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Join New York’s most imaginative dance company and an ensemble of Australian dancers in a 50 minute exercise tour through the corridors and gallery spaces of Arts Centre Melbourne and the NGV, outside of opening hours.
Elevating your heartrate in this illicit trespass, Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s The Gallery Workout is sure to inspire new perspectives on the art of the ages through movement, unforgettable music, and stories from celebrated American artist Maira Kalman.
Originally created for The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, this entirely original and audacious work invites the public to follow the choreography and experience art like never before. Exploring what happens when you combine an art tour with an elevated heartrate, this New York-in-Melbourne event reinvents the guided tour through our iconic art institutions, complete with squats, fist-pumping and a power pop soundtrack.
Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company that brings dance where it does not belong. The company creates and produces 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, they constantly find humor in our awkward, everyday triumphs and failures. Monica Bill Barnes is the co-creator of the highly successful show Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio-Host, in which she and Associate Director Anna Bass perform next to radio host Ira Glass. The company consists of a team of collaborators – Monica Bill Barnes (Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer); Anna Bass (Associate Artistic Director/Performer); Robbie Saenz de Viteri (Creative Producing Director/Performer) and designers Kelly Hanson (Set/Costume) and Jane Cox (Lighting).
Supported by VicHealth.
All ticket buyers to this event are required to actively participate in Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s The Gallery Workout; no spectator-only tickets are available. Participation in The Gallery Workout requires continuous mild to medium level physical activity for a period of 45-50 minutes, covering a distance of approximately 3 kilometres. During the event, no deviations from the route or unscheduled stops can be accommodated. Participants are required to wear comfortable clothing and suitable sporting footwear. Participants should be dressed and ready to start Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s The Gallery Workout at the exact indicated start time; there is a lock-out on this show, and late-comers / late starters will not be able to join the performance. It is advised to arrive at the Arts Centre in sportswear and store any change of clothes in our guarded cloakroom. Participants will not be able to bring bags, bottles, phones or any other loose items with them on the tour.
Please note: This performance requires frequent use of stairs and escalators; anyone experiencing limitations in this regard, is advised to participate in our access friendly tour on Saturday 4 August at 8.30am.