Doug Varone and Dancers presents "DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship Program Showcase"
Doug Varone and Dancers
Doug Varone and Dancers
DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship Program Showcase
Featuring 12 new works-in-progress
August 10 - 12, 2017 at 7:30pm
New York City's famed Doug Varone and Dancers will once again present the DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship Program Showcase from Thursday, August 10 - Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 7:30pm at Gibney Dance: Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, 280 Broadway (Entrance at 53A Chambers), NYC. Tickets are $12 in advance and $17 at the door, and will be available at https://gibneydance.org/performance/.
DEVICES showcases 12 original works (in process), developed under the mentorship of Doug Varone, by a diverse group of emerging artists, all at varied points in their careers. The evenings will feature works by Jee Ahn, Jennifer Boissiere, Rodney Brown, Alison Cook-Beatty, Doug Gillespie, Ilana Goldman, Charlotte Griffin, Carolyn Hoehner, Susan Koper, Teddy Tedholm, Morgan Teel, and Nichele Van Portfleet.
DEVICES: Choreographic Intensive & Mentorship Program is a one-on-one mentorship program with Doug Varone for experienced choreographers that took place from May 28 - June 2, 2017 at Hunter College. A unique program celebrating its fourth year, the entire scope of the mentorship is divided into three distinct parts over the course of several months. The program kicked off with a week-long intensive retreat at Hunter College wherein Doug shared ideas about craft, design and composition through finely honed creative games and devices in which an abundance of material is built quickly then carefully shaped and molded. Participants created studies using dancers selected by Doug and the Company. Company members served as guides and moderators throughout the week. Over the following months, Doug continues to mentor each participant one on one as they independently create a new work on their own dancers.
"I began the DEVICES program because I felt there was a lack of opportunity for emerging choreographers to continue their craft. This program gives them a safe haven to try new ideas and to lend a guiding eye to oversee their creative process. The diversity of artists that have participated the past three years has been wide ranging in both age and experience, building a rare community of dance makers at varied points in their careers." -Doug Varone
"DEVICES gave me the freedom to take risks and further develop my voice while receiving feedback from someone I respect and a group of talented peers." Participant, 2016
"The work I made in DEVICES jettisoned me to the next level as a choreographer." Selene Carter, 2014
"DEVICES is unlike any other intensive out there right now." AJ Sharp, 2015
"Because of DEVICES, I was able to take my choreography to another level." AJ Sharp, 2015
"DEVICES is like a creative think tank for choreographers, personally guided by the world renowned innovator, Doug Varone." Nyama McCarthy-Brown, 2015
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.
Photo by Erin Baiano.
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