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.
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? Additionally, in its research phases, 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 has a 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 UT Austin, Insel Hombroich (Germany), NADA Fair NYC, Detroit Institute of Art, The Garage for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Kitchen (NYC), Roulette (NYC), Performa (NYC), Dixon Place (NYC), PaceWildenstein Gallery, Jack Hanley Gallery, Callicoon Fine Arts, Human Resources Gallery, amongst others. She has toured extensively with choreographer Maria Hassabi, has collaborated with visual artist Nick Cave, visual artist Davide Balula, and composer Frank Pahl, and performed all over the place as a founding member of the performance collective Modern Garage Movement (MGM Grand) between 2007-2011. Bell was a 2015 DAAD guest professor of Experimental Performance at the University of the Arts (Hochschule für Künste) in Bremen, Germany. Bell 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.
Roulette’s ongoing [DANCEROULETTE] series reflects the commitment to presenting experimental dance that we’ve held since our founding in 1978, particularly the collaborative efforts of composers and choreographers exploring the relationship between sound and movement, choreography and composition. Roulette’s move to Brooklyn in September 2011 has enabled the organization to initiate a regular season of [DANCEROULETTE] presentations, which now hosts nearly 40 performances yearly.