Project Description


Monica Bill Barnes (Artistic Director/Choreographer) founded MBB&CO in 1997 with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. Her work has been performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizen’s Brigade to Carnegie Hall and has been presented in more than 75 cities throughout the US.  Current projects include a collaborative show with radio host Ira Glass that combines radio stories and dance, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a choreographed exercise tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art called The Museum Workout created in collaboration with artist and author Maira Kalman, and Happy Hour, the world’s only karaoke office party turned dance show, and the company’s first long-running show with recurring performances in NYC and tours around the country.

Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company that brings dance where it does not belong.  We create and produce each work entirely from its own rulebook—dancing to radio interviews on the biggest stages in the world, hosting a weekly show in a crowded office party, or leading a choreographed exercise routine in an art museum.  Within each of these new contexts and borrowed environments, we constantly find humor in our awkward, everyday triumphs and failures.

The company consists of a team of collaborators – Artistic Director/Choreographer, Monica Bill Barnes; Associate Artistic Director/Performer, Anna Bass; designers Kelly Hanson (Set/Costume) and Jane Cox (Lighting); and our newest company member, Robbie Saenz de Viteri (Creative Producing Director).  Together, this team creates the most unlikely experiences for every kind of audience.

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