(b Syosset, NY, 5 Nov. 1956)
US dancer, choreographer, and director. He studied tap dancing as a child, modern dance at the State University of New York at Purchase, and ballet with Maggie Black and Zena Rommett. He danced with José Limón's company (1978–9) and with Lar Lubovitch (1979–86) before founding his own company, Doug Varone and Dancers, in 1986. He choreographed his first piece, Mendet, in 1978 and as well as creating the repertory for his own company he has also made work for many others including the Limón company, Rambert Dance Company, Batsheva, and Colorado Ballet. A list of his works includes Cantata 78 (mus. Bach, 1987), Rise (mus. John Adams, 1993), Possession (mus. Philip Glass, 1995), In Thine Eyes (mus. Michael Nyman, 1996), Sleeping With Giants (mus. Nyman, 1999), Tomorrow (mus. Hahn, 2000), Short Story (mus. Rachmaninoff, Limón company 2001, Varone company, 2002), Castles (mus. Prokofiev, 2004), Boats Leaving (mus. Pärt, 2006), and Lux (mus. Glass 2006). In 1997 he made his Broadway debut with the musical Triumph of Love. He has also worked extensively in opera, choreographing and staging the US premiere of George Antheil's Transatlantic, for the Minnesota Opera (1998); choreographing various productions for the Metropolitan Opera, including Les Troyens and Salome; directing and choreographing Orfée et Euridice for Opera Colorado; and Joseph Merrick: Elephant Man and Gounod's Faust for Minnesota Opera, among others.
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