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Dance therapy: Doug Varone and Dancers premier a new dance piece at UB

Doug Varone and Dancers perform tonight (March 24) in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts.

For the past two weeks, Doug Varone and Dancers has been in residency at the University at Buffalo working to create a new dance piece that will premiere at UB’s Center for the Arts on today (March 24). The company, founded in 1986 and known for its innovative choreography and educational work, created the new piece after spending a week with patients in Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Women and Children’s Hospital as part of the CFA’s ambitious Arts in Healthcare program.

The residency, funded in part by a large National Endowment for the Arts grant, marks the first time the program has had professional touring artists who have worked in local hospitals for an extended period. The dancers’ work with patients was filmed on flip-cams and later used to put together a 10-minute piece. For the new dance and much of its recent work, the company uses an unorthodox concept known as "blind eye choreography," a language- and image-driven approach created by Varone in 2006 in the wake of his hip surgery.

Tickets to today's event, which starts at 8 p.m., are $11.50 to $22.50. More information is available at
645-2787 or

-- Colin Dabkowski


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