The Vail trip was relaxing, delicious, and beautiful.
We walked around town in the rain, popping in art galleries and catching all the unusual pokemon that spawn here.
I fell in love with an artist at the first gallery we found. If I had a spare five grand I'd be all over any one of Tracy Felix's works.
We checked into the hotel and were pleased to find they had upgraded us to a full suite with a mountain view. Lovely!
I changed into warmer clothes for the evening and we ventured out again. The clouds parted and the rain stopped for the rest of the day. We enjoyed the abundant flowers and had dinner at Tavern on the Square.
The shuttle was an easy and quick ride across town to the Ford Amphitheater. We were a bit early, so we had plenty of time to explore the Alpine Garden just outside the theater. So many gorgeous flowers!
We had excellent seats near the front and under the pavilion. It was a really cool space to see a show. The lights changed dramatically as the sun set. They leave a natural plant backdrop in the rear of the stage. During one piece with live piano accompaniment. there was a bird calling in response to each pause in the music. So cool! Here's some pics before the show and at intermission.
Ben's favorite dancer was Tiler Peck from NYCB. She was indeed very light, smooth, and a strong performer. Lovely feet. She danced a mazurka and later this exact same piece with the same partner:
My favorites were the duo from the Royal Ballet in London. I loved Lauren Cuthbertson's performance in Alice. Eric Underwood was also in it as the caterpillar. They danced this explosive excerpt from Chroma. (This is Eric below, but not Lauren. Couldn't find a recording of her in it).
They were unreal! Such power and grace, so unworldly. I loved seeing this up close. My desire to see a Royal Ballet performance in London is only stronger now.
Ben and I both LOVED this group from Philadelphia called BalletX. They performed this piece:
They remind us of a local Colorado company, Wonderbound, but they have greater dance technique and better, more mature choreography. If they ever tour to Denver I definitely want to see them. The director and the program mentioned a piece they do called Slump. There's a part of it online:
The show ended with Lil Buck doing his famous Swan routine. I've seen him perform online and on TV a few times. In person, it was mesmerizing.
We got to stay up late watching the Olympic Opening Ceremonies without worry of kids clamoring for us in the morning. We slept in late and slowly made our way back down the mountains to our family. Amanda is a fantastic aunt. The kids were over the moon with all the fun stuff she did for them. I'm so lucky to have her so close by and to offer an overnight stay.
I wouldn't mind repeating this weekend every August. Happy 14th anniversary Ben!