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Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host Staff Pick

When: Sat., March 7, 7:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $20-$30
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Ira Glass is an American household name. The host and creator of the public radio program This American Life, Glass is one of the best storytellers of our time. And this week, this famous radio personality will give his professional dance show its debut, with a little help from some friends. Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host combines Glass's spellbinding stories with the interpretive dance of Monica Bill Barnes (New York City-based choreographer, performer and artistic director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company Productions) and Anna Bass (associate artistic director with MBB&Co). The show, like This American Life, comes in three acts: stories about the job of being a performer, about falling in love, and about the impermanence of everything. Those who saw the sneak preview of Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host when Glass was in Salt Lake City in 2014 understand the brilliance of this unusual artistic concoction. Those who missed it are probably wondering how dance and radio could ever work together on stage. After all, as Glass wrote in a recent blog post for This American Life, "Dance is all visuals, no talking. Radio is all talking, no visuals." But these very differences make the two art forms compatible and take storytelling to an even more powerful, emotional level. It also makes the whole performance—with props, costume changes and lighting cues—a lot more fun. Dancer Anna Bass says even Glass is still blown away by the show. The audience will be as well. (Katherine Pioli)

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