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Doug Varone and Dancers presents the World Premiere of everything is fine, Dec. 12-16

by Michelle Tabnick
November 23, 2018
The New Ohio Theatre
154 Christopher St #1E
New York, NY 10014
(212) 675-6446
New York City's famed Doug Varone and Dancers presents the World Premiere of everything is fine from December 12-16, 2018 at The New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher Street, NYC. Performances: Wed at 7:45pm (Reunion Benefit), Thu-Sat at 7pm & 9:30pm, Sat & Sun at 2pm. Tickets are $49 and are available at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1001509.
 
Inspired by the complex, haunting imagery of Billy Collins's poetry, everything is fine unfolds in seven interwoven narratives mapping an array of themes: love, solitude, separation, forgiveness, aging. Performed by a multi-generational cast of 16 artists, it delves deep into memories, creating intimate portraits of ordinary lives. 
 
"This new theater piece explores a darker and more disturbing range of emotions than has generally characterized my work," said Doug Varone. "It is about the relationships we've all survived and their impact on our lives."
 
Envisioned as a series of cinematic episodes, everything is fine is performed to a newly commissioned score by renowned composer David Van Tieghem for eight company dancers and eight guest alumni dancers.
 
COMPANY DANCERS: Hollis Barlett, Courtney Barth, Bradley Beakes, Jake Bone, Whitney Dufrene, Hsiao-Jou Tang, Aya Wilson, and Ryan Yamauchi.
 
GUEST ALUMNI DANCERS: Daniel Charon, Ryan Corriston, Natalie Desch, Adriane Fang, Larry Hahn, Eddie Taketa, Nina Watt, and Rui Forsberg.
 
Lighting Design by Ben Stanton. Costume Design by Liz Prince. Nancy Bannon, Dramaturg.
 
Includes sexually sensitive material, which may not be appropriate for young children.
 
REUNION BENEFIT - Wednesday, December 12
$150 ticket includes 7:45pm performance and 9:30pm benefit with drinks and light fare at Carroll Place on Bleecker Street. Tickets are available at www.dougvaronesanddancers.org/events/reunion-benefit.
 
"Doug Varone and Dancers command attention as soon as the curtain goes up. Rarely do you find a choreographer so dedicated to the full and generous complexity of the human spirit. Many choreographers can create interesting movement; few can make it mean so much." 
- CHICAGO TRIBUNE
 
"Varone has an unquenchable instinct for expressing the vagaries of the human heart." 
- ARTS JOURNAL
 
"This is a company of master dancers, performing masterly choreography." - NEWSDAY
 
DOUG VARONE, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone works in dance, theatre, opera, film, and fashion. He is a passionate educator and articulate advocate for dance. His work is known for its emotional range, kinetic breadth and the diversity of genres in which he works. His New York City-based Doug Varone and Dancers has been commissioned and presented to critical acclaim by leading international venues for three decades. In the concert dance world, Varone has created a body of works globally. Commissions include the Limón Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Rambert Dance Company (London), Martha Graham Dance Company, Dancemakers (Canada), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Bern Ballet (Switzerland) and An Creative (Japan), among others. In addition, his dances have been staged on more than 75 college and university programs around the country. In opera, Doug Varone is in demand as both a director and choreographer. Among his four productions at The Metropolitan Opera are Salome with its Dance of the Seven Veils for Karita Mattila, the world premiere of Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy, and Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps, designed by David Hockney. His Met Opera production of Hector Berloiz's Les Troyens was broadcast worldwide in HD. He has directed multiple premieres for Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera, among others. His numerous theatre credits include choreography for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatres across the country. His choreography for 2012's musical Murder Ballad at Manhattan Theatre Club earned him a Lortel Award nomination. Film credits include choreography for the Patrick Swayze film, One Last Dance. In 2008, Varone's Bottomland, set in the Mammoth Caves of Kentucky, was the subject of PBS's Dance in America: Wolf Trap's Face of America. Most recently, he directed and choreographed MasterVoices' production of Dido and Aeneas at New York City Center, starring Tony Award winners Kelli O'Hara and Victoria Clark, alongside the Company. Varone received his BFA from Purchase College where he was awarded the President's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Numerous honors and awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an OBIE Award (for Lincoln Center's Orpheus and Eurydice), the Jerome Robbins Fellowship at the Boglaisco Institute in Italy, two individual Bessie Awards, two American Dance Festival Doris Duke Awards for New Work, and four National Dance Project Awards. In 2015, Varone was awarded both a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Guild. Varone teaches workshops and master classes around the world for dancers, musicians and actors. He is currently on the faculty at Purchase College, teaching composition and choreography. 
 
DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS 
The recipient of 11 Bessie Awards, Doug Varone and Dancers has toured to more than 125 cities in 45 states across the US and in Europe, Asia, Canada, and South America. Stages include The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York City Center, San Francisco Performances, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, Toronto's Harbourfront, Moscow's Stanislavsky Theatre, Buenos Aires' Teatro San Martin, the Venice Biennale, and the Tokyo, Bates, Jacob's Pillow and American Dance Festivals. In opera and theatre, the Company regularly collaborates on the many Varone-directed or choreographed productions that have been produced around the world. Doug Varone and Dancers continues to be among the most sought-after ambassadors and educators in the field. The Company's multidisciplinary residency programs take audiences deeper into the work, with a hands-on approach that moves beyond the studio to speak directly to people of all ages and backgrounds, both dancers and non-dancers alike. Our annual intensive workshops at leading universities have attracted students and professionals from around the country, and through our innovative DEVICES choreographic mentorship program, we are training the next generation of artists and dance-makers. Whether on the concert stage, in opera or theatre or on the screen, choreographer Doug Varone creates kinetically thrilling dances with rich musicality and emotional depth. From the smallest gesture to full-throttle bursts of movement, Varone's work can take your breath away with both its athleticism and its passion. www.dougvaroneanddancers.org
 
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