“…his movement itself seems to do the talking, physical sentences inseparable from verbal ones – neither upstaging the other – so that what results is not dance and not poetry but some third medium.” The New York Times, March 21, 2014, Siobhan Burke
Ian Spencer Bell is a New York-based dancer, choreographer, and poet using the body to complicate and reveal subtlety in language and meaning. By merging confessional writing with solo and group dance practice, Bell and his group perform a drawing through space and memory. He has performed his solo work at the Queens Museum and the Poetry Foundation. Bell has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from Atlantic Center for the Arts; Lambda Literary; Summer Stages Dance; Virginia Commission for the Arts; and Jacob’s Pillow, where he performed with his group on the Inside/Out Stage. Bell trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, School of American Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Bell graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and is currently an M.F.A. candidate in Poetry at NYU.