Fire Island Dance Festival to Feature Premiere From An American in Paris Tony Winner Christopher Wheeldon

Classic Arts News   Fire Island Dance Festival to Feature Premiere From An American in Paris Tony Winner Christopher Wheeldon
 
The festival celebrates its 25th anniversary with pieces by Emmy nominee Al Blackstone, Kyle Abraham, and the late Paul Taylor.
Christopher Wheeldon
Christopher Wheeldon Roberto Araujo

Tony Award-winning An American in Paris director-choreographer Christopher Wheeldon will debut a new piece as part of the 25th Annual Fire Island Dance Festival, which will take place July 19–21 in Fire Island Pines, New York. Sunset performances are presented against the backdrop of the Great South Bay.

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Dancers Martha Nichols (The Greatest Showman) and An American in Paris national tour star Garen Scribner will perform Wheeldon’s world-premiere piece. Attendees can also expect performances from Emmy nominee Al Blackstone (Wicked, So You Think You Can Dance); MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow Kyle Abraham; Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance; the Paul Taylor Dance Company; Pacific Northwest Ballet’s principal dancer Lucien Postlewaite and corps de ballet member Christopher D’Ariano, who will offer a piece by Garrett Smith; and a world premiere from American Ballet Theatre principal dancer James Whiteside, performed by ABT dancers Aran Bell and Catherine Hurlin.

Additional performers will be announced.

The annual fundraiser benefits Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Last year’s event raised $604,103. In recognition of the festival’s 25th anniversary, BC/EFA has added the Pines Care Center to its National Grants Program, allocating $7,500 annually to support a rapid HIV testing initiative throughout the Pines’ season.

Performances take place July 19 at 5 PM, July 20 at 7 PM, and July 21 at 5 PM. Day trip packages from New York City are also available. Visit DRADance.org for tickets and packages.

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