photo by Georgios Kontos

Biba Bell

Biba Bell (b. 1976, Sebastopol) is a dancer, choreographer and writer based in Detroit. Her choreographic work, often set in unconventional venues, focuses on domesticity, labor, and architecture and has been presented at the Kitchen, Danspace Project, Movement Research, Centre Pompidou Paris, The Garage for Contemporary Culture Moscow, Jack Hanley Gallery NYC, Pace Wildenstein, Human Resources LA, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit Institute of Arts, Insel Hombroich, Artissima Turino, among other. She was a Kresge Arts in Detroit Live Arts Fellow and a DAAD guest professor of Experimental Performance in Germany, and is currently an Assistant Professor in Dance at Wayne State University. Bell performed as a founding member of the collective MGM Grand (Modern Garage Movement, 2005-2011) and with NYC-based choreographers Maria Hassabi and Walter Dundervill amongst others. She has collaborated with visual artists Davide Balula, Nick Cave, Alexander Buzzalini, Ruth Adler Schnee, Nicola Kuperus, Cuppetelli and Mendoza, and Frauke Dannert and musicians Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Sowande Keita, Matthew Daher, ADULT., Underspreche, and Scott Zacharias. Her recently featured project Hustle in the Park was inspired by the Detroit hustle and focuses on joyful communing through social dancing in urban green spaces. Of her dancing the New York Times writes "It’s invigorating to watch someone who borders on wild." Bell earned her Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University.

Past Classes & Events

MELT Reading Group

July 21, 2016