The Company: Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. MBB & CO. has performed in over twenty venues in New York City ranging from DanceNow at Joe’s Pub to Fall for Dance at New York City Center and including three seasons at The Joyce Theater. The company has been presented in more than forty cities throughout the United States and has been commissioned and presented by The American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, Fire Island Dance Festival and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. MBB & CO. has received support from The National Endowment for The Arts, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund, New England Foundation for the Arts - National Dance Project, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The Manhattan Community Arts Fund and The Fund for Creative Communities. Major support has also come in the form of creative residencies awarded by The Joyce Theater Residency Program (2010-2011), Jacob’s Pillow (2009 Creative Development Residency), the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University (2007, 2013) and Joyce SoHo Artist Residency (2005-2006).
In 2012 MBB & CO. performed in “This American Life Live!” as a part of the public radio show’s cinema event shown in more than 600 movie theaters across the US, Canada and Australia. It was such a success that radio host Ira Glass and Monica decided to make a full show that combines stories and dance. “One Radio Host, Two Dancers” premiered in April in Philadelphia and will start to make its way across the country later this year. Other 2013 highlights include performances at The Joyce Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade, The Mayor’s Awards for Arts and Culture at New York City Center, Carnegie Hall and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.