Monica Bill Barnes

Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass in "Luster." Photo Credit: Mallory Rosenthal

January 30, 2013

ATLANTA-The Emory Dance Program presents Monica Bill Barnes & Company (MBB & CO) in an evening of dance, February 28-March 2 in Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Dance Studio. Choreographer Monica Bill Barnes and her company of dancers create contemporary dance that celebrate individuality, humor, and the innate theatricality of everyday life.

In this latest installment of Emory's 2012-2013 Candler Concert Series, Barnes and company member Anna Bass will present an evening-length duet, "Luster." First premiered at the American Dance Festival in July 2012, "Luster" combines autobiographical elements of hers and Bass' creative life with themes of endurance and triumph, and celebrates the pair's ten years of sharing the spotlight.

Barnes, who "The Village Voice" names "one of the wittiest young choreographers around," has been based in New York City since 1995, moving there after receiving her B.A. in philosophy and theater from the University of California at San Diego. Since starting MBB & CO, she has created thirteen evening-length dance works, numerous site-specific events, and multiple cabaret numbers for her company. About her work, "The New York Times" raves, " Ms. Barnes has the kind of humor-not a snicker in sight-that is in woefully short supply these days."

In May 2012, MBB & CO brought dance into the world of radio, performing in "This American Life Live!" as a part of the National Public Radio show's cinema event that was shown in more than 600 movie theaters across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Monica Bill Barnes and Company performs Thursday, February 28-Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m. in Emory's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Dance Studio. Tickets ($20 general admission) are available at the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or


Emory Dance Program

The Emory Dance Program provides students with a curriculum that interweaves both the practical and theoretical to foster student's creative, intellectual, and communicative powers in the field of dance.