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Lauren Lovette to Be Artist in Residence at Vail

Lauren Lovette to Be Artist in Residence at Vail

The New York City Ballet principal Lauren Lovette will be this year’s artist in residence at the Vail Dance Festival, heading a female-centric lineup of choreographers and a boldface list of star dancers, the festival announced on Thursday. Ms. Lovette will dance, choreograph and teach at the festival, which runs July 26 to Aug. 10.

Damian Woetzel, who has directed the festival since 2007, said he believed in nurturing talent over multiple seasons. “Having Lauren Lovette as our artist in residence, will build on her years at the festival dancing new roles, breaking new choreographic ground and experiencing new challenges,” he said in an email.

Referring to “the historic inequality of opportunity for female choreographers,” Mr. Woetzel, who is also the president of the Juilliard School, said he had been “working at this issue for many years in Vail, and in my other work as well.”

Mr. Woetzel also continues to commission work. This year’s new pieces include dances by the contemporary choreographer Hope Boykin to a score by Caroline Shaw, the festival’s Leonard Bernstein composer in residence and will feature Ms. Lovette; a piece by Alonzo King set to a score by the jazz musician Jason Moran; a work by Pam Tanowitz, also set to music by Ms. Shaw; and works from the jookin’ artist Lil Buck, the tap choreographer Michelle Dorrance, the City Ballet principal Tiler Peck and Ms. Lovette.

Ms. Tanowitz’s work gets another outing with the Martha Graham Dance Company, which will perform a piece created for it in the spring. Other troupes appearing at the festival include Ballet Hispanico, American Ballet Theater, Alonzo King LINES Ballet and Ballet X, which will perform Annabel Lopez-Ochoa’s full-length “The Little Prince.”

The Malpaso Dance Company, from Cuba, will make its Vail debut, with new works from Ronald K. Brown and Sonya Tayeh. And Alexei Ratmansky will rework a solo, “Fandango,” for the City Ballet dancer Roman Mejia, which was originally created at the Vail festival for Wendy Whelan.

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