Germaul BarnesBrooklyn, NY
GERMAUL YUSEF BARNES – recently choreographed the world premiere of Marley, the first original musical based on the music of the reggae superstar Bob Marley written & directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Mr. Barnes is a former principal dancer and currently a répétiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, where he received the New York Dance and Performance Award- “Bessie Award.” Mr. Barnes is currently Artist-in-residence at RestorationArts, ChoreoQuest in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Barnes has received honors ranging from; United Nations Global Iamness Empowerment Award for his international diplomacy in the Arts, Arts International Grant, and The Baryshnikov Residency Fellowship. One of his highest personal achievements includes demonstrating for the legendary Katherine Dunham.
Forming Viewsic Dance (formerly Viewsic Expressions) in 1991, Mr. Barnes mission is to promote and present multilayered dance performances and educational residencies. In addition to creating more than 18 Viewsic Dance, Mr. Barnes has received many commissions from modern and ballet groups and festivals; New York Summer Stages, Movement Source Dance Company, Southern Danceworks, Alabama Ballet, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Alvin Ailey/Fordham School, Judson Memorial Church, Performance Space 122, Danspace Project/St. Mark Church, DanceNow/NYC, Thelma Hill Performance Arts Center, Dixon Place, HarlemStages, Restoration Youth Arts Academy, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Skidmore College, Movement Research, Invisible Dog Art Gallery, Southern Dance Works, Alabama School of Fine Arts , Phoenix Arts Commission, Movement Source Dance Company, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and internationally – State of Emergency Festival, Belarus International Modern Dance Festival, Ghana National Dance Company, and the Lublin International Dance Festival. Viewsic Dance program “Black Bones- A Celebration of African-American Male Artists” featured on Time Warren Cable PBS.
Mr. Barnes interest in collaboration has led him to work with The Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet, Maxim Rubtsov – flutist, Thollem McDonas – pianist, Paul Suvillan – Grammy Award-winning composer, Bongani Nododana – South African composer, Cameron Carpenter – organist, Susan Copeland – set designer, Nicolas Powers – Poet, Greg Tate – conduction, Gabri Christa – screendramatizes, and Firey String Company.
Mr. Barnes 15 year collaboration with South African composer Bongani Ndodana resulted in UHAMBO, an opera-oratorio performed in Graham Town, South Africa. Mr. Barnes also choreographed other operas with Mr. Ndodana including LA HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT and ORPHAN BOY in Toronto, Canada.
Mr. Barnes has performed with Pilobolus Dance Company, Tolada Dance Company (Berlin, Germany), Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Philadelphia Opera Company and Group Motion Dance Company. He has appeared with Minnesota Ballet, Ohwia Ballet Company (Tokyo, Japan), Joan Miller Dance, Shapiro and Smith.
Mr. Barnes as a dance instructor at prominent dance academies throughout Germany (TanzFabric, Ballet Centrum, Milton’s TanzSchool). His list of other venerable dance institutions includes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, 92nd Street Y- Harkness Dance Center,
Television credit includes “Free to Dance” in Bill T Jones’ D-Man in the Waters, a 2001 Emmy-winning documentary. Publishing credit includes Howard Schatz “Passion and Lines,” a photo book of top America dancers.
Dance with the Piper
New York dancer and choreographer Germaul Barnes and Moscow flute virtuoso Maxim Rubtsov have performed as a duo since 2007. They met in Moscow to create a unique series of dance workshops with live music for contemporary dancers. Both artists, as interpreters of mood and movement, want their audiences to participate in a vision of music and dance that includes imagined colors, landscapes, and scenarios. ON GOING PROJECT
Bitahkiz Ayeli – Germaul Barnes & Thollem McDonas
Bitahkiz Ayeli – Germaul Barnes & Thollem McDonas piano dance performance at Teatro Campo Allegre, Porto Portugal, Through exploratory piano music and contemporary dance Bitahkiz Ayeli draws on sources from many parts of the globe and throughout time they expose their world of conflict, harmony, revolt, beauty and personal identity by interlinking music and dance. This performance leads audiences through a powerful combination of knowledge, skills,
and passion. Currently Touring