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"The worlds enacted by Sidra Bell across her expansive repertory are sumptuous facades. For Bell, every show seems to be a disappearing act behind myriad screens- garish costumes, jet-speed movements, blank stares and emptier smiles. Her performers are always self-consciously performing and her shows never forget their overdetermined status as objects of fascination and opportunities for exhibitionism. The choreographer often borrows the tropes of performance to flesh out the contours of her world, seeing the stage as if through cinematic studies of it. This is an important, if subtle, point about Bell's work -- it arrives as so many copies of itself. It draws the spectator in through its use of customary conventions, but resists delivering on these terms. Behind the curtain, there is no wizard, only more curtains to be drawn back as the spectator crawls deeper into the world this artist has shaped." -- Written by Danielle Goldman, Ryan Kelly, and Sarah Maxfield (Dance Theater Workshop 2010-2011 Writers)
"STELLA- a series of miniature manifestos is not a linear work but snapshots and scenes of the working of Sidra Bell’s creative process. If you try to compare this work with some other than you have missed its importance and the intelligence of the piece. One must experience Ms. 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, dancers and 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 (2011)
Photography by Jubal Battisti
Creative Image Director-Mondo Morales
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