Magazine article Dance Magazine

Doug Varone's Decade of Dance

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Doug Varone's Decade of Dance

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NEW YORK CITY--Rarely is the word "constant" used to describe a dance company, but no adjective better reflects the conviction of choreographer Doug Varone, the loyalty of dancers to his company, or the steady stream of excellent reviews that have followed performances. From January 4-9, Doug Varone & Dancers perform two different programs at the Joyce Theater, a venue that the company has visited every other year since 1990.

These appearances trace a path of increasing success: from inclusion in the Altogether Different series in 1992 and 1994 to a full-week run presented by the theater in 1996 to seasons self-presented by the company in 1998 and 2000. "This Joyce season is definitely a boiling point for me," says Varone. "There's something new brewing in my brain right now and I don't know what's going to happen next."

Varone will premiere five works, including a duet with Gwen Welliver, a company member since 1991, set to a Chopin Polonaise; a suite set to eleven belle epoque love songs by Reynaldo Hahn; Agora, set to a commissioned score by Julia Wolfe, which will be played live and includes an "enormously virtuosic solo for the cello"; and a trio Varone created for a Toronto-based company. "Earlier in the spring I created this trio on a brand-new company that a few friends of mine began and decided to set it on my own company and see how it fared," explains Varone. "I am pretty confident I am going to bring that into New York. …

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