Doug Varone and Dancers
Brooklyn Academy of Music
May 16, 2007
by Lisa Rinehart
copyright © 2007 by Lisa Rinehart
Doug Varone's "Dense Terrain" maps desolate territory. It's an emotionally vacant piece that could dissuade even a hard core New Yorker from renting that grimy studio apartment they've got their eye on — or, at least, send them to the nearest Starbucks for some cozy conversation. This is surprising given that "Dense Terrain" is, like many of Varone's dances, about connecting, or, trying to connect, and what topic is more emotionally fraught? But amidst of pallet of grunge greys, Varone gets bogged down by arcane ideas and technical silliness unrelated to the movement and drains the life from this slick vivisection of psychosis and frustrated relationships.