Photography by Jubal Battisti (2011)
& Stephanie Crousillat (2012)
SIDRA BELL, (Artistic Director) is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts (Philadelphia), was Adjunct Professor at Barnard College (Columbia University), and has a degree in history from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance.
She was awarded a 1st Prize for Choreography for Grief Point. at the 15th Internationales Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany (2011). Dancer Moo Kim was also awarded a 1st Prize for his interpretation of Grief Point. In 2009, Shamel Pitts was awarded 2nd Prize for the interpretation of Bell’s solo work, Conductivity. She was awarded the Patricia Kerr Ross Award for Choreography from New York Foundation for the Arts in 2005.
Her critically acclaimed company and choreography has been seen throughout the United States and internationally in Denmark, France, Austria, Turkey, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil and Greece. The Company was lauded in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's 2010 Best in Dance for ReVUE, and in the 2012 Year in Review in ArtsATL’s notable performances for Nudity. Bell has received many commissions for new work from internationally renowned companies and institutions around the world. She has worked with break-dancers to ballet dancers and everything in between.
She has received numerous commissions nationally and internationally for new work. Notably with BODYTRAFFIC, Ballet Austin, Sacramento Ballet, The Juilliard School, River North Chicago Dance Company, Ailey II, LEVYdance, Robert Moses’ KIN, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School, Uppercut Dansteater (DEN), Motto Dans Kolectif (TUR), Drew Jacoby, Peridance Contemporary Dance Company, Tisch School of the Arts, University of Utah, August Wilson Dance Ensemble, Point Park University, University of Michigan, The Ailey School, Barnard College, New York Live Arts, Dance Theater Workshop, Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Springboard Danse Montréal, The Duo Theater, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, National Choreographer’s Initiative, Mystic Ballet, Visceral Dance Company, University of the Arts, The Five College Dance Department, and Houston Metropolitan Dance Company.
Most recently she was commissioned as the choreographer for the feature film TEST set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1985, which focuses on a prestigious dance company dealing with the spread of HIV and its effects on the lives of its performers. The film, directed by Chris Mason Johnson (Ballet Frankfurt/White Oak Project) and shot on location in San Francisco, has premiered at Seattle Film Festival, the historic Castro Theater in San Francisco, and Outfest Los Angeles. It was awarded two grand jury prizes from Outfest for Best Screenwriting and Outstanding U.S. Feature.
Bell is a sought after master teacher and her alternative approach was featured in Dance Teacher Magazine (2012) and Dance Studio Life Magazine (2013). She has taught her unique creative practice of movement, improvisation, and technique entitled Contemporary Systems — An Interior & Material Approach at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States. She has been a pilot artist for such progressive educational and commissioning programming as the Movement Invention Project (NYC), Dance Cycles & Sophomore Project (University of the Arts, PA), and AMP Residency (San Francisco with LEVYdance).
Center Photo: Genna Baroni