Ian Spencer Bell –
DANCE & POETRY
Saturday March 12th – 1:00 – 4:30 PM
1:00-2:30 pm: Dance Class Int. + for Teens and Adults
2:30 pm: Ian Performs his new solo
3:00 – 4:30 pm: Dance/Poetry Workshop
photo by: Christopher Duggan
Ian Spencer Bell will give a showing of his new solo work, which premieres March 17 at The Center in New York City. A brief question and answer period will follow. Bell explores memory and identity through movement and poetry.
Class: Dancers explore basic American modern dance movements and consider how that language is used in contemporary practice.
Ian’s workshop will explore the relationship between dancing and poetry. Participants will use a few lines of their own writing to create a short dance study. No previous poetry-writing experience is necessary.
Ian Spencer Bell has been dancing his own work since 2001, when he was awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts for a site-specific, drive-in dance performance. Bell is a dancer, choreographer, and poet. In 2003, he choreographed and danced a solo under the guidance of David Parsons at Atlantic Center for the Arts. That same year, he premiered his work in New York City at the National Arts Club. The New York Times called his subsequent performances “wildcard” and the Village Voice described him as “promising” and “stealthy as a nocturnal feline.” In 2009, Bell was a choreographic fellow at Summer Stages Dance and, in 2010, gave a solo show for David Parker’s WET series. In July of 2012, he danced a solo from his new work, Socket, which The New York Times called “strangely beautiful,” on the Inside/Out stage at Jacob’s Pillow. Bell has taught for American Ballet Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, and New York City Center. His essays on dance have been published in Ballet Review and Zen Notes. He is artist in residence at the Nightingale-Bamford School. He studies poetry in the MFA program at NYU. Last spring he premiered a new solo work at the Poetry Foundation, in Chicago. He trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College.