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The Department of Theater and Dance at Colby College in Waterville will present the premiere performance of Colby Dance Theater, the college’s repertory dance company. Performances will be held Thursday, March 15, through Saturday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Strider Theater of Runnals Performing Arts Center.

Colby Dance Theater (CDT) was created to perform the works of advanced student and professional choreographers. CDT’s first performance will feature five compositions in contemporary dance, including: three works by director Holly Labbe Russell, visiting adjunct professor of theater and dance; a new work by Tina Wentzel, adjunct assistant professor of theater and dance; and a piece by Colby senior Erin Rogers.

Russell, artistic director for the 19-member company, will present three works. The solo “2 a.m.” will be performed by Wentzel. The quartet “FFA: Fairy Flight Academy,” commissioned by the department of theater and dance, features four fairies trying to earn wings. “Betwixt and Between,” co-created by Russell and a nine-member cast, focuses on human relationships. Russell, a 1994 Colby graduate, is a choreographer, teacher and performer from Augusta.

Wentzel’s work, “Milonga,” is a contemporary ballet for 11 dancers that draws inspiration from the tango. Wentzel’s recent choreography includes “Jamned In,” Dance Portland 2000’s award-winning piece, and “Dreamwalk” co-choreographed with Russell.

“Fata Morgana” created by Rogers, is the result of an independent year-long senior honors project in poetry and dance. A dramatic quartet inspired by Arthurian legend, the work interprets the Christian-pagan Britain conflict during the Dark Ages.

General admission is $3; students and seniors are $2. For ticket information call the box office at 207-872-3358 between 4-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday of performance weeks. Or call 207-872-3388 between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets may be reserved online at