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Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone works in
dance, theater, opera, film, television, and fashion. He is a
passionate educator and articulate advocate for dance and creates
work that is extraordinary for its emotional range and kinetic
breadth. His New York City-based company, Doug Varone and Dancers,
has been commissioned by leading venues throughout the world for
more than two decades. In 2008, Varone’s Bottomland, which
is set in the Mammoth Caves of Kentucky, was the subject of the PBS
program Dance in America: Wolf Trap’s Face of
Varone is also in demand as a director and choreographer for opera. Among his four productions at the Met are Salome, with its sensational “Dance of the Seven Veils,” for Karita Mattila and the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy. His Met production of Hector Berlioz’s Les Troyens was recently broadcast worldwide in HD. He has staged multiple premieres and new productions for Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, and New York City Opera, among others. His numerous theater credits include choreography for productions on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in regional theaters across the country. His choreography for Manhattan Theater Club’s current musical hit Murder Ballad earned him a Lucille Lortel nomination for choreography. Film credits include choreography for the Patrick Swayze film One Last Dance.
In the concert dance world, Varone has created a global body of work. His commissions include the Limon 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. His dances have also been staged in more than 75 college and university programs.
Varone received his BFA from Purchase College, where he was awarded the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Honors also include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an OBIE Award (for his direction and choreography of Ricki Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice), two American Dance Festival Doris Duke Awards for New Work, four awards from the National Dance Project, and two individual Bessie Awards, for Sustained Achievement in Choreography and for his 2006 work Boats Leaving.
Varone teaches workshops and master classes around the world for dancers, musicians, and actors. He currently teaches composition and choreography at Purchase College.