100 years of modern dance

    One of the country's premier showcase dance companies will be visiting the Rogue Valley. The Repertory Dance Theatre will present "Time Capsule: A Century of Dance," at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29, at the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater, 23 S. Central, Medford.

    The show chronicles the 100-year history of modern dance, featuring signature works by such legendary 20th century choreographers as Isadora Duncan, Jos&

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    Utah's Repertory Dance Theatre was founded in 1966 as a fully-professional modern dance company through a cooperative effort involving the Salt Lake City community, the University of Utah and a major grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. This partnership was created by educator and Children's Dance Theatre director Virginia Tanner to establish a company dedicated to the performance, creation and preservation of the art of modern dance.

    Founding member Linda C. Smith has guided the artistic mission since 1983 and kept the thread of continuity and the "dream" of Tanner alive. Today, RDT is the oldest and most successful company of its kind, a living museum representing 100 years of dance history, preserving the largest and most significant collection of American dance in the world. In addition RDT commissions new works for its repertory, serving as a contemporary gallery representing the scope and diversity of modern dance's present as well as its past.

    RDT's mission to reach audiences outside the metropolitan centers resulted in the creation of a national touring company which has been seen in more than 300 cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. RDT has performed for diverse audiences from Bicknell, Utah to Vienna, Austria, in school rooms and opera houses, from gymnasiums to the Kennedy Center.

    In the early 1970's RDT was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts to develop multi-faceted arts residency programs for public schools. RDT has created activities which educate audience of all ages through classes, workshops, lectures and performances which reach over 30,000 school students each year in Utah alone.

    RDT offers a variety of community-based programs, summer workshops and year-round classes and acts as a resource center and laboratory for dancers, choreographers, visual artists, writers and composers. See /~rdt.

    Tickets to the Craterian performance are: section A-$23, B-$20, C-$17, youth (0-18) A-$17, B-$14, C-$11.

    Call 779-3000.

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