THE DANCE ENTHUSIAST ASKS: Doug Varone on "Scrapbook," Making Dance for Video, and 40s & 50s Music
Erin Bomboy for The Dance Enthusiast: Where did the inspiration for The Scrapbook come from?
Doug Varone: During the early months of the pandemic, when everything closed down and I knew I wouldn’t see my company for a while, it took me a bit of time to figure out how to approach creativity from a distance and to engage my dancers in a new way. I was seeing all sorts of attempts from other artists to try and navigate the Zoom format as a way of sharing both live and recorded material, and I found that really unsatisfying to watch. I knew then that I wanted to make films and really invest in challenging myself and the dancers in a new form. The ten films that were created between June 2020 and February 2021 were the inspiration for The Scrapbook. Eventually, placing them together into one narrative was the goal.
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Doug Varone in his "Scrapbook"; photo courtesy of Doug Varone and Dancers