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Doug Varone and Dancers, April 14, 8PM

March 23, 2006
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Friday, April 14, 2006, 8:00 p.m.

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, MARCH 10, 2006—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 April 14, 2006 at 8:00 p.m. at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the company performs 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. A pre-performance discussion is held at 7:15 p.m. on the hall’s Grand Tier.

“It almost hurts to watch choreography so beautiful,” raved Gia Kourlas in Time Out New York. Pamela Squires, writing in The Washington Post, says, “Doug Varone and Dancers are nothing short of extraordinary.” Of Rise, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune said, “[It] rises almost to the ecstatic. Dancers leap through the air and are snatched out of it by other dancers, keeping them, we suspect, from flying. The excitement keeps building until its almost too much, then dissolves into an ending so quiet that it virtually pulls you out of your seat.” Castles, set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, is a full-company work inspired by the composer’s romantic Waltz Suites.

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 (BESSIES). The company has toured worldwide, and since 1999 they have performed in Doug Varone’s opera productions and are featured in Opera Colorado’s The Barber of Seville, and Le Sacre du Printemps at the Metropolitan Opera during its 2003-2004 season.

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Tickets for DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS are $42, $34 and $21. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit

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