Review: Days Go By, an innovative dance performance at Brookfield Place

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Days Go By

by Fernanda Mueller

Days Go By
Photo credit Fernanda Mueller

Our life is speeding up. We are always in a rush. Focused on the destination, without paying attention on the way. Sometimes, we just need to stop for a minute to look at what is around us. Be present. This is the concept of the dance performance, created by Monica Bill Barnes and Robbie Saenz de Viteri, Days Go By – to bring the beauty of dance and music to our everyday life.

Monica Bill Barnes & Company is known for its innovative performances, like Happy Hour, a dance show turned into an after-work office party and The Museum Workout, a choreographed exercise tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This time, the contemporary dance company blurs reality with the theatrical in its new performance that takes place at Brookfield Place‘s Winter Garden.

The audience is accommodated on the steps of the public atrium and wears headphones for listening to the narration and the music. During this 1 hour show, the narrator, with a sense of humor, invites the audience to pay attention to people that walk through the public space. Dancers and common people are mixed up. Sometimes it is hard to know if the narrator is talking about a member of the show or just someone who happens to be passing by – it’s even funny to see their reaction, trying to understand what’s going on.

The mixture of dance and narration makes the show even more interesting. You don’t have to be a dance expert to enjoy the performance. It’s compelling, funny and innovative! A completely different way to enjoy dancing and getting out of the bubble we live in.

Days Go By, presented by Arts Brookfield, takes place at Brookfield Place’s Winter Garden at 7:00 pm from October 3rd to October 6th. Admission is free.