DESTINATION: COLORADO.A peek at summer finds the peaks of Colorado offering a wide range of dance. Despite last summer's high-profile closing of DanceAspen and the lower profile demise this winter of the Glenwood Springs Dance Festival, Colorado seems to be confirming its status as a Mecca for everything from experimental to traditional dance.
JOFFREY BALLET Joffrey Ballet, one of the major American dance companies. It was founded in New York City in 1954 by the dancer-choreographer Robert Joffrey. From 1956 to 1964 it made yearly tours of the United States. OF CHICAGO
TELLURIDE--Entering year three of a five-year residency (with extension talks already underway), Joffrey Ballet's artistic director Gerald Arpino Gerald Arpino' (born January 14,1928) is an American dancer, choreographer, and the artistic director and co-founder of The Joffrey Ballet.
Born in Staten Island, New York, Gerald Arpino studied ballet with Mary Ann Wells, while stationed with the Coast Guard in Seattle, has declared this well-heeled, high-altitude Western Slope community his Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs, resort and residential city (1990 pop. 25,001), Saratoga co., E N.Y.; inc. as a village 1826, as a city 1915. Skidmore College is the largest source of employment, but the city also has light manufacturing. (New York City New York City: see New York, city.
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City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. Ballet's summer home). "It's a wonderful, blessed interplay between this community and the company," he says. "What I love about Telluride Telluride (tĕl`yərīd), town (1990 pop. 1,309), seat of San Miguel co., SW Colo., on the San Miguel River in the San Juan Mts., inc. 1887. is it allows us to be free of all the other distractions that we have when we're in our home city. It allows us to truly concentrate on dance."
During last summer's residency, Arpino made his first major new work in many years, Footnotes for RJ. The company also performed a unique presentation, in conjunction with local Native Americans, of Peter Pucci's Moon of the Falling Leaves.
The residency's success has been surprising to many, given Telluride's location far from the Denver hub and from Colorado's interstate highways. The performances sold out so quickly to an international audience the first year that organizers had to add what they called a "locals' performance." Seating capacity Noun 1. seating capacity - the number of people that can be seated in a vehicle or auditorium or stadium etc.
commodiousness, spaciousness, capaciousness, roominess - spatial largeness and extensiveness (especially inside a building); "the capaciousness of Santa's has been increased, and an open rehearsal, a children's component, and lecture-demonstrations have been added. This season (July 20 to August 14), look for all of the above, with more children's programs and possibly another "locals' performance." The program, which should be different each weekend, is likely to include the completed Footnotes; revivals of Trinity, Suite Saint-Saens, Italian Suite, Sea Shadow, and Monotones I and II; new works by Randy Duncan and Laura Dean; and the newly acquired Caught by David Parsons.
VAIL INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL
VAIL--The emphasis is definitely international this season as the festival sheds more of its Bolshoi-only image. The school for students ages 15 to 19 will now be called the World Masters Program and feature teachers from the Paris Opera Ballet The Paris Opéra Ballet is the official ballet company of the Opéra national de Paris, otherwise known as the Palais Garnier, though known more popularly simply as the Paris Opéra. and the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. Younger students will remain in the Vail International Workshop, with teachers from the Royal Academy of Dance The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) was established in 1920 by a group of professional dance artists brought together by Philip Richardson, editor of the Dancing Times and including:
For its second year, Vail's New Choreographer's Project adds a second component. Bulgarian choreographer Vladimir Anguelov, recently the choreographer in residence at the Kirov Academy in Washington, D.C., and Vail-based composer Don Watson will do two pieces--one set on students in the World Masters program, the other on Rasta Thomas for the Paul Mitchell International Evenings of Dance (August 13 and 14). Thomas returns with partner Adrienne Canterna, couples from the Stuttgart and San Francisco ballets, and Huang Dou Dou, the Shanghai National Ballet superstar, in his first U.S. appearance.
The Ensemble Series (August 5 to 8), begun four years ago, presents the Russian Folk Dance Group and Trinity Irish Dance Company. "We feel that dance encompasses many, many different styles and ... want to present new and different types of dance," says producing director Katherine C. Kersten.
COLORADO DANCE FESTIVAL
BOULDER--After seventeen years, CDF (1) (Central Distribution Frame) A connecting unit (typically a hub) that acts as a central distribution point to all the nodes in a zone or domain. See MDF. is still a magnet for the out-of-the-ordinary. This summer is the third in the four-year Let's Dance Together: The Americas program (July 4 to August 1). The festival traces the roots of contemporary American dance, while taking an innovative look toward the future. This summer's mixture features Flamenco Latino, a flamenco-salsa fusion group from New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of ; Group Petit La Croix, an Afro-Haitian company from Oakland, California; Tango Mujer, an all-women tango company based in Buenos Aires, New York, and Berlin; and David Dorfman Dance, which will bring his "No Roles Barred" project that uses local dancers from different social dance communities in a piece that changes their typical roles.