NOW: Premieres

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Each year, 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 over 100 world premiere commissions under Damian Woetzel’s visionary leadership since becoming Artistic Director in 2006.


Commissions for this season include: Bobbi Jene Smith creating a new work for Sara Mearns, Caili 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, Pam Tanowitz choreographing to music by Kate Davis, Jodi Melnick making a new work set to commissioned music by Andreia Pinto-Correia, and a new work with details to be announced by Ephrat Asherie.

On NOW: Premieres, audiences will catch a preview of the new work by Justin Peck collaborating with bluegrass artist Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, National Public Radio) who will perform with the cast of dancers and musicians onstage. See the official premiere of Justin Peck’s new work on closing night, Dance for $20.22!


Performance time, casting, and repertory are subject to change.

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

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