Germaul Barnes, To Sangana Guest Artist-in-Residence

Germaul Barnes, To Sangana Guest Artist-in-Residence

To Sangana Guest Artist Residency:

September 14-18, 2019

Community Class (open to all):

September 15, 2019

Informal Performance (open to all):

September 18, 2019 at 12 noon in the Allesee Dance Theatre


Germaul Barnes is a choreographer, director, master educator, scholar and designer with a multifaceted career spanning more than thirty years in contemporary dance. Global in vision and influence, he is known for a bold, urgent, energetic movement style, steeped in spirituality and optimism. His work regularly reflects his in-depth knowledge of and interest in anthropology, dance of the African Diaspora, musicality, and social justice. His latest commission, a new work “In the Folds” for Alabama Ballet, premiered in April of 2019. Barnes is a BESSIE Award-winning former dancer repetiteur for the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Dance Company. He is currently resident choreographer at the Alabama School of the Fine Arts, curator for the Contemporary Improvisation for Black Men, choreographer adviser for One Dance-UK’s-Dance of the African Diaspora and Movement Research, and advisory board member and curator for the Thelma Hill Performance Arts Center. Barnes is the choreographer of One Love: The Bob Marley Musical which premiered in 2015 at Center Stage in Baltimore, MD. He has created more than 50 works for his dance collective Viewsic Dance, presented on stages and in companies across the world including Summer Stage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, 92nd Street Y, ICA Boston, Movement Research at the Judson Church, the International Modern Dance Festival (Belarus), Ghana National Dance company, International Dance Theatre Festival (Lublin, Poland), Friends of Tafo (London, England), Jasmine Fyffe Dance (Toronto, Canada), and beyond. He has served on the faculty and as a guest choreographer for the University of Carolina Greensboro, Fordham BFA program at the Ailey School, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive. He has also worked with Katherine Dunham, Eleo Pomare, Pilobolus, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Group Motions Dance Company, Philadanco, Pacific Conservatory Theatre, and as guest artist for numerous ballet and contemporary companies.

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