Manifesto/About Me

Germaul Barnes


Over twenty plus years as a working Artists, I am often interested in archetypes and paradoxes. As a choreographer, I tackle with 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 was in Phoenix, Arizona where he studied at The Center for Performing Arts at South Mountain High School, Phoenix School of Ballet, and Ballet Arizona. Germaul continued his dance training at the University of the Arts-Philadelphia. In the early part of his career, he performed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company where he received the 2003 BESSIES -New York and Performance Award, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Joseph Tmim, Movement Source Dance Company, Group Motions Dance Company, Pacific Conservatory Theatre, and land leading roles as guest performer with various ballet and contemporary dance companies worldwide. He formed Viewsic Dance-VD (formerly Viewsic Expressions) in 1993 and has since created over 50 works for his company.

Germaul Barnes has become an internationally recognizable presence in the American contemporary dance scene. Germaul is noted for his visual wizardry and sonic imagination, he has been described as “he came to resemble a martyr” (New York Times). As Director of Viewsic Dance, his work has been seen at Central Park Summer Stage, Institute of Contemporary Arts/Boston, and The Kumble Theater for the Performance Arts, and the International Dance Theater in Lublin, Poland, and Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden, and The Yakub Kolas National Academic Drama Theatre in Vitebsk, Russia. Recently,
he choreographed Marley – the first original musical based on both the life and music of Bob Marley. Broadway World magazine wrote – “Germaul Barnes is saluted for the great choreography.” Barnes also works extensively in opera, television, film, directing, and choreographing productions for the South African composer Bongani Ndodana, Time Warren Cable, Alvin Ailey/Fordham, Dance Immersion, Joffrey Ballet Summer Contemporary Intensive, Joffrey Ballet World Dance & Charter Intensive, Burt Sugar/Danz, UNCG, Finding Her Light, and Fall to Rise.

Germaul believes that a strong component of the creative process is collaborating with other artists, this has allow him to work with artists such as Thollem McDonas, Russian National Wind Quintet, Carmen Carpenter-Gabri Christa, Greg Tate, Paul Sullivan, Harry Feiner, Calvin Wiley, Peter McMath, Maxim Rubtsov, and Whitney V. Hunter.

Germaul Barnes has taught at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Belarus International Modern Dance Festival, Boroditski Denis Dance Camp, Dance Immersions, National Theater of Ghana, Lublin International Dance Festival, Joffrey Ballet Summer Contemporary Intensive, Restorations Plaza Youth Arts Academy, and Dance Olympus.

Barnes is a member of the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACKS IN DANCE and serves as an Advisory Board Member and curator for the Thelma Hill Performance Arts Center. He is currently Artist in Residency at The Alabama School of Fine Arts. He has received Arts International Grant to support his anthropology study in Ghana, West Africa, The Phoenix Art Commission Award, and the Bessie Award. One of Germaul highest personal achievement is working closely with Katherine Dunham and Eleo Pomare.