DOUG VARONE came up through the José Limón heritage, and he's kept the modern-dance sense that dancing is an aspect of the life we all lead. Each of the 20 installments of Chapters from a Broken Novel (presented by CRASHarts at the ICA) was triggered by a provocative phrase Varone heard or read or saw. The "chapters" consist of dances for the seven-member ensemble and smaller, more intimate scenes. Varone's novel seems to have no plot; the chapters probably can be performed in any order or combination. By the end of the 90-minute work, the dancers emerged as distinct individuals who'd agreed to maintain a degree of civility in order to go on together.
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