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Movers & Shapers Podcast: Sidra Bell

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Release Date: June 2, 2015
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Sidra Bell, Artistic Director of Sidra Bell Dance New York, is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She will begin an adjunct position at Ball State University in Indiana in 2015.  She has a degree in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. Ms. Bell has won several awards, notably a prestigious 1st Prize for Choreography at the International Solo Tanz Theater Festival in Stuttgart, Germany. Her critically acclaimed work has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil, and Greece. Bell has received many commissions from institutions internationally and created over 100 new works. She had the privilege of being on the international jury for the Stuttgart Solo Tanz Theater Festival in 2014. Bell was commissioned as the choreographer for the feature film “TEST” set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1985. “TEST” was awarded two grand jury prizes from Outfest and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. It is nominated for a 2015 Independent Spirit Award. The film has had many screenings at festivals worldwide, notably The Seattle Film Festival, Frameline37 (San Francisco), Outfest (L.A.), Berlinale, and Lincoln Center’s NewFest (NYC). It enjoyed an international theatrical run in 2014 and is currently available on Netflix, VoD, and iTunes. She was recently named one of 50 outstanding artists living or working in Westchester County as part of ArtsWestchester’s 50th Anniversary.

Sidra Bell Dance New York, is a boutique brand of prolific movement artists that presents innovative, kinetic, and provocative works. It has continually shared progressive and elaborate productions to sold-out audiences. The work synthesizes the worlds of design, media, fashion, and spectatorship through creative partnerships. Bell is a sought after voice with a strong female vision igniting the imagination and exploring the complexities of the human condition. She excavates the psyche with themes that are spectacular and life affirming. The repertoire is emotionally charged and transporting and the Company has become known for a boundary defying spirit. The choreographer enjoys material that is graphic and mines natural and unnatural worlds. SBDNY works closely with its public through engagement activities including an extensive internship program. The Company offers a comprehensive curriculum in contemporary practice and thought entitled Contemporary Systems-an interior & material approach to movement ©. With educational partnerships and commissions from the most prestigious institutions internationally SBDNY is on the forefront of cultivating the next generation of artists.



Dance Theater of Harlem School

Alvin Ailey School

Alliance for Dance at Yale University

Camille A. Brown

Movement Invention Project

SUNY Purchase

Kevin Wynn

Dawson Dance


Test” (Trailer/Download) “Test” (Trailer/DVD)

Baruch Performing Arts Center

Kelly Strayhorn Theater


Podcast produced by: The Moving Architects
Interviewer: Erin Carlisle Norton
Assistant: Christina Carminucci
Intro Music: “Singing Distance” by Elijah Aaron

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