Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre presents its 27th annual Bardavon gala performances, February 28 - March 1, 2009.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT) will present its 27th annual gala performance on Saturday, February 28th, at 8:00pm, and Sunday, March 1st, at 3:00pm at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY (35 Market Street). Tickets are available on campus at the information desk in Main Building and the Dance Department office in Kenyon Hall. Tickets are also available at the Bardavon Box Office and through Ticketmaster (845) 454-3388. General admission tickets are $10; $7 for seniors, Vassar students, and the Vassar community.

"We are all very excited to be celebrating our 27th Anniversary at the Bardavon," stated Maureen Mansfield Kaddar, director of the VRDT. "The dancers have put their hearts and souls into this challenging and stimulating program."

Highlights of the VRDT's gala performance at the Bardavon this year will include Aureole, one of the signature works of master choreographer Paul Taylor and a beloved dance on many of the programs performed by his company in the past four and a half decades. Mansfield Kaddar, previously a dancer with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, has restaged Mr. Taylor's Aureole on VRDT this season, as well as his Esplanade, with Jill Echo, in 2003.

VRDT will also perform Tom Gold's (New York City Ballet) exotic and delightful ballet, Elemental, while award-winning dance and theater choreographer Peter Pucci will give rise to highly contrasted dynamics in his new ballet,shine.

Faculty choreographer, Kathy Wildberger, and guest choreographer, Takehiro Ueyama, will present two new unique modern dance works to Steve Reich scores, as they join the greater Vassar community this year in honoring this legendary composer.  

Jill Echo, current Vassar faculty member and dancer/assistant director with TAKE Dance, is working closely with Mr. Ueyama in setting his new dance. Miriam Mahdaviani, a veteran of New York City Ballet, will return this year to create the company finale piece, which will be performed to a live five-piece Klezmer band. Student choreographers will include Joey Army, Robin Cherof, Max Hershenow, Marina Hitosugi-Levesque, Caitlyn Lamdin, and Cameron Lussier.

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT) gives dance students of Vassar College the opportunity to perform classic dance works from the ballet and modern repertoire as well as new choreography by faculty, guest artists, and the students themselves. By allowing students the freedom to create, develop, and present their own new dance works under the guidance of recognized artists in the field, VRDT provides a unique dance experience for the company as well as audience members. 

For more information call the Vassar College Dance Department office at (845) 437-7470. To buy tickets by phone call Ticketmaster (845) 454-3388. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Bardavon box office (845) 473-2072, as far in advance as possible to request reasonable and appropriate accommodations for the event. 

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

Posted by Office of Communications Thursday, January 22, 2009