What: Biba Bell presents a project created for summer, inspired by the social dance framework for the ensemble.
When: Tuesday, June 27 — Thursday, June 29, 2017, 8pm
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, 2/3/4/5/A/C/G/D/M/N/R/B/Q trains & the LIRR
Cost: $25/20 Online $20/15 Doors
Info: www.roulette.org / (917) 267-0368
Tickets: General Admission $20, Members/Students/Seniors $15, $25/20 Tickets at the door
Brooklyn, NY – Dancer, choreographer, and scholar Biba Bell presents a project created for summer, inspired by the social dance framework for the ensemble. Coming together in the structure of the group, drawing upon a range of real and imagined social dances for and of the time, this piece is about building a scene, feel, and sense of belonging in the room.
The piece is animated by the question: how does the concert dancer take the step (what does it look like, feel like, sound like) into the social field? The question has been asked through a series of participatory events, dance-marathons in city parks and green spaces. In this sense, the goal is to find a way to dance together that takes a step offsides from (modern) dance’s individuating stage, into the room, into the park, into the group, as the choreographic goal. To step out, from the inside; or in, from the outside.
Biba Bell is a writer, dancer, and choreographer. She received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University where her research focused on contemporary choreography’s geographic interventions within architectural, disciplinary, and dance’s artistic homes and theatrical houses. Bell’s performance work has most recently been produced at the Kunstlerhaus (Bremen, Germany), the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Cranbrook Museum of Art, and in an apartment in Detroit’s Lafayette Park. Her work has additionally been shown at Times Square Arts and the Clocktower Gallery (NYC), Visual Arts Center at UT Austin (Texas), Insel Hombroich (Germany), NADA Fair (NYC), Detroit Institute of Art (Michigan), The Garage for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Kitchen (NYC), Roulette (NYC), Performa (NYC), Dixon Place (NYC), and many others. She has toured extensively with choreographer Maria Hassabi, has collaborated with visual artist Nick Cave, visual artist Davide Balula, and composer Frank Pahl. Bell was a 2015 DAAD guest professor of Experimental Performance at the University of the Arts (Hochschule für Künste) in Bremen, Germany. She is a co-editor of Critical Correspondence, Movement Research’s online journal, and is on the editorial board for Detroit Research, a new journal of artistic thought and aesthetics.