The Running Show continues modern dance company Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s investigations into dance as a sporting event that they began at WP Theater with One Night Only in 2017. The Running Show is remade every time the company does it, working with local dancers in every city that they travel to, ranging in age from about 12 – 84 years old. The show becomes a kind of live documentary that sends audiences through the timeline of a dancer’s life – what it means to fall in love with dance at an early age, to shift that passion into a profession, and to keep moving, for as long as you can.
This production is created and performed with a cast of local dancers ranging in age from 12-84 in each tour city. To date, we have worked with over 100 dancers from University of Maryland College Park, University of Santa Barbara California, San Diego Dance Theater, Hillsborough Community College Tampa Florida, and Hunter College New York City New York.
The Running Show was commissioned and generously supported by Jody and John Arnhold/Arnhold Foundation.
The Running Show is made possible with generous support from Howard Gilman Foundation, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Emma Sheafer Foundation and The Harkness Foundation for Dance. This show is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, by the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature and by the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, this work created over several residencies at The University of California at Santa Barbara, The University of Maryland, State Park with the support of Maura Keefe and the Dorothy Madden Professorship, Hunter College with the support of Carol Walker and San Diego Dance Theater with the support of Jean Isaacs.
Photo Credit: Paula Lobo, Julia Discenza, Tom Kramer, David Wilson Barnes