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"Happy Hour" featuring Monica Bill Barnes & Anna Bass

  • White Box Live Arts 2590 Truxtun Rd San Diego, CA, 92106 United States (map)

Presented by San Diego Dance Theater

March 24, 25, & 26
Bar Open 6:30 pm, Show 7 pm
All tickets are $20

Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass (MBB&CO) have been touring the country with public radio host Ira Glass, of This American Life, and their Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host show. After performing in such prestigious venues as Jacob’s Pillow and Carnegie Hall, they return to San Diego and bring a party with them.
Barnes and Bass trade their signature sequins and feather headdresses for a pair of everyday men’s suits in the world's first-ever cocktail party dance show. With nothing up their sleeves and just a few things in their pockets, they dance their way through the guys in ties that we all recognize -- from the Rat Pack to Las Vegas magicians and silent comic tramps to classic business men.
Happy Hour mixes dance, theater and one card trick all set to a sound score of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Journey and Nat King Cole. Come after work, grab a drink, but leave the dancing to us.
San Diego Trolley Dance audiences will remember Monica’s quirky and gestural pieces as some of their favorites. Whether dancing to Lionel Ritchie under a Niki de Saint Phalle sculpture by the Convention Center, or dipping into a swimming pool in black cocktail dresses, Monica’s dances always feature her humor and unique originality. This is a unique opportunity for San Diego audiences to experience a performance in the intimacy of White Box Live Arts.

“I’m so proud of everything Monica has achieved since she was a student at UCSD,” said San Diego Dance Theater Artistic Director Jean Isaacs. “We’re always happy to have her back in town!”
“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

Tickets: $20

Later Event: April 3