Over twenty plus years as a working Artists, I am often interested in archetypes and paradoxes. As a choreographer, I tackle the essence of movement as metaphor or analogy. I strive to convey a world that is derivative from everyday life, but the dances I make do address aspects of fantasy, imagination, and memory within the context of contemporary life.
To create my work, I draw on knowledge of contemporary and historical artistic, biographical, and literary sources. Intrigued by a wide range of methodologies by employ multiple strategies of investigation in my choreography, occasionally creating ambiguous juxtapositions and new, unfamiliar languages.
Germaul Barnes is a choreographer, director, master educator, scholar, and designer with a multifaceted career spanning more than thirty years in contemporary dance. Global in vision and influence, he is known for a bold, urgent, energetic movement style, steeped in spirituality and optimism. His work regularly reflects his in-depth knowledge of and interest in anthropology, dance of the African Diaspora, musicality, and social justice. His latest commission – “In the Folds” for Alabama Ballet, which premiered in April of 2019.
Barnes is a BESSIE Award-winning former dancer and current répétiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. He is currently a dance instructor at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, curator for Contemporary Improvisation for Black Men, choreographer adviser for Dance of the African Diaspora-One Dance UK and Movement Research, and board member for the International Association Blacks in Dance/Next Generation.
Barnes is the choreographer of The Bob Marley – A Musical which premiered in 2015 at Center Stage in Baltimore, MD. He has created more than 50 works for his dance collective Viewsic Dance, presented on stages and by companies across the world including SummerStage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, 92nd Street Y, ICA Boston, Movement Research at the Judson Church, the International Modern Dance Festival (Belarus), Ghana National Dance Company, International Dance Theatre Festival (Lublin, Poland), Friends of Tafo (London, England), Jasmyn Fyffe Dance (Toronto, Canada), and beyond. He has served on the faculty and as a guest choreographer for the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Fordham BFA Program at The Ailey School, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and the Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive.
He has also worked with Katherine Dunham, Eleo Pomare, Pilobolus, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Group Motions Dance Company, Philadanco, Pacific Conservatory Theatre, and as a guest artist for numerous ballet and contemporary companies.
“he came to resemble a martyr” -New York Times.
“Germaul Barnes is saluted for the great choreography.” -Broadway World magazine