POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – Every spring, the Vassar Repertory Dance Theatre (VRDT) struts its stuff during its gala performances at Poughkeepsie's historic Bardavon Opera House. But, before that, comes a full year of work.
Catch a sneak peek of what's to come at the VRDT's Final Showings performances on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 15-17, at 8:00 pm, in the Fergusson Dance Theater in Kenyon Hall at Vassar. The performances are free and open to the public.
Inside the magnificent Fergusson Dance Theatre, and under David Ferri's spectacular lighting design, this year will feature a number of new and reconstructed works from several guest choreographers. Included among the performances is "Correliazone," originally created by Miriam Mahdaviani of the New York City Ballet for the repertoire's Diamond Choreography Project. VRDT will also perform a hip-hop work by returning alumnus Sam Petersson '04, as well as "Grand Duo," the signature work of seminal choreographer Mark Morris.
This year's faculty choreographers include Jeanne Czula, Steve Rooks, Abby Saxon, VRDT director Paul Mosley, and Kathy Wildberger, whose company piece features Professor Jeff Walker and family providing folk dance music in a contra-dance hoedown. Student choreographers include Cameron Lussier, David Rodriguez, Marianne Kies, Marion Spencer, Suzanne Gerdes, Dan Ming, Katie Aspell, and Kaia Ross-Duggan.
In its 26th year, VRDT gives dance students the opportunity to perform classic 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, VRDT provides a unique dance opportunity for both the company and audience members.
Reservations for the performances are strongly recommended. To obtain tickets, call the Department of Dance at (845) 437-7470. To arrange accommodations for people with disabilities, call the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370.
Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.