BEAVER CREEK’S VILAR CENTER SHOWCASES WORLD-CLASS DANCE AND MORE.
Parsons brings its joyous brand of modern dance to the Vilar Performing Arts Center. PHOTO BY ANDREW ECCLES
THE VILAR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (vilarpac.org), located in the heart of Beaver Creek Village, brings to this mountain town a variety of acclaimed artistic performances that would rival the lineup of any big city venue. On Feb. 16, Parsons Dance, an internationally renowned contemporary American dance company, will bring its trademark exuberance and athleticism to the stage. The ensemble fuses innovative modern dance with the precision of a classical company. In 2015, New York Times dance critic Siobhan Burke described Parsons Dance as “a ‘dance your heart out’ (at all times, no excuses) kind of enterprise.”
The performance will feature pieces by Artistic Director David Parsons, including The Road, with iconic Cat Stevens songs like “Peace Train” and “Trouble” as a backdrop. “With the added musical component, The Road will leave audiences with a new impression of the company and will create a unique experience for dance and music lovers alike,” says Owen Hutchinson, Vilar Performing Arts Center executive director.
When the Vilar Center opened in Beaver Creek in 1998 with its 530-seat theater, few mountain resort communities in the world had their own performing arts facilities. For more than two decades, the venue has been presenting a diverse range of cultural events, including Broadway musicals, concerts, films and family shows. Also on the slate for this winter: The Peking Acrobats featuring the Shanghai Circus (Feb. 8), pianist Khatia Buniatishvili (Jan. 17) and the American rock band Styx (Feb. 24).