Varone and his dancers command attention as soon as the curtain goes up.
There's no looking away such explosive but subtle works as "Castles."
Rarely do you find a choreographer so dedicated to the full and generous
complexity of the human spirit. Many choreographers can create interesting
movement: few can make it mean so much."
La Rocco, Associated Press
is a company of master dancers, performing masterly choreography."
Varones dances rush headlong into movement that spills even spools
out onstage. There is a dazzle to these complex, swiftly formed patterns.
Yet along the way, the same whirlpools of energy reveal the emotional
turbulence at the heart of Mr. Varones work. Sense and sensitivity
seep into his plotless dances as we watch them. The viewer is ensnared:
here is choreography that gives insidiousness a good name."
the last few years Mr. Varone has produced some of modern dances
most engrossing works. Like many of his generation he opts for an idiom
of exciting physicality, both casual and atheletic. Yet few can punctuate
this sustained momentum so consistently with so many surprises.
Kisselgoff, The New York Times
Varones work makes me cry. Not just during performances, but afterwards;
images of his frantic, daring dancers constantly replay in my memory,
eventually settling in for good. I think Varones work has such a
lasting effect on me for a simple reason its choreographed with
heart. It almost hurts to watch choreography so beautiful. But if you
do, youll vicariously experience the thrill of dancing.
Kourlas, Time Out, New York
achievement is in an ability to wed dance of sheer kinetic force with
profound emotional insight. It is this viscerally understood language
that gives his work the wallop of revealed truth.
Carbonneau, The Washington Post
has forged a wondrous language of movement. Its all jab, fold, melt,
spill, slash and spiral; an impossible blend of the sharp and intricate
and the loose-limbed and wild.
Putnam, Dallas Morning News
Varone is that rare choreographer with a gift for expressing emotion through
dance.He has a company of daredevils, profoundly human super humans who
dance on a dime wheeling, darting and slicing the air at lethal
Dunning, The New York Times
exhilarating athletic physicality, Doug Varone and Dancers were a whirl
of spins, tumbles, leaps, lifts and crashes. But these were not just bullets
whizzing through space, but people with real human faces. Each connection
was fraught with emotional intensity
Campbell, The Boston Globe
lyrical movement that probed the very heart of human emotions and interactions
Conrad, Baltimore Evening Sun
concert was as close to flawless as it gets.
Forsberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City
Varones choreography seems both to burn with anger and weep with
Anderson, The New York Times
of exuberant, even reckless physicality and choreography guided by such
deeply musical impulses you tend to rub your eyes in disbelief.
Ulrich, The San Francisco Examiner
knew from the start it was going to be something special. It was that
and more. Its works like these that renew ones hope for the
future of dance.
M. Kriegsman, The Washington Post
seems to be more than one Doug Varone. Theres the Doug Varone who
deals in miniature, ambiguous, often dark dramas told through the precise
details and the subtlest of nuances. And theres Doug Varone the
power dancer, spinning his superb dancers through big, whipping dances
at such dazzling speed and high energy they sometimes look like theyll
collapse in chaos but never do, always pulling out, thanks to his strong
sense of music and his inventive sense of shape and structure. Introspective
dramatic pieces were followed by blasts of high energy and romping wit.
It can keep you off your balance, but it keeps you wide awake and attentive.
Steele, Minneapolis Star Tribune
Varone establishes a world of inchoate, unattainable passions that writers
need whole poems and novels for.
Dunning, New York Times
Varone and dancers are nothing short of extraordinary."
Squires, The Washington Post
easy to see why Varone has been lauded for establishing a distinctive
voice on the contemporary dance scene. He and his dancers seem to balance
elegant containment and rapid rapturous tossing away. But the style is
only part of what Varone does; in the center of each of his kaleidoscopic
puzzles is a faithful questioning iteration of a worldview that pulses
with human dilemmas.
Fisher, Los Angeles Times
can make the most common gesture, a grasp of the hand, or an arm outstretched
in regret and let it soar into the realm of imagination. Varones
genius is to take the expressions of our daily body language and extend
them into glorious, rhythmic movement.
Walker, Toronto Star
many postmodern choreographers trade cannily on shock and chic, Doug Varone
is all sincerity and substance.
Tobias, New York Magazine
Varone and Danceers performed at a technical level that was nothing short
of astonishing. Provocative and original, the work did not contain a single
derivative step. Balancing lyricism with muscle, it made a profound emotional
impact. The New York company was a breath of fresh air.
Salisbury, Cleveland Plain Dealer
first thing that would strike a newcomer to Doug Varone and his dancers
is their energy. It pulses varoom! Like a comic-book hero. Yet
energized movement, almost a coalescence of bodies, is not the only rewarding
aspect of Varone. He has his quieter side
a subtext of totally non-specific
drama which provides the ballast to Varones work and represents
the undefinable drama of music rather than the more usual narrative we
encounter in theater arts. It is as if little is spoken, but much is said.
Barnes, The New York Post
abiding undercurrent of human warmth is part of what makes Varone's choreography
so distinctive. While his work is some of the most physically daring and
viscerally exhilarating out there, it's not just empty virtuosity. Varone
is highly attuned to the nuances of human interaction, and his generally
plotless works are often laced with wit and rich in emotional details."
Combell, The Boston Globe
is not emerging artist. He's something even better. Varone is an emerged
artist. He now stands in relation to Limon the way Paul Taylor does to
Graham. Prodigals, but progeny."