YOUR SUPPORT MATTERS TO US
Throughout the past year, the Company and I have collected thousands of photos that represent countless extraordinary moments and experiences. They document our travels through New York, across America, and around the world, including performances, workshops, rehearsals…and all the moments in between. Our 2013 travels took us from high into the Andes Mountains of Peru to a bitterly cold New Bedford, MA. All along the way, dance was the connector.
As a loyal fan and supporter, you have watched our dances unfold, experimented in our workshops, and followed our progress on online. Over the coming weeks, we will share a photographic retrospective of the year, through our website and Facebook. Read on for more about the Company's adventures this year, and we hope you'll consider making a year-end donation to help sustain all of our creative projects.
the Company took the stage at the Metropolitan Opera in a revival of Les Troyens,
which was broadcast worldwide in HD. Our Met performances were closely followed by a return to the FOCUS Dance Festival, and our 5th
Annual Winter Intensive held in NYC every January.
was highlighted by the World Premiere of Mouth Above Water
set to a haunting new score by Julia Wolfe at the Harkness Dance Festival. We then took our recent premiere on tour in the Northeast and Midwest in March
and early April.
In mid-April we ventured to Argentina, Paraguay, and Peru, serving as cultural ambassadors for the US Department of State as part of DanceMotionUSA(SM). We were honored to be selected for this program that highlights dance as a platform for global dialogue about art and culture. The April/May tour allowed us to engage a wide cross-section of artists and arts-lovers through dance and conversation. With Brooklyn Academy of Music as a partner, we forged an intriguing alliance with Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance from Buenos Aires.
Upon our return to the States, we spent most of June and July teaching at our 14th Annual Summer Workshop at The College at Brockport, and at the Bates Summer Dance Festival in Lewiston, Maine. During these residencies, we opened our rehearsals to the community as we began the creation of a new dance set to Christopher Rouse’s elegiac “Trombone Concerto.”
In August I choreographed Wesleyan University’s Common Moment, leading 700 freshmen through a movement-based journey on the campus’ football field. I felt like a game show host keeping the action alive, moving enormous groups of students in patterns through space.
In September and October, Brenda Angiel and her dancers joined us in New York and we began a unique collaboration. Bilingua, commissioned by BAM, as part of the Next Wave Festival, intertwined our two movement languages, literally turning our worlds upside-down from floor to ceiling.
brought the Company back to my alma mater, Purchase College, as we performed there for the first time in our 27-year history. Now in December,
we are happily back home at the 92nd Street Y, rehearsing two new creative projects slated to premiere in 2014. We don’t have enough room in this brief letter for all the highlights and photos we’d like to share, so please visit www.dougvaroneanddancers.org
in the coming weeks to see more behind-the-scenes images and videos that wrap up 2013.
In addition to our US touring, our 2014 season has the Company traveling abroad to Eastern Europe and returning to South America. We are also very excited to launch an exclusive new Intensive dedicated to the choreographic process.
As this year ends, I want to thank you for joining us and supporting the Company. On behalf of the dancers and staff, I hope you will consider making a year-end gift to Doug Varone and Dancers to help sustain all of our new creative programs. If it’s your first time giving, we are thrilled to have you join our family of contributors. If you have been a supporter, I hope you’ll consider increasing your gift to enhance our growth even further.
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We are thrilled to recognize all of our friends whose gifts of any size provide us with the inspiration we need to do our best work. $700 pays for a new costume for one dancer; $500 pays for one week of rehearsal for one dancer; $250 covers a new video on our website; $100 pays for a hotel room for our tech director; $50 provides per diem for one day for a dancer on tour; $25 covers the nuts and bolts of our daily life ... you get the idea.
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