Special Projects

everything is fine

2018 | 75 minutes | 16 dancers

Original Score by David Van Tieghem

Lighting by Ben Stanton

Costume Design by Liz Prince

Dramaturgy by Nancy Bannon

everything is fine

everything is fine is loosely inspired by images, characters and situations culled from the collection of poems entitled Ballistics by Billy Collins. The work unfolds in seven interwoven narratives mapping an array of themes: love, solitude, separation, forgiveness, and aging. With a multi-generational cast of 16 artists, the work delves deep into our memories, creating intimate portraits of ordinary lives.

"This piece," says Varone, "explores a darker and more disturbing range of emotions than has generally characterized my work. It is about the relationships we've all survived and their impact on our lives."

Hollis Bartlett, Courtney Barth, Bradley Beakes, Jake Bone, Whitney Dufrene, Hsiao-Jou Tang, Aya Wilson, and Ryan Yamauchi.

Daniel Charon, Ryan Corriston, Natalie Desch, Adriane Fang, Rui Forsberg, Larry Hahn, Eddie Taketa, and Nina Watt.


everything is fine premiered on December 12, 2018, at the New Ohio Theatre in Greenwich Village, New York City.

Images, characters and situations jumped off the pages of these specific poems from Ballistics by Billy Collins: January in Paris, No Things, The Four Moon Planet, Evasive Maneuvers, The First Night, Pornography, Greek and Roman Statuary, Carpe Diem, New Year’s Day, (detail), Separation, Adage, The Flight of the Statues, Passivity, Divorce, Old Man Eating Alone in a Chinese Restaurant, Oh My God, The Breather, The Mortal Coil, and The Future.

everything is fine is made possible, in part, with funding from

Jody and John Arnhold, the National Endowment for the Arts and Exploring the Metropolis Choreographer + Composer Residencies in Partnership with the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning.

The score is made possible by a commissioning grant from the O’Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation.

“Each creative process is a tremendously collaborative event with the dancers, embracing all of our imaginations, instincts and artistry.  My thanks and love to them for being such great, caring allies in the creation of the many dances that fall from my brain.”   DOUG VARONE

photo by Erin Baiano

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