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Doug Varone and Dancers to receive $40,000 FY17 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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Doug Varone and Dancers to receive $40,000 FY17 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

Time: February 4, 2017 from 6pm to 7pm
Location: Doug Varone and Dancers/DOVA, Inc.
Street: 260 West Broadway, Suite 4 New York, NY 10013
City/Town: New York
Website or Map: http://www.dougvaroneanddance…
Phone: lilli@michelletabnickcommunications.com
Event Discipline: arts, award
Organized By: Michelle Tabnick Communications
Latest Activity: Feb 8, 2017

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National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $30 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $40,000 to New York City’s famed Doug Varone and Dancers for the creative development of the new dance-theatre work entitled Strange Loop. The Art Works category focuses on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.

The arts are for all of us, and by supporting organizations such as Doug Varone and Dancers, the National Endowment for the Arts is providing more opportunities for the public to engage with the arts,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Whether in a theater, a town square, a museum, or a hospital, the arts are everywhere and make our lives richer.”

Doug Varone is collaborating with Oscar Award-winning director and playwright Eric Simonson on Strange Loop, which will interweave dance, theater, and video. Varone and Simonson will work as co-directors to realize an interdisciplinary project inspired by Douglas Hofstader’s 2007 novel, I Am a Strange Loop. Simonson has begun the collaboration by writing a script treatment from which he and Varone will develop a staging in the style of a silent film. The narrative of love and loss will unfold through movement, without spoken dialogue. Through intimate, gestural movement – an embrace, a turning of the head, or even mouthed words – the performers will portray the minute increments in which daily lives unfold. The choreography will establish character, motive and story with the assistance of visual projections by Wendall Harrington. Strange Loop is being developed over the course of 2017 and will receive private and public in-progress showings in NYC, before its ultimate premiere in early 2018.

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