Esplanade Presents


The Running Show

Monica Bill Barnes & Company, in collaboration with Singapore Dancers (USA, Singapore)

20 Apr 2024, Sat, 8pm

21 Apr 2024, Sun, 3pm


(Intermission: None)

Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

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Photo Credit: Ben McKeown
Photo Credit: Tom Kramer
Photo Credit: Paula Lobo
Photo Credit: Julia Discenza

“With sports, you don’t know the outcome and that’s why you’re on the edge of your seat, and there’s a similar sense with this show. There’s a wonderful pressure to make sure we’re getting the most out of the moment.”
Times Union


“Thoughtfully crafted, enthusiastically performed and universally relatable to dancers and non-dancers alike.”
– Dance Cleveland


“An expertly crafted show that was not only enthusiastically performed by all, but spoke to the importance of dance.”
– LA Dance Chronicle


Examining the life of the dancer through an athlete’s point of view—complete with running commentary—The Running Show positions the dancer as a new kind of sports hero, one that keeps moving against all odds. The production documents a dancer’s life through movement, interviews and stories, featuring a large cast of local performers of ages ranging from 12 to 70+ from the city the show is presented in. These dancers join choreographer and performer Monica Bill Barnes on stage after learning their parts over the course of one week. Co-artistic director, writer and performer Robbie Saenz de Viteri interviews the cast and incorporates their voices and stories into the show.


Filled with dynamic movements, gripping moments and an undercurrent of humour throughout, The Running Show is an enlightening dance-theatre performance that speaks to the community and humanity of dance.


This programme is presented as part of da:ns focus – EveryBody, a weekend of dance which challenges conventions by presenting high quality works and experiences focusing on inclusivity, diversity and participation, where we encourage everybody and every body to experience dance.


Created by Monica Bill Barnes & Robbie Saenz de Viteri
Choreographed by Monica Bill Barnes
Written by Robbie Saenz de Viteri
Lighting Design by Tess James
Costume Design by Kelly Hanson
Rehearsal Direction by Flannery Gregg
Associate Producer Elizabeth Furman


The Running Show was commissioned and supported by Jody and John Arnhold/Arnhold Foundation.



Assistive Listening


Assistive listening system is available for this venue. Hearing aid users with a Telecoil-enabled programme can benefit from the system provided. Please arrive at the venue 30 min before the performance so we can assist with the setup.


There will be a post-show talk after each performance.

Admission Age:
6 and above.
Language: English
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Open Call


Are you aged between 18 – 26 (small allowances to age may be considered), wake up every morning hungry for dance and interested to be a performer of The Running Show?


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Artist Information

Monica Bill Barnes & Company

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Monica Bill Barnes & Company was founded in 1997 as a New York-based dance company. The company began with a suitcase of costumes and a collection of solos that could be performed anywhere. Since its founding, Barnes has worked with many artists and performers, including long time collaborators/designers Jane Cox and Kelly Hanson and performer Anna Bass in developing relatable work with a subversive sense of humour. Since 2013, Monica Bill Barnes & Company has been co-led by Monica in partnership with Robbie Saenz de Viteri where the mission evolved to “bringing dance where it doesn’t belong.”


Together, Monica and Robbie make performances that combine their shared interest in the underlying comedy at work in our lives and make shows that hope to find something sacred in the mundane. They cross genres between dance, theatre, storytelling, creative nonfiction, feminist treatises, and comedy. Their work has travelled to a wide range of theatres ranging from off-Broadway's WP Theater to The Sydney Opera House, and many in between. They have also created performances in malls, conference rooms, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and interactive websites. They redefine what constitutes performance in every show, while maintaining the audience’s experience as the centre of everything they create. Their work has been honoured by the Bessie Awards, the Lilly Awards, and the Chita Rivera Awards, as well as numerous foundations. 

Monica Bill Barnes

Artistic Director, choreographer, performer


Monica Bill Barnes is a dancer and choreographer. Since Monica Bill Barnes & Company’s founding in 1997, her choreography has been seen in many places such as New York City’s Bowling Green public fountain, on stage at Carnegie Hall, throughout the galleries of The Metropolitan Museum of Art and in Greta Gerwig’s film Little Women. The company has been presented in over 50 cities and internationally in venues ranging from The Kennedy Center to the Sydney Opera House in a collaboration with Ira Glass in Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. Barnes started collaborating with Robbie Saenz de Viteri in 2013 at which point the company adopted the motto of “bringing dance where it doesn’t belong.”


Recent collaborations include a national tour of The Running Show, a site-specific show in a mall, Days Go By, and two online works created during the pandemic, Keep Moving and It’s 3:07 Again. They have recently premiered a new show, Many Happy Returns, through a residency at Berkeley Repertory.

Robbie Saenz de Viteri

Artistic Director, writer, performer


Robbie Saenz de Viteri writes, creates, produces, and performs live theatre. He has created performances and toured production throughout the world with the Obie Award winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma and worked with genre redefining artists such as Anna Deavere Smith, Stew, and Ira Glass. He has collaborated with Monica Bill Barnes to create Happy Hour, The Museum Workout, One Night Only (Lilly Award), Days Go By (Bessie Honoree), The Running Show, Keep Moving, It’s 3:07 Again, and Many Happy Returns.


He grew up in New Jersey, holds a BA from Muhlenberg College where he studied writing with David Rosenwasser, and lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn which he believes is best reached by bicycle.

Assistive Listening

Assistive listening system is available for this venue. Hearing aid users with a Telecoil-enabled programme can benefit from the system provided. Please arrive at the venue 30 min before the performance so we can assist with the setup.

Date & Time

Assistive Listening

20 Apr 2024, Sat


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade

21 Apr 2024, Sun


Singtel Waterfront Theatre at Esplanade
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