Also, a NYC Jazz & Contemporary Intensive Instructor.
GERMAUL YUSEF BARNES – recently choreographed the World Premiere of Marley , the first original musical based on the life and music of the reggie superstar Bob Marley written & directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah. Mr Barnes is a former principal dancer and currently a répétiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, where he received the New York Dance and Performance Award-The Bessie Award. Mr. Barnes serves as the Associated Artist Director for ChoreoQuest – a creative laboratory for choreographers based in Brooklyn, NY. Mr. Barnes has received honors ranging from Arts International Grant fostering his anthropology study in Ghana,West Africa and the Baryshnikov Residency Fellowship. One of his highest personal achievements includes demonstrating for legendary choreographer/anthropologist, Katherine Dunham.
Forming Germaul Barnes/Viewsic Expressions Dance in 1991, Mr. Barnes mission is to promote and present multilayered dance performances and educational residencies. In addition to creating more than 18 works for his own company, Mr. Barnes has received many commissions to create dances for modern and ballet companies, including Movement Source Dance Company, Southern Danceworks, Restoration Dance Theater Company, aTrek Dance Collective, Footholds Dance Project, Calvin Wiley Dance Company, among others. Mr Barnes interest in collaboration with other artists has resulted in collaborations with, The Russian National Orchestra Wind Quintet, Maxim Rubtsov – flutist, Thollem McDonas – pianist, Paul Suvillan – Grammy Award winner composer, Bongani Nododana – South African composer, Eleo Pomare – legendary choreographer, Cameron Carpenter – organist, Susan Copeland – set designer, Sherry Robinson – jazz vocalist, Greg Tate – composer/writer, Gabri Christa – choreographer/film artists, Whitney Hunter Media and among others. Viewsic Expressions Dance program Black Bones- A Celebration of African-American Male Artists was recently featured on Time Warren Cable PBS.
Gernaul Barnes has received many commissions to create new dances in New York – Alvin Ailey/Fordham School, Judson Memorial Church, P.S. 122, Danspace Project/St. Mark Church, DanceNow/New York, Saratoga Arts Gallery, Dixon Place, HarlemStages/The Gate House, Restoration Youth Arts Academy, Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada – danceImmersion and Internationally Toronto, Canada – danceImmersion- Belarus International Modern Dance Festival, Boroditsky Denis Dance Company, Ghana National Dance Company, and the Lublin International Dance Festival, and Friends of Tafo in London.
Mr. Barnes has also danced with Pilobolus Dance Company, Tolada Dance Company (Berlin, Germany), Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Movement Source Dance Co., Philadelphia Opera Company and Group Motion Dance Company. He has appeared as a Guest Artist with Minnesota Ballet, Ohwia Ballet Company (Tokyo, Japan), Errol Grimes Dance Group, Joan Miller Dance Players, Shapiro and Smith, Penumbra Theater Company, among others.
He has received rave reviews and brilliant acclaim as a dance instructor from prominent dance academies through out Germany (TanzFabric, Ballet Centrum, Milton’s TanzSchool). His list of other venerable dance institutions includes : Black College Dance Exchange, Guest artist with Skidmore College, University of Buffalo, Ghana National Dance Theater, Xavier College Prep, Dance Masters/New York, Cleo Parker Summer Intensive, 92nd Street Y, Harkness Dance Center, New Dance Technique Laboratory, Guest Artist at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Alabama Dance Festival, University of Michigan, Dance Olympus, Wayne State University, Restoration Plaza Youth Arts Academy and Joffery Ballet Jazz and Contemporary Summer Intensive.