Originally built upon a repertoire of solos and duets, Monica Bill Barnes & Company has a mission to celebrate individuality, humor, and the innate theatricality of daily life. Born and raised in Berkeley, California, Barnes moved to New York in 1995 after receiving her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California at San Diego. The company first performed at the Pillow on Inside/Out in 2005, then returned for a Creative Development Residency in 2009. The performance seen here came during an unusually busy summer of engagements at the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, and New York’s Joyce Theater. While at the Pillow in 2009, Barnes participated in a PillowTalk entitled “What’s So Funny About Dance?”. A few years later, she returned in Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host with Ira Glass and Anna Bass, and most recently presented Happy Hour.
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