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.

“… what you see is how these returning artists extend themselves here — tackling new idioms, developing new partnerships, working on choreographic premieres — as nowhere else.“ The New York Times



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 featuring Tiler Peck to commissioned music by Caroline Shaw, Claudia Schreier choreographing a new work with music by Gonzalo Grau, Pam Tanowitz choreographing for Herman Cornejo and Melissa Toogood to music by Meredith Monk and by Peter Sarstedt, Jodi Melnick making a new work set to commissioned music by Andreia Pinto-Correia, and a new by Ephrat Asherie featuring a cast including Michelle Dorrance and Lil Buck .

On NOW: Premieres, audiences will see a preview of the new work by Justin Peck collaborating with bluegrass artist Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, National Public Radio) who will perform alongside a cast of dancers including Robbie Fairchild, Patricia Delgado, India Bradley, KJ Takahashi, Byron Tittle, and Peck himself. See the official premiere of Justin Peck’s new work on closing night, Dance for $20.22!

See below for the star-studded cast list of dancers for NOW: Premieres, and musicians appearing on this performance include Composer-in-Residence Caroline Shaw, string quartet Brooklyn Rider, singer Davóne Tines, singer and multi-instrumentalist Kate Davis, jazz pianist Joel Wenhardt, and and bluegrass star Chris Thile. 


Ephrat Asherie
Manon Bal
Lil Buck
India Bradley
Preston Chamblee
Herman Cornejo
Chun Wai Chan
Patricia Delgado
Michelle Dorrance
Philip Duclos
Robbie Fairchild
Jovani Furlan
Christopher Grant
Kennard Henson
Lauren Lovette
Sara Mearns
Roman Mejia
Miriam Miller
Dario Natarelli
Justin Peck
Tiler Peck
Unity Phelan
Caili Quan
Calvin Royal III
Cory Stearns
KJ Takahashi
Devon Teuscher
Byron Tittle
Melissa Toogood
Matthew “Megawatt” West

Casting and repertory are subject to change.

New works are Generously Underwritten by:
Ephrat Asherie
Underwritten by Jonna Mackin

Caili Quan
Underwritten by Wendy Williams & Noel Kullavanijaya

Jodi Melnick
Underwritten by Malo & John Harrison

Justin Peck
Underwritten by Paul Repetto & Janet Pyle

Claudia Schreier
Underwritten in part by Marvin Naiman & Margery Goldman Family Foundation

Bobbi Jene Smith
Underwritten by Vail Valley Foundation Board of Directors

Pam Tanowitz
Co-Commissioned by New York City Center

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

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