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Gala to Honor Juilliard School Prez

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A New York City-based contemporary dance company has announced a spring gala event, including three original choreographed dance pieces, to honor the president of Julliard.

Joseph W. Polisi, the sixth president of the nationally renowned performing arts school that just celebrated its centennial, has held the post since 1984. During his twenty-one year tenure, Polisi oversaw the revision of curriculum, the creation of new student services, alumni, and mentoring programs, and the development of the Institute of Jazz Studies. An exchange program with Barnard College was also created during the school's past two decades of growth, with an emphasis on community outreach.

The first dance piece of the gala program, Flowers, will be a premiere performance inspired by the photography of Barbara Bordnick, whose work depicts lush and vivid landscapes.

The second performance, Ricochet, will feature The Balanescu Quartet and a series of cascading trio sequences.

Momentum, the final work, will celebrate the dance company's 30th anniversary season in an energetic and lively number.

The program of dances has been choreographed by Jennifer Muller, artistic director of Jennifer Muller/The Works company, who also helped organize the event.

The evening will start at 7 p.m. at the Citigroup Theater's Joan Weill Center for Dance, 405 W. 55th St. at Ninth Avenue. The performances will be followed by a gala reception and a silent auction at the New York Athletic Club, 180 Central Park South at Seventh Avenue.

Tickets cost $300, $500, $1,000, $1,500, and $2,500; to purchase, call John Louis Bryant, Director of Marketing & Events, at (212) 691-3803, or email jbryant@jmtw.org.

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