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February 5, 2018

ABT to Appear at 2018 Vail Dance Festival

Company's First Festival Appearance, July 28 and 29, 2018, to Include Works by Alexei Ratmansky and Jerome Robbins

Jeffrey Cirio in Serenade after Plato's Symposium. Photo: Marty Sohl.

American Ballet Theatre will make its first Company appearance at the Vail Dance Festival, July 28 and 29, 2018, performing works by Alexei Ratmansky and Jerome Robbins. Both evenings will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado.

On Saturday evening, July 28, American Ballet Theatre will appear on a joint program with artists from the Festival’s roster, as part of a mixed bill opening night celebration of the Festival’s 30th Anniversary season. The performance will include the Vail premiere of Souvenir d’un lieu cher choreographed by ABT Artist in Residence Alexei Ratmansky.

On Sunday evening, July 29, American Ballet Theatre will perform an evening of mixed repertory including the Vail premiere of Serenade after Plato’s Symposium, created by Ratmansky for the Company in 2016 and set to music of the same name by Leonard Bernstein. The program will also be highlighted by a performance of Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances, in which New York City Ballet principal dancer Tiler Peck will appear as a guest artist. Other Dances was created in 1976 for Natalia Makarova and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Serenade after Plato’s Symposium and Other Dances pay homage to the centennials of Bernstein and Robbins. Both works feature live musical accompaniment by the Breckenridge Music Festival Orchestra. Additional repertory will be announced at a later date.

“The Vail Dance Festival has established the scenic Rocky Mountain town as a center for dance,” said Kevin McKenzie, ABT Artistic Director. “I am proud to join with Artistic Director Damian Woetzel for ABT’s first appearance at the Festival.”

Established in 1989, the annual Vail Dance Festival features both performance and educational elements. American Ballet Theatre performances in Vail are part of the Festival’s two-week season July 28 through August 11, 2018. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, February 20 at 11:00 a.m. (MST). For more information, please visit

American Ballet Theatre’s 2018 national and international tour began January 30 in Washington, D.C. The 2018 tour includes engagements in Detroit, Lincoln, Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, Vail and Orange County, California. For more information, please visit

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