Mentorship amongst choreographers is nothing new: Jose Limón had Doris Humphrey, and Alvin Ailey had Lester Horton. But in a career where there is often scarce training (most college programs still primarily train dancers, not choreographers, for instance) and that can be competitive and isolating, mentorship opportunities that are formalized rather than happenstance are becoming increasingly needed.
The ever-so-busy Kyle Abraham is back in New York City for a brief visit with his company Abraham.In.Motion as they prepare for an exciting spring season of new endeavors with some surprising guests. The company will be debuting a new program at The Joyce Theater on May 1, that will include two new pieces from […]
The Radical Bodies evening broke all attendance records at Hunter College’s Kaye Playhouse on May 31. People were lining up in the courtyard almost two hours before curtain, and the mood was festive. All 650 seats were filled, more than 100 people were turned away and about 60 went across the street to watch the […]
Fewer choreographers are hiring from auditions. So what’s the best way to secure work? Casey Loomis (fourth from right) took three intensives and auditioned twice before Doug Varone hired her. Photo by Jim Coleman, courtesy Varone. The idea of networking can send dancers into a panic. You’re not sure how to do it, what to […]
Wendy Perron speaks to choreographer Doug Varone about his style, his process, and his career.
Hypnotic NEW YORK CITY Endless repetition can drive audiences out of the theater, but a gifted choreographer can make watching the same phrase over and over with subtle changes fascinating. Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker is one of those rare ones. Four of her early works from the 1980s are coming to Lincoln Center […]
Open mind, healthy body Julia Burrer (center) in Doug Varone’s Carrugi (2012). Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann, Courtesy Doug Varone and Dancers. Julia Burrer flows like water onstage. In Doug Varone’s Lux, her limbs slice and caress the space, her lanky 6′ 1″ frame reaching the corners of the stage even as she drops […]
Doug Varone and Dancers at 25 Varone’s Carrugi. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann, Courtesy Varone. Whether in older or new work, for one or all eight of his dancers, the emotional potency of Doug Varone’s choreography is a constant. Doug Varone and Dancers is celebrating its 25th anniversary in a season […]