Festival season is in full swing. July 19-21 marks Long Island’s 25th Fire Island Dance Festival, a benefit series in support of Dancers Responding to AIDS. This year’s installment, the 25th, has already raised more than $600.000, and the events don’t even start until today.
The festival will bring six world premiere works and some of the world’s most celebrated choreographers and dance companies to a picturesque waterfront stage on the Great South Bay. Tony and Academy Award Winner Joel Grey will Host.
This year’s line up is chock full of ballet stars: Kyle Abraham presents an excerpt of a new work featuring American Ballet Theatre’s Calvin Royal III, tap extraordinaire Michelle Dorrance debuts a world premiere featuring Robbie Fairchild, Pacific Northwest Ballet dancers Lucien Postle waite and Christopher D’Ariano dance in a new ballet by Garrett Smith.
ABT’s James Whiteside has created a new work for colleagues Aran Bell and Catherine Hurlin and Christopher Wheeldon makes his Fire Island Dance Fest choreographic debut.
Some tickets are available the closing performance at 5 pm on this Sunday, July 21. New this year: cocktails follow each performance at The Pines’ Whyte Hall. Also for Sunday a hassle-free daytrip package is available, which features round-trip luxury transportation from New York City, a champagne luncheon and tickets to the performance.
A VIP option, which includes the champagne luncheon and tickets to show without the transportation, also is available. The daytrip package is $275; the VIP option is $225.