Doris Duke Artist Award, 2015
New York, NY
Doug Varone founded Doug Varone and Dancers in 1986, and has become known for his emotionally charged, animated, and distinctive movement style. His incredible ability to tell a non literal story can be seen in his solo The Fabulist (2014), in which he illustrates the confidence experienced in youth and the vulnerability that comes with aging. Captivated by detail, he is also known for site-specific works, like The Bottomland (2008), which was set in the Mammoth Caves of Kentucky, and featured in PBS’s Dance in America series. Commissions include the Limón Company, Hubbard Street, and Batsheva Dance Company. He received an OBIE Award (2006), multiple NEFA National Dance Project grants, a Guggenheim Fellowship (1996), and two individual Bessie Awards (1998, 2007). He is currently on faculty at Purchase College, and the company is in residency at the 92nd Street Y. He is working on a new commission from the American Dance Festival premiering in July 2015.