Dancing Life, a Performative Lecture: the 1950s to today, from the United States to Europe and back. Born and raised in New York City, I was enrolled in “creative dance” classes as a young child, then discovered modern dance (first Humphrey and Graham, then Cunningham) and classical European dance (ballet), and later post-modernism (Yvonne Rainer, et al.) and Alexander Technique. This is a 20th-and-21st-century life in dance, paired with and reflecting world events.
Event is free and open to the public.
Supported by: CESAP, Humanities Dean, NEH Professorship Funds and Black Mountain College
Ruth Barnes is Professor and Coordinator of the Missouri State University Dance Program. Early in her career, Ruth established a reputation as a performer, choreographer and master teacher of contemporary dance in New York City, where she taught at the Merce Cunningham Studio and worked as a freelance dancer. She went on to choreograph, teach and perform internationally, most significantly in the United Kingdom, France and Switzerland.
Her choreography includes mixed media performance, aerial dance, and dance-text pairings, using a wide range of music genres. Most recently, Ruth collaborated with five dance artists and three musicians based in Scotland to create Here, There and Everywhere, an hour-long solo dance based on the notion of displacement/dislocation.
Barnes is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, Missouri Arts Council grants, and several MSU research grants and fellowships. She earned her MFA in Dance/Experimental Choreography from the University of California, Riverside.