Presented By: Office for the Arts (OFA) Dance Program, Master Class Series
Master teacher and current Harvard dance artist-in-residence Sidra Bell will teach a master class that expounds on her alternative pedagogy, Contemporary Systems. Her class encourages provocative thought and an immersive approach to the subject matter of the body. Bell's work demands a high degree of physicality and input from the dancers, encouraging them to execute movement with intention, curiosity, and empathy.
Participation is free, but due to limited class capacity, online registration is required for both participants and observers. First-come, first-served, with priority given to Harvard University Undergraduate Students.
This class is for dancers age 18 + and open to all levels of experience. Observers welcome.
Sidra Bell is currently a Master Lecturer at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, an Adjunct Professor at Ball State University in Indiana, and was an Adjunct Professor at Barnard College in New York City. She holds a BA in History from Yale University and an MFA in Choreography from Purchase College Conservatory of Dance. As artistic director of Sidra Bell New York, Bell is an award-winning choreographer and her work has been seen throughout the United States and across the globe. She has taught her unique creative practice at major institutions for dance and theater throughout Canada, Europe, South America, and the United States. Bell is the Creative Director of MODULE a New York City based immersive laboratory for movement and theater artists.
Bell has received many commissions from institutions and companies internationally and created over 100 new works notably for BODYTRAFFIC, Ailey II, The Juilliard School, River North Dance Chicago, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Austin, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet School, LEVYdance, Robert Moses' KIN, METdance, Visceral Dance Chicago, Springboard Danse Montréal to name a few. Bell was a cultural ambassador in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2014 and 2015 (made possible by Movement Research, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Derida Dance Center). She has collaborated with the internationally acclaimed women's chorus Karmina Slovenica in Slovenia and was the commissioned choreographer for the feature film TEST, set in San Francisco during the height of the AIDS crisis in 1985 written/directed by Chris Mason Johnson (Frankfurt Ballet/White Oak Project).
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The Harvard Dance Center is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs.
Photo: Sidra Bell. Credit: Genna Baroni.