Vail Dance Festival News

Here are two YouTube videos of Tiler Peck, the first a Don Quixote rehearsal at the Vail International Dance Festival; the second an interview with her husband Robert Fairchild. The first video is a unique and spectacular turn sequence in which she does single pirouettes in attitude devant (leg bent in front) progressing to doubles. Then she performs fouettés with quarter turns two times, finishing up with a series of single fouettés to a double pirouette. I saw Maria Kochetkova perform the quarter turn fouettés in the ABT Don Quixote last spring. New York City Ballet has several dancers that could do a great Kitri including Tiler, Ashley Bouder, Sara Mearns, and Ana Sophia Scheller (although I don’t see any NYCB males capable of a stellar Basilio).

New York Times dance critic Alastair Macaulay has a review of the dance festival. The festival features an all-star cast including Isabella Boylston, Herman Cornejo, Lauren Cuthbertson, Robert Fairchild, Alessandra Ferri, Carla Körbes, Tiler Peck, and Fang-Yi Sheu. In Diana and Actéon,

Mr. Cornejo, a stylistic chameleon, tossed off high rapid spins and huge ardent jumps in a way that recalled Mikhail Baryshnikov; he also exuded a sexually glamorous upper-body swagger that strongly recalled Rudolf Nureyev.

Below are highlights. The last segment is Tiler and Herman in Rubies.