DANCE: Vail is more than its di­rec­tor

The Denver Post - - FEATURES - — John Wen­zel

SATUR­DAY-AUG. 9. The Vail Dance Fes­ti­val, which cel­e­brates its 29th out­ing this year, is so proud of artis­tic di­rec­tor Damien Woet­zel that it in­cludes the name of this for­mer prin­ci­pal dancer at New York City Bal­let in its logo. As well it should: Woet­zel is iconic in the per­form­ing arts world, hav­ing also just been named pres­i­dent of the Jul­liard School (start­ing in 2018). But the event he leads in Vail is so much more than that, draw­ing from an in­ter­na­tional pool of tal­ent that per­forms clas­sics from Martha Gra­ham, Jerome Robbins, Ge­orge Balan­chine, new works from L.A. Dance Project and Den­ver’s Won­der-bound, and plenty in be­tween. Tick­ets for the shows, which run July 29-Aug. 9 at var­i­ous venues in Vail, are avail­able via vail­dance.org.

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