Doug Varone and Dancers presents: DEVICES 5 Choreographic Showcase

Thu, Aug 2 - Sat, Aug 4, 7:30 PM


The Theater at Gibney 280 Broadway | Entrance at 53A Chambers Street | Manhattan


DEVICES 5 Showcase

The Theater at Gibney 280 Broadway | Entrance at 53A Chambers Street | Manhattan 

Thu, Aug 2 at 7:30 PM
Fri, Aug 3 at 7:30 PM
Sat, Aug 4 at 7:30 PM

$15 in Advance | $20 at the Door

12 original works (in process) created under the mentorship of Doug Varone

Developed for experienced artists at various points in their careers, the DEVICES Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship program began with a week-long retreat in New York City with Doug and the company, continued with a summer of mentorship by Doug and culminates in a showcase at Gibney, in New York City. Join us as we present these emerging artists and their unique voices.


Hollis Bartlett (Thu & Sat)
Marika Brussel (Thu & Fri)
Grace Deane (Thu & Sat)
NiNi Dongnier (Fri & Sat)
Mat Elder (Fri & Sat)
Leslie Garcia (Thu & Fri)
Joanna Lees (Thu & Sat)
Bethany Logan | Wild She Dances (Fri & Sat)
Joshua Pacheco (Thu & Sat)
Natalia Schradle | ANAHATA Dance (Thu & Fri)
Peter Stathas (Thu & Fri)
Ayako Takahashi | Ayalis in Motion (Fri & Sat)

*Schedule subject to change.



Hollis Bartlett is a performer, teacher, creator, administrator, and advocate for the arts. His curiosity for movement and performance began at an early age, and eventually led him to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he received a BFA in Dance. While at Tisch he also studied abroad at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. He has been a member of Doug Varone and Dancers since 2011 and also has had the pleasure of working for Brian Brooks, Adam Barruch, Steeledance, Sydney Skybetter, and the Metropolitan Opera. In addition to dancing for Doug Varone, he manages the company’s licensing and staging projects and has reset Varone’s repertory on colleges across the country. As an educator, Hollis has taught at the Bates Dance Festival, The Dance Complex (Boston), NYU, SUNY Purchase, UNC School of the Arts, The Hartt School, Connecticut College, and Hofstra University; and has ongoing open classes at Gibney Dance Center (NYC). From 2010-2015, Hollis served as a member of Dance/NYC’s Junior Committee; an incubator for the next generation of dance leadership working to bolster the dance community through research, discussion, and community action. As a creator, his collaborations with partner Nattie Trogdon have been presented at various venues including Dixon Place, Triskelion Arts, Gibney Dance Center, and FIRST LOOK at Brooklyn Ballet.

Marika Brussel is a contemporary ballet choreographer based in San Francisco. Born in New York City, she trained on scholarship at Joffrey Ballet and danced with their Concert Group. After a hiatus where she studied fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Program, she returned to dance professionally with Ballet Repertory of New Mexico and Napoles Ballet Theatre. Her choreographic works have been commissioned by Emote Dance Theater, Push Dance Festival, Arc Dance Company, Bay Pointe Ballet and Berkeley Ballet Theater. She has been the recipient of a Classical Girl Grant, a Fleishhacker Opportunity Grant, and has also held residencies at SafeHouse, the Dresher Ensemble Studio and at Moving Arts SF. (

Grace Deane is a dancer, artist, and teacher based in New York City. She grew up in New Rochelle, NewYork, surrounded by a family of dancers. It was at the University of Wisconsin in Madison that Grace first was drawn to make work using dance as the primary medium. There she had many wonderful opportunities to perform works by guests artists such as Bill T Jones, Joe Goode, and Danielle Russo. She was also able to create and produce her own full-length works: a round table (2015); and PERSONA: Madison (2014), a site specific work made with Aliza Roth. After graduating in 2015, with a BS in Dance and a double major in Math, Grace completed her Pilates certification from Movement Insights Pilates under Collette Stewart. She then returned to New York were she has been living, teaching, and choreographing for the past three years. For the past two years she has choreographed the musical at New Rochelle High School. Her solo work nayeh which uses original song, text and movement has been shown in New Rochelle, NY, Brooklyn, NY, Queens, NY and Madison, WI. In the fall Grace will be starting a Masters of Art in Dance Education at Hunter College. Grace is honored to be a part of the 2018 summer Devices workshop. You can follow her on instagram @deanemovementproject.

NiNi Dongnier/东妮尔 (b. 1988 in Inner Mongolia, China), choreographer, dancer and multi-media artist, lives and works in New York and Beijing. She is currently a MFA candidate in Dance and Technology at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. She graduated from Beijing Dance Academy (BDA) with Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Master of Arts in Choreography and Pedagogy (including one year visiting scholarship study at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance). She has served on the faculty of BDA since 2012. Dongnier is interested in exploring varied choreographic approaches and new (or used) technology to create contemporary dance, performance and motion theater; her works also take the form of video art and art film; they search for new motion and visual vocabularies in response to various spatial environments and individual life. She is currently working on her artistic research and creation project Motion and Landscape. Dongnier was an artist-in-residence at the American Dance Festival ICR in 2011. She has been awarded Cultivation of Art Talents Scholarship by China Scholarship Council in both 2010 and 2017. Since 2014, she has been commissioned to create works for department programs of BDA. Her work has been nominated China Dance Lotus Award in 2017. Her works has been shown at: The National Centre for the Performing Arts (China), Art Basel- Hong Kong, Being 3 Gallery, NYU Jack Crystal Theater, American Dance Festival, Beijing Tianqiao Theater, Poly Theater, Beijing College Dance Festival among other venues.

Mat Elder, from Tennessee, received a Bachelor of Science in Theater and Dance from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Fine Arts in Choreography from Smith College. He’s currently working towards a Master of Social Work at Hunter College, NYC. Mat has worked with choreographers Sidra Bell, Alberto Del Saz (Ririe-Woodbury), Travis Gatling, Cynthia Guttierez-Gardner, T Lang, Kate Weare, Aaron McGloin, Project 44, Paul Matteson and Leah Cox. Notable performances include Alwin Nikolais: Leaving a Legacy national tour and Bill T. Jones’ reconstruction of Love Redefined at the American Dance Festival. He is named one of the "Top 5 to Watch in D.C.” by Ngoma Dance Magazine (2016). He has worked as a Movement Specialist for mental-health facilities throughout NYC and Washington, DC, since 2015. His past residence and teaching credits include Middle Tennessee State, Smith College, American College Dance Festival Northeastern Division, the Williston Northampton School, Howard Community College, and Georgetown University. Mat’s choreographic works have been presented nationally including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mat currently dances and collaborates with Mari Meade Dance Collective, Christopher K Morgan & Artists, and Ekilibre Dance Company.

Originally from Guadalajara, Jalisco México, Ms. García began her dance training in Guadalajara where she trained ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, aerial dance and Mexican folklore, and then moved to New York City in 2013 to study at the Martha Graham School. She continued her studies at the Limón Institute, where she completed the Professional Studies Program. Ms. García completed her studies at Adelphi University with a dance talent scholarship. Ms. García has performed with Johanna LjungQvist, Hanna Q Dance Company, and with Vanessa Long and Long2. She is also a current member of De Funes Dance Company and Babel Dance Company. Ms. García had also performances also include such event as the Battery Dance Festival, DUMBO, Bailando Por Una Causa. Ms. García has worked with renowned choreographers Kathryn Alter, Bobbi Smith, Diego Funes, Marnie Thomas, Orion Duckstein, to mention a few. This is Ms. García first season with Long2 Dance Company.

Joanna Lees is an emerging choreographer out of Minneapolis, MN and Salt Lake City, UT. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Joanna graduated cum laude with distinction in 2007 from The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) with a BFA in Dance and minor in Business. She was also an Arts Scholar and the recipient of the Denman Undergraduate Research Forum Scholarship. Joanna studied with various artists including Bebe Miller, Susan Hadley, Victoria Uris, Karen Eliot Abigail Yager and Ming-Lung Yang and performed Doug Varone’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) in collaboration with BalletMet Columbus. Joanna has performed in works with and by several Twin Cities dance artists including Penelope Freeh, Blake Nellils, Darrius Strong, Taja Will, Heather Klopchin, Jennifer Glaws, Labor Force Dances, Strange and Liebhard New Music and Dance Ensemble, Rainy Day Cabaret, Erin Drummond, Laura Holway, Jennifer Mack, Erinn Liebhard, Kelly Radermacher, and Kristin Howe. Joanna co-founded Alternative Motion Project, a nonprofit dance company in Minneapolis, alongside Kristin Howe in 2011. She has created and premiered 13 new works with AMP in the last six years. Joanna’s work has been presented by the College of Dupage (Glen Ellyn, IL), The Moving Collective (Louisville, KY) and at the Midwest Regional Alternative Dance Festival (Kalamazoo, MI). Joanna enjoys the collaborative process including with COD professor/composer Lee Kesselman and Chicago visual artist René Romero Schuler. She also premiered her first multi- media dance work entitled#binge (2016) in Minneapolis. Joanna is currently working toward her Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance at The University of Utah (Salt Lake City) where she has performed with Stephen Koester, Nichele Van Portfleet, and Doug Varone in collaboration with Doug Varone and Dancers. Joanna is thrilled to be making work as part of Doug Varone’s choreographic mentorship program, DEVICES 2018. (photo Bill Cameron)

Bethany Logan graduated from Ohio University with a BFA in Dance & Choreography and a Minor in Psychology in May 2015. She is a Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer, teaching artist, 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and Certified Personal Trainer. Logan currently dances with BABEL Movement and Chris Ferris & Dancers. Her past performances include Kelley Donovan & Dancers, The Physical Plant, Sandra Kramerova & Artists, The Median Movement, and Doug Neilson, and recently performed works by Olivia Dwyer, Marika Brussell, and Madison Plummer in Boulder, Colorado. Logan's choreography has been performed in New York City and Mumbai, India, at the University of Dayton, and was selected for the American College Dance Association Gala Concert. She studied Prana Paint Flow with Navdhara India Dance Theatre and received Ohio University’s College of Fine Arts Award to study Ohad Naharin’s Gaga technique with Batsheva dancer, Shaked Dagan, in Italy.

Josh Pacheco is a Brooklyn based artist and Hunter College graduate from California. He has presented work in many festivals including the Biomorphic Dance Festival, Astoria Dance Festival, Nachmox @ The Tank as well as fully produced his own evening length event as part of his honors thesis. He currently dances with Babel Dance Company and trains at various studios in NYC. For more information about his art, please visit

Natalia Schradle, MFA, LMT, CYT, CMA, is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she received her MFA in choreography and performance in 2015.  Natalia is the founder and artistic director of ANAHATA Dance, a New York and Virginia Beach based company focusing on site-specific performances. Self-produced concerts include Floating on Rooftops a group of site-adaptive works that took place in, on, and near arts lofts in Redhook, Brooklyn; a full-length site-specific work, How It Is Infinite on Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, New York; Eno River Dances, an interactive hiking concert that took place at Eno River State Park in Durham, NC; Celebrating H’Doubler, a collection of works by faculty and alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Reverie by Lauren Rosenstein and Natalia Schradle both performed at the Salvatore Capezio Theater at Peridance in Manhattan. Her work has also been shown as a part of APAP at Joyce Soho, the Women in Dance Festival, White Wave Dance Festival, DNA Day of Dance, DNA Choreographer Showcase, the In-Sight Suite Summer Festival, Tobacco Road Dance Production in Concert, Triangle Yoga Arts, and the Neon Festival. She has been an adjudicator for Tobacco Road Productions and has presented research at the International Conference for Kinetography Laban and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is certified in Vinyasa, Prenatal, and Aerial Yoga; Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis; Reiki; Thai Yoga Massage; Swedish Massage; Shiatsu; Myofascial Release; and is currently pursuing her Alexander Technique and Extreme Moves Certifications. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the dance department at Old Dominion University. Natalia is very much looking forward to presenting her newest work in progress at the DOVA Devices showing in NYC in August.

Peter Stathas began his dance training at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point in the mid 70’s, and continued his training at SUNY Purchase in Purchase New York. He then moved to New York City to continue his education and studied with dance luminaries such as Zena Rommentt, Mel Wong, Lar Lubovitch, Marjorie Mussman, Geri Houlihan, Mark Morris, and Maggie Black. In 1979, he became a member of the Jose Limon Dance Company and soon after joined Marta Renzi and Dancers. As a part of Marta Renzi’s company, he danced many roles before finding his passion for choreography, which lead him to begin creating his own works. In 1986, Peter became interested in physical therapy as a way to combine his passion for dance with an awareness of proper physical alignment and enrolled at UMass Lowell. For 26 years, he focused solely on building his physical therapy practice. In 2016, his love for dance inspired his decision to return to his passion. His first performance featured two pieces that he resurrected from his time in NYC. He also created two new pieces of work that he featured in a show entitled Leaving and Coming Back. In 2017, Peter began work on his newest piece, Conundrum. This piece is set to Brahms String Quartet #1 and was conceived with the simple thought of confining the dancers to a specific space and expanding that space as new dancers were added in each of the four movements. Peter is thankful to be working with DOVA in the Devices mentorship program which has allowed him to collaborate with his friend, role model, and inspiration Doug Varone.

Ayako Takahashi is originally from Kanagawa, Japan. After completing the study at Peridance Capezio Center Certificate Program in NYC as a scholarship student, she made a move to Boston and joined Urbanity Dance. While in Boston, she presented many works internationally as well; Boston Contemporary Dance Festival (USA), Reykjavik Dance Festival (Iceland), Seoul International Dance Festival (Korea), Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Nitzotzot (Israel), Malta Arts Festival (Malta) listed a few.  Currently working/dancing at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston resident choreographer/artists (Boston), Mari Natsuki Terroir (Japan), and AZOTH Dance Theatre (NYC/France) as well as an independent artist. She is also holding MA in Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley University, and working as R-DMT (Registered Dance/Movement Therapist) and LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counselor) and also happy to contribute her work to Doctors without Borders (MSF).

DEVICES is made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Doug Varone and Dancers would also like to thank Hunter College, Howard Gilman Foundation, Harkness Foundation for Dance, SHS Foundation, and Fan Fox Leslie R. Samuels Foundation for their generous support of the workshop and showcase.

Top/Rehearsal Photo: Courtney Barth

more events & workshops

SUMMER WORKSHOP | June & July 2019

For pre-professional and professional dancers, the Summer Workshop provides three immersive weeks of technical training, creative work, and exposure to the company’s style.

The College at Brockport | State University of New York | Brockport, NY

On-campus housing available.

Photo: Erin Baiano

DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship Program in NYC 2019

Led by Doug Varone and the Company Dancers  |  Enrollment: 10 – 12 choreographers

Designed for experienced choreographers of all levels, this unique mentorship with Doug Varone is divided into three distinct parts over the course of several months beginning on May 26 with an intensive retreat in New York City. Up to 12 participants are selected through application.

Be sure to join us in August in NYC when the choreographers will show their work. Details to come.

Photo: Matt Furman

Teaching Spring 2019

Another way to enjoy Doug Varone and Dancers:

Take a class taught by one of our Company members at studios in New York City this spring.

Schedules may change, so make sure to check back regularly.

Paul Taylor Dance Company Studios | 10:00-11:30 AM, Fourth Friday of each month (except May)

Gibney | March schedule available

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