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DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship Program in NYC

For the past 30 years, I have been exploring and mining a creative process that has yielded a wide-ranging body of work that embraces a nuanced and interweaving sense of musicality, structure, and form. In structuring an intensive that explores these principles, I was eager to create an open environment that allowed huge creative possibilities to emerge. Exploring and honing those creative gains over time is part of any valuable process.

Doug Varone and his company will once again offer DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship Program designed for emerging choreographers. Celebrating its fourth year, the entire scope of this unique mentorship is divided into three distinct parts over the course of several months. Up to 12 participants are selected through application.
Please note that DEVICES is intended for emerging choreographers who have already begun making work in the field. Current MFA students who have already established themselves as professionals outside of their master’s program are welcome. Undergraduate students will not be considered.
Part 1: Intensive Retreat
May 28 - June 2, 2017
DEVICES kicks off with an intensive retreat from 9 am - 5:30 pm in the dance studios of Hunter College in New York City. Over the course of six days, Doug will share ideas about craft, design and composition.
Key to Doug's process has been the development of finely honed creative games and devices, in which an abundance of material is built quickly then shaped and molded carefully to the specific needs of each dance. A “creation board” of dancers selected by Doug and the Company will be on hand so that participants can create their exercises and studies with dancers versed in this way of working. Company members will serve as guides and moderators throughout the week.
Each day will begin with a warm-up improvisation class to prepare for the day’s activities. Various devices will be explored daily, allowing participating choreographers ample time to create small studies that embrace each new idea.
Part 2: Ongoing Mentorship
June and July 2017
Following the conclusion of the week-long retreat, Doug will continue to mentor the participants one-on-one over the summer as they each create a new dance on their own dancers. Doug will be available for studio and video feedback.
Part 3:  Final Showcase at Gibney Dance Center
AUGUST 10-12, 2017
The full slate of new dances will be presented in a mini-festival format at Gibney Dance Center in New York City on August 10 - 12. 
The intensive retreat will take place at Hunter College, the largest college in the City University of New York, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. We’ll be using Hunter College’s two large dance studios to work and play during the intensive. Within a few blocks, explore Central Park, dine at delicious restaurants, or take the nearby subway to enjoy any of the city’s unlimited cultural resources.
The final showcase will take place at Gibney Dance’s Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, located in lower Manhattan. Gibney’s large black-box theater boasts beautiful wooden floors, exposed brick, full lighting capabilities, and seats 116 audience members.  It is a polished atmosphere in which to present three evenings of new works.
Doug Varone and Dancers will not provide on-site housing during the retreat or showcase.
Nonrefundable application fee: $35
Tuition for the entire program: $1,500
We have a very limited pool of funds available for need/merit-based scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded based on the supplemental application materials that you submit; no additional materials are necessary. If you wish to be considered for a scholarship, you must provide a brief statement of need (submitted with your supplemental application materials), detailing your financial situation and the funds that you have available. 
April 8:  Complete application deadline (including all supplemental materials)
May 1:   First tuition installment is due.
May 15:  Tuition balance is due.
May 28 - June 2:  Intensive at Hunter College
August 10-12:  Showcase at Gibney Dance Center
Please complete the online application along with your $35 application fee. If you prefer to pay by check, contact our office at 212-279-3344 before beginning the application process.
After your initial application has been received, you will receive a confirmation email with detailed instructions on how to provide the following required supplemental materials:
  1. Personal statements (specific prompts will be provided)
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Headshot
  4. Video work samples (one duet and one group work)
  5. Two letters of recommendation
  6. Financial aid statement of need if applicable (more information will be provided)
Your application for DEVICES cannot be considered until your initial application and all the supplemental materials have been received.
Completing this application does not guarantee acceptance to the program. Applications will only be considered if all requested materials are submitted by posted deadlines. The $35 application fee is nonrefundable. Upon acceptance to the program, tuition will be due in two $750 payments, due 5/1/17 and 5/15/17. Due to the competitive nature of this program, refunds will only be considered with documentation of a medical situation which prohibits participation. Current undergraduate students will not be considered.
DEVICES is made possible in part by Hunter College, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.