BARNARD/COLUMBIA DANCES AT
YVONNE RAINER, AGAIN? WHAT NOW?
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 (FIRST DAY OF SEMESTER) AT 6–7:30PM
DOUG VARONE AND DANCERS, CARRUGI
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 AT 6–7:30PM
DAVALOIS FEARON, NEW WORK
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 AT 7:30–9PM
IN STUDIO 305
As a founder of Judson Dance Theater in 1962, Yvonne Rainer transformed the performing body, pioneering a task-oriented approach to movement that paralleled the earthbound aesthetic of minimalist sculpture. Her "Trio A" (1966) remains the quintessential "postmodern" dance. Her equally innovative films, which she began to create in 1972, reject linear narrative and identification with actors. In keeping with the goals of second-wave feminism, her films combine the personal with the political, including themes such as racism, gender and sexuality. Rainer received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1990. She returned to dance in 2000, producing works such as After Many a Summer Dies the Swan for Mikhail Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, ongoing versions of "Trio A," explorations of the aging body, and witty homages to avant-garde figures Sergei Diaghilev, Igor Stravinsky and George Balanchine.
Audition: Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 6-7:30PM (first day of Fall 2019 semester) in studio 305BH
Bessie award-winning, critically-acclaimed dancer, teacher, and choreographer Davalois Fearon, has been lauded by colleagues as “unapologetic” and by critics as “electrifying.” Fearon was born on the island of Jamaica and raised in the Bronx, NY and is the founder and Artistic Director of Davalois Fearon Dance. She creates visual imagery that is fluid yet detailed, assertive yet thoughtful. Her choreography has been presented throughout New York City, by the Joyce Theater, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Dance Enthusiast’s “Moving Caribbean in NYC,” the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, and the Inception to Exhibition Dance Festival, among others; as well as across the US and in Kingston, Jamaica. She has collaborated with internationally renowned poet Patricia Smith, multi-reedist Mike McGinnis, fashion photographer Nigel HoSang, and interdisciplinary artists Andre Zachery and Deborah Castillo.
Her dancing has given her recognition as one of the best performances by Dance Magazine, most memorable performances by Charmaine Warren, and a Bessie Awards nomination as a performer in “Platform 2016: the skeleton architecture, or the future of our world's” curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa at Danspace. Fearon was recently listed as one of “Seven Up-and -coming Black Artists to Have on Your Radar” by Dance Magazine.
Fearon performed and taught around the world with the Stephen Petronio Company and at times staged company repertory from 2005-2017. Fearon created and implemented an education program for the Stephen Petronio Company, taught as an adjunct professor in the Long Island University Brooklyn Dance Program, and has been a guest professor at Princeton University Program in Dance, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, and Hillsborough Community College Dance Program. She has also performed with Daniel Ezralow, Forces of Nature, Ballet Noir, Darrell Robinson, and Ballet International Africans. She holds an MFA from UWM and a BFA from the Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.
I am passionate about creating work that increases awareness about social and environmental issues that appeals to a wide range of audiences. To this end, my choreography explores topics related to the environment, race, gender, and sexuality, as well as abstract, movement-driven ideas. I translate words, images, emotions, and situations into my unique movement vocabulary, which is as rooted in my Jamaican immigrant background and my childhood in the Bronx as in my master’s level academic training and professional contemporary/postmodern dance background. My collaborations with multimedia artists help me take audiences on audio-visually thought-provoking journeys through the world’s most pressing issues.
Audition: Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7:30-9:00PM in studio 305BH
Award-winning choreographer and director Doug Varone works in dance, theatre, opera, film, and fashion. He is a passionate educator and articulate advocate for dance. His work is known for its emotional range, kinetic breadth and the diversity of genres in which he works. His New York City-based Doug Varone and Dancers has been commissioned and presented to critical acclaim by leading international venues for three decades.
In the concert dance world, Varone has created a body of works globally. Commissions include the Limón Company, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Rambert Dance Company (London), Martha Graham Dance Company, Dancemakers (Canada), Batsheva Dance Company (Israel), Bern Ballet (Switzerland) and An Creative (Japan), among others. In addition, his dances have been staged on more than 75 college and university programs around the country.
In opera, Doug Varone is in demand as both a director and choreographer. Among his four productions at The Metropolitan Opera are Salome with its Dance of the Seven Veils for Karita Mattila, the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy, and Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, designed by David Hockney. His Met Opera production of Hector Berloiz’s Les Troyens was broadcast worldwide in HD. He has directed multiple premieres for Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, Washington Opera, New York City Opera, and Boston Lyric Opera, among others. His numerous theatre credits include choreography for Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional theatres across the country. His choreography for 2012’s musical Murder Ballad at Manhattan Theatre Club earned him a Lortel Award nomination. Film credits include choreography for the Patrick Swayze film, One Last Dance. In 2008, Varone’s Bottomland, set in the Mammoth Caves of Kentucky, was the subject of PBS’s Dance in America: Wolf Trap’s Face of America. Most recently, he directed and choreographed MasterVoices’ production of Dido and Aeneas at New York City Center, starring Tony Award winners Kelli O’Hara and Victoria Clark, alongside the Company.
Varone received his BFA from Purchase College where he was awarded the President’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007. Numerous honors and awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, an OBIE Award (for Lincoln Center’s Orpheus and Euridice), the Jerome Robbins Fellowship at the Boglaisco Institute in Italy, two individual Bessie Awards, two American Dance Festival Doris Duke Awards for New Work, and four National Dance Project Awards. In 2015, Varone was awarded both a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Dance Guild. Varone teaches workshops and master classes around the world for dancers, musicians and actors. He is currently on the faculty at Purchase College, teaching composition and choreography.
Audition: Wednesday, September 4 at 6-7:30PM in studio 305BH