Ian Spencer Bell

Ian Spencer Bell--dancer, choreographer, poet

DUET

“Precision, geometry, intimacy, and vulnerability” The Dance Enthusiast

Work-in-progress trio with poem and music of Philip Glass

Length: 25 minutes

Showings: May 9 & 10, 2018, Martha Graham Studio Theater, New York City & March 29, 2019, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Original Cast: Ian Spencer Bell, Gary Champi, Joshua Tuason

Photo: Molly Hamill

MARROW

“imaginative and compelling” Oberon’s Grove

Solo with poems

Length: 25 minutes

Premiere: March 17, 2016, The Center, New York City

Dancer: Ian Spencer Bell

Photo: Kyle Froman

Kahn & Selesnick photos

HOLLER

“[Bell] danced both outside the poems looking in at them and within their poetic and musical infrastructures.” Michael J. Kramer, Culture Rover

Solo with poem

Length: 10 minutes

Premiere: March 11, 2015, Poetry Foundation, Chicago, Illinois

Dancer: Ian Spencer Bell

Photo: Eric Brown

Chicago Reader preview

GEOGRPAHY SOLOS

“At a time when so much of contemporary dance looks—and sounds—alike, Ian’s solo performance was like a breath of fresh air.” Oberon’s Grove

“A dancer of gentle but defined precision.” The New York Times

Six solos with poems

Length: 20 minutes

Premiere: September 1, 2013, Ille Arts, Amagansett, New York

Dancer: Ian Spencer Bell

Photo: Kyle Froman

WALLKILL

Quartet with silence and poem

Length: 25 minutes

Premiere: November 1, 2013, Doris Duke Theater, Jacob’s Pillow (Creative Development Residency), Becket, Massachusetts

Original Cast: Ian Spencer Bell, Mairéad Filgate, Jenna Liberati, Justin Rivera (understudy), Joshua Tuason

Lighting: Nicholas Houfek

Photo: Kyle Froman

Notes on Wallkill

SOCKET

“Mr. Bell’s choreography hewed with remarkable fidelity to the shape of the Massiaen’s isolated gestures, the volatile dynamics and densities of the score. And it did so while arranging the stuff of rehearsal—stretching, situps, self-fanning, ponytail adjustment—into sophisticated patterns.” The New York Times

“a poetic experience which is devoid of pretense” Oberon’s Grove

Quintet with music of Olivier Messiaen, “Quartet for the End of Time”

Length: 47 minutes

Premiere: May 30, 2012, City Center Studios, New York City

Original Cast: Ian Spencer Bell, Nathaniel Darst, Mara Driscoll, Jenna Liberati, Joshua Tuason

Lighting: Nicholas Houfek

Photo: Kyle Froman

Notes on Socket

TWO-MINUTE SONGS

Quintet with music of The Beastie Boys, The Beatles, Camille Saint-Saëns, Joni Mitchell, Felix Mendelssohn, Roy Orbison, J. S. Bach

Length: 16 minutes

Premiere: June 10, 2011, Merce Cunningham Studio, New York City

Original Cast: Ian Spencer Bell, Fiona Brown, Nathaniel Darst, Jenna Liberati, Joshua Tuason

Lighting: Nicholas Houfek

Photo: Taylor Crichton

SPLIT

Quartet to the sound of keys dropping, for Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art”

Length: 12 minutes

Premiere: May 13, 2010, West End Theater, New York City

Original Cast: Ian Spencer Bell, Fiona Brown, Jenna Liberati, Joshua Tuason

Lighting: Nicholas Houfek

Photo: Kyle Froman