Doug Varone ’78, founder and artistic director of Doug Varone and Dancers, received a Bessie Award at the Twenty-Third Annual New York Dance and Performance Awards. Varone received his award for architecturally mining the territory between hope and fear in a bleak landscape of shifting tableaux; and for revealing the persistence of the individual within the community in a moving journey of courage from the known to the unknown in Boats Leaving presented by the Joyce Theater.
The award is named for Bessie Schonberg, a teacher of dance and composition who died in 1997.
Varone has created more that 40 original works for Doug Varone and Dancers, which he founded in 1986, as well as for dozens of companies throughout the world. His work has been seen at the Metropolitan Opera in a 2004 production of Salome and a 2005 production of An American Tragedy. He has also created choreography for the Washington Opera, the Colorado Opera, Broadway, and for theater productions in Baltimore, New Haven and Philadelphia, as well as for television and cinema.