World Premieres

Since Damian Woetzel stepped into the role of Artistic Director in 2007, the Festival has made the creation of new works a priority. From 2007 to 2016, Woetzel commissioned 61 new works which carry the name of the Vail Dance Festival in perpetuity.

Launched in 2011, the NOW: Premieres program - an evening devoted to world premieres - brings new works to life, nurtures emerging talent and fosters collaboration among artists from diverse backgrounds. “It’s an evening that inspires enthusiastic anticipation and delivers rich rewards.” –The New York Times

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World Premiere Date Choreography By
Release My Heart 8.4.07   Ron K. Brown
The Orchard 8.4.07 Damian Woetzel
(Preview) Fool's Paradise 8.11.07 Christopher Wheeldon
Prokofiev Pas de Deux 8.11.07  Christopher Wheeldon
Vicissitudes 8.11.07 Edwaard Liang
Song V 7.27.08  Bulareyaung Pagarlava
Solitude In Numbers 8.4.10 Sang Jijia
Fandango 8.6.10  Alexei Ratmansky  
Rock Steady  8.6.10   Larry Keigwin (w/Ashley Browne, Aaron Carr) 
Romper El Piso 8.8.10 Natalia Hills
Archetypes 8.8.11 Emery LeCrone
Shoe Wither Revival 8.8.11 Richard Siegal
The Music's Coming Through Me 8.8.11 New Styles Krew
Gravity Heros 8.8.11 Trey McIntyre
Switch Phase 8.6.12 Matthew Neenan
Solo for Sy 8.6.12  Jill Johnson
Fall Falls 8.6.12 Brian Brooks
Varone Variation - Lamentation Variations Project 8.6.12 Doug Varone
3 Movements and 4 Repeats 8.6.12 Christopher Wheeldon
Tango Trio 8.3.13 Analia Centruion, Herman Cornejo, Gabriel Missé, Damian Woetzel
Sunshine 8.2.13 Larry Keigwin
Entanglement 8.2.13  Brian Brooks
Les Hommes De La Legande 8.2.13 Lil Buck, Ron "Prime Tyme" Myles, Ringmaster Nugget, Keviorr Taylor
Canvas 8.2.13 Larry Keigwin
All Will Be Still 8.3.13 Fang-Yi Sheu
Partita  8.3.13 Lil Buck & Damian Woetzel 
Anywhere On the Road 8.5.13 Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles & Fang-Yi Sheu
American Dreamer  8.5.13 Paul Taylor
Street Scenes 8.1.14 Damian Woetzel & Artists
Unrepeatable  8.1.14 Fang-Yi Sheu
Tabla-Ture 8.2.14 Damian Woetzel & Lil Buck
Counterpoint 8.4.14 Brian Brooks
Talk to Her 8.4.14 Fang Yi-Sheu
1X1  8.4.14 Fang-Yi Sheu & Shantala Shivalingappa
Memphis Born 8.4.14 Lil Buck, Ron "Prime Tyme" Myles, Keviorr Taylor
Pheromones 8.4.14 Fang-Yi Sheu
Blooming 8.4.14  Shantala Shivalingappa & Lil Buck 
Increasing 8.4.14 Matthew Neenan
Dig the Say 8.4.15 Lil Buck, Ron “Prime Tyme” Myles, Damian Woetzel
Day for Night for Vail 8.4.15 Pam Tanowitz
Desire Liar 8.4.15 Silas Reiner & Rashaun Mitchell
Show Me 8.4.15 Matthew Neenan
Migration 8.4.15 Fang-Yi Sheu
Easy Win 8.4.15 John Heginbotham
L.O.V.E. 8.7.15 Alejandro Cerrudo
Time it was 8.7.15 Bill Irwin, Tiler Peck, Damian Woetzel
Y Dance 8.7.15 Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener
Vail Dance Jam 2016 7.30.16 Lil Buck, Shantala Shivalingappa, Ron "Prime Tyme" Myles, "Audacious Adi" Malcolm, Damian Woetzel 
Universe 8.5.16 Gabriel Missé & Carla Espinoza
Lessons in Tradition 8.5.16 Michelle Dorrance & Bill Irwin
Milongon 8.6.16 Herman Cornejo
Zapateado 8.6.16 Valeriano Paños & Rafael Estévez   
1●2●3●4●5●6 8.6.16 Developed by Damian Woetzel & Michelle Dorrance
Romance Study #4 8.8.16 Silas Riener + Rashaun Mitchell
Liquid Velvet 8.8.16 Jodie Gates
Jodi Kate ravel 8.8.16 Jodi Melnick
Solitaire 8.8.16 Claudia Schreier
Blooming II 8.8.16 Lil Buck & Shantala Shivalingappa
Credo 8.8.16 Matthew Neenan
Post Performance 8.13.16 James Whiteside
Wait  8.13.16 Lil Buck & Ron "Prime Tyme" Myles