Modern/Contemporary with Ian Spencer Bell
$40/workshop, $25/Class, or included in class pass membership
Join Ian Spencer Bell for this mindful exploration of American modern dance technique. We will explore contemporary ways of moving, including bending, stretching, walking, running, falling, jumping, and turning. Together we will build a full-bodied phrase to dance joyfully and discuss.
In 2014, the New York Times described Bell’s work this way: “At its best, his movement itself seems to do the talking, physical sentences inseparable from verbal ones — neither upstaging the other — so that what results is not dance and not poetry but some third medium.” Read more.
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.
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