June 3-5, 2017, 9am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3pm ("Museum Workout" at NCMA)
June 6-9, 2017, 6:30pm ("Happy Hour" at PSI Theatre at Durham Arts Council)
North Carolina Museum of Art
Saturday, June 3-Monday, June 5 | 9:00am, 10:15am, 1:30pm, and 3:00pm
Co-presented by ADF and the North Carolina Museum of Art, Museum Workout is an experiential piece that blends a choreographed physical workout with a guided museum tour. Led by Monica Bill Barnes, her long-time dancing partner Anna Bass, and the company’s Creative Producing Director Robbie Saenz de Viteri, audiences perform choreographed movement as they travel to works of art selected by collaborator Maira Kalman. The first workout of each day and all workouts on Monday, June 5, will take place while the Museum is closed to the public. Limited to 15 participants!
Read Museum Workout FAQs.
PSI Theatre at Durham Arts Council
Tuesday, June 6-Friday, June 9 | 6:30pm
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass play two utterly ubiquitous male characters. But as female performers, they can never become these characters. In their persistent failure to become these icons, we can see something more special—two individuals desperate to wrest new meaning from our most familiar ideas of ourselves. Hosted by Robbie Saenz de Viteri, Happy Hour is a hybrid, part office party, part dance show, and part karaoke event. The happy hour continues after each performance at Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub. Join Monica and Anna for a cool one!
Watch a little footage from Happy Hour.
The presentation of Happy Hour is made possible by PNC.
Monica Bill Barnes is a choreographer, performer, and the Artistic Director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Barnes founded MBB&CO in 1997 with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor, and the innate theatricality of everyday life. The company creates full-length shows that tour the country’s biggest stages and tiniest rooms, bringing dance where it doesn’t belong. Her work has been performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizen’s Brigade to The BAM Opera House, and has been presented in more than 75 cities throughout the US. Current projects include a collaborative show with radio host Ira Glass that combines radio stories and dance, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a collaboration with author/visual artist Maira Kalman creating a guided Museum Workout, and Happy Hour, the world’s only office party turned dance show, and the company’s first long-running show with recurring performances in NYC.