Peter Walker Karen & John Weslar Donna Whittington Bruce Wilson & Carol Hollenshead Linda Wolcott Rosalind & Larry Wolff Karl Yeh Allison Yoelin


Donna Abbruzzese Beth Anderson Roberta Ampudia Michael Armstrong Jan Boswinkel Marjorie & Michael Brassel Gretchen Corey Cindy Eldenburg Luis Escalante Colleen Forrest Lauren Gary Serge Goldberg Alfredo Granai Victoria Green Doris Dewton & Richard Gretz^ Susan and Allie Gruber Cathy Heller Susan Henoch Rosalie H. Isom Tomas Jablonski Sharon James Fuad Jezzini Alberta & Reese Johnson Elena Jones



Jay Katzman Karen Kesner David Lakari Marsha Landesman John Lobitz Rebecca & Chris Matlon Joni May Linda McKinney Marie Monroe Laurie Mooney Holly Nelson Laurian Unnevehr & Jerry Nelson Nancy Nottingham Adam Quinton Ieva Rasmussen Michelle & Lewis Ribner Ricki & Steve Sherlin Clay Shubin Tecla Smith Terry Startzel Aimee & Bart Valls Erin Wallace Sheila Whitman Janet Windham


Priscilla Brewster Kristel & B.J. Hybl Jane & Skip Netzorg Irene Shen Dhuanne & Doug Tansill


Community First Foundation Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Jerome Robbins Foundation National Endowment for the Arts OOTB Women’s Foundation Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation


Ron & Lisa Brill Charitable Trust


Colleen Forrest


Mr. & Mrs. Loyal Huddleston Heather Watts & Damian Woetzel


Theresa & Paul Anders Beth Anderson Martha Brassel & Chris Anderson Michael Armstrong Beatriz Ball Donna & Donald Baumgartner Judy & Howard Berkowitz

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New Faces


very Vail Dance Festival we look forward to the unique and exciting collaborations that take place, and to the artists who join us for the first time or return to us after years away. A selection of those artists grace this gallery, and we can’t wait to welcome all of the new artists and companies in Vail this summer.

1. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s

Jacqueline Green in Alvin Ailey’s Pas de Duke. Photo by Pierre Wachholder.

2. Malpaso Dance Company. Photo by Rose



3. The Mikhailovsky Ballet’s Julian Mackay in Le Corsaire. Photo by Nicholas Mackay.

4. Catherine Hurlin in Don Quixote. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor.

5. Maria Kochetkova, International Ballerina. Photo by Erik Tomasson

6. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s Hope Boykin. Photo by Richard Calmes.


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Alonzo King LINES Ballet Co-founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer: Alonzo King; Co-founder and Creative Director: Robert Rosenwasser Thirty-six years of outstanding, multi-disciplinary collaborations for the stage place Alonzo King LINES Ballet at the forefront of artistic innovation in ballet. With each collaboration, LINES Ballet investigates deeply rooted affinities between Western and Eastern classical forms, elemental materials, the natural world and the human spirit. At LINES Ballet, the artistic investigation is infinite and essential for it leads to what unites us as human beings: empathy, joy and the ability to transcend. LINES Ballet’s spring and fall home seasons and global tours share this vision of transformative, revelatory dance with 40,000+ audience members worldwide every year. The company has been featured at venues such as the Venice Biennale, Monaco Dance Forum, Maison de la Dance de Lyon and many others. Photo by RJ Muna.


Babatunji Robb Beresford Adji Cissoko

Madeline DeVries Lorris Eichinger Shuaib Elhassan

James Gowan Ilaria Guerra Maya Harr

Ashley Mayeux Michael Montgomery

Martha Graham Dance Company


Artistic Director: Janet Eilber

Artistic and Executive Director: Christine Cox

The Martha Graham Dance Company has been a world leader in the development of contemporary dance since its founding in 1926. The Company embraces a new vision that showcases masterpieces by Graham alongside newly commissioned works by contemporary artists. With programs that offer a rich thematic narrative, the Company creates new platforms for contemporary dance and multiple points of access for audiences. Since its inception, the Martha Graham Dance Company has received international acclaim from audiences in more than 50 countries throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, Russia and the Middle East. Photo by Luis Luque.

BalletX, whose dancers have been named “among America’s best” by The New York Times, commissions choreographers from around the world to create dance that is “fresh, inclusive, and connects to what people want” (Philadelphia Citizen) while “positioning Philadelphia on the cutting edge of contemporary ballet” (The Dance Journal). Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX is now led by Cox as artistic and executive director. Under her leadership, the company has produced 73 world premiere ballets, reached 100,000+ audiences nationwide, developed a dance education program for more than 2,000 Philadelphia public school students, and opened the doors to the Center for World Premiere Choreography, the company’s first-ever home. Photo by Vikki Sloviter.


Alessio Crognale Laurel Dalley Smith Natasha M. DiamondWalker Lloyd Knight Charlotte Landreau

Jacob Larsen Lloyd Mayor Marzia Memoli Anne O’Donnell Lorenzo Pagano Ben Schultz

Anne Souder Leslie Andrea Williams Ying Xin So Young An


Francesca Forcella Stanley Glover Zachary Kapeluck Blake Krapels

Skyler Lubin Chloe Perkes Roderick Phifer Caili Quan

Richard Villaverde Andrea Yorita




American Ballet Theatre Artistic Director: Kevin McKenzie Recognized as one of the premier dance companies in the world, American Ballet Theatre (ABT) brings pre-eminent dance and dancers to audiences across the globe. Celebrating its role as “America’s National Ballet Company,® ” ABT tours nationally and internationally, performing for more than 300,000 people annually. Under the direction of Lucia Chase and Oliver Smith from 1940 to 1980, ABT developed a repertory that honored the past while encouraging the development of the art form through the creating of new works. ABT’s mission “to create, to present, to preserve, and to extend the great repertoire of classical dancing” is evident in its presentation of the classics and seminal works by the great choreographic geniuses of the 20th and 21st centuries George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor, Alexei Ratmansky and Twyla Tharp, among others. Today, under the artistic direction of former ABT Principal Dancer Kevin McKenzie, the company continues to bring the art of dance theater to the great stages of the world. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor.


Joo Won Ahn Aran Bell Herman Cornejo Patrick Frenette Catherine Hurlin Erica Lall Courtney Lavine

Ballet Hispánico Ballet Hispánico, America’s leading Latino dance organization, has been bringing communities together to celebrate and explore Latino cultures through innovative dance productions, transformative dance training, and community engagement for nearly 50 years. Led by Artistic Director and CEO Eduardo Vilaro, the Company is a group of highly trained professionals who perform the works of Latino choreographers for audiences around the world. Ballet Hispánico’s repertory explores the diversity of Latino cultures and brings innovative ways of experiencing and sharing a cultural dialogue. Representing a multitude of nationalities, their artists reflect the everchanging face of our nation. Photo by Susan Bestul.



Paulo HernandezFarella Laura Lopez Geena Pacareu Omar Rivera


Devon Teuscher Paulina Waski Marshall Whiteley Katherine Williams Stephanie Williiams Remy Young Roman Zhurbin

Malpaso Dance Company

Artistic Director & CEO: Eduardo Vilaro

Christoper Bloom Jared Bogart Antonio Cangiano Shelby Colona

Isadora Loyola Cameron McCune Joao Menegussi Javier Rivet Calvin Royal III Christine Shevchenko Cory Stearns

Gabrielle Sprauve Dandara Veiga Lyvan Verdecia Melissa Verdecia

Artistic Director: Osnel Delgado; Executive Director: Fernando Sáez; Co-founder: Daileidys Carrazana In the six short years since its establishment in 2012, Malpaso Dance Company has become one of the most sought-after Cuban dance companies with a growing international profile. Emphasizing a collaborative creative process, Malpaso is committed to working with top international choreographers while also nurturing new voices in Cuban choreography. The company tours with 11 dancers and is led by its original three founders; resident Choreographer and Artistic Director Osnel Delgado, Executive Director Fernando Sáez, and Dancer and Co-founder Daileidys Carrazana. Malpaso is an associate company of Joyce Theater Productions. Photo by David Altschul.


Dunia Acosta Esteban Aguilar Maria Karla Araujo Fernando Benet

Manuel DaSilva Manuel Duran Beatriz Garcia Armando Gomez

Diana Rosa Hernandez Abel Rojo Lisbeth Saad

Colorado Ballet Artistic Director: Gil Boggs Presenting exceptional classical ballet and innovative contemporary dance through performances, training, education and community engagement, Colorado Ballet continues to inspire and grow an increasingly diverse audience base in Denver. Established in 1961 by Lillian Covillo and Freidann Parker, Colorado Ballet is a nonprofit organization celebrating 58 years of excellence. As a world-class professional company, Colorado Ballet presents more than 55 performances annually to sold-out audiences in the 2,000-seat Ellie Caulkins Opera House. The Company’s 33 professional dancers and 22 studio company dancers come from all over the world. Colorado Ballet’s The Armstrong Center for Dance boasts eight state-of-the-art professional dance studios and amenities for the professional Company. Under the direction of Artistic Director Gil Boggs, Colorado Ballet performs classical ballet masterpieces, full-length story ballets and its critically-acclaimed repertory production Ballet MasterWorks, featuring varied works from neoclassical ballets to world premieres. Photo by Mike Watson.

Brooklyn Rider Hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), the veteran string quartet Brooklyn Rider presents eclectic repertory and gripping performances that continue to draw rave reviews from classical, world and rock critics alike. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st century ensemble.” The quartet released Dreamers in 2018 on Sony Music Masterworks with Mexican jazz vocalist Magros Herrera, adding to their extensive list of collaborative projects. The group also regularly performs with Anne Sofie von Otter, Béla Fleck, Kinan Azmeh and Maeve Gilchrist. A second album of Philip Glass quartets is expected later this year; the first was released in 2011. Photo by Marty Sohl.


Johnny Gandelsman, Violin Colin Jacobsen, Violin

Nicholas Cords, Viola Michael Nicolas, Cello

Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra Artistic Director & Conductor: Steven Schick Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra is an established ensemble of professional musicians drawn from major symphony orchestras across the nation, in residence each summer under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor Steven Schick. Flexible in both size and repertory, the Festival musician collective enlivens Breckenridge with orchestra concerts at the Riverwalk Center as well as with intimate chamber performances on trails, in homes and throughout Summit County, Colorado. Steven Schick was appointed artistic director and conductor in 2018 and made his debut during the 37th annual summer festival. Schick is music director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, and San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, as well as co-artistic director of the Summer Music Program at the Banff Centre. Photo by Joe Kusumoto.




Jared Angle

Jon Boogz

M.A.I. (Movement Art Is)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Lil Buck

Preston Chamblee

Adji Cissoko

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

American Ballet Theatre

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Shuaib Elhassan

Joseph Gordon

Christopher Grant

Jacqueline Green

Catherine Hurlin

Maria Kochetkova

Carla Kรถrbes

Lauren Lovette

New York City Ballet

M.A.I. (Movement Art Is)

Michelle Dorrance

Dorrance Dance Company

Kennard Henson

New York City Ballet


New York City Ballet

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

American Ballet Theatre


Hope Boykin

New York City Ballet

International Ballerina

Isabella Boylston

American Ballet Theatre

Herman Cornejo

New York City Ballet

Ballerina / Ballet Mistress

India Bradley

New York City Ballet

Madeline DeVries

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

New York City Ballet Artist-In-Residence


Julian Mackay

Mikhailovsky Ballet

Dario Natarelli

Tap Dancer

Cory Stearns

American Ballet Theatre

Roman Mejia

New York City Ballet


Michael Montgomery

New York City Ballet

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Tiler Peck

Unity Phelan

Phyouture “Lil P”

Devon Teuscher

Melissa Toogood

James Whiteside

New York City Ballet

American Ballet Theatre


Annabelle Lopez Ochoa

Miriam Miller

Pam Tanowitz

Pam Tanowitz Dance

New York City Ballet

Pam Tanowitz Dance

Memphis Jooker

Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles Memphis Jooker

Calvin Royal III

American Ballet Theatre

American Ballet Theatre


Kenneth E. Parris III Festival Artist

Andrea Selby Festival Artist




Gil Boggs

Colorado Ballet

Alonzo King

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Daileidys Carrazana

Christine Cox

Osnel Delgado

Janet Eilber

Kevin McKenzie

Fernando Sáez

Steven Schick

Eduardo Vilaro

Cameron Grant

Alberta Khoury

Nancy McDill

Malpaso Dance Company

American Ballet Theatre


Malpaso Dance Company

Malpaso Dance Company

Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra

Martha Graham Dance Company

Ballet Hispánico


Kurt Crowley*

Pianist/Musical Director

Kate Davis



Juilliard Music Fellows


Abdias Armenteros Saxophone

Noah Halpern Trumpet

Cameron MacIntosh Drums

Jeffery Miller Trombone

Joel Wenhardt Piano

Jason Moran

Composer / Pianist


Caroline Shaw

Leonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence


*Kurt Crowley’s appearance underwritten by Jeffrey Byrne. Artists confirmed as of May 21, 2019


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Malpaso’s Creative Riches Dancing from Havana to Vail By Sarah Silverblatt-Buser


alpaso Dance Company is Cuba’s most sought-after touring dance group and the acclaimed ensemble will make its Vail Dance Festival debut this summer. Founding Artistic Director Osnel Delgado named the company “Malpaso” or “misstep” in a cheeky response to the initial skepticism he received when he, Executive Director Fernando Sáez and Co-founder Daileidys Carrazana broke in 2012 from the revered national company Danza Contemporañea de Cuba. Since making its United States debut in 2014, the company has dazzled audiences all over the world . The eleven virtuosic, versatile and charming dancers show supple strength in their exquisite musical movements, building off of their extensive training in the Cuban contemporary dance technique “la técnica cubana.” The technique was forged in 1959 in Havana as a coalescence of several movement identities that range from classical ballet to the Martha Graham Technique to Afro-Cuban folkloric and social dances. The melding of these multiple techniques illustrates the myriad cultural identities that converge into cubanía or a collective sense of “Cuban-ness.” Having roots in many movement traditions has allowed the company to tackle a wide range of exhilarating new works. For Vail, the company will debut with pieces created for them by acclaimed American Choreographers Ronald K. Brown and Sonya Tayeh. Brown, a Guggenheim Fellowship and Bessie Award recipient, was one of the first international choreographers to collaborate with Malpaso. He describes his own work as “telling stories, almost always of spiritual journeys,” and frequently of the African diaspora. Brown said of his collaboration with Malpaso: “I was trying to show them the connections we share, and to introduce an idea of liberation.” He wanted to give them a way forward through looking back, as he himself had discovered in Africa, and in Cuba: “Why am I in love with Cuban folkloric dance? Because without it, I’m brand new,” said Brown. “And we know what happens to buildings that are brand new.” Tayeh is also attuned to the necessity of a stable foundation. Martha Graham Dance Company Artistic Director Janet Eilber described the Emmy and Obie Award winner as “a kind of great-granddaughter of the Graham style because the physicality describes the emotions. Sonya is part of our family tree.” Such historical grounding creates the foundation for what comes next in dance, and creates a new base for the artists of Malpaso. Technically rigorous yet deeply expressive, culturally specific and universally meaningful, Malpaso promises an illuminating window into the contemporary creative richness spilling over the shores of Havana today. Malpaso will perform at the Vilar Performing Arts Center on July 28.



Michael Avalos. Photo by Nir Arieli.

“I was trying to show them the connections we share, and to introduce an idea of liberation.” —Ronald K. Brown, Choreographer

Martha Graham Trailblazing artistry, then and now By Sarah Silverblatt-Buser


artha Graham. The name is synonymous with modern dance in America, and as a trailblazer of culture itself. The legendary choreographer forged her own company and technique in 1928 in a Western artistic landscape that was dominated by classicism and an ethereal aesthetic. She sounded a mighty call of creative power that today echoes throughout the world and increases in its impact as it reaches new audiences and generations of dancers. Graham’s work was rooted in raw emotionality and often in the American experiences of her time. Her sharp, angular and direct movements emerge from the body’s core, allowing her social and historical dramas to “embody the emotional jaggedness of life, both modern and eternal, and anything but neat,” said The New York Times in 2003. Her works marked a significant departure from the fairytale ballets familiar to audiences of the 20th century, and today represent a pinnacle of American artistic achievement. Today, 27 years after Graham’s death at the age of 96, her Martha Graham Dance Company consistently reinvigorates her masterpieces through new interpretations and stagings, as they appear nationally and internationally to captive audiences. Building on Graham’s creative foundation, Artistic Director Janet Eilber maintains the company’s trailblazing

and in response to World War II, Appalachian Spring was an affirmation of democratic values. In her original script for Copland, she spoke of ‘’a legend of American living’’ that should ‘’by theatrical clarity, add up to a sense of place.’’ Pam Tanowitz similarly creates dances in dialogue, though less explicitly in reference to social issues and more in tune to her artistic antecedents and the dancers she engages with directly in the studio. Tanowitz’s combination of wit, rigor, line and tenderness evoke master dancemakers of the Graham lineage—Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown—through the weaving of movement, music and space. By contrast, Doyle and Smith are building more on the legacy of theater inherent in Graham. Their new work is built off of the myth of Demeter

spirit by commissioning vibrant new works from the world’s most daring contemporary choreographers. This summer, Vail audiences will experience both aspects of the Graham legacy: the enduring 1944 classic Appalachian Spring accompanied by the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra, new work by Bessie Award-winning Choreographer Pam Tanowitz, and a collaborative new piece by acclaimed theater and dancemakers Maxine Doyle and Bobbi Jene Smith. Appalachian Spring has been described as “quintessentially American” for its 19th century narrative of a Pennsylvanian newlywed couple building their first farmhouse together and for the bright, traveling score created by Pulitzer Prizewinning American Composer Betty Bloomer, the future Mrs. Gerald R. Ford, dancing with the Aaron Copland. But what is Martha Graham Dance Company, likely at Bennington College “quintessentially American” Summer School of Dance, 1938. Photo by Smith Collection/Gado. goes beyond the promise of new beginnings. Just as Graham was unafraid to and Persephone, and harnesses an emotional express the depths of human emotion, so too movement language to tell a story, building a was she fearless in addressing challenging theatrical experience through dance. contemporary issues related to social, political, It is fitting to have the Graham company psychological and sexual themes. Created during back in Vail at the Ford Amphitheater, as, in her youth, Mrs. Ford herself was a student of Graham. Her connection to the choreographer and the company remained throughout Mrs. Ford’s lifetime, and now Vail audiences will have the chance to continue that connection and experience one of the greatest dance companies in the world. The Martha Graham Dance Company will perform on August 9 in a performance that will be a highlight of the 2019 season.

Martha Graham Dance Company’s Appalachian Spring. Photo by Erin Baiano.



NOW: Premieres

Inspiration and collaboration come together in explosive new works By Sarah Silverblatt-Buser


OW has always been the time for new works at the Vail Dance Festival. This summer’s roster of choreographers and composers restates the Festival’s commitment to innovation, by encouraging these exceptional artists to take critical steps forward in their careers through fresh collaborations and explorations into new artistic territories. NOW: Premieres is the evening to witness creative evolution. The August 5 evening of world premieres features choreography by Artist-In-Residence and New York City Ballet Principal Lauren Lovette, modern dancemaker Pam Tanowitz, tap-innovator Michelle Dorrance, New York City Ballet Principal Tiler Peck and music by Pulitzer Prize-winning Festival Composer-InResidence Caroline Shaw. The evening also features an encore performance of Alonzo King’s first Festival-commissioned work involving four LINES Ballet artists and four New York City Ballet artists dancing to a new score composed and performed by jazz pioneer Jason Moran.





ovette initially appeared at the Festival in 2012 for her first foray into a range of principal roles. The chance to step out of the corps de ballet and into the spotlight is a memory that burns brightly in the ballerinaslash-choreographer’s mind. Lovette describes the encouragement from Vail Dance Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel as a turning point that was “essential for my own artistry to be able to appear as my own entity.” That first summer in the mountains empowered her to dive into developing her voice as a dancer and soon after as a choreographer. And the dance world is listening. Last winter, Lovette was awarded the Virginia B. Toulmin Fellowship at the Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU and was commissioned by American Ballet Theatre to create a work for its 2018 fall gala. Lovette is deeply invested in her developing career as a choreographer, and as profoundly involved in her dancing. “The truth is, I am a ballerina and I love to make movement on people. That’s just it.” Lovette affirms

“I am inspired and shaped personally by what my mind absorbs and digests throughout any creative process.”—Lauren Lovette, Dancer & Choreographer that the two artistic identities of dancer and choreographer flow from the same sources: “I am inspired and shaped personally by what my mind absorbs and digests throughout any creative process.” It is with such love for multiplicity that Lovette synthesizes the world around her into movement.

Festival artists in Ex Pluribus One. Choreography by the dancers in collaboration with Michelle Dorrance. Photo by Erin Baiano.

Patricia Delgado and Lauren Lovette in Lovette’s Angels of the Get-Through at

Christopher Grant, Tiler Peck and Roman Mejia in Peck’s Lincoln Square. Photo by

NOW: Premieres. Photo by Erin Baiano.

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ellow New York City Ballet Principal Tiler Peck’s long-standing relationship with the Vail Dance Festival has proved key to the ballet superstar’s endless well of artistic potential. Guided by Woetzel, Peck has debuted roles in Vail from her earliest days at the Festival when she danced Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite with Woetzel himself; she moved onward to explore repertory by titans Martha Graham, Jose Limon and Paul Taylor, and to take on important new roles including George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant and Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun. Through it all, Peck has been a fearlessly musical artist. The New York Times summed up Peck’s Vail connection last year: “She’s a star at New York City Ballet, but each year at the Vail Dance Festival she stretches into new territory as a dancer.” Such command of the stage seamlessly translates into her authority at the front of the studio. During the NOW: Premieres performance of last year’s Festival, Peck made her choreographic debut in which she performed with rising dancers of New York City Ballet, Roman Mejia and Christopher Grant. The New York Times recounted the breakout work as “remarkably musical, seeming to grow from the score.” Impressive but not surprising, her first work accomplished “more than many mature choreographers have mastered.” This summer again provides Peck the opportunity to step up as choreographer, who says that “now is the time to just go for it.”



ichelle Dorrance is an artist for the 21st century: sophisticatedly sampling history

while tenaciously stomping forward into the future. Dorrance, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, has helped bring tap as a purely American art form back into the country’s consciousness and serves as its most ardent ambassador abroad. She’s already enjoyed world tours, a three-part co-commission by the Vail Dance Festival and American Ballet Theatre, and been appointed as an inaugural Creative Associate at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City. And she’s not slowing down.

personified. Her first group piece created for the Festival involved an impressive amalgam of dancers from different traditions titled we seem to be more than one—for Dorrance, the whole is indeed always greater than the sum of its parts. If an ideal world model were to exist on stage, it is Dorrance whose heart and mind could create it. Only in Vail could a cast so expansive be present.


M “One of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today.”—The New Yorker Dorrance is as much a dancer who makes music through movement as she is a musician who uses her body to produce sound. The New York Times declared, “Ms. Dorrance was in torrential form, a nonstop source of cascading rhythm,” and she’s lauded as “one of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” (The New Yorker). Though she could very well appear as a one-woman band, the percussive tap dancer prefers plurality to singularity or sameness. It is clear that Dorrance thrives off of the energy of others. Her ensemble works are exhilarating accomplishments of coexistence

odern Choreographer Pam Tanowitz is quick-witted and rigorous. She redefines tradition through careful examination, subtly referencing those who came before her, yet never yielding to perceptions stuck in the past. Her recent work inspired by the poet T.S. Eliot’s sublime meditation on time and timelessness, Four Quartets, was celebrated as “the greatest creation of dance theater so far this century.” (The New York Times) “I see myself in a continuum of history, not as an isolated artist,” Tanowitz says. “I create work that incorporates history and asks questions of that rich history.” The complex weaving of deconstructed classical and modern movements renders Tanowitz’s work uncannily familiar while being brand-new. “Tanowitz’s choreography devises its own language, idiosyncratic yet entirely consistent” (Indyweek). Tanowitz returns to Vail this summer to collaborate with Leonard Bernstein ComposerIn-Residence Caroline Shaw. Tanowitz has created five works using Shaw’s scores since first hearing her dynamic, architectural compositions. “I feel simpatico with her,” Tanowitz says of Shaw. “It’s personal, surprising, beautiful. It’s accessible in the best sense of the word.”



“How does [Tanowitz] think about movement and form, and how does she make decisions? How would she interact with musical modules and phrases and textures, and would it be similar to how she choreographs with dancers?” —Caroline Shaw, Composer-In-Residence



eonard Bernstein Composer-In-Residence Caroline Shaw is insatiably curious. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musician pays no heed to the confining borders of genre. She is a vocalist, violinist, pianist, composer and producer whose range of work is astounding. Shaw has composed for the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth, Renée Fleming and the LA Philharmonic, and has produced for hip-hop artists Kanye West and Nas as well as contributed to the records of alternative rockers The National and Arcade Fire, to name just a few of her impressive projects. For last summer’s NOW: Premieres performance, Shaw produced a song in collaboration with Memphis jooker Lil Buck and shaped a new work for the celebrated choreographer Justin Peck. “With dancers, I love trying to think about music the way that they often do,” Shaw says in anticipation of her collaboration with Tanowitz for this summer’s evening of premieres. “How does she think about movement and form, and how does she make decisions? If I could give her the tools to construct music, what would she come up with? How would she interact with musical modules and phrases and textures, and would it be similar to how she choreographs with dancers?” With more questions than answers, Shaw taps into unexplored reservoirs of creativity.

Composer-In-Residence Caroline Shaw and Choreographer Pam Tanowitz. Photo by Erin Baiano.



Alonzo King. Photo by RJ Muna. Jason Moran. Photo by Clay Patrick McBride.

Vivid, visceral collaboration


lonzo King’s LINES Ballet awed Vail audiences last summer with dance that surpassed the simple melding of movement and music to become a visceral experience. King returns in 2019 to choreograph one of the Festival’s most ambitious collaborations yet: four LINES artists alongside four New York City Ballet artists will dance to a new score composed and performed by pioneering jazz musician Jason Moran. A previous collaboration with Moran, Sand, was presented last summer to rave responses from Festival audiences. For King, artistic collaboration is central, and he describes his work as, “for people. It’s an attempt to awaken anything that is sleeping in human beings because we are creatures of habit.” More than a presentation of technical prowess—which his dancers keenly exhibit—King’s works extend into the realm of philosophy. “One of the wonders of artmaking is that… it will make you feel connected once again to the largeness of the universe and the insignificance of our teeny little size in the bigger picture.” King’s collaborations highlight his trust in the interconnectedness of humanity. From Shaolin Monks to a Baroque orchestra, no genre of partnership, if met with sincerity and rigor, is out of the question. Jason Moran is equally unencumbered by the confines of form. The MacArthur Fellow’s creative process is based on one of the essential tenets of jazz music: the “set,” where musicians come together to engage in a collaborative process of improvisation, riffing off of one another to create the musical experience. Such dialogue-based beginnings transfer into all potential artistic mediums. Moran has worked in the realms of multimedia art and theatrical installations, in addition to appearing on over thirty albums ranging from avant-garde jazz, blues, hip-hop, classical music and film soundtracks. As the leader of his own trio, The Bandwagon, Moran has released eight studio albums to much critical acclaim. For Vail, Moran will be performing solo. Both King and Moran compose the past and future into works of art for the present. Their new collaborative work will be performed on two Festival programs, International Evenings of Dance II on August 3, and NOW: Premieres on August 5.—SSB

UpClose: JUST Dances F Dancers and dancemakers act as agents of social change by Claudia Schreier

Jon Boogz and Lil Buck, co-founders of M.A.I. in Color of Reality. Photo by Matthew Brush.

or the latest iteration of Vail’s annual UpClose program, Vail Dance Festival Artistic Director Damian Woetzel turns the lens on the power of dance as a tool to generate social impact. From legendary 20th century dance pioneers to groundbreaking creators of today, many artists have made it a cornerstone of their practice to harness the language of dance to spark dialogue. Ahead of this performance, choreographers and performers featured on the program shared their thoughts on how movement can set change in motion.



“People take in and process information differently when it’s coming through music and dance.”—Lil Buck

Calvin Royal III and Unity Phelan in Agon. Photo by Erin Baiano. Choreography ©The George Balanchine Trust



n 1957, during the height of the civil rights movement, George Balanchine crafted his seminal ballet Agon. The full work is a jewel of the Black and White ballet canon, but it is the bold mark of radical activism at its core that most induces awe. A central pas de deux crafted for New York City Ballet dancers Arthur Mitchell and Diana Adams—the former African-American and the latter Caucasian— fuses athleticism with symbolism, its sensual undertones abstractly suggestive of what was formerly known as miscegenation. In a climate of mounting racial injustices and violent conflict in America, Balanchine’s mindful coupling was not only daring, but revolutionary. The late Mitchell often recounted how Balanchine, otherwise known for his swift choreographic output, painstakingly honed the intricacies of how torsos, limbs and fingertips should relate—black skin covering, enveloped by, or interlaced with white. Here, the choreography of color was paramount. The duet solidified Agon as a towering example of dance as a vehicle for social justice in the 20th century.



For JUST Dances, American Ballet Theatre Soloist Calvin Royal III and New York City Ballet Soloist Unity Phelan will perform the pas de deux—an honor they had the opportunity to carry out in front of Mr. Mitchell himself before his passing. They were taught the duet and coached by famed Balanchine ballerina Heather Watts, who was the last dancer to be taught Agon by Balanchine himself, and whose experiences with the forward-thinking father of American ballet left an indelible impression on her own perception of the power of dance.


It is crucial to take stock of those who fought before us and those currently on the front lines in order to create art that has meaningful impact,” says Jon Boogz. New to the Festival this year, Boogz is an award-winning movement artist, choreographer, director and co-founder of M.A.I. with Memphis jooker and Vail mainstay Lil Buck. M.A.I. stands for Movement Art Is, an organization whose chief mission is to elevate

the artistic, educational and social impact of dance through movement art films, workshops, performances and exhibitions. “If you look at many of the legendary artists, they used their platform to create social change— whether it be James Brown, Nina Simone, Michael Jackson, Basquiat,” says Boogz. “They used their artistry to touch on the social climate of the time, so we feel like it’s also our duty as artists to reflect on what’s going on in society, in the nation, in the world. There were a lot of Lil Bucks and Jon Boogz-type artists years and years ago. We’re carrying the lineage and taking it to another level, because that is what the next generation is supposed to do.” For Buck and Boogz, conducting rigorous research and in-depth interviews with researchers, activists, scholars, grassroots workers, and others on the front lines creates a robust foundation upon which to build each mission. “We’ve done projects on mass incarceration, police brutality, climate change, and exploited and missing children, and we’ve been able to collaborate with some of the real ambassadors of those issues,” notes Boogz. “It matters when you’re actually going to the source. We are involving them and saying, ‘You are fighting this fight on the daily—what do we need to know?’ And that way we can use authentic information, and then use that as a tool to make our characters stronger and ultimately create impact.”



hrough their work with M.A.I., Boogz and Buck have witnessed the tangible benefits of presenting issues of social justice through an artistic lens. These transformations often take place instantaneously, which Buck attributes to the intrinsic nature of the art form. “People take in and process information differently when it’s coming through music and dance,” he says. “We’re all born with a sense of movement and it has been a form of communication since the beginning, so it affects people on a different level.” Adds

Boogz, “We put narrative first and the dancing is what pushes the story, so we’re drenching them in facts and art at the same time.” The duo considers street dance to be a particularly effective conduit for sparking conversation and finds that their work resonates strongly with young people. “I’ve had so many teachers tell me that screening our dance films in their classrooms has captured their students’ attention unlike ever before and sparked dialogue,” Boogz says. Buck continues, “Sometimes it’s hard to get kids’ attention, especially when they’re already going through so many issues at home and in their personal lives. For the teachers to be able to use our films as a tool to connect with students and tell them, ‘This moves me just as much as it moves you— how do you feel about it?’ That can easily turn into asking, ‘Is anyone affected by this in their own lives?’ which can open up a lot of doors.”



rtist-In-Residence Lauren Lovette is best known for her work onstage—she is a principal dancer with New York City Ballet and a sought-after choreographer—but it is her work beyond the proscenium to expand the reach of dance that she finds particularly gratifying. “I feel that dance can often be an insular and self-focused thing to do with my life,” Lovette says. “I started to deeply long for an outlet to give back to my community in a meaningful way.” Lovette began working with NYC-based dance organization Groove With Me to create a scholarship fund for students that are accepted to leading dance schools in the area. “I feel a deep connection to that mission,” she says, crediting the substantial financial assistance she received through individuals and organizations for facilitating her career. “Children in underprivileged communities face an even harsher challenge because they often aren’t even exposed to ballet, much less scholarships for themselves to dance. If we want more diversity on stage, then we have to start offering children a helping hand in areas of the world that don’t have the luxury to branch financially out of the bare necessities for their families.”



s a longtime company member of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hope Boykin, a dancer and choreographer, has experienced firsthand how dance can transform perspectives and deepen connections between people both on and offstage. “Dance is truly the art form that breaks barriers and crosses all divides,” she says. “You meet people who never thought they’d meet you. In some countries,

Hope Boykin. Photo by Jerry Metellus.

many audience members have only seen Blacks and African-Americans on television or playing sports—and then they come to a performance and they see you, and they want to talk to you. They find someone to translate how much it’s meant for you to be there, and how it’s opened their minds.” Boykin advocates strongly for artists of all backgrounds to reflect upon and speak to issues affecting their own communities. “It’s our responsibility to share what we see, because we’re in a position to do that—particularly in places that may not ordinarily get a chance to see it from our perspective at all. That

instigates change and increases impact because we’re able to speak to what we truly know.” “We’re more than just entertainers, we’re more than just athletes,” Boogz offers. “We can actually be social agents with the artform.” Adds Buck, “Art allows you to be able to humble yourself and your mind. It really prompts people to ask, ‘How do I get myself more involved?’ And that’s the first step to creating action.”  About the author: Claudia Schreier has choreographed more than 25 ballets and has received numerous awards for her work.

“Dance is truly the art form that breaks barriers and crosses all divides.” —Hope Boykin



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very year we eagerly anticipate debut performances and fresh collaborations. This year is no different, but first we pause to enjoy a few scenes from past Festivals!

3. James Whiteside, Dario Natarelli and Melissa Toogood in we seem to be more than one, Now: Premieres Celebrating Women Choreographers 2017. Photo by Erin Baiano.

1. Roman Mejia, Lil Buck, Ron “Prime Tyme“

4. Heather Watts rehearsing Miriam Miller

Myles and Phyouture “Lil P” take flight at Eagle’s Nest, Vail Mountain, 2018. Photo by Erin Baiano.

2. James Whiteside in Praedicere, 2018. Photo by Erin Baiano.


and Cameron Dieck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream* pas de deux, 2017. Photo by Erin Baiano.

5. India Bradley and Herman Cornejo in

Merce Cunningham’s Scenario‡, 2018. Photo by Erin Baiano.

8 6. Joseph Gordon on Vail Mountain, 2018. Photo by Luckyleo.

7. Isabella Boylston in the pas de deux from August Bournonville’s The Flower Festival in Genzano, 2017. Photo by Erin Baiano. 8. Cameron Grant, Preston Chamblee,

Miriam Miller, Unity Phelan and India Bradley in Lauren Lovette’s Papillons, 2018. Photo by Erin Baiano.

*Choreography © The George Balanchine Trust. ‡Choreography © Merce Cunningham Trust.



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Ballet Hispánico’s Exhilarating Return A dance party concludes the 2019 Festival


fter a celebrated debut in 2018, the contemporary dance company returns with much fanfare—and a fiesta to celebrate the Festival. The premiere Latino dance organization in the United States is breaking through stereotypes by inspiring audiences with repertory that explores the diversity of Latino cultures. Founded by National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez, the company is led by acclaimed Choreographer and Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro. Melissa Fernandez and Lyvan Verdecia at Dancing in the Park. Photo by Erin Baiano. This year’s performance will include Pedro Ruiz’s exuberant Club Havana, a recently premiered work by contemporary Choreographer Edwaard Liang, and the witty and athletic Sombrerisimo by acclaimed dancemaker Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. It has become tradition to finish the Vail Dance Festival in the most fitting way possible—with a dance party. This year’s Ballet Hispánico-inspired celebration will welcome audience members to join the company for dancing accompanied by a live salsa band.

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Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater


ail’s Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater is a spectacular outdoor venue that seats 1,260 guests in covered seating and an additional 1,300 on its expansive grassy hillside with a breathtaking view of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Gates to the venue open one-hour prior to showtime. Lawn seating is available on a first come, first served basis. The Amphitheater is ADA compliant and provides special accommodations for those with limited mobility. Concessions with food and alcohol sales are available. Picnics, legless chairs and commercially sealed, nonalcoholic beverages are permitted. Bike and stroller parking is available. A complimentary express shuttle is available from the top levels of both Town of Vail parking structures. Limited paid parking is available on-site on a first come, first served basis. Complimentary golf cart service is available from these on-site lots and shuttle stops. The following are not permitted at the Amphitheater: cameras, recording devices, skateboards, bicycles, scooters, pets, firearms, smoking, lawn chairs and outside alcohol.

Vilar Performing Arts Center


ocated in the heart of Colorado’s Beaver Creek Resort, the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) is a 535-seat theater managed by the Vail Valley Foundation. It presents a variety of year-round performances including Broadway musicals, concerts, family entertainment, comedy, dance, classical music and more. The intimate and inviting performance space of the VPAC was designed to exacting specifications to create perfect acoustics and unobstructed views from every seat. Free summer parking is available in Ford Hall or Villa Montane in Beaver Creek Village on a first come, first served basis. Free summer parking is also available at the base of Beaver Creek Resort.

Intern & Ambassador Program


ach year, the Vail Dance Festival engages ambitious undergraduate and graduate students to serve as members of the Festival team, working as interns, assistants and ambassadors to support a variety of key areas. The internships last three weeks and offer unparalleled behind-the-scenes exposure to some of the world’s greatest dancers and choreographers, and a rare, fast-tracked immersion experience into the world of arts administration. The application process for 2020 Festival internships will begin in December.

The Festival’s Internship Program is underwritten by Jody & John Arnhold in honor of Damian Woetzel’s commitment to inspire and educate the next generation.

Community Scholar Program

Avon Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park


n outdoor venue located in Avon, the Performance Pavilion at Nottingham Park is a yearround cultural and entertainment venue for festivals, concerts, art exhibitions, theater performances, educational events, private functions and more. Open-air seating is available on an expansive grass-covered lawn and is perfect for audiences of all ages. Limited Festival bleacher seating is provided, however attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, umbrellas and picnics to make the experience even better! Beginning one-hour before performances, food and drinks may be purchased on-site. Public restrooms are located adjacent to the venue in Nottingham Park. Nearby free parking is available. Vail Dance Festival performances will take place rain or shine. The following items are not permitted in the Performance Pavilion: firearms, smoking, pets and outside alcohol.

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