DANCECleveland To Bring Monica Bill Barnes & Company to EJ Thomas Hall in September

click to enlarge A scene from The Running Show. - Courtesy of DANCECleveland
Courtesy of DANCECleveland
A scene from The Running Show.
Described as “one of the most influential people in dance today,” Monica Bill Barnes will make her Akron debut with The Running Show. Presented by DANCECleveland in collaboration with the University of Akron Dance Program, the performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at EJ Thomas Hall.

Choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes and written by Robbie Saenz de Viteri, The Running Show documents the life of a dancer through movement, interviews and stories. Barnes will perform on stage alongside local dancers, including the University of Akron Dance Program dancers.

“We have been hoping to bring this project to the University of Akron for a long time," says DANCECleveland Artistic Director Sarah Sumbrum in a press release. "Our relationship with the University of Akron is very important to DANCECleveland, and we are thrilled that this year’s residency will immerse the students not only in a classroom setting, but onstage alongside the visiting artists in a unique way that exposes them to all aspects of being a professional dance performer.”

Tickets to Monica Bill Barnes' performance of The Running Show at E.J. Thomas Hall range from $25 to $35. Groups of five or more can call DANCECleveland at 216-991-9000 for more information about discounted group tickets.

DANCECleveland last presented Monica Bill Barnes & Company at Playhouse Square in 2015.
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Jeff Niesel

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