Events will showcase Vassar dance company’s works in progress, choreographed by Paul Taylor and others

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT) will perform works in progress in a series of fall concerts, beginning on Friday, October 10, at 8:00pm in Kenyon Hall’s Frances Daly Fergusson Dance Theater. Performances will continue on November 20, 21, and 22, also at 8:00pm in the Fergusson Theater. A question-and-answer session with choreographers and dancers will follow each event, which are all free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended, through the Department of Dance, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis (845-437-7470).

The VRDT will perform works including “Aureole,” a 1962 piece by choreographer Paul Taylor, which is now seen as a classic of modern dance. “Aureole” was attributed for Taylor’s “reputation as a master of musicality and movement” by the Washington Post, and the New York Times exalted the piece for its “daring, and delightful,” “intricate fast dances.”

The company will also present dances choreographed by Kathy Wildberger of the Vassar dance department, as well as by Tom Gold of New York City Ballet; Peter Pucci, founder, director and choreographer of Peter Pucci Plus Dancers; and Takehiro Ueyama, who also choreographs his dance company, TAKE Dance Company.

Maureen Mansfield Kaddar, who directs the company and teaches modern dance at Vassar, was a member of the Paul Taylor Dance Company from 1997 to 2002. She urged audiences to come to the showings, saying the theater’s members will “put their hearts and souls into the performances.” The performances will preview the annual weekend of gala concerts the company will present this spring at Poughkeepsie's historic Bardavon Opera House (2/28–3/1/09).

The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre ( is the resident company of the Vassar College Department of Dance. Since 1983, VRDT has provided Vassar dance students with an opportunity to perform significant dance works of the classic ballet and modern repertoire, as well as original works by faculty, student, and visiting artists in the dance field.

People with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Directions to the Vassar Campus are available at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, October 1, 2008