DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS performs a body of work heralded by critics as "among the most compelling in the contemporary repertory.” The Company celebrates its 20th Anniversary season with its creative momentum in high gear. In addition to concert tours throughout the U.S., a New York City season at the Joyce Theater in October (which featured new works and repertory classics) our 2006-2007 season will include performances of Dense Terrain, an evening-length dance/opera with an original score by art-rock and film composer Nathan Larson. Dense Terrain will make its New York premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in May of 2007. Our 20th anniversary celebration concludes with the premiere of a new dance to music by Jake Shimabukuro, commissioned by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. It will premiere at Wolf Trap's Filene Center in the summer of 2007.
From its first performances at PS 122 in 1986, Doug Varone and Dancers has earned worldwide praise performing at major venues and festivals at home and abroad including: The Kennedy Center; Lincoln Center; London's Queen Elizabeth Hall; Moscow's Stanislavsky Theater; The Venice Biennale; and the Tokyo, Jacob's Pillow, and American Dance Festivals.
Doug Varone's unique artistic output has earned the company numerous honors including 8 New York Dance and Performance Awards (Bessies), the American Dance Festival's Doris Duke Award for New Work, and three National Dance Project Awards. The company's dances have been commissioned by such leading institutions as Jacob's Pillow, The Joyce Theater, Whitebird (Portland, OR), the Carlsen Center (Overland, KS), the Clarice Smith Center for the Performing Arts (College Park, MD), Summerdance, Santa Barbara and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts.
From acclaimed repertory dances to the site-specific Neither (2000) at the Lower Eastside Tenement Museum, to Le Sacre du Printemps (2003) at New York's Metropolitan Opera, the Company’s varied works and projects reflect Varone’s inimitable choreographic signature. The wide array of work the company creates encompasses such ground-breaking multi-media dances as Ballet Mécanique (2001), set to George Antheil's iconoclastic score from 1925, and the poignant rural portrait, The Bottomland (2002), filmed in the Mammoth Caves of Kentucky; the sweeping excitement of Rise (1993), set to John Adams’ Fearful Symmetries, and the intimate, gestural miniature Short Story (2001).
In recent years the Company has partnered with opera companies and presenters to bring a new dynamism to the staging of opera, theater and song-cycles. Last season the Company partnered with Lincoln Center on the world premiere of composer Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice for the Great Performers and American Songbook series (Elizabeth Futral, soprano) and the Aquila Theatre Company on H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man. In the spring of 2006, we partnered with Minnesota Opera on the American premiere of Laurent Petitgirard's Joseph Merrick: The Elephant Man. Varone was the director and choreographer for these diverse productions.
Internationally renowned for its superb teaching abilities, the company has taught extensively in the United States and abroad, serving frequently on the faculties of the major U.S. dance festivals. Its annual summer workshop is among the most popular and highly-respected in the field. The Company’s eighth annual three-week workshop will take place in June 2007, at the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance in Purchase, New York.