Wow, there are a lot of video clips up of the many many companies and dancers that performed at this year’s Vail International Dance Festival. Here are some of my faves:

Dance Brazil in a modern / capoeira combo, Luna:

Daniel Ulbricht and Misa Kuranaga doing a Corsaire pdd:

Sofiane Sylve and Simon Ball in Forsythe’s In the Middle Somewhat Elevated:

Wendy Whelan and Edwaard Liang (dancing with Morphoses) in Forsythe’s Slingerland pdd:

Matthew Rushing in Ailey’s beautifully bluesy Reflections in D:

Linda Celeste Sims rehearsing Ailey’s classic Cry:

Gillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel’s Black Swan pdd:

Tyler Angle and Tiler Peck in the pdd from Wheeldon’s Mercurial Manoeuvers:

Some Lindy Hop with Naomi Uyama and Todd Yannacone:

And some Argentine Tango by Natalia Hills and Gabriel Misse:

There are many more vids and photos though, so visit the festival’s blog. I don’t see any up yet of the Ballroom evening — Hanna Karttunen and Victor DaSilva and J.T. Thomas and Tomas Mielnicki, et al. Hoping to see some of those soon. Excellent blog though, letting peeps who couldn’t be there in on what all went on. And splendidly diverse festival!


  1. Wow!

    Did you get to watch this one yet? :
    “Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild rehearsing AFTERNOON OF A FAUN by Jerome Robbins for International Evenings of Dance at the Vail International Dance Festival.”

    (one of my absolute favorite pieces.)

  2. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    Yes, I did Anne! I would have posted it too but felt like I was posting so much already 🙂 How tantalizing is Tiler with those legs! Those spidery developpes! I love her. And Robert's so cute — he kind of looks like he just got out of bed there 🙂 I would love to see him dance that full-out — and the best parts for the man are at the beginning, which we don't see here. I would so love to have seen them dance that. Maybe some time they'll be cast together in it at City Ballet! And I think that's Damian in the background by the piano, right?

  3. ok, LOVE!! Thanks so much for posting this, Tonya! This is awesome, and it's great for Vail to post these as well. Man, it really DOES make me want to attend, a plane trip seems worth it! It's great advertising. I haven't gone through all of these yet, so I might post more comments after I see more. 🙂

    Sofiane and Simon Ball is the cast I saw do the full performance of “in the middle” earlier this year with SF Ballet (Ball was guesting). It's hard to tell from the video, but he is one of the biggest guys I've ever seen onstage – he is a hulk of a man. It's also nice to see NYCB (er, Ulbricht) do repertory not normally seen with NYCB. It's interesting that it looks a bit different on him, but nonetheless impressive and incredibly fresh. I've also got to check out Tiler Peck doing Afternoon of a Faun!

  4. Is my computer whacked out or is the text now light gray on a brown background?

    I can't read anything and I love to read your commentaries Tonya.

    Loved the vids!

  5. SwanLakeSambaGirl

    Hi Sandero — I didn't change anything on my blog and when I checked it using Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer browsers it was still black text on white background. Is it still doing it on your computer? What browser are you using?

  6. Now it seems to be black on white with brown on the right side. Firefox
    3.5. My computer must have had a cold or something.

  7. I spoke too soon. It loaded up OK and then the mustardy brown invaded the
    left side and the text went unreadable gray. Only the header is Black on
    white. I'll have to call the doctor.

  8. It does indeed look like that could be him (DW) … *gasp* – what a beautiful venue!

    Haha – yes! ;), about Robbie … and Tiler is so lovely – a bit reminiscent of Tanaquil LeClercq (whom I LOVE). It's definitely a mood piece.

  9. [I also just adore Julie Kent in this.]

  10. It does indeed look like that could be him (DW) … *gasp* – what a beautiful venue!

    Haha – yes! ;), about Robbie … and Tiler is so lovely – a bit reminiscent of Tanaquil LeClercq (whom I LOVE). It's definitely a mood piece.

  11. [I also just adore Julie Kent in this.]

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