Bard College at Simon's Rock
Ian Spencer Bell, known for blending dance and confessional poetry, performs a new work titled "Duet" for three dancers and live piano accompaniment. A talk with the artists follows.
In "Duet" Bell brings to life a poem about his relationship with another dancer in New York City in the early 2000s. As is typical of his performance, Bell talks as he dances, this time considering memory, omission, and, eventually, betrayal. “Light races over rivers, tosses itself in rooms, / floods floors, sills, and roads, softens and warms / meadows, and what do we do? Forget it as soon as it hits,” he says in the prologue. Complex choreographic sequences, structured like games and square dancing, exemplify Bell’s formalist, gestural choreography. Solos, duets, and trios are paired with poetry, music, and silence, and constant shifts of weight, time, partners, and spatial dynamics are emblematic of changes in romantic relationships. Dancers Ross Mogerley and Justin Rivera join Bell onstage. Simon’s Rock music faculty member Manon Hutton-DeWys plays three piano pieces. Isabel Filkins and John Musall light the dance.
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