Conceived as a diptych, Hustle in the Park is a group dance for the park and for the theatre. On the heels of her three year project investigating dance’s relationship to domesticity and architectural modernism, Biba Bell moves out of the glass box in the sky to the communal space of the park. Employing old, new, and imagined versions of the hustle, a popular line dance in Detroit, with its rhythmic patterns and focus on personal style, Hustle in the Park brings together a group of performers who seek a world-making machine through social dancing.
Biba Bell (b. 1976, Sebastopol) is a writer, dancer, and choreographer. Her performance work has been shown in France, Russia, Germany, Italy, Canada, and across the U.S. She was a 2016 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellow, a 2015 DAAD guest professor of Experimental Performance in Germany, and is an Assistant Professor in Dance at Wayne State University. She edited the 2nd issue of Detroit Research Journal, /On Dance, and has published writing in Pastelegram, Movement Research Performance Journal, Performance Research Journal, Sound American Journal, and FRONT. Bell earned her PhD in Performance Studies from New York University.
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.
This performance is part of a series supported, in part, with funds from GENERATE: The Frances Richard Fund for Innovative Artists of Promise. Instituted in 2014, GENERATE aims to provide immediate, practical assistance to artists, helping them achieve ambitious work to be presented in our theater. Click here for more information about how you can contribute to GENERATE.