This American Life host Ira Glass has teamed with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to combine two art forms that – as Ira puts it – “have no business being together – dance and radio.” The result is a funny, lively and heartfelt evening of dance and stories that brought down the house in its first run at Carnegie Hall.
But you don't have to travel to New York to see this amazing show because it's coming to Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa on Saturday, February 7 at 8 pm.
The show includes radio interviews re-staged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers, Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. “What makes it work is a shared sensibility,” Glass says. “As dancers, Monica and Anna are these amazingly relatable and funny storytellers without words.” Bass notes, “I think it’s still blowing Ira’s mind to see some of the radio pieces remade this way, with props and costume changes and lighting cues.” Barnes adds, “combining these art forms has led to a show that’s unlike anything I’ve ever choreographed before.”
As the title indicates, the show is in three acts. Act one is about the job of being a performer. Act two: falling in love and what it means to stay in love. Act three: losing what you love. “People who like This American Life will probably like this,” says Glass, “because it’s just like the radio show, um, if you picture dancing during all the stories.”