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DUEL: (public vs private)2 weeks, 2 works
with Sidra Bell Dance New York
2012 NYC Season @ Baruch Performing Arts Center
Sidra Bell Dance New York (SBDNY, Inc.), a boutique company based in NYC that presents innovative and provocative dance theater works, is launching its first two week engagement in New York City. 2011-2012 is the most adventurous and exciting season in our ten year history. We are proud to have continually presented progressive, high fashion, cinematic, glamorous, and elaborate full scale productions to sold-out New York City audiences since 2001. Our 2012 season will showcase two programs that reflect Bell's ability to create work that defies boundaries and invites its spectators into a breathtaking experience. Season Preview!
Our newest work STELLA (Program A) is already garnering considerable buzz in the blogosphere as an "important, intelligent" work (NYC Dance Stuff, 2011). Critic Darrell Wood writes- "Bell is a product of the 21st Century. She is exploring uncharted territories. With the passing of so many of our dance luminaries, the past revolutionaries of dance, new presences will emerge, who will reshape the landscape of dance, imprint a new face upon the scope of what is movement. I believe Bell belongs in this group." DUEL also features the return of the critically acclaimed ReVUE (2010 Best in Dance, Pittsburgh Post Gazette). Critic Jane Vranish writes- "It was a REVUE unlike any other, a blend of vaudeville, Fellini, and Cirque du Soleil. Bell proved that she had her finger on the future of dance where ballet and hip-hop coexist on the same plane."
Join us in our campaign and help us move into 2012 as we celebrate 10 years! Your tax deductible donation will directly support:
- lighting design
- production costs
- rehearsal space
We thank you for your generous support and hope that you will join us during the season performances. In addition to our two exciting programs our Kickstarter rewards offer you many opportunities to engage with the artists of Sidra Bell Dance New York through open rehearsals, sneak peaks, and receptions. For more on our rewards- Visit. For more info on the two programs read on or visit: Baruch Performing Arts Center (NYC or call (646) 312-5073.
STELLA- a series of miniature manifestos (PROGRAM A)
March 22-25. Thur-Sat @ 8pm, Sun @ 7pm
2012 (World Premier, Baruch Performing Arts Center)
Bell's latest work, STELLA, is an epitaph that deals with observations of the self, private space, nihilism, consumerism, existence, importance, participation, voyeurism, and egomania. The piece challenges the eye of performance, its lens, how we perceive it, consume it, and create the ever important "I". In a series of physical statements that seem to have little importance in our accepted frameworks, we see how remarkable and unremarkable our humanity can be while continuing the futile effort to leave a permanent mark and imprint. While creating a kind randomness and leaving much to chance and play, Bell aims for a simplicity that can bring us back to pure enjoyment, a kind of guessing game like chess, and a little bit of madness. Enjoy the show…
STELLA is being created with support from New York Live Arts Studio Series and the Inception to Exhibition Space Grant.
ReVUE (PROGRAM B)
March 29-April 1 Thur-Sat 8pm, Sun 7pm
2010 (World Premier- Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh, PA)
The thirteen sketches of ReVUE range in mood from ribald and humorous to melancholic and haunting. Bell's anthemic full-length looks at aspects of beauty both extravagant and violent as well as the masculine gaze and the need to belong. Bell examines the framing of the form and the brutality of its imaging in contemporary culture. This fantastical and subtly spectacular work takes viewers through a dreamscape of personas that are simultaneously glamorous, destroyed, endangered, grotesque, and heroic. Bell used words as the driving force from which the performers' fantasies departed. The audience is led into a world of jockeys, ring leaders, cigarette ads, sad clowns, detached omniscient symbols, conjoined twins and many more. The landscape is a house of mirrors, a house of horrors, and a house of cards falling down. All the world is a stage...
ReVUE was created with support from the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater Next Stage Artist Residency and the Duo Theatre Residency.
Performers: Jonathan Campbell, Austin Diaz, Alexandra Johnson, Lavinia Anna Maria Vago
Guests Artists: Daniel Oliver, Leslie Hubilla, Rachel Patrice Fallon, Mikel Morado
Lighting Design: Amith Chandrashakar
Costume Design: Erin Schultz
Photography: Jubal Battisti
Film: Dakota ScottCreative Image Consultants: Dakota Scott & Mondo MoralesFilmography: Alex Popov
Graphic Design: Claudette Bell
Cover Image- Dancer: Austin Diaz, Photography: Jubal Battisti
Creative Image Director: Mondo Morales, Graphic Design: Claudette Bell
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