Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass Come to the Buell Theatre, 12/7
Ira Glass of "This American Life" joined forces with Monica Bill Barnes & Company for an evening dance and radio in THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, ONE RADIO HOST: Ira Glass, MONICA Bill Barnes, Anna Bass plays The Buell Theatre December 7. Tickets are on sale now at denvercenter.org.
"This American Life" host Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to invent a show that combines two art forms that - as Glass puts it - "have no business being together - dance and radio." One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words. The result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories that brought down the house in its first test run at Carnegie Hall.
In May 2012 they collaborated on three short dances that were part of a "This American Life" variety show that was beamed into movie theaters nationwide. It was such a success that they decided to do a full show that combines stories and dance. Some are performed together onstage by Glass, Barnes and dancer Anna Bass. For a few, the dancers or the radio host take over for a while.
Glass is the creator and host of WBEZ Chicago's public radio show "This American Life," which is distributed by Public Radio International and heard on over 500 public radio stations, including KCFR (Colorado Public radio) in Denver; its podcast most weeks is the most popular podcast in America.
Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American Dance Company with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. The company has performed in over thirty venues in New York City including New York City Center, The Joyce Theater, Joe's Pub and Upright Citizens Brigade, and out of town venues including Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The American Dance Festival and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Single tickets for THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, ONE RADIO HOST: Ira Glass, MONICA Bill Barnes, Anna Bass start at $20. To charge by phone, call Denver Center Ticket Services at303.893.4100. TTY (for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons): 303.893.9582. Groups of 10 or more, call 303.446.4829. Additionally, tickets may be purchased at the Denver Center Ticket Office, located in the Helen Bonfils Theatre Complex lobby. Buy and print online at denvercenter.org.