Center for the Arts Presents Doug Varone and Dancers

Posted: April 6, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Doug Varone dancers in
Doug Varone dancers in “Wall”
Photo by Phil Knott

With daring physicality, exquisite detail and real genius for capturing the complexities of human interaction, Doug Varone and Dancers is considered one of today’s most compelling contemporary dance companies.

On Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m. at George Mason’s Center for the Arts, the company will perform several of their signature pieces, including 1993’s homage to extremes, “Rise,” set to John Adams’s “Octet;” and the 2004 full company work, “Castles,” which, in series of lush duets set to music by Prokofiev, celebrates all things romantic.

Doug Varone is a choreographer of contemporary dance for the concert stage as well as Broadway, opera, regional theater, film and television. Varone’s opera credits include “Les Troyens” for the Metropolitan Opera, “Die Walküre” for the Washington National Opera, and “Il Viaggio a Reims” for the New York City Opera. He has choreographed for Baltimore’s Center Stage, Yale Repertory Theater, Walnut Street Theater and many others.

Founded in 1986, Doug Varone and Dancers has garnered seven New York Dance and Performance Awards. The company has toured worldwide, performed in Doug Varone’s opera productions and been featured in Opera Colorado’s “The Barber of Seville” and “Le Sacre du Printemps” at the Metropolitan Opera.

A pre-performance discussion will be held at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

Tickets are $42, $34 and $21. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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