Two items about the Vail International Dance Festival.
You can see everything in the curtainless space. Damian Woetzel, Vail International Dance Festival Artistic Director, chatting with dancers as they warm-up. There are plies, releves, tendus, and pirouettes. One dancer is multitasking, pressing the arch of her foot, outfitted with a light pink satin pointe shoe, up and down while she talks on her cellphone.
This highly visible warm-up is a longstanding and unique tradition at the Vail International Dance Festival, now celebrating its silver anniversary through August 10.
“Since Lil Buck dances mostly on his toes, his type of dancing is actually more related to ballet and pointe work than one would think,” said Peck, who along with her fiancé Robert Fairchild, also a New York City Ballet principal dancer, is serving as this festivals artist in residence, which means she performs nearly every day of the festival.
And for another first, “Budget Bulgar” marks the first time Peck will perform something Woetzel has choregraphed, she said.