The Vail Dance Festival

The Conversations on Dance Podcast

is returning  to the Vail Dance Festival in 2018 to cover the dancing, talk with the artists, and conduct live events. To celebrate we are going back in the archives to all of our episodes we created last year at the Festival.

2018 Schedule

Festival Forum: Collaborative Spirit in Vail

TUESDAY, JULY 31  |  6-7PM
Location: MANOR VAIL LODGE

Justin Peck, one of the world’s most sought after and celebrated working ballet choreographers, and fresh off a Tony nomination for his work on the broadway musical ‘Carousel’, will be premiering his first work at the Vail Dance Festival. Caroline Shaw, composer-in-residence at VDF, has been commissioned to create the score for this work. In conversation together with these artists, we will explore the possibilities of such a collaboration, from the first moments of mutual inspiration to bringing the premiere to the stage.

Festival Forum: What’s Special about Vail?

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2  |  9:30-10:30AM
Location: MANOR VAIL LODGE

New to the festival last year, Francesca Hayward and Marcelino Sambe, dancers with the Royal Ballet, are pleased to be back at VDF for the 2018 festival. We will talk with Francesca and Marcelino about the unique allure and feeling of the Vail Dance Festival, what separates it from other work outside the Royal Ballet, the intercompany and interdisciplinary collaborative spirit present at Vail, and how this experience enriches their work back at home.

Festival Forum: Merce Cunningham’s Centennial

FRIDAY, AUGUST 3  |  9:30-10:30AM
Location: MANOR VAIL LODGE

Merce Cunningham is one of the greatest and most influential choreographers of the 20th century. In honor of his centennial, we are pleased to host a panel of esteemed guests including dancers of his works from past and present and scholars who will explore Merce’s work methods, collaborations with artists like John Cage and Robert Rauschenberg, and broad influence in the avant-garde, in dance and beyond.

Festival Forum: Roman Mejia’s Breakout Season

SATURDAY, AUGUST 4  |  9:30-10:30AM
MANOR VAIL LODGE

Roman Mejia is one of the newest members of the New York City Ballet, having burst onto the scene at the Vail Dance Festival fresh out of the School of American Ballet. In just his first year at the company, he’s garnered critical acclaim for numerous solo roles, and is quickly gathering momentum as a dancer to be seen. We will talk with Roman about the pressures of being thrust into the spotlight so soon into his career, how he prepares for these challenges, and how coming from a ballet family has prepared him in his career.

Festival Forum: Claudia Schreier’s World Premiere in Vail with Ballet Hispánico

SUNDAY, AUGUST 5  |  9:30-10:30AM
Location: MANOR VAIL LODGE

Claudia Schreier has roots in the Vail Dance Festival as a young intern that grew into a burgeoning career as a choreographer noticed by major companies and critics alike. Ms. Schreier is expanding her impressive portfolio by premiering a new work this year on two dancers from Ballet Hispánico. The director of Ballet Hispánico, Eduardo Vilaro, will join Claudia in conversation about the choreographic process, building a positive relationship between choreographers and companies, and how VDF nurtures these artistic offerings.

Festival Forum: Tiler Peck’s Choreographic Debut in Vail

MONDAY, AUGUST 6  |  9:30-10:30AM
Location: MANOR VAIL LODGE

One of the most celebrated dancers of her generation and a VDF staple for more than a decade, Tiler Peck will be making her choreographic debut at this summer’s festival. We will talk with Tiler about what spurred this artistic choice and how her life’s influences, from her time on broadway, to her work with a wide range of choreographers, to her oft-noted exquisite sense of musicality, come together to impact her first work as choreographer.

Coverage from 2017 Festival

Vail Festival Forum Bonus Content: Alastair Macaulay, Chief New York Times Dance Critic

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(70) Lauren Lovette, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer

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(63) Retiring From the Stage with Patricia Delgado, Former Miami City Ballet Principal Dancer

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Vail Festival Forum Bonus Content: LIVE with Damian Woetzel, Lil’ Buck, and Janet Eilber

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(56) Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles, Jookin Dancer and Ambassador

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(55) Carla Korbes: Former Pacific Northwest Ballet Principal Dancer

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Vail Festival Forum Bonus Content: Matthew Neenan, Choreographer

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Vail Festival Forum Bonus Content: Patricia Delgado, Former Miami City Ballet Principal

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Vail Festival Forum Bonus Content: Unity Phelan, NYCB Soloist

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Vail Festival Forum Bonus Content: Calvin Royal III, ABT Soloist

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Vail Festival Forum Bonus Content: LIVE With NYCB’s Tiler Peck and ABT’s James Whiteside

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Vail Festival Forum Bonus Content: Lauren Lovette, NYCB Principal

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(81) Matthew Neenan, PA Ballet Choreographer in Residence & Co-founder of BalletX

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(75) Elizabeth Claire Walker, Los Angeles Ballet Soloist and Harvard Graduate

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(71) Calvin Royal III, American Ballet Theatre Soloist

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(67) Live From the Kennedy Center: Damian Woetzel & Tiler Peck on Jerome Robbins

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(61) Unity Phelan, New York City Ballet Soloist

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(60) Heather Watts, Balanchine Ballerina

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(54) Claudia Schreier, Choreographer on the Rise

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(53) We’re Back

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