Doug Varone’s choreography paints the extraordinary in sweeping images of the ordinary, the everyday movements of humankind elevated by his deliberate, precise brushstrokes. Varone is known to choreograph his pieces at a fast pace is also able to capture intimate human emotions which we happen to see in his dance piece Home with Gwen Welliver. Home is a touching and timeless piece. It seems to portray love, acceptance, rejection, greed, passion and memories shared by two people. Throughout the dance, they use a series of gestures and postures which depict the human emotions that refuse to die between the married couple who though clearly need each other, no longer know how to be together.
Home danced to the music of A. Leroy, is staged from a good view of the audience so that it may seem as though the audience is looking through a window of the couple’s home. From there, Varone explores the strain, sadness, complications and even hope that we see in everyday relationships. The instances when the two dancers are seated side by side (05:05 – 05:56), stand and sit (05:57 – 07:03) in response to each other, epitomizes the type of stage presence the dance demands. The female dancer can be seen following the male dancer’s up and down the stage in a circular pattern with their chairs held out in front of them, hitting them hard on the ground (12:56 – 13:26). This movement also illustrates the stage presence the dance demands from both dancers. It also shows the reconstruction of a domestic argument being played out.
Lighting also plays a role in this picture I have painted about this movement. From the beginning of the dance we see Welliver sitting in a circle of light and more than half of the dance is shown in that circle of light which gives the audience an idea of how much space will be used in this piece. Also I feel as though when the dancers walk through the dark, it shows how much they want to leave but because they are tied down by memories shared in the past and the hope that maybe they can find that spark once more, they half blend in with the dark as they are somehow still visible to the audience. This can be seen from 06:08 – 06:10, where the female dancer seems to blend in with the dark, thus shows how conflicted she is with wanting to leave but due to the affection towards her husband and old memories created together.
In this dance piece we see how much of a toll relationships have on couples. Varone’s choreography illustrates the challenges of such a life unfolding behind closed doors. We see intimacy at many points in the dance piece such as when the couple holds hands at 06:23 and when the female dancer is sitting on the chair and seems to lean backwards longingly into the male dancer at 07:29 and distance which can also be seen during the dance at scenes from like 10:57 to 11:35 when the male dancer walks off, out of the light and seems to blend in with the dark as though he left her for good and left her hanging with broken promises; which I feel as though that move she is stuck in with her bent over somewhat awkwardly with her left arm swinging. Home is a piece that can be said to have captured the marriage life perfectly through the choreography of love and the changing aspects that emerge from the obligation of two individuals to one another. This choreography confronts the vicissitudes of a worn out relationship which explains the fast pace of the dance. The movements of both dancers are smooth and detailed. These movements shows how they try to resolve a quarrel as they move up and down on chairs in the form of sitting and standing up and when the female dancer stands on the chair (10:34 – 10:38). However, the movements of the female dancer seem to be more…