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Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT) presents 21st Annual Bardavon Opera House Gala, March 1 and March 2

The Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT) will present its 21st Annual Gala performances on March 1 at 8 p.m., and on March 2 at 3 p.m. at the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie.

Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre 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 students. 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 opportunity for both the company and audience members.

This year's repertory piece is "Esplanade' by Paul Taylor. Taylor is arguably the most significant American choreographer of the second half of the 20th century, and his work "Esplanade' (1975), as the title suggests, is about walking. The piece explores all the dynamic possibilities of "pedestrian" movement — walking, running, skipping and even falling — to show the virtuosity that is possible even with simple building blocks of movement.

For more information please call the Vassar College Dance Office at (845) 437-7470. To reserve seats call the Bardavon box office at (854) 473-2072 or Ticketmaster at (845) 454-3388. Ticket prices are $7.00 for general admission, $6.50 for (non-Vassar) students and seniors, and $6.00 for members of the Vassar community. Tickets are also available on the Vassar campus at the information desk and at the dance office in Kenyon Hall. 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 Saturday, March 1, 2003