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Monica Bill Barnes & Company: Happy Hour

WORLD STAGES: Monica Bill Barnes & Company: Happy Hour (United States)

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - Friday, March 11, 2016

Contemporary Dance WORLD STAGES

In the new dance work Happy Hour, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass invite audiences to have a drink, laugh at our collective failures, and fall in love with our own shortcomings.

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MONICA BILL BARNES & COMPANY
Monica Bill Barnes, Artistic Director
New York, NY
Part of the Kennedy Center World Stages series
 
HAPPY HOUR
 
"Think of Buster Keaton in Vegas. It's also unapologetically human and refreshingly relatable."
--The New York Times
 
"Though it may sound corny, Barnes--pitch-perfect not only in humor, but in humanness, too, it turns out--seems to invite us all to shed our insecurities and relax, maybe even glory, in our imperfect selves."
--The Boston Globe
 
Choreographer and performer Monica Bill Barnes founded MBB&CO in 1997 with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor, and the innate theatricality of everyday life. She is joined by a core of long-time collaborators: Associate Artistic Director and performing partner Anna Bass, Lighting Designer Jane Cox, Set and Costume Designer Kelly Hanson, and Creative Producing Robert Saenz de Viteri.
 
In the new dance work Happy Hour, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass trade their signature sequins and feather headdresses for a pair of everyday men's suits. Framed by the casual aesthetics of cocktail parties and the inherent failure of karaoke nights, they are two female performers desperate to wrest new meaning from the most familiar male characters. The New York Times raves, "The two are winning as would-be studs, who, beneath their fist pumping and chest bumping and fanatical jogging, are desperately, awkwardly alone." Happy Hour invites audiences to have a drink, laugh at our collective failures, and fall in love with our own shortcomings. Come for the karaoke, stay for the hope of a life-changing experience.

Arrive 20 minutes before the show for a chance to sing your favorite karaoke songs! True to its title, expect a drink special--we'll provide the snacks. Performance Timing: 65 minutes, with no intermission. There will be no late seating and no reentry to this event.