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Dancers to debut in new venue, Feb. 20-21

The Program in Theater and Dance will present its inaugural dance performance, "Spring Dance Festival 2004," in the new Roger S. Berlind Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21.

It will be the first time in the 35-year history of formal dance instruction at Princeton that students will perform in a space especially designed for theater and dance. The University shares the facility, which opened last fall, with McCarter Theatre .

This year's move to Berlind is a milestone, according to Ze'eva Cohen, professor in the Council of the Humanities and head of dance. "Having a professional venue for dance gives students and faculty a goal to raise the standard of performance," she said. "And the performance itself will have the maximum theatrical advantage in terms of visual effects."

In addition to choreography by Cohen, who will direct the festival, the program will include works by faculty members Meghan Durham and Rebecca Lazier, guest choreographer Jessica Lang and selected students. Forty students will perform during the event.

Tickets are available at the McCarter box office, (609) 258-2787. For more about the history of dance at Princeton and a photographic retrospective of dance venues since the 1970s, see the Princeton Weekly Bulletin.

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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