Monica Bill Barnes & Company
Collaborators Robbie Saenz de Viteri and Monica Bill Barnes make performances that combine their shared interest in the underlying comedy at work in our lives and create shows that strive to find something sacred in the mundane, crossing genres between dance, theater, storytelling, creative nonfiction, feminist treatises, and comedy. Drawing from these many influences, they will explore the idea of what it means to gather now.
Monica Bill Barnes
Monica Bill Barnes is a dancer and choreographer. Since MBB&CO’s founding in 1997, her choreography has been seen in many places, such as New York City’s Bowling Green public fountain, on stage at Carnegie Hall, throughout the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and in Greta Gerwig’s film “Little Women.”
The company has been presented in over 50 cities and internationally in venues ranging from The Kennedy Center to the Sydney Opera House in a collaboration with Ira Glass in Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. Barnes began collaborating with Robbie Saenz de Viteri in 2013 at which point the company adopted the motto of “bringing dance where it doesn’t belong.” Recent collaborations include a national tour of The Running Show; a site specific show in a mall - Days Go By; and two online works created during the pandemic - Keep Moving and It’s 3:07 Again. They are currently developing a new show, Many Happy Returns, through a residency at Berkeley Repertory this fall.
Robbie Saenz de Viteri
Robbie Saenz de Viteri writes, creates, produces, and performs live theater. He has created performances and toured production throughout the world with the Obie Award winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma and worked with genre redefining artists such as Anna Deavere Smith, Stew, and Ira Glass. He has collaborated with Monica Bill Barnes to create Happy Hour, The Museum Workout, One Night Only (Lilly Award), Days Go By (Bessie Honoree), The Running Show, Keep Moving, It’s 3:07 Again, and Many Happy Returns.
He grew up in New Jersey, holds a BA from Muhlenberg College, where he studied writing with David Rosenwasser, and lives in Greenpoint Brooklyn, which he believes is best reached by bicycle.