Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass and Ira Glass of “This American Life” Star in 'Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host' at Town Hall Sept. 10

By Maria Jean Sullivan on Sep 08, 2014 11:22 PM EDT

Dancers Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass and Ira Glass of “This American Life” have collaborated on Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, a live dance show premiering in New York at Town Hall on September 10 to 12.

The show stems from Barnes’ long standing career of unconventional dance interpretations as a choreographer and director for15 years.

“I don’t feel like I’ve ever been a perfect fit in the dance world,” she Barnes recently at a Chelsea cafe. “I want to make something that’s hard to define, that blends things that aren’t usually blended.” And, in the process, “I do want to reach an audience outside of a typical dance audience.”

The Glass-Barnes-Bass billed show presents radio interviews restaged as dance pieces in three acts. Also on stage are stories of and from the lives of the three performers.

“What makes it work is a shared sensibility,” said Glass on the production. “As dancers, Monica and Anna are these amazingly relatable and funny storytellers without words.”

While act one is about the job of being a performer and act two on the art of falling in love and what it means to stay in love; act three promises nothing lasts forever.

Bass commented on the distinctiveness of each performers role in real life, “I think it’s still blowing Ira’s mind to see some of the radio pieces remade this way, with props and costume changes and lighting cues.” She adds, “combining these art forms has led to a show that’s unlike anything I’ve ever choreographed before.”

Watch below the trailer for Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host.

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