Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host


8:00 PM

$10.00 - $45.00

Wexner Center for the Arts, The

1871 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210

(614) 292-3535

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Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass Theater Sat, Mar 11, 2017 8 PM Think of Buster Keaton in Vegas. It's also unapologetically human and refreshingly relatable...[The] shared DNA between Ms. Barnes's work and his show: an unabashed desire to entertain paired with a drive to document the genuine feelings and awkward moments of life.-New York Times Get your tickets now for this captivating, funny, and heartfelt evening you'll remember for years to come. Ira Glass, host of NPR's popular show This American Life, and New York-based contemporary dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass combine two art forms that, as Glass puts it, have no business being together-dance and radio. The result, and this surprising team-up of talents, has brought down the house wherever it's been performed since its debut at Carnegie Hall. The show includes radio interviews restaged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers. 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 unfolds in three acts. Act one is about the job of being a performer. Act two explores falling in love and what it means to stay in love. And act three unpacks the lesson that nothing lasts forever. It's just like the radio show, um, if you picture dancing during all the stories, says Glass. Incredibly charming, engaging, and smart Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host mirrors his personal discovery, though Barnes, of dance's unique way of touching us. As he told the New York Times, I had never seen anything like it. And you'll feel the same when you leave the theater this spring.