Three Acts, Two Dancers and One Radio Host

“We know it’s a weird premise,” says Ira Glass, the voice of Three Acts, Two Dancers and One Radio Host. Best known for his work on the Peabody Award winning radio program This American Life, Glass understands that the idea of mixing the very visual medium of dance and very un-visual medium of radio together is unusual.

Fans will recognize some of the This American Life stories told, but don’t expect Glass to be front and center talking while choreographer Monica Bill Barnes and dancer Anna Bass act out the story around him. “We thought that would be corny,” says Glass. “Why even have dancers at that point?” Instead, the show features the radio host and the dancers telling parallel stories that overlap but play to the strengths of their individual mediums. The vocabulary is different, but the spirit is the same.

“When I saw Monica Bill Barnes’s choreography, I thought, ‘This is what we do on the radio show, just a little different. People who love our radio show would love this,’” says Glass. “But we know this is weird. We think it’s weird, too.”

8 p.m. Wortham Theater Center. 501 Texas. For information, call 713-227-4772 or visit spahouston.org. $38 to $78.

Photo by David Bazenmore.
Sat., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., 2014

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