New work has always been an important element of the Vail Dance Festival: Since becoming artistic director in 2007, Damian Woetzel has commissioned over 100 pieces. This year, 10 choreographers and four composers will create new works for an eclectic assortment of performers. They include the American Ballet Theater principals Calvin Royal III, Isabella Boylston and James Whiteside; the jookin star Lil Buck; the New York City Ballet principals Sara Mearns, Tiler Peck and Roman Mejia; the contemporary dancer Melissa Toogood; and the former City Ballet principals Lauren Lovette and Robbie Fairchild.
Celebrating 35 years of creativity and collaboration, the Vail Dance Festival returns July 28-August 7 with 12 thrilling performances and numerous special events across the beautiful Vail Valley. Don’t miss the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company, L.A. Dance Project, Music From the Sole, BalletX, DanceAspen, and an all-star cast of Festival artists from New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, the Royal Danish Ballet, Boston Ballet, and many more. The Festival is pleased to announce Adji Cissoko of Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet as the 2023 Artist-In-Residence.