Your support helped us break ground
DOVA recently completed our season at The Joyce Theater, from December 2-7, 2014, sharing two new works – the full company powerhouse Dome, Doug’s critically-acclaimed solo The Fabulist – and a revival of the celebrated 2004 work, Castles. Philip Gardner of Oberon’s Grove said of The Fabulist, “The work resonates deeply, the ebb and flow of memory gently charted by the soul-touching voice. A unique spell was cast over the darkened theatre by this compelling solo.” Numerous critics have referred to world premiere Dome as a departure from Doug’s signature style; a first step into new territory for a seasoned choreographer. Gia Kourlas of the New York Times described Dome: "Varone has created a dystopian setting in which the focus for eight dancers is immobility. They’re together yet alone; the distances between bodies are accentuated by Jane Cox’s painterly lighting that casts the stage in a chilly apricot. It’s as if the dome is the sky, and they’re trapped within."
We hope you were able to join us for these landmark performances. This season we celebrated Doug’s first time performing in New York City since 2006, and we honored dancer Eddie Taketa, who is retiring after 20 years of artistry and commitment to the company. We had a wonderful opening night benefit where we honored dance superhero Jody Gottfried Arnhold, for her immense contributions to DOVA and the dance field at large.
In addition to our triumphant home season, we were honored to be able to tour in Budapest, Hungary for the first time – selling out our first performance sight unseen – and to return to Peru for performances in Lima and Tarapoto. Not only that, we held our 5th annual Winter Intensive and 15th annual Summer Intensive Workshop, continuing to spread our educational wisdom to new generations of performers. We successfully piloted our DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive – a program which was conceived to share the framework for Doug’s creative process with 16 hand-selected applicants, who premiered their work for nearly 400 enthusiastic fans in September.
Join us as we build on our successes
As we move into 2015 – our 29th year as a Company – we are actively taking our work in a new direction. Doug has always been fascinated by the correlations between art and movement (he frequently draws visuals of his dances as a creative tool), and this spring, will create a new work steeped in abstract visual art. Commissioned by the American Dance Festival in partnership with the North Carolina Museum of Art, this new dance will be the cornerstone of an innovative touring model highlighting the process of creating and how that affects our everyday thinking. This program will serve as a pilot, which will then be brought to other venues and communities throughout the country in 2015-16.
You can help us make this happen. As 2014 comes to a close, we ask that you consider making a tax-deductible, year-end donation to Doug Varone and Dancers, or to make your support last all year, you can extend your support by pledging a sustaining gift of as little as $3 per month. Our current sustaining donors provide us with a constant stream of funding that enables us to maintain daily operations both in our office and in the studio. This ongoing support enables us to focus on the creative, performance and educational work that have become a hallmark of Doug Varone and Dancers, making us a dance ambassador across the United States and the world.
We will be honored to accept your gift in any amount. Your support directly benefits our work, whether you make your donation now or in monthly installments:
- $25 provides approximately one hour of rehearsal space in New York City
- $50 enables us to do a month’s worth of communications and e-marketing
- $100 funds a double occupancy hotel room for one night on tour
- $275 pays our office utilities for a month
- $500 Pays one day of per diem for the entire company while on tour
- $1,000 underwrites a STRIPPED showing
With sincere thanks,
If you would prefer to contribute by check, please make it out to DOVA, Inc. and mail to:
260 W. Broadway, Suite 4
New York, NY 10013
If you have any questions or would like to make a donation on the phone please call Sarah Bodley, Executive Director at 212.279.3344.
Dova Inc. exists to explore and advance Doug Varone’s particular creative vision – capturing through movement the nuance and truth of human interaction. The company shares its work and process through performance, education and professional training.
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