Dancer, choreographer, and artistic director of Doug Varone and Dancers, Varone formerly performed with the companies of José Limón and Lar Lubovitch, appearing at Jacob’s Pillow for the first time with Lubovitch in 1981. His own company, founded in 1986, typically performs works with fierce physicality and inexplicable gesture, exemplified by a 2009 performance of Castles. His choreography is always musically driven, but there is no limit to the kinds of music he utilizes. In addition to works made for his own dancers, Varone has choreographed for other groups (such as the Limón Dance Company and Batsheva Dance Company) and contributed to a number of highly regarded productions for the Metropolitan Opera. The group of stellar artists seen here was especially assembled for the Pillow, billed as Doug Varone's Short Fictions.
Dance Title: The Bench Quartet
Choreography: Doug Varone (1986)
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performers: Peggy Baker, Larry Hahn, Doug Varone, Nina Watt