The University of Iowa
Club Hancher: Monica Bill Barnes & Co., Happy Hour
Grant Halverson

Monica Bill Barnes & Company

Happy Hour

Presented by
Department of Dance
ADULT: $25
YOUTH: $10

This performance is a Group I event and eligible for a 20% discount. More about discounts.

Friday, August 25, 2017, 6:30 pm
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It’s an after-work office party. It’s also a dance show. Dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass (last seen in Iowa City with Ira Glass in Hancher’s presentation of Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host) crash a party that the whole audience is invited to. Dressed in men’s suits and playing a pair of guys everyone knows, the duo desperately tries to win over the crowd. It’s painfully—and hilariously—clear that these two are terribly unsuited for the roles they insist on playing.

While in Iowa City, the company will choreograph a new work for dancers in the UI Department of Dance that will be performed during Dance Gala at Hancher on November 10 and 11.

Season Sponsor: WEST MUSIC

Event Sponsors:
General Hancher Partners
Hancher Circle Donors


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Daily Iowan - Thursday, August 24, 2017
Think dance. Unthink. Think buttery popcorn. Unthink. Fall into slap-a-doodle dandy. Unfall. You’re getting closer. Maybe. Today and Friday, Monica Bill Barnes & Company will produce Happy Hour in Hancher’s Strauss Hall. The production puts office antics in a new light, with Barnes and Anna Bass playing two men, one in a well-worn gray suit, the other in blue.
Preview: 'Happy Hour' by Monica Bill Barns & Company, to kick off Hancher's 45th anniversary season
The Gazette - Thursday, August 17, 2017
Audiences seldom sit passively at a Monica Bill Barnes & Company dance event. True to form, observers will be part of the action when the New York dancers bring their “Happy Hour” to Hancher’s Strauss Hall on Aug. 24 and 25. “That’s a bit unusual in dance, where we train for so many years and we oftentimes, as an art form, are representing a certain kind of grace and a skill level that people don’t feel like they have in common,” Barnes, 44, said by phone from New York after finishing rehearsal for a new 20th anniversary show opening off-Broadway on Sept. 9.

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