BalletX is here in Vail, CO for the Vail International Dance Festival, and it has been an amazing whirlwind so far! We are this year’s resident company at the festival which has afforded us the opportunity to not only perform tried and true pieces in our repertory, but to premiere an incredible new work by Matthew Neenan that will include New York City Ballet principal dancers Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild. Our rehearsal process preparing for the festival has been very intense, but also rewarding. Upon completing the premiere and run of Sunset, o639 Hours at the Wilma last month, we went right back into the studio two days later to get working on the pieces for Vail. Most of our rehearsal time went into Matt’s new work Increasing, which is full of intertwining solos, duets, quartets, and group sections. How Matt has been able to create such an intricate piece in just a few weeks right after being in the theater for Sunset is beyond me. His creative juices seem to always be flowing. We had the unique challenge of rehearsing this new work with spatial holes for Robert and Tiler, since their parts in the piece are being created and melded with the rest of the choreography while we are here at the festival. Although this challenge added some pressure, it has been a thoroughly enjoyable process. Working alongside Robert and Tiler has proven to be a joy.
In addition to dancing alongside Robert and Tiler, we have had the rare opportunity to be in class and on stage with some truly remarkable performers. The first to come to mind is the one and only Alessandra Ferri. Being able to take class with and watch such a legend perform has been a pleasure that I know each of us will remember forever. Other artists in attendance include this year’s artist in residence Herman Cornejo, Cory Stearns, Isabella Boylston, Lauren Cuthbertson, Jeffrey Cirio, Misa Kuranaga, not to mention the unique Lil Buck. The list goes on and on.
The reception BalletX has received from both the audience and fellow performers so far has been tremendous! There is so much established and well respected choreography being performed at the festival that we all love to watch, but I feel that BalletX has brought a freshness and excitement to Vail that really resonates with everyone who sees the company perform. As our time here comes to a close, I can’t think of a better way to finish off a busy summer with BalletX. Between the sold out run of Sunset, o639 Hours and our residency in Vail, it has been a rewarding couple of months. Just a few more days in Colorado and then back to Philly!