Music by Nathan Larson Sets by Allen Moyer Lighting Design by Jane Cox Costume Design by Liz Prince Photos by Julieta Cervantes
12 performers, 1 hour 15 minutes
Premiere: Carlsen Center at Johnson County Community College, KS May 15, 2007
Commissioned by Summerdance Santa Barbara and the Carlsen Center of the Johnson County Community College, Kansas, Charles R. Rogers, Artistic Director; and co-commissioned by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington, Vermont.
"Varone revealed a masterly ability to blend dance, music, video and set design with an idea about the human predicament. If ever there was a symbiotic team, this is it." – Bloomberg.com
"Although Dense Ter¬rain seems to me a flawed work, I was utterly gripped by it, as I always am by what Mr. Varone does. He's made a highly ambitious piece, employing all the impedimenta – film projections, sliding panels, voice-overs – that have become a symptom of so much modern dance. And yet, like all of his work, it's alive, exciting, moving. Varone dancers are kinetically thrilling. They go all the way, both when they're in vivid, rushing motion and when they're in deep stillness." – New York Observer
"Some of the most provocative theater dance you're likely to see, Dense Terrain stretches the vocabulary of modern dance." – Kansas City Star