Thursday, September 29 at 7:00pm
Bovard Auditorium (ADM)
3551 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089
Monica Bill Barnes & Company: The Running Show
A Visions and Voices Signature Event
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Monday, August 1, at 11 a.m.
“Full-throttle, humor-infused dance-theater.”—Dance Magazine
Presenting the life of a dancer through movement, interviews, and stories, each production of The Running Show is as exhilarating and entertaining as it is intimate and unique. Providing an unprecedented look into the life of a dancer as a new kind of sports hero who keeps moving against all odds and recruiting local dancers to join the cast and share their stories, this iteration will feature co-creator, choreographer, and dancer Monica Bill Barnes; co-creator and writer Robbie Saenz de Viteri; and the voices, views, and performances of students from the USC Kaufman School of Dance. Over a week of rehearsals and development, they will learn their parts from Barnes and be interviewed by Saenz de Viteri to create a one-of-a-kind performance.
Following the acclaimed show, the creators from Monica Bill Barnes & Company and dancers from USC Kaufman will reflect on their experience, expand upon the creative process, and take questions from the audience.
Monica Bill Barnes founded Monica Bill Barnes & Company in 1997 with a collection of solos that could be performed anywhere. The company has performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizens Brigade to the Sydney Opera House and has been presented in more than 100 cities. Some of the company’s past projects include The Museum Workout, a guided exercise tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Happy Hour, an immersive office-party dance show that ran as a recurring event for three years in New York City; and Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a show that combines radio and dance in collaboration with Ira Glass that toured over 25 cities in America and abroad.
Robbie Saenz de Viteri began working in theater as an audio script assistant to Anna Deavere Smith. He has created performances and toured productions throughout the world with the Obie Award–winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma. He has created, produced, and performed in Happy Hour, The Museum Workout, One Night Only, Days Go By, The Running Show, Keep Moving, and It’s 3:07 Again with Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Some of his other favorite projects include producing This American Life Episode 528, “The Radio Drama Episode,” live on stage at BAM, and directing Rachel Bonds’s Michael & Edie.
The USC Kaufman School of Dance was created to develop successful dancers who are technically excellent and understand their art completely, create art that is a part of society and not apart from it, and are grounded in the realities of the dance profession.
Presented by USC Visions and Voices with the USC Kaufman School of Dance.
Photo: Julia Discenza