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SBDNY MEDIA KIT (2013-2014)

 

"Ms. Bell has a lot working in her favor: powerful, daredevil dancers and an almost garish imagination capable of dreaming up surreal scenarios... a slick intensity dominates her onstage worlds." - New York Times, Complete Article

"STELLA is not a linear work but snapshots and scenes of the working of Bell's creative process. If you try to compare this work with some other than you have missed the importance and intelligence of the piece. One must experience Bell's work with an open mind. She is exploring uncharted territories. With the passing of so many of our dance luminaries, the past revolutionaries of dance, new presences will emerge, choreographers who will reshape the landscape of dance, imprint a new face upon the scope of what is movement. I believe Sidra Bell belongs in this group." -NYC Dance Stuff, Complete Article

"In the world of Sidra Bell Dance New York fantasy often morphs into the grotesque and the grostesque breeds fantasy. The androgynous dancers spew a highly kinetic and gestural movement language, with their capable bodies and at times overtly cirque-like prowess, at warp speed to a beat I hoped the DJ wouldn’t stop. The jaw-dropping solos and duets reminiscent of the famous ‘walks’ at a vogue ball (aka Paris is Burning), stunning ballet technique the ecstasy of all-night clubbing felt through the 4th wall, and the dread of the inevitable morning or end to the show came together in a seemingly unreal and jam-packed hour of dance."- DIY Dancer, Complete Article

"Bell has been compared to, among others, Jorma Elo, William Forsythe and Wayne McGregor, European choreographers who pack each phrase of movement with detail, challenging the eye to keep up. But Bell doesn’t yet place herself in the arc of dance history. 'I don’t like to contextualize it like that. I don’t want to define what I’m doing because it doesn’t leave me room to do anything else".- Timeout Chicago Feature, Complete Article

"It was a "Revue" unlike any other, a blend of vaudeville, Fellini and Cirque du Soleil. Ms. Bell proved that she had her finger on the future of dance where ballet and hip-hop coexist on the same plane"- 2010 Best in Dance, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Complete Article

"ReVUE is ultimately a work about the outsider and society’s perception of those who are ‘different.’ Bell explores pain and isolation and the lengths we go to as people to find acceptance among our peers. ReVUE is not for the easily offended or for those who hold tight to cultural norms. It is a work meant for lovers of oddity and avant-garde, and for those who see bits of themselves in the yearning eyes of the pariah."-Uptempo Magazine, Complete Article

"It’s as if Sidra Bell is a grandchild of Pina Bausch, such is the evidence of German Expressionistic Tanztheater in the structure and composition of the dance, the elements of fears, human conflicts and its intended reference to reality. STELLA is not for everyone, you have to be open to new ideas and means of expression, to not judge. It is a non-linear work and reflects a state of mind rather than a reality. It is dark and probing, campy and sometimes sarcastic; it expresses that which cannot be expressed in words." NYC Dance Stuff, Complete Article

"Watching Bell's work is like entering a mysterious couture circus. Her strikingly costumed dancers isolate body parts like puppets within her highly designed movement. But what appears complex actually stems from clarity. 'Simple movement really shows who a dancer is and allows it to speak to many different kinds of people.' says Bell who sets work on college and high school dancers across the U.S. as artistic director of Sidra Bell Dance New York."- Dance Teacher Magazine Feature, Complete Article

"Sidra Bell Dance New York , a 'boutique company' (their clever description), has already pulled off what most small, independent dance companies in this city dream about - a full two-week season in one theater. Hallelujah and hats off to Bell and to the Baruch Performing Arts Center who will be housing her . Bell and her group of stand-out dancers will premiere STELLA and next week the company will offer a New York premiere of the critically acclaimed ReVUE.Two different performances, two different concepts in two weeks; how does Bell do it? Lots of running around I imagine. I met the choreographer briefly in rehearsal the other day. Actually, I met her running out of rehearsal and hopping into her cab... Something tells me that in order to catch up with this shooting star we must race to the theater. 1,2,3...GO."- The Dance Enthusiast, Complete Article

"Bell has an approach to the body; a deconstructor, hyperarticulator that makes her dancers look inhuman like broken marionettes or robots on the fritz. In Bell's POOL the grotesquerie suggests decadence, disease, a Forsythean horror show..."- The New Yorker, Complete Article

"ReVUE paints a world that is somewhat dark, a little macabre but filled with both expectations and a humor that borders on the sarcastic.The performers appear in a dizzying array of fascinating costumes throughout the performance. Bell uses costume and make-up to enhance her work. It works hand in hand with the movement that creates a startling visualization, a hybrid of burlesque and vaudeville updated for the 21st Century and Youtube. Bell's work has combined gender ambiguity, deconstructed ideas, high drama and couture fashion to give voice to her world of dazzling possibilities."- NYC Dancestuff, Complete Article


Sidra Bell's Pool was inspired by an experience of near drowning. Its stark tableaux and slick, rigorous couplings fascinated.The positions are severe. In the spare setting, seven fluidly moving dancers suggest a surrealistic nightclub scene— and perhaps its stereotypical companion, hell. Toes are pointed to the max (in socks?) Think vogue, Édouard Lock, Euro. The score is as esoteric and mesmerizing as the movement. The feeling of suffocation is, in itself, not one that everyone will want to cozy up to. But in the end, the main duo stand apart in a parabola of light on the floor. Campbell seems to levitate as he takes an audible breath…and so do we.- Reading Dance, Complete Article

Getting to Know Sidra- As her career takes another step forward, she will begin exploring Europe and South America. But Sidra is not done yet with the Steel City. She will be back working with Point Park University students next month on a premiere there. And that means performances in the spring for both groups. Welcome home, Sidra Bell.Feature Article, Complete Article

It was unlike any other revue that has crossed my path, one that was conjured up in an exceptionally vivid imagination. So many things crossed my mind during that short hour during the premiere. Think filmmaker Federico Fellini and his circus touches. Or in today’s terms, Cirque du Soleil, with its own touches of surrealist artist Salvador Dali. Sidra fractured those inspirations and reassembled them into a singular and strong choreographic style all her own. Sidra’s movement is a product of the contemporary dance theater today, the kind that emanates from our splintered society. Despite that, it had a boldness that is the product of the young. But she backed it up as she skillfully switched gears between modern, ballet and burlesque and elevated it by using a palpable sense of humanity. There were arresting images along he way that leant an urgency to the movement. The performers could pull at the mouth or the thumb the nose or look like broken ballet dancers where they would degenerate into bouncing plies. They walked and fell at the same time. Later you would think, “Are they broken or are they a reflection of us?” In the end, there is doubt that this was one of the performances of the year, one where this choreographer undeniable has her finger on the pulse of a new American dance.- Pittsburgh Cross Currents, Complete Article

"Sidra Bell took us on a theatrical journey into the land of Sidra Bell with extracts of REVUE and POOL. Bell is clearly an artist on this new generation of modern dance movers who combined arresting movement with dramatic presentation. The Revue had a ring master quality that pulled the audience into her monochromatic world. Pool was a supported adagio performed by Jonathan Campbell and Austin Diaz; despite all of the intimacy the duet possessed a quality of isolation and austerity." -Harlem World, Complete Article

In Radiance & Polarity choreographer Sidra Bell shows she knows precisely how to use the four women who danced in Fenley’s piece and gives them their chance to prove just how versatile they are.  Whether executing a solo or working in unison these dancers are riveting. -Robert Moses KIN (June 2012), Complete Article