Southern DanceWorks

Artistic Director

Germaul Barnes is a choreographer, director, master educator, scholar, and designer with a multifaceted career spanning more than thirty years in contemporary dance. Global in vision and influence, he is known for a bold, urgent, energetic movement style steeped in spirituality and optimism. His work regularly reflects his deep knowledge of and interest in anthropology, the culture of African Diaspora, Blackness, musicality, and social justice. His latest commission for Alabama Ballet premiered in April of 2019.

Barnes is a BESSIE Award-winning former dancer and current répétiteur for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company. Barnes was recently appointed Artist Director of Southern Dance Works of Birmingham. He is currently a full-time dance instructor at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, curator for Contemporary Improvisation for Black Men, member of the International Association of Blacks in Dance – Next Generation, Theatre of Movement, and Alabama Dance Council. 

Barnes is the choreographer of Marley – A Musical, which premiered in 2015 at Center Stage in Baltimore, MD. He has created more than 50 works for his dance collective Viewsic Dance, presented on stages and by companies across the world, including SummerStage, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, 92nd Street Y, ICA Boston, Movement Research at the Judson Church, the International Modern Dance Festival (Belarus), Ghana National Dance Company, International Dance Theatre Festival (Lublin, Poland), Friends of Tafo (London, England), Jasmyn Fyffe Dance (Toronto, Canada), and beyond.  

He has served on the faculty and as a guest choreographer for the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, Fordham BFA Program at The Ailey School, the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Joffrey Ballet School Summer Intensive.

He has also worked with Katherine Dunham, Eleo Pomare, Pilobolus, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Group Motions Dance Company, Philadanco, Pacific Conservatory Theatre, and guest artists for numerous ballet and contemporary companies.

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