Returning Choreographic Fellow | March 14 - 28, 2013
Luster / Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
Monica Bill Barnes returned to MANCC to work on an evening length show with Ira Glass, Host and Executive Producer of public radio's This American Life, and Barnes’s long time collaborator Anna Bass. The evening, titled Three Acts,Two Dancers, One Radio Host includes text and commentary by Glass, alongside Barnes’s work-in-progress Luster, and Suddenly Summer Somewhere (developed during Monica’s 2007 MANCC Choreographic Fellowship).
"I am treating the two dances like short stories and source material from which a playwright and director will use to create a new play." – MBB
While in residence Barnes and Bass continued to work on Luster, explore the production components of Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host and consider the full arc of the evening with Glass. Theater artist Trey Lyford joined the residency to offer dramaturgical support. FSU students and local community members had multiple opportunities to witness and reflect on the work in development with Barnes, Bass and Stage Manager and Lighting Director Mary Ellen Stebbins.
The residency took place following a year-long relationship between Barnes and Glass, supported by a MANCC Media Fellowship Project, which included Monica Bill Barnes & Company performing on a live episode of Glass’s This American Life, which was shared via satellite to more than 500 movie theaters around the US and Canada.
Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host premiered April 20-21 at the Annenburg Center for the Performing Arts (PA).