The 2011 Vail International Dance Festival opens in one week with the worldwide debut of New York City Ballet Moves, the new touring company of New York City Ballet. Their incredible roster of dancers will present three unique performances of unparalleled repertory—including Jerome Robbins' breathtaking masterpiece Dances at a Gathering, George Balanchine's Duo Concertant, and Christopher Wheeldon's After the Rain and Polyphonia. I am particularly excited for the UpClose: The Male Dancer by Balanchine program, which will offer a rare opportunity to hear a conversation between Peter Martins and Damian Woetzel illuminated by excerpts performed by members of NYCB Moves. The stages of Vail will be graced by the world's best dancers, including the extraordinary Wendy Whelan, scintillating Tiler Peck, and stunning Robert Fairchild. I am also particularly excited to see newly promoted soloists Chase Finlay and Anthony Huxley, who both received much critical acclaim this past season: "Anthony Huxley, another of the company’s youngest Sugar Plum cavaliers, is emerging as one of its most stylish dancers: on Thursday the precision, wit and grace of his Gigue in 'Mozartiana' (1981) made up the finest account of this elusive solo in several seasons at City Ballet," and "At just 20, [Chase Finlay] is a rising force at City Ballet...Ballet seasons are often identified with a dancer, and this spring City Ballet has been all about Mr. Finlay" (The New York Times). Once again, Damian Woetzel has given us so much to look forward to in Vail. I cannot wait for this spectacular start to another brilliant season.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
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