“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


W.A. Mozart
8 dancers, 32 minutes

Chapters from a Broken Novel

David Van Tieghem
8 dancers, evening-length

“Choreographer Doug Varone’s “Chapters from a Broken Novel” (2010) — with its shards of dreams and groping tenderness — cracks the human condition wide open.”
Boston Globe

For complete commissioning credits, click here.

Commissioning Support was provided by the NEA, NYSCA, NYC DCA, Bates Dance Festival, Portland Ovations, San Francisco Performances, University of Akron, National Performance Netrwork Creation Fund, National Dance Project.

Ballet Mécanique

George Antheil's 'Ballet Mécanique'
8 dancers, 26 minutes

Critically hailed as a groundbreaking work, Ballet Mécanique navigates the intersection of dance and technology to present a dramatic work of potent imagery. Iconoclastic composer George Antheil’s remarkable 1925 score sets the piece in motion with its driving rhythm that ultimately explodes into a thrilling cacophony. Varone and award-winning scenic designer Wendall Harrington build on the intensity: Harrington’s large scale and visually intense projections – an array of natural and abstract images about energy projected on scrims, cycs and even the performers – create a continually transforming stage space to match the visceral effect of Varone’s dramatic choreography.

Original co-commissioners:

The Joyce Theater's Stephen and Cathy Weinroth Fund for New Works, Summerdance Santa Barbara, and the University of Texas at Austin Performing Arts Center. Major creative support provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Fund for Dance of the National Dance Project, a program administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts.

Revival support provdided by NEA American Masterpieces & the New York State Councio on the Arts


Music by Philip Glass (The Light)
8 dancers, 22 minutes

“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.”
Washington Post

“Beginning with Varones meditative, resilient exploration of the space around him, Lux seems to progress toward optimism, as a projected moon slowly rises on the backdrop, and the performers take pleasure in their richly convivial celebration. Lux sates you with dancing, but youre still reluctant to leave the feast.”
Washington Post

Commissioned by the Daniel and Dianne Vapnek Family Fund

Boats Leaving

Boats Leaving
8 dancers, 28 minutes

“A masterpiece. Varone's genius here consists of using tactics that are strictly formal, utterly devoid of sentiment, to arouse the spectators' deepest feelings.”

“I swear I heard voices people talking, muttering, worrying, crying, shouting, laughing, bantering, flirting, arguing and doing the other dozens of other sounds we hear and make during the course of our lives. None of Doug Varones dancers said anything aloud. Yet there are so many conversations going on in the movement...surely there were voices. Varone moves the whole conversation into new emotionally treacherous waters. His dancers are always about relationships and community and in this astonishing and disturbing work, he has the courage to take us inside the darkness of communities unraveling. Stillness is powerful in Varones work, like the silence we engage in at awkward, intense or deep moments. Varone immerses himself in the moments in between the silences, stillnesses, the deeper story.”
News and Observer (NC)

Commissioned by the American Dance Festival with funding support from the Doris Duke Awards for New Work.


Music by Sergei Prokofiev (Waltz Suite, Opus 110)
8 dancers, 28 minutes

“Doug Varones Castles is the best new dance piece Ive seen in a long time. It brings together, distilled and heightened, the qualities Varone is generally known for the physical excitement, the depth of telling, the implication of story. And Castles perfectly suits his company, which, although diverse in look, is so united in approach (and so carefully prepared) that it really does seem to carry out his purpose like a single instrument.”
New York Observer

“Propelled by Prokofievs whirling Waltz Suite Op.110, based on his Cinderella score, the nine dancers in Castles surge across the stage with almost superhuman energy, driven compulsively by the music and Varones demanding choreography. The pace never lets up in this, one of his most accomplished works.”
Financial Times

Commissioned by the Carlsen Center of the Johnson County Community College, KS, Charles R. Rogers, Artistic Director.

Short Story

Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff (Prelude in C)
2 dancers, 5 minutes

“A turbulent give-and-take between a man and a woman, Short Story is a duet with an emotional wallop. Varones focus is anything but narrow, and the passions are those of every heart. They are generalized, distilled and abstracted. The brilliance is in the telling. Along the way there are powerful expressions of rejection. The ruling image is never cheap, never related to a simple love-hate encounter. Rather, the complexity of feeling is expressed in the complexity of entangled bodies. The recurring motif is yes but no.”
The New York Times

Originally commissioned by the Limon Company.


Music by John Adams (Fearful Symmetries)
8 dancers, 28 minutes

“Rise rises almost to the ecstatic. Dancers leap through the air and are snatched out of it by other dancers, keeping them, we suspect, from flying. The excitement keeps building until its almost too much, then dissolves into an ending so quiet that it virtually pulls you out of your seat.”
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Created in residence at NYU Tisch Summer Dance Residency Program and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia through a generous grant from the Carpenter Foundation.


Music by Dick Connette
2 dancers, 12 minutes

“Home depicts a thousand tiny ways the subtle shades of acceptance, rejection, tender passion and greedy need between two people sharing a life.... Movement that proves the very heart of human emotions and interactions.”
Baltimore Evening Sun

Home was originally commissioned by Pennsylvania Dance Theater.

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