This RTV episode focuses on Biba Bell and her piece Hustle in the Park. She discusses the concept for the piece, the social dance form and her preparation building the show.
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.
Performance date: 05/29/2017
Episode release date: 07/25/2018
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.