SDDT Spring Guest Series


Created by Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass, and Robert Saenz de Viteri
Choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes
Designed by Kelly Hanson and Jane Cox

Presented by San Diego Dance Theater

White Box Live Arts
Arts District Liberty Station

2590 Truxtun Road, Second Floor

Friday, May 26, 7:30
Tickets: $20


Monica Bill Barnes & Company return to San Diego for one night only with their new show One Night Only. Long time performing partners Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass push themselves to new extremes. The clock is running and so are they, racing forward in a desperate attempt to do absolutely everything there is to do in one night. One Night Only continues the company's mission to bring dance where it doesn't belong by turning the theater's polite, program holding audience into a crowd ready to jump to their feet, cheer for each other, and give a little bit more of themselves than they planned on giving. One Night Only is a meditation on the ephemeral nature of everything, including our own abilities. Plus, it’s funny.

Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company that brings dance where it does not belong. We create and produce each work entirely from its own rulebook - dancing to radio interviews on the biggest stages in the world, hosting a weekly show in a crowded office party, or leading a choreographed exercise routine in an art museum. Within each of these new contexts and borrowed environments, we constantly find humor in our awkward, everyday triumphs and failures.
Monica Bill Barnes is a choreographer, performer, and the Artistic Director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Barnes founded MBB&CO in 1997 with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor, and the innate theatricality of everyday life. The company creates full-length shows that tour the country's biggest stages and tiniest rooms, bringing dance where it doesn't belong. Her work has been performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizen's Brigade to The BAM Opera House, and has been presented in more than 75 cities throughout the US. Current projects include a collaborative show with radio host Ira Glass that combines radio stories and dance, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a collaboration with author/visual artist Maira Kalman creating a guided Museum Workout, and Happy Hour, the world's only office party turned dance show, and the company's first long-running show with recurring performances in NYC.
Anna Bass has worked with MBB&CO since 2003, performing all over the country on stages ranging from public fountains and city parks to comedy clubs and Carnegie Hall. Anna wears the grey suit in Happy Hour, tours the country with Monica and Ira Glass in Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host and juggles many of MBB&CO's day-to-day operations. She also served as company Rehearsal Director, Assistant Choreographer for productions at The Atlantic Theater, The Public Theater and Yale Repertory Theater and a roller-skating mouse alongside comedian Mike Birbiglia in This American Life's The Radio Drama Episode at the BAM Opera House. Anna hails from Forest, Virginia, where she studied almost every dance style from classical ballet to country line dancing. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Robert Saenz de Viteri began working in theater as an audio script assistant to Anna Deavere Smith while she developed Let Me Down Easy. He has created performances and toured productions throughout the world with the Obie Award winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma. He originally joined MBB&CO to tour with Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host in 2013. Since then he has gone on to create and produce Happy Hour and The Museum Workout with the company. In 2014 he joined Ira Glass and This American Life producing Episode 528, "The Radio Drama Episode" live on stage at BAM. As a director in New York he has worked at the Ensemble Studio Theater, The Flea, The Atlantic Theater, Office Ops, and Access Theater where he directed the NYTimes Critic's Pick production of Michael & Edie.


“Think of Buster Keaton in Vegas. It’s also unapologetically human and refreshingly relatable."
-The New York Times
“Though it may sound corny, Barnes — pitch-perfect not only in humor, but in humanness, too, it turns out — seems to invite us all to shed our insecurities and relax, maybe even glory, in our imperfect selves.”
-The Boston Globe
“Life is like that. You get spinach stuck in your teeth, toilet paper trails from your shoe, the hem of your dress finds its way into your underwear (in the back, where you can’t tell until someone feels sorry enough for you to point it out). In these daily indignations, Barnes finds creative material. She’s the Tina Fey of dance.”
-The Washington Post