Ms. Barnes has been popping up everywhere lately: From Vanessa deWolf’s Score for an Unrehearsed Ensemble to impromptu events at Kaleidoscope Vision and Danse Perdue, she has shown a penchant for keeping busy. Still, she always returns to Open Flight Studio, which she co-founded in 2002-2003. I caught up with Ms. Barnes at Open Flight Studio in rehearsal for her new dance work, Lead Bunny.
It’s called The Kippy Ding Ding and it’s full of pretty vintage clothes, funky jewelry and lots of old, sparkly, wonderful finds.
Not that I ever play it safe, but I thought I’d go all out on this outfit post. Bohemian chic all the way! Total outfit cost: $38.97
There are scoffers in the community who believe that artists do not do any real work. Paige Barnes’ life and career offer a perfect rejoinder to this sort of nonsense. She is as devoted to her community as she is to her craft and her creativity, in ways that those who do “real work” only wish they could understand. In spite of all her hard work and her innate genius, Paige Barnes remains a virtually unappreciated artist in a town that is known for failing to appreciate its working artists.
The theme of this show was “First Times,” so each of us talked about a first experience: first girlfriend, first trip to Europe, first road trip, first Communion. I’d originally pitched mine as the story of doing my first yoga headstand. After a while, though, the first headstand story became intertwined with another first time story: that of losing my job. How did I put them together? I hope you’ll listen and find out.