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Monica Bill Barnes & Company Present Preview Performance of “One Night Only” at PS21 Friday and Saturday, August 18
[CHATHAM, NY] PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century presents a two-night preview performance of One Night Only from New York City-based Monica Bill Barnes & Company (MBB & Co). With wit and heart, MBB & Co create and produce work from its own rulebook, finding humor in everyday triumphs and failures. The performance, which is part of PS21’s Chatham Dance Festival, will take place under the Tent at PS21 Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19 at 8:00 pm. PS21 is located at 2980 Route 66 in the town of Chatham.
“One Night Only is an entirely new show for us,” Monica Bill Barnes explained. “Our performance at PS21 will be a preview of the world premiere which will happen in NYC two weeks later. It’s a play on the idea: one night only over and over again and again,” she said.
“In this new show we want to know: is there a way to make the audience feel invested in the same way they do with a sporting event?” Barnes said. “In sports, the crowd cheers and cares about the outcome. We want to borrow the style and pleasure without being over representative.”
Monica Bill Barnes was named one of the wittiest young choreographers around by The Village Voice. “When I can hear the laughter, I know that the audience is paying attention, they’re following and they’re invested,” Barnes said.
“Ultimately, our hope and intention is to make the dance performance feel relatable. As the audience watches, they should feel like they’re going through the relationship with us,” Barnes said. “We want it to feel familiar and be something they can identify with. That’s why I choreograph in stumbles and awkward moments, because that’s the way we move through life. Every day everyone struggles in the work they do.”
Monica Bill Barnes & Company uses music as an element to build familiarity. “I always work with music that is familiar. It helps an audience find a way in,” Barnes explained. For this show Barnes uses an eclectic mix of classic country, opera, classical, even the Go-Go from the ‘80s. “Maybe every member of the audience won’t know every song, but they’ll be familiar with at least one,” she said. “We want everyone to feel something that is familiar.”
Monica Bill Barnes & Co is made up for five people: two designers, two dancers, and a director. “It is important for me to express how collaborative the work is made. I am the choreographer but what really makes our work unique and relatable is the collaboration that all five of us go through,” Barnes said. “The choreography is just the beginning. In fact, the choreography takes a back seat to the relationship. Each element contributes to the context that is framing the choreography.”
Monica Bill Barnes & Co will perform “One Night Only” Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $35 general admission, $30 for PS21 members, and $17 for students (school ID required for college students). To order tickets, visit ps21chatham.org or call 1-800-838-3006. For more information, visit ps21chatham.org or call 518.392.6121.
PS21: Performance Spaces for the 21st Century is a not-for-profit organization in Chatham, NY, dedicated to the performing arts and to serving a diverse community with concerts, programs and residencies by professional artists and ensembles, youth and children’s programming and cultural education opportunities for all ages.
Thank you to our 2017 season sponsors and supporters: New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo & the New York State Legislature, New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project Touring Award, MetzWood Insurance, Ed Herrington, Inc., Main-Care Energy, and the Lofgren Agency.
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PS21 presents a two-night preview performance of One Night Only from New York City-based Monica Bill Barnes & Company (MBB & Co). The performances will take place under the Tent at PS21 Friday and Saturday, August 18 and 19 at 8:00 pm. To order tickets, visit ps21chatham.org or call 1-800-838-3006.