Monica Bill Barnes & Co. and nicholasleichterdance

Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Monica Bill Barnes & Co. and nicholasleichterdance perform as part of the series Thalia Dance: Gender Benders. Performing to enthusiastic crowds in contemporary venues both nationally and abroad, Nicholas Leichter's company, nicholasleichterdance, is known for pieces filled with provocative pairings. Whether exploring race and gender, the relationship between two dancers or between street and traditional dance styles, the movements consistently evoke a cultivated culture clash. The company is committed to expanding the performance experience through master classes, workshops, residencies, lecture demonstrations, talk-backs, and open rehearsals. These activities incorporate an extensive repertory of modern dance techniques, improvisation, and information about the creative process. The nicholasleichterdance program will include: excerpts from Skindiving (2004) Choreography by Nicholas Leichter Performed by Wendell Cooper, Aaron Draper, Jared Kaplan, Nicholas Leichter Music by Chris Lancaster, D'Angelo, Thievery Corporation Costumes by Mindy Nelson Baby Doll (2000) Choreography and Performance by Nicholas Leichter Music by Mariah Carey Costume by nldnyc Undertow (2000) Choreography by Nicholas Leichter Performed by Wendell Cooper, Aaron Draper, Jared Kaplan, Nicholas Leichter Music by Bjork Costumes by nldnyc Monica Bill Barnes has created eleven evening-length dance works for her own company, Monica Bill Barnes & Company arranging from a two-woman vaudevillian traveling side show to an intergenerational dance extravaganza for fifteen performers. Barnes choreography has been produced in over twenty venues in New York City ranging from Joe's Pub/DanceNow DancemOpolitan Series to Symphony Space and Danspace Project/St. Mark's Church, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Dancenow/NYC/The Festival and Dancing in the Streets. Her work has been presented nationally and internationally by organizations including Jacob's Pillow, The International Fabbrica for Choreographers (Florence, Italy), The Fourth International Dance and Movement Festival on the Volga (Yaroslav, Russia), Sushi Performance and Visual Art (San Diego, CA), DancePlace (Washington, D.C.), The Philadelphia Live Art Festival and The Yard. Barnes holds an MFA from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts. She has received support from the Greenwall Foundation, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation and the Puffin Foundation. Barnes has also received artist residencies at Dance New Amsterdam, The Yard, The Joyce Soho Artist Residency and the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. She and Deborah have enjoyed performing "This ain't no Rodeo!" all over the map, from Florence, Italy to Kalamazoo, Michigan and are happy to bring it home to Joyce-Soho. www.monicabillbarnes.com The Monica Bill Barnes & Co. program will include: Side Show Choreographed: Monica Bill Barnes Performed: Monica Bill Barnes and Deborah Lohse Music: Edith Piaf Costume Design: Kelly Hansen Relinquish Choreographed: Monica Bill Barnes Performed: Lindsey Dietz Marchant Music: Franz Schubert Costume Design: Kelly Hanson She Snapped She Left Choreographed & Performed: Monica Bill Barnes Music: Composer: Hector Berlioz Singer: Rosalind Elias Composer: Cordiferro-Cardillo Singer : Sergio Franchi Costume Design: Kelly Hanson

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