“Happy Hour” Trailer
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“Happy Hour breaks all the rules of theater… it offers not merely terrific entertainment, but more than a measure of poignancy, a sense of loss even amid the fun-and-games.”
– DC Metro
“Like all good happy hours, this one has plentiful munchies and libations. And like the best ones, it offers abundant laughter.”
– The New York Times
A dance show turned into an after-work office party. Come for the free drink, stay for the hope of a life-changing experience. “Think of Buster Keaton – unapologetically human and refreshingly relatable.” – NY Times
Dressed in a pair of everyday men’s suits, two women crash an after-work office party playing instantly familiar guys. It’s a subversive move, leading audiences to question expectations of women on stage with a free drink in their hands and microwave popcorn flying through the air.
Choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes, performed by Monica Bill Barnes, Elisa Clark, and Robbie Saenz de Viteri, Happy Hour is one hour in length, Happy Hour is suited for audiences 50-400 in size. Since its premiere in 2015, Happy Hour has been performed all over the world in various settings from a barn in upstate New York to a villa in Italy.
A 7 year old falls in love with dance at her first recital. 40 years later, she works every day to stay in the game. At 70 she keeps moving.
The Running Show documents the life of a dancer through movement, interviews, and stories. The show features a large cast of local performers in every city. Dancers from each community, ranging in age from 12 years old to 84, join Monica Bill Barnes on stage, learning their parts over the course of one week. Robbie Saenz de Viteri interviews each cast, incorporating their voices and stories into the show giving the audience an unprecedented look into the life of a dancer as a new kind of sports hero, that keeps moving against all odds.
Founded in 1997, Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company that brings dance where it does not belong. We create and produce each work entirely from its own rulebook – dancing to radio interviews on the biggest stages in the world, hosting a weekly show in a crowded office party, or leading a choreographed exercise routine in an art museum. Within each of these new contexts and borrowed environments, we constantly find humor in our awkward, everyday triumphs and failures.
The company consists of a team of collaborators: Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer, Monica Bill Barnes; Associate Artistic Director/Performer, Anna Bass; Creative Producing Director, Robbie Saenz de Viteri; and Designers Kelly Hanson (Set/Costume) and Jane Cox (Lighting). Together, this team creates the most unlikely experiences for every kind of audience.
Monica Bill Barnes is a choreographer, performer, and the Artistic Director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Barnes founded MBB&CO in 1997 with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor, and the innate theatricality of everyday life. Her work has been performed in venues ranging from Upright Citizen’s Brigade to The BAM Opera House, and has been presented in more than 80 cities throughout the US. Current projects include a collaborative show with radio host Ira Glass that combines radio stories and dance, Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host; a collaboration with author/visual artist Maira Kalman creating a guided Museum Workout; Happy Hour, the world’s only office party turned dance show; and One Night Only, the company’s newest show that will premiere in NYC in fall 2017.
Anna Bass (Associate Artistic Director/Performer) has worked with MBB&CO for 15 years, performing all over the world on stages ranging from public fountains and city parks to comedy clubs and Carnegie Hall. She collaborated on all of the company’s current productions, and also served as Assistant Choreographer for productions at The Atlantic Theater, The Public Theater, and Yale Repertory Theater. Anna wears the grey suit in Happy Hour, the bronze dress in The Museum Workout, and tours the country with Monica and Ira Glass in Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. Anna is originally from Forest, Virginia, where she studied almost every dance style from classical ballet to country line dancing. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Robert Saenz de Viteri (Creative Producing Director) began working in theater as an audio script assistant to Anna Deveare Smith. He has created performances and toured productions throughout the world with the Obie Award winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma. He has created, produced, and performed in Happy Hour and The Museum Workout with MBB&CO. Some of his other favorite projects include producing This American Life Episode 528, “The Radio Drama Episode” live on stage at BAM, directing Rachel Bonds’s Michael & Edie, and working in Norway to create The Spiritual Life of Modern America, based on the experiences of foreigners traveling in America today.