Wendy Whelan and Craig Hall in the 2008 Festival ad
The 2008 Vail International Dance Festival, under the direction of former NYCB principal Damian Woetzel, kicked off Sunday night with a special opening performance. Dancers from Morphoses/The Wheeldon Company, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and several others were on the program, and composer and pianist Philip Glass performed live with cellist Wendy Sutter. Although opening night featured more established ballet and modern companies, the festival will also present tap, jazz, and ballroom dancers, both on stage and in master classes.
I wish I were in Vail to attend and review some of the performances, but I’m certain that there will be plenty of coverage online and in newspapers. Meanwhile, you can check out the festival’s photo blog, which will be updated daily, to view photos and videos of the dancers rehearsing on stage. You can also watch a video of Damian in rehearsal here. Although he retired from NYCB in June, it looks like he’ll be performing in the festival. The video isn’t the best quality, but it’s still thrilling just to see Mr. Woetzel on stage.