Vail International Dance Festival previews.
Unusual pairings is a theme in this year’s collaborations for new works. This means taking a fixture of contemporary dance like Larry Keigwin and his modern dance specialists and teaming up with principal dancers from New York City Ballet. Or modern dance star Fang-Yi Sheu collaborating with Memphis jookin’ dancer Ron Myles, Brian Brooks putting the physical strength of a few select dancers to task, or jookin’ star Lil Buck simply creating a new dance with his multi-dimensional talent for merging dance styles. And, going big for its silver anniversary, the 2013 Festival will host a world premiere by modern dance pioneer Paul Taylor.
Also on the evening’s program is Balanchine’s classic “Stars and Stripes,” danced by American Ballet Theatre’s Isabella Boylston and New York City Ballet’s Robert Fairchild. Another new partnership appears in Balanchine’s virtuosic gala number “Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux,” as Boston Ballet star Misa Kuranaga and New York City Ballet principal Chase Finlay dance together for the first time.
Interview with the musician Cristina Pato.
VD: Who or what inspires you?
CP: I met the Vail International Dance Festival artistic director Damian Woetzel through Yo Yo Ma, who among other amazing things, is the artistic director of the Silk Road Project. Working with both of them in different environments is a constant inspiration....