Pennsylvania Ballet Brings Dance Gems To Vail International Dance Festival Debut

Lecture Demonstration: “George Balanchine’s Jewels with Pennsylvania Ballet”

[Philadelphia, PA] – Pennsylvania Ballet debuts at the Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado this month, opening the celebration of dance with performances July 27-30.

“The Vail International Dance Festival is nationally renowned as an innovative showcase of our art form,” Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says. “I am incredibly proud to present the Company on its stages and can think of no better way to close our landmark 50th Anniversary Season.”

Right now, Pennsylvania Ballet is rehearsing for three unique performances in Vail. On Sunday, July 27, the Company appears in an Opening Night Performance at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater featuring stars from throughout the festival. Pennsylvania Ballet will perform pas de deux from George Balanchine’s Emeralds from Jewels and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia (danced by Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer Jermel Johnson and New York City Ballet Soloist Lauren Lovette) plus two commissions that premiered on the Pennsylvania Ballet stage this spring: Matthew Neenan’s La Chasse and newly-promoted Soloist Alexander Peters’ solo from Trey McIntyre’s The Accidental. The evening closes with Pennsylvania Ballet in Balanchine’s Rubies from Jewels with special guests Festival Artist-in-Residence Herman Cornejo of American Ballet Theatre and New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck making their debuts in the principal roles.

On Monday, July 28, the Company presents an all-Balanchine evening with his timeless Serenade and the Vail premiere of Stravinsky Violin Concerto, featuring a pas de deux by Principal Dancer Amy Aldridge and New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Robert Fairchild. On Wednesday, July 30, the Company performs in a unique benefit called “UpClose,” a rehearsal-style program hosted by Festival Director Damian Woetzel and featuring selections from Balanchine’s Jewels. For tickets to the festival, please visit

Pennsylvania Ballet’s 2014-15 Season opens in Philadelphia this October and features three Company Premieres, two World Premieres, a salute to the legendary Jerome Robbins, and the return of Christopher Wheeldon’s magnificent Swan Lake. 2014-15 Season ticket packages are available at 215.893.1955 and

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Pennsylvania Ballet’s Season sponsors include DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, The Sporting Club at the Bellevue, and US Airways.

Pennsylvania Ballet receives support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts – a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency – and The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.

About Pennsylvania Ballet
Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student and protégée Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Company’s annual local season features six programs of classic favorites and new works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. For more information, visit or call 215.551.7000.

[Photo of Pennsylvania Ballet by Alexander Iziliaev.]


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