Having the New York City Ballet here to open the 2011 Vail International Dance Festival was very exciting for us, says Ceil Folz, President of the Vail Valley Foundation, presenters of the annual Festival. Since Damian Woetzel has taken the reigns as artistic director of the Festival, we've looked forward to welcoming many members of his former company on our stages, and now they're here.
A related review on "The Male Dancer by Balanchine":
Billed as “The Male Dancer by Balanchine,” the evening is part of the dance festival's UpClose series, a rehearsal-style event that's part lecture, part demonstration and part fully staged performance. Woetzel describes UpClose as removing the fourth wall of a studio to let the audience see something truly special, and during this night, UpClose will take a behind-the-scenes look at the male roles in some of Balanchine's most legendary choreography.