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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival

Choreographer Monica Bill Barnes Choreographer Monica Bill Barnes

Posed and Answered with Monica Bill Barnes

“It’s a funny idea to organize your life around making something that no one asked for and then even funnier to hope that you can continue to do this unlikely thing for a long time. Somedays my career feels a magic trick that I am just pulling off. I was a philosophy major in college and thought I would go to law school and become a judge. Then when I was looking into which law school to apply to, I realized that I did not want to spend my days doing this. I wanted to spend my days making dances.”

"CURTAIN" SACD Performance Jonah Bokaer; Installation Daniel Arsham; Costume by Richard Chai | Photo Pascal Gely "CURTAIN" SACD; Photo by Pascal Gely

Dance Is Not Forever, and He’ll Prove it

One year ago, visual artist Daniel Arsham proposed a set design for choreographer Jonah Bokaer’s new work CURTAIN: “The stage design will be composed of a non-Newtonian substance that I have developed over the last year,” Arsham wrote. “It is a material that has properties of both a solid and of…