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Doug Varone with Susan Yung

Doug Varone founded his New York-based company, Doug Varone and Dancers, in 1986. In addition to choreographing for his own company, which has toured the world, he has directed and choreographed opera, theater, and musical theater. Doug Varone and Dancers will perform at the Joyce Theater from February 24 through March 1.

Preview: Buglisi Dance Theatre at the Joyce

Martha Graham’s highly dramatic and theatrical modern dance tradition is being carried on by Jacqulyn Buglisi, former Martha Graham Dance Company principal and co-founder of Buglisi Dance Theatre. Buglisi’s company will celebrate its 15th anniversary at the Joyce Theater February 3–8 with two programs, two premieres, and three other repertory works.

An Uneasy Holiday at PS122’s COIL Festival

Everyone is watching TV. Three performers sit in the front row of the audience, monitors on their laps, staring into the glowing screens.

Third Annual Sugar Salon Series

Modern dance is the only American art form originated solely by women. These pioneers founded an expressive, floor-centered movement, subsequently grounding the airy ballet. However, modern dance has been taken over by men.

Get Ready! For a Fake-Out

DD Dorvillier uses a rigorously programmatic scheme to create Choreography, A Prologue for the Apocalypse of Understanding, Get Ready! And yet, the generated movement is highly intentional, if only intellectually so. But let’s back up.

Reviving Coppelia: New York City Ballet Remounts a Classic

In his 101 Stories of the Great Ballets, co-written with Francis Mason, George Balanchine remarked, “Just as Giselle is ballet’s great tragedy, so Coppelia is its great comedy.”

Full-Fledged Mystery in Light and Shadow: LeeSaar at PS122’s COIL Festival

My friend from Israel was able to give me some help with the monologue delivered in Hebrew and some background on the Israeli pop music featured in LeeSaar’s production of Geisha at PS122 last month, but I still walked away with plenty of questions about the dance. Which was fine.

Wheeldon and Pärt at Works & Process

It starts in the dark, and a shear sheath of light brightens as a dancer moves her arms: first the muscular flutter of a crane, then the sharp extensions of a sundial’s shadow, then the romantic gesture of a nymph paying homage to the sunburst of her own face.


The Brooklyn Rail

FEB 2009

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