The running show

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A 7 year old falls in love with dance at her first recital.  40 years later, she works everyday to stay in the game.  At 70 she keeps moving.

The Running Show documents the life of a dancer through movement, interviews, and stories.  The show features a large cast of local performers in every city.  Dancers from each community, ranging in age from 12 years old to 84, join Monica Bill Barnes on stage, learning their parts over the course of one week.  Robbie Saenz de Viteri interviews each cast, incorporating their voices and stories into the show giving the audience an unprecedented look into the life of a dancer as a new kind of sports hero, that keeps moving against all odds. 

Created by Monica Bill Barnes & Robbie Saenz de Viteri, Choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes, Written by Robbie Saenz de Viteri, Lighting Design by Jane Cox, Set and Costume Design by Kelly Hanson, Rehearsal Direction by Flannery Gregg, Production Support by Elizabeth Furman

The Running Show is made possible with generous support from Jody and John Arnhold, Howard Gilman Foundation, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Emma Sheafer Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, and The Mary Duke Biddle Foundation.

This production is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by the NY State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature.


Early versions of The Running Show were developed at Hunter College, University of California San Diego, University of California Santa Barbara, University of Maryland College Park, and Sonoma State University.

We are grateful to all of the students and local dancers who lent themselves to the development process.

HUNTER COLLEGE Nam Hui Kim, Katherine De La Cruz, Sarah Days, Zenzile Tonge, Justine Farhi, Mariah Masionet, Lina Sierra, Julieta Rodriguez, Zsofia Kozma, Nicole Alvarez, Michelle Chen, Jackie Villamil, Violet Thomas UNIVERSITY OF CA SANTA BARBARA Samuel Penalota, Jayne Butler, Ezra Spencer, Gina Pelose, Lena Chien, Luis Cardenas, Morgan Geraghty, Alice Lousen, Morgan Allen, Michaela Perez-Kelly, Jasmine Agredano, Johnny Cox, Ana Ko Glass, Elijah Hahn-Smith, Andrew Baver, Sine Chan-Golston, Camille Lexle, Wendy Rodgers, Lindsey UNIVERSITY OF MD COLLEGE PARK Gabriel Mata-Ortega, Hana Grace Huie, Shawn Truman Stone, Christine Marie Hands, Melissa Collins, Gabriela Grant, Kristina Aurelia Harris, Renee Elaine Gerardo, Ronya-Lee Anderson, Dorothy Levy SONOMA STATE UNIVERSITY Terra Bransfield, Justin Brown, Ashley Cho, Caitlin Colangelo, Evann Essert, Madison Green, Frankie Henderson, Angeles Higareda, Brandon Lombardo, Sierra Parkhurst, Ellie Scharf, Shelby Snead, Sierra Slusiewicz, Ariella Tiber, Bella Wenneberg

Select photo credits Julia Discenza, USCB Staff