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Posted on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 9 a.m.

Ira Glass / dance troupe collaboration added to Ann Arbor Summer Festival lineup

By Jenn McKee


Public radio host Ira Glass and members of the dance troupe Monica Bill Barnes & Company will be part of this year's Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

Photo by Ebru Yildiz

The Ann Arbor Summer Festival has already announced its 2013 mainstage lineup of live performances, but a late addition has just been added: Popular public radio host Ira Glass will appear with witty dance troupe Monica Bill Barnes & Company in a new collaborative project on Saturday, July 6 at 8 p.m. at the Power Center.

More information about the show is contained in the press release:

"This American Life" host Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to invent a show that combines two art forms that - as Glass puts it - "have no business being together - dance and radio." One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words. The result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories that brought down the house in its first test run at Carnegie Hall this past February. Now the full show comes to Ann Arbor this summer for its Midwest premiere. "What makes it work," says Glass "is a shared sensibility. As dancers, Monica and Anna are these amazingly relatable and funny storytellers without words."

Ira Glass is the creator and host of WBEZ Chicago’s public radio show "This American Life," which is distributed by Public Radio International and heard on over 500 public radio stations; its podcast most weeks is the most popular podcast in America. Monica Bill Barnes & Company is a contemporary American dance company with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. The company has performed in over thirty venues in New York City including New York City Center, The Joyce Theater, Joe's Pub and Upright Citizens Brigade, and out of town venues including Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, The American Dance Festival and next month at The Kennedy Center.

Tickets for "One Radio Host, Two Dancers" range from $35 to $65 and are available by phone at 734-764-2538, online at, or in person at the Michigan League Ticket Office. There is a student discount of $10 off per ticket, up to two tickets, in any price section. Tickets must be purchased in person at the Festival Ticket Office, and a current student ID must be presented at the time of purchase to receive discount.

Jenn McKee is an entertainment reporter for Reach her at or 734-623-2546, and follow her on Twitter @jennmckee.


Jenn McKee

Wed, May 1, 2013 : 7:25 p.m.

Glass' talk during last year's A2SF was a highlight for me. I loved hearing his take on how what they do on "This American Life" fits into the larger world of journalism. This looks more off-the-beaten-path, but I'm really, really intrigued.

Melanie Maxwell

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 4:45 p.m.

I was able to see Ira during last year's Ann Arbor Summer Festival. I found him very entertaining and he wasn't even dancing! I just might have to check out his unique opportunity.

Nicholas Urfe

Tue, Apr 30, 2013 : 2:08 p.m.

Is there any truth to the rumor that google is going to force Ira Glass to change his name because of confusion with their Google Glass product?