The Ball State Department of Dance and Theater is pleased to present dance writer Elizabeth Zimmer and choreographer Sidra Bell
Wednesday February 10, 2016 at Ball State University
Ball Gym, Korsgaard Dance Studio (Room 213)
6 pm - “Dance Writing in a Digital Age” an interactive conversation with Elizabeth Zimmer
8:15 pm - World premiere of a new work by choreographer Sidra Bell featuring Ball State dance students
BFA DANCE MAJORS PERFORMING:
Carolyn MeierLauren CouganNicole PopovichLacy SmithTyler RingSamantha ConteNatalie ShivelyAdina StuhlmanChristie BellishHannah St AubinShannon SwiftBryaunte Little
Zimmer, a writer and critic for The Village Voice and New York Live Arts, says, “We will pay attention to the relationship between writing and dance, and contemplate ways to engage the public with an art form that is evanescent, sometimes mysterious, and similarly endangered.” Elizabeth Zimmer writes about dance, theater, and books for Ballet Review, Dance Magazine, Metro, and other publications. She served as dance editor of The Village Voice from 1992 until 2006, and reviewed ballet for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1997 through 2005. She has reviewed dance in cities across North America, and taught writing and dance history at several universities. From 1979 to 1980 she was the Executive Director of the American Dance Guild, and since 1993 she has taught the Kamikaze dance writing workshop at schools and at annual conferences of the Dance Critics Association and ACDFA. Having earned a B.A. in Literature from Bennington College and an M.A. in English from SUNY Stony Brook, she has also studied many forms of dance, especially contact improvisation with its founders. She edited Body Against Body: The Dance and other Collaborations of Bill T. Jones and Arnie Zane (Station Hill Press, 1989) and Envisioning Dance for Film and Video (Routledge, 2002), and developed a dance history curriculum for teachers in urban schools.Her one-woman show, North Wing, played at two off-off-Broadway theaters, and she has appeared in the work of Christopher Williams and Kriota Willberg.
SIDRA BELL, Artistic Diretor of Sidra Bell Dance New York, is returning for her third residency at Ball State University where she is an Adjunct Professor. In addition she 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 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 and a Patricia Kerr Ross Award from NYFA (Thayer Fellowship Competition). Her critically acclaimed choreography and company has been seen throughout the United States and in Denmark, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Turkey, Germany, China, Canada, Aruba, Korea, Brazil, and Greece. Sidra Bell Dance New York (SBDNY, Inc.) was lauded in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's 2010 Best in Dance for ReVUE, #1 in Top 10 Contemporary Dance by the Pittsburgh Examiner for garment, and in the 2012 Year in Review in ArtsATL’s notable performances for Nudity. SBDNY was awarded a National Dance Project Production Award from New England Foundation for the Arts for an work MO¨NSTER OUTSIDE a multidisciplinary work in collaboration with Per Sto¨rby (Composer) from Sweden and the New Tide Orquesta (Sweden).
Bell has received many commissions from institutions internationally and created over 100 new works, with organizations of distinction such as BODYTRAFFIC, Ballet Austin, Sacramento Ballet, The Juilliard School, River North Chicago Dance Company, Ailey II, LEVYdance (Inaugural AMP Artist), Robert Moses’ KIN, Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet School, Uppercut Dansteater (DEN), Cornish College, University of California at Long Beach, Motto Dans Kolectif (TUR), 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 Montre´al, The Duo Theater, Purchase College Conservatory of Dance with St. Luke’s Orchestra, National Choreographer’s Initiative, STEPS Repertory Ensemble, Visceral Dance Chicago, University of the Arts, University of Massachusetts & Five College Dance Department, Derida Dance Center (BUL), University of Texas at Austin, Ball State University, Carmina Slovenica (Slovenia), and METdance.
In 2012, Bell was commissioned as the choreographer for the feature film TEST set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1985 — written/directed by Chris Mason Johnson (Frankfurt Ballet/White Oak Project). TEST was awarded two grand jury prizes from Outfest. In 2013-14 the film had many screenings at festivals worldwide, including The Seattle Film Festival, Frameline37 (San Francisco), Outfest (L.A.), Berlinale, and New York City Lincoln Center's NewFest Festival. The movie is enjoyed a theatrical release and was a New York Times Critic’s Pick. It is currently available on VOD, iTunes and Netflix. In 2014, Bell directed the workshop of a new play, Loving Obama-Fatherless Sons, written by visual artist/author John Ransom Phillips. Bell was invited to serve as a juror on the international panel of the Stuttgart Solo Tanz Competition (March 2014). Bell serves as an artistic consultant for Springboard Danse Montre´al.
Ms. Bell is a sought after master teacher and her alternative pedagogy, Contemporary Systems-an interior & material approach was featured in Dance Magazine, Dance Teacher Magazine and Dance Studio Life Magazine. She has taught her unique creative practice at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States. She is currently the creative director of MODULE, a biannual six-day incubator for advanced and professional artists in New York City with the critically acclaimed Sidra Bell Dance New York, inviting them into the intimate creative culture of the company.
Ball State Department of Dance and Theater is pleased to present dance writer Elizabeth Zimmer and choreographer Sidra Bell