Vail Dance Festival | Now: Premieres

Vail Dance Festival | Now: Premieres

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Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater


The Festival fosters unique collaborations between artists of various dance genres to push the boundaries of the art form, further cementing Vail as a major incubator for new choreography. This summer, we celebrate the 100th world premiere commission under Damian Woetzel’s visionary leadership since becoming Artistic Director in 2006. Choreographers this year include Ephrat Asherie, Jodi Melnick, Justin Peck, Caili Quan, Claudia Schreier, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Pam Tanowitz.

Commissions for this season will be: Bobbi Jene Smith creating new work for Sara MearnsCaili Quan creating a new work for fellow Artist-In-Residence, Roman Mejia, and a second new work to commissioned music by Caroline Shaw, Claudia Schreier choreographing a new work to commissioned music by Conrad Tao, Jodi Melnick making a new work set to commissioned music by Andreia Pinto-Correia, and new works with details to be announced by Ephrat Asherie, Jodi MelnickClaudia Schreier, and Pam Tanowitz.

On NOW: Premieres, audiences will catch a glimpse of the Festival’s 100th world premiere commission under the artistic direction of Damian Woetzel! It will be a new work by Justin Peck collaborating with bluegrass artist Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, National Public Radio). See the full performance of Justin Peck’s new work and celebrate the Festival’s 100th world premiere on closing night, Dance for $20.22!

Festival cast in Justin Peck’s Rise Wait Climb Through at the 2018 Festival. Photo by Erin Baiano.

The Vail Dance Festival takes place July 29-August 9, 2022.

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