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Choreographer Performs, Designs From Heart

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 As an artist-in-residence in Edinburgh, Scotland during summer 2013, Ruth Barnes, coordinator of the dance program at Missouri State University, collaborated with five other choreographers to design an hour-long dance solo that centered on the theme of displacement. They named it, “Here, There and Everywhere.”

Barnes brought her unique style of dance to Missouri State back in 2005 – a style she calls non-linear narrative contemporary. There may be a story, but as she describes it, it may be out of sequence, and it’s open to interpretation.

“I work intuitively. I’m getting in touch with my own psyche, my own subconscious,” she said. “There’s something in there that people somehow do in fact relate to.”

This non-linear style was one she gravitated toward early, studying under the highly-acclaimed modern choreographer Merce Cunningham.

“The first time I saw him perform, I had no idea what was going on,” she said. “It was total sensory overload, but I loved the energy.”

Nicki received a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Missouri State in marketing, in 2002 and 2004 respectively. After gaining experience in writing, marketing, special event planning, fundraising and public relations, she returned to the university to work in the office of strategic communication. There she tells the university’s story by sharing the stories of individuals at Missouri State.
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