At the heart of every work, is pure dance making and the creative relationship with my dancers is paramount to this process. I work within a very liberal and open atmosphere, and as a result the dancers are great allies in my dance making. They are intuitive interpreters of the work that I imagine. Its this great trust that allows the work to flourish. - DOUG VARONE

Nocturnes I & II

In 1987, Doug Varone created a solo for himself set to Chopin's "Nocturne #8 in D Flat Major, Opus 27, #2". This seminal work explored the blur between pedestrian movement and pure dance, and set in motion a vocabulary and style that Varone has been mining ever since. Now thirty years later, Varone choreographs its companion: another solo for himself to Chopin's "Nocture in E Minor,Opus 72". Like bookends framing a career, Varone premiered the new Nocturne sid-by-side with its original.

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Boats Leaving

Boats Leaving concerns community and an unfailing faith in the triumph of the human spirit. As the works unfolds, the gatherings and brief encounters of strangers convey both isolation and collective solidarity amidst strife; images emerge, linger and disperse, creating a panorama of fleeting humanity. In today's global environment, Boats Leaving is an important dance to re-share for its universal message crosses diverse boundaries, languages and cultures, creating dialogues that embrace our similarities not our differences.

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in the shelter of the fold

The work is comprised of a cycle of five imagistic dances that can be shown as stand-alone works or as an interrelated episodic event, scored by five of the most innovative 21st century composers working today.

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Through lashing movement sprung from ordinary gesture, along with evocative lifts, holds and falls, ‘Possession’ evokes the temper of our time – equal parts isolation, anxiety, violence and anomie. -NEW YORK MAGAZINE

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Strict Love

This gray persona, which all the dancers took on, juxtaposed to the music, which included Diana Ross’s ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,’ was bizarre and fascinating. ‘Strict Love’ was one of those dances that leaves audiences begging for more. -THE DAILY GAZETTE | Photo: © Erin Baiano

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Luxuriant. Lux is all about freedom. It is what dancing really feels like, the kind of dancing I might dream about: loose and sweeping in a spirit of exultation. Varone puts the beating heart at the center of his work. -THE WASHINGTON POST

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