Monica Bill Barnes is a New York based choreographer and performer.
She has created twelve evening-length dance works, numerous site-specific events and several cabaret numbers for her company, Monica Bill Barnes & Company. Since moving to New York from her native California in 1995, Barnes choreography has been produced in over twenty venues in New York City including Danspace Project, Symphony Space, Dance New Amsterdam, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, Dancenow/NYC/The Festival, Movement Research at the Judson Church and La Mama. Her work has been presented in 30 cities throughout the United States and aboard, including Jacob's Pillow, The International Fabbrica for Choreographers (Florence, Italy), The Fourth International Dance and Movement Festival on the Volga (Yaroslav, Russia), Tanz Festival (Karlsruhe, Germany), Sushi Performance and Visual Art (San Diego, CA), DancePlace (Washington, D.C.) and The Philadelphia Museum of Art. She has been the invited Guest Artist at the North Carolina School of The Arts, University of California at San Diego, Shenandoah University, University of California at Riverside, Vassar College, Virginia Commonwealth University, Florida State University, James Madison University, Steps on Broadway and Dance New Amsterdam's Modern Guest Artist Series (1999 to present). Barnes holds an MFA from New York University/Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in philosophy and theater from the University of California at San Diego.
Danspace Project has commissioned and presented three works; When we were pretty (2002), The Happy Dance (or what started out ok) (2004) and Suddenly Summer Somewhere (2007). Other commissions include Another Parade (2009) presented by the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, Game Face (2008) presented by Lower Manhattan Culural Council's SITELINES Festival, Thank You and Good Night (2006) co-presented by Dance New Amsterdam and Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Limelight (2005) co-presented by San Diego Dance Theater's Trolley Dances and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's SITELINES Festival, Hollywood Endings (2005) presented by Dixon Place, and From my mother's Tongue (2001) presented by Dancing in the Streets at Wave Hill. In 2003, Lincoln Center Institute commissioned This ain't no Rodeo! a two-woman show that has since been performed over hundred times through the LCI Repertory Season 2003-2005.
Recent funding includes three consecutive grants from the Greenwall Foundation, four grants from Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, two grants from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Manhattan Community Arts Fund administered by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and The Puffin Foundation. Major support has come in the form of creative residencies awarded by the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University (2006-2007 Choreographic Fellowship), a residency provided by The Joyce Theater Foundation (2005-2004), Sushi Performance and Visual Art (2005), Dancenow/NYC Silo Residency (2008, 2004), Acadia Summer Arts Program (2003-2007) and The Yard (2002).