Monica Bill Barnes gallops onto Wellspring’s stage

By |2018-01-16T00:24:36-05:00October 13th, 2005|Entertainment|

KALAMAZOO – Monica Bill Barnes is a perfect fit for Wellspring’s fifth year of the ever-popular Alternative Dance Project. Her post-modern dance with a pop culture flavor, “This Ain’t No Rodeo!,” rides into Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center Oct. 14-15 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance Oct. 16 at 2 p.m.
“This Ain’t No Rodeo!” is an eclectic collection of solos choreographed by Barnes and performed by Barnes and singer/dancer/sidekick Deborah Lohse. Her masterful use of motif and small surprises turns absurd moments into something deeper, and more profoundly human. Lohse acts as a counterpoint and incorporates audience participation into the living-room intimacy of these kinetic character studies.
Wellspring has partnered with Education for the Arts to offer a five-day residency for Kalamazoo County public schools involved with the EFA esthetic education program. EFA Associate Executive Bryan Zocher said, “Monica Bill Barnes knocked my socks off when I saw her in New York. I knew that she had to come and perform in Kalamazoo”.
In addition, Wellspring has invited twenty teenage girls from the Boys and Girls Club to participate in a dance workshop that will center on empowering young women and exposing them to this unique art form. Wellspring also plays host to a free master class taught by Barnes on Oct. 20 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Wellspring Theater at the Epic Center.

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