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Monica Bill Barnes will be featured on Tallahassee satellite broadcast of “This American Life”

Published May 9, 2012

Former MANCC Choreographic Fellow, Monica Bill Barnes will be featured on a satellite broadcast of “This American Life” on Thursday May 10th at Governor’s Square Mall in Tallahassee, Florida.

Barnes, recently began a new MANCC Media Fellowship Project which will, in part, support her collaboration with Ira Glass, Host and Executive Producer of public radio’s “This American Life.”  Barnes initiated conversations with Glass, after he came to the company’s New York season in June 2011.  Seeing Barnes’ work inspired him to create a cinema event; “I saw this amazing dance performance by Monica Bill Barnes’ company, and I thought – that is totally in the style of our radio show. But obviously you can’t have dance on the radio. Then I realized, we have to do another cinema event.”

On May 10, 2012, Barnes and her company will be performing on a live episode of “This American Life” on stage at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, which will be shared via satellite to more than 500 movie theaters around the US and Canada.  Tallahassee audiences may view the performance at Governor’s Square Mall:

This American Life – Live!
Thursday, May 10 at 8:00 pm
Regal Governor’s Square Theaters

Call (850) 878-7211 to purchase a ticket
Monica Bill Barnes has had a long relationship with MANCC,  Florida State University and regional audiences. Audiences of Tallahassee’s Seven Days of Opening Nights (in conjunction with FSU’s Union Productions) enjoyed two nights of Barnes’ “Suddenly Summer Somewhere”, “Everything is Getting Better All The Time,” and “mostly fanfare” as part of the 2011-2012 season.  Multiple FSU Dance students have interned with Barnes in New York and Barnes set work on FSU Dance students at the Ringling Museum’s new “Art of Our Time” contemporary dance series in January of 2011. The piece performed, “Another Parade,” was deemed the evenings “most successful work” in a review by Carrie Seidman of Sarasota’s Herald-Tribune.  Monica Bill Barnes will be returning in the spring of 2013 for the continuance of her MANCC Media Fellowship Project residency.  Read more about Barnes collaboration with Glass and upcoming MANCC residency at