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Ph.D. Performance Studies, New York University, 2007-2015


Dissertation, "Dancing There: Spaces of Contemporary Choreography"

Committee: André Lepecki (Chair), Barbara Browning and Tavio Nyong'o (inside readers), Mark Franko and Danielle Goldman (outside readers)


M.A. Performance Studies, New York University, 2006-2007

B.A. Theater Arts, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1994-1998


Academic Posts

Assistant Professor, Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, Wayne State University, Detroit, 2016-present


Visiting Professor of Experimental Performance Forms, Hochschule für Künste (University of the Arts), Bremen, Germany


Performance Theory Seminar, 2015

Performance Praxis, "Choreographing An Architectural Body," 2015

Performance Praxis, "At Home in the House," 2015

Adjunct Professor, Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance, Wayne State University, Detroit


Advanced Modern Technique Lab, ongoing winter 2011-present.

Dance History: 1800-present, winter 2014.

Introduction to World Dance, winter 2014 and fall 2013 (co-taught with Nicholas Leichter), winter 2013.

Repertory, winter 2013.


Adjunct Professor, Department of Performance Studies, New York University, NYC


Contemporary Experimental Choreography, fall 2011.

Masters Thesis Writing Workshop, spring 2010.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, New York University, 2008 – 2010.


Honors and Awards

Kresge Arts Fellow in Live Arts, 2016

DAAD-Gastlehrstuhl Antonin Artaud Fellow, University of the Arts Bremen, 2015

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Grantee, 2014

Mellon Dance Studies Summer Seminar Fellow, Brown University, 2013

Hombroich International Summer Program Fellowship, Insel Hobroich, Germany, 2013

Corrigan Fellow, New York University, 2008-2011


Additional Teaching

Workshop, College for Creative Studies Studies, Film/media arts, 2017

Artist talk and workshop, College for Creative Studies, Sculpture department, 2015

Workshop and performance, Visual Arts Center, University of Texas Austin, Oct 2013

Lecture and workshop, Hobart and Williams Colleges, April 2013

Repertory workshop, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, Sept 2011

Lecture and workshop, by invitation of Thomas DeFrantz, Dance department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, Dec 2010

Workshop, Subterranean Arthouse, Berkeley, CA, August 2011

Artist Lecture and Studio Visits, by invitation of Arnold Kemp, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR, Sept 2010

Dancing for Dancers, Pieter PASD, Los Angeles, CA, August 2010

Moving Textures workshop, ClassClassClass, NYC, spring 2010

Dancing Body/Site workshop, ClassClassClass, NYC, spring 2009

Site-specific dance workshop at Judson Memorial Church, Movement Research Festival, NYC, spring 2008

Workshop, Farmlab, Los Angeles, CA, summer 2008

Of Body/Site workshop, American Dance Festival, Durham, NC, summer 2007

Private Yoga Instructor, San Francisco, New York, Detroit, 2003 – present


Select Choreography and Performance


Violent Shakes (performance), Adult. Record Release, City Airport, Detroit

Hustle on the Sand (choreographer and performance), Beach Sessions, Rockaway Beach

Plaisance (video installation), Reyes Projects, Birmingham

Scores for the Room (harmonium and dance), Popps Packing, Detroit

Hustle in the Park (choreography and performance), 92nd Street Y, New York



Skybox(choreography Walter Dundervill), New York Live Arts, Pioneer Works, NYC

Instrumental with Sowande Keita (collaborative performance), Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Hustle in the Park (outdoor park performances, evening length choreography) Roulette Intermedium, Brooklyn

Would you like to dance? (durational participatory performance), Pulitzer Arts Museum, St. Louis

Parkour (performance), Emergency Index Release, Sidewalk Arts Festival

Souci de soi: AUDREY JOHNSON (performance and live archive, gallery installation), Elaine Jacob Gallery, Detroit, Parapet Real Humans, St. Louis



Untitled Experiment of the Modern Gaze (collaboration with Oren Goldenberg, video installation), Popps Packing, Detroit

Set of Seven, Detroit Homecoming, Max Fisher Recital Hall, Detroit

It Never Really Happened, Part Two (duet/group), Lafayette Park, Detroit

together (evening length performance), Jack NY

It Never Really Happened, Part One (solo), Bas Fisher Invitational, Miami



Nick Cave Dequindre Cut Dance Lab, Detroit

à residence (video and performance, gallery installation), Künstlerhaus, Bremen, Germany

It Never Really Happened Part One, Lafayette Park, Detroit

SMELL, Music Hall for Performing Arts, Detroit

Cabinet, with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Women Dancing with the Spirits: No 1, with Nicola Kuperus, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit



Orbit Design, with New Music Detroit, Trinosophes, Detroit

(Cont.), Ditto Ditto, Detroit

Plume, with Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, After Hours, Times Square Arts and Clocktower Gallery, NYC



It Never Really Happened (Cont.), Graubner Pavilion, Insel Hombroich, Neuss, Germany; Visual Art Center, University of Texas, Austin

Cold Vein, Contemporary Dancing (curated by Sam Gordon and Café Dancer), New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) Fair, NYC and Miami; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; Roulette, Brooklyn, NY

Communion, with Sameer Reddy, Cutlog Art Fair, NYC

Reindeer, Bonstelle Theater, Detroit

OPEN, Cathedral of St. Paul, Dlectricity Nuit Blanche, Detroit



The Endless Pace, with Davide Balula, Garage for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2012); Danser Sa Vie, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011); Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Ontario (2010); Performa, NYC (2009)

THE BELLS, Jam Handy, Detroit; The Garage, San Francisco; Roulette, Brooklyn, NY

Sweetness, music video for 8th Grader, Detroit and San Francisco

Mouth w/ Objects, with Ben Hall, Roulette, Brooklyn, NY; Picasso Machinery, Brooklyn, NY



NUT, with MGM Grand, West Coast Cruise, 12 performances, multiple venues in Los Angeles, Big Sur, Bay Area, Occidental, Portland; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; The Kitchen, NYC; Kresge Theater, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA



Performances for No One, with MGM Grand, various locations, MIT, Cambridge

Oneness: Making It With Love (solo),The Dancers, curated by Anthony Huberman, Artissima, Turin, IT

Oneness: Making It With Love, with MGM Grand, Detroit Night, Creative Time Pavilion, Miami Art Basel, West Coast Tour, 26 performances, multiple venues in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Big Sur, Santa Cruz, Bay Area, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Portland; Calicoon Fine Arts, Calicoon, NY

Blanket Dance, with MGM Grand, Facade/Fasad, Brooklyn, NY



Royce, with MGM Grand, Dance Gives Drama, curated by Lucy Sexton and Charles Atlas, Danspace Project at St. Marks Church, NYC (2010); 555 Gallery and Studios, Detroit; Goods N Things, Hamtramck; The Lot, Detroit

Tonight, with MGM Grand, XXX Macarena, invited by Tony Conrad, The Kitchen, NYC; Boffo: Objective Affection, Brooklyn, NY; Calicoon Fine Arts, Calicoon, NY; Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, NY

New Gree, with MGM Grand, PaceWildenstein Gallery, invited by Alex Katz, NYC

Kilterstase, Archeography IV, with Live Architecture Network, SuperFront Gallery, Movement Research Festival, Brooklyn, NY (2009)



New Gree, with MGM Grand, Democracy Now!, Park Avenue Armory, NYC; Summer Tour, 44 performances, multiple venues, New York, NY; Detroit, MI; Los Angeles, Big Sur, Bay Area, Sonoma County, CA; Portland, OR; Austrian Cultural Forum: Transversality Lab, Movement Research Festival, Judson Memorial Church, NYC


Additional Performance

Premiere, choreography Maria Hassabi: Het Veem Theatre, Amsterdam, Nederlands (2015); Steirischer herbst, Graz, Austria  (2014); River to River Festival, NYC (2014); NEAT festival, Nottingham (2014); Göteborgs Dans & Teater Festival, Göteborg (2014); Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Brussels (2014); XING, Bologna, Italy (2014); The Kitchen, NYC (2013)

The Guiding Light, choreography Jillian Peña, The Chocolate Factory, Long Island City (2012)

SOUNDSTRIPE, choreography Façade/Fasad, Salomon Contemporary Gallery, NYC (2012)

The Ladies, direction Maria Hassabi, various locations, NYC (2011)

Aesthetic Destiny: Candy Mountain, choreography Walter Dundervill, Dance Theater Workshop, NYC (2011)

Vault, choreography Façade/Fasad, Great New York Show, PS1, Long Island City (2010)

Dear Emissary, choreography Walter Dundervill, The Chocolate Factory, LIC (2010)

In the Midst, direction Valeska Soares, Eleven Rivington Gallery, NYC (2010)

Jandek, Eisner Theater, New York University, NYC (2009); Lydia Mendelson Theater, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2008)



à residence, 2015, four channel video shot onsite at Künstlerhaus, Bremen, Germany

It Never Really Happened (with Christine Hucal), 2015, three channel video

Siza Study, 2013, single channel video shot onsite at the Siza Pavilion, Raketenstation, Hombroich, Germany

All the Sweet (with 8th Grader), 2013, music video shot onsite at the Jam Handy, Detroit

Aether, 2006, single channel video, collaboration with Dillon de Give, on collection at Cinedans, Amsterdam, and Visual Arts Center, Santa Fe, NM


Performance Affiliations and Collaborations

Maria Hassabi, NYC, Europe (2011-ongoing)

MGM Grand (Modern Garage Movement), New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, (2005-2011)

FAÇADE/FASAD, Gabriel Rivera, NYC (2010-2013)

Xavier Cha, NYC (2011- 2013)

Jillian Peña, NYC (2012)

Walter Dundervill, NYC (2009-2011)

Paige Martin, NYC (2010)

Stanley Love Performance Group, NYC (2010)

Nancy Garcia, NYC, (2007-2009)

Kathleen Hermesdorf, San Francisco (2006)

David Hurwith/Antediluvians, NYC and Northampton (2001-2004)

Labayen Dance/SF, San Francisco (1998-1999)

Mel Wong Dance Company, Santa Cruz and San Francisco (1996-1999)


Residencies, Curatorial, and Other Projects

Artist Residency, Künstlerhaus, Bremen, Germany (2015)

Artist Residencies (with Maria Hassabi): Kaai Studios, Brussels (2014); Performing Arts Forum (Pa-f), St Erme, France; Mt. Tremper Arts, NY (2013), The Kitchen, NYC (2013)

Co-presenter, Dance at Trinosophes, Detroit (2013)

Artist Residency, Visual Arts Center, University of Texas Austin (2013)

Summer Fellow, The Insel Hombroich Foundation, Germany (2013)

Artist Residency, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), Portland, OR (2011)

Presenter, Thinkathon, Center for Creative Research, New York University, NY (2011)

Artist Residency, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Dance Department, Boston, MA (2010)

Artist Residency, The Wooden Floor, Los Angeles, CA (2010)

Artist Residency, 555 Studios and Gallery, Detroit, MI (2009)

Curator, Collision, Mission Creek Music Festival, New Langton Arts, San Francisco (2008)

Participant, iLAND: Dead Horse Bay, Brooklyn (2008)

Participant, March2Marfa, Marfa (2007)

Participant, iLAND: The Language of the Listening Body, NYC (2007)

Curator and producer, OtherDANCE Festival, San Francisco, Oakland (2006)

Founder, Million Fishes Yoga Studio and Galleries, San Francisco (2003)

Artist Residency, Performing Arts Research and Training Studios (P.A.R.T.S.), Brussels (2003)


Editorial, Publication, and Presentation

Conference paper. “Dancing in the fray: Nick Cave’s sonorous bodies in Detroit (or the choreopolitics of walking down the middle of the street),” Performance Studies International, Hamburg, Germany (2017).

Article. “Slow Work,” Xing Live Arts Week Catalogue, Bolognia, Italy (2017).

Book Review. “Choreographing Problems: Expressive Concepts in European Contemporary Dance and Performance by Bojana Cvejić,” Dance Research Journal (2016).

Guest Editor. Detroit Research: /on Dance (2015).

Editorial Board. Detroit Research, Journal of Artistic Practice and Thought (2012-present).

Co-Editor. Critical Correspondence, Movement Research Publishing; recent articles include interviews with Chris Sharp, Neil Greenberg, Cathy Weis, Rebecca Bruno of homeLA, Maya Stovall (2014-2016).

Lecture. “’WOULD YOU LIKE TO DANCE?’ Dance As a Promiscuous Mode of Dwelling,” Hochschule für Künste (University of the Arts), Bremen, Germany (2015).

Photo Essay. “Apartment Dancing,” Infinite Mile, Issue 15 (March 2015).

Article. “Dance as a Promiscuous Mode of Dwelling,” Sound American Journal, “The Ritual Issue” (February 2015).

Article. “My Own Private Dance Studio,” Detroit Research, Vol 1, (Spring/Fall 2014).

Article. "From Here: Notes on Dancing in Detroit." Movement Research Journal (Spring 2014).

Article. “Slow Work: Dance’s Immaterial Labor in the work of Olafur Eliasson and Maria Hassabi,” Performance Research Journal "On Time." New York: Taylor and Francis, 2014.

Panel presenter. Performance Studies International #19 (PSi) Conference, Stanford (2013)

Summer Fellow. Mellon Summer Seminar Dance Studies in/and the Humanities, Brown University (2013)

Artist Talk. "Viscerality, Movement and the Outside,” Fisher Center, Hobart and Williams Colleges (2013)

Artist Talk, "Post (Para?) Studio Dance: A Walk through the Labyrinth," Studies Project, Movement Research Festival, New York City (2012)

Context writer. New York Live Arts (2011-2012)

Panel presentation. “Inscribing the Surfaces of the City,” Performance Studies International #16 (PSi) Conference, Ontario School of Art and Design (2010)

Live writing on Performa 09, Critical Correspondence, Movement Research Publishing (2009)

Catalogue essay. The ARCHEOGRAPHY PROJECT Series, Exhibition Catalogue, Superfront Gallery (2009)

Panel presenter. “Shifting Site, Affective Virtuosity: Meditations on a Post-Urban Parking Garage.” American Studies Association Conference, Washington DC (2009)

Panel presenter. “Melting the Mirror.” Dance Across the Boards Conference, New York University (2009)

Participant. Into the Folds, SenseLab with Dr. Erin Manning, Brian Massumi and Steven Shaviro, Montréal (2008)

Article. “Curating a Collision,” IN Dance, Dancers’ Group Publishing (2008)


Press (for Choreography and Performance)

Siobhan Burke, "Dance in NYC This Week," critic's pic for Hustle in the Park, New York Times, June 22, 2017

Whitney Mallet “Biba Bell + Jessie Gold’s Post-Industrial-Rave Dance in Detroit,” Topical Cream, June 19, 2017

Claire DeGalen, “Experiment of the Modern Gaze at Popp’s Packing,” Detroit Art Review, December 12, 2016

Zachary Whittenburg, “Like No Place Else,” Dance Magazine, November 30, 2016

Alysa Zavala-Offman, “Local dancer examines the art of the hustle,” Detroit MetroTimes, September 21, 2016

Elizabeth Zimmer, “Biba Bell: Together,” Village Voice, July 15, 2016

Matthew Piper, “Biba Bell,” Essay’d, No 53, June 13, 2016

Zak Rosen, “Wearable Artwork Makes Noise Against Racism,” NPR Studio 360, October 1, 2015

Taylor Renee Aldridge, “Nick Cave’s delicate balancing act in Detroit,” Detroit MetroTimes, August 6, 2015

Sarah Rose Sharp, “Nick Cave on ‘Tackling Really Hard Issues’ with Art,” Hyperallergic, July 31, 2015

Matthew Piper, “How It Happened a conversation with Biba Bell about her apartment dance,” Infinite Mile, Issue 16, April 2015

Trina Mannino, “A Tale of Dance in Detroit: Pioneers and Natives,” The Dance Enthusiast, April 14, 2015

Sarah Rose Sharp, "Curating a Contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities," Hyperallergic, March 5, 2015

Lee Devito, "Missed her apartment performances? Dancer Biba Bell to appear at Cranbrook," Detroit MetroTimes, March 2, 2015

Lee Devito, "Biba Bell proves yes, you actually can dance about architecture," Detroit MetroTimes, February 25, 2015

Gianni Jetzer, “Pulsing From the Bottom Up: RoseLee Goldberg on Performa and the Performance Art Renaissance,” Flash Art, Vol 46, November-December, 2013 

Deborah Jowitt, "Moving Pictures," Arts Journal, November 11, 2013

Paola Camillo, "Detroit: C'e Arte Frale Macerie," Panorama, February 27, 2013

Gia Kourlas, "A New Generation Comes Into Focus," New York Times, December 16, 2011

Allison Meier, "Staying Afloat at the Socrates Sculpture Park," Hyperallergic, August 29, 2011

Matthew Piper, "Garage Dance in Detroit: An Interview with MGM Grand's Biba Bell," Bad At Sports, July 14, 2011

Chris Sharp, “MGM Grand Interviewed by Chris Sharp,” Kaleidoscope blog!, kaleidoscopeoffice.wordpress.com, July 2011

Matthew Piper, "An Evening of Sound and Movement at 2:1," Knight Arts blog, June 28, 2011

Susan Yung, “MGM Grand’s NUT,” Sunday Arts Blog, Thirteen, April 22, 2011

Roslyn Sulcas, "Watch It Tonight, Consider It Tomorrow," New York Times, April 21, 2011

"Biba Bell, Jmy Leary, and Piage Martin of Modern Garage Movement (aka MGM Grand) in conversation with Nicole Daunic," Critical Correspondence, movementresearch.org, April 17, 2011.

Gia Kourlas, "MGM Grand: This dynamic trio cracks a NUT at The Kitchen," TimOut New York, April 11, 2011

Maria Grazia Spadero, “BIBA BELL: OLTRE IL LIMITE DELLA CONTEMPORANEITA’,” mg-spadero.com, December 2010

Julia Caplin, “Art Basel Miami’s Big-Buzz 10,” New York Times, Nov 26, 2010

Michael Wilson, “Park Life,” Scene & Herd, artforum.com July 2010

Leanne Rae Wierzba, “MGM,” Under the Influence Magazine, Fall/Winter 2009/2010

Sandy Tomcho, “Callicoon Exhibit Buoyed by dance troupe,” Go!, June/July 2009

Claudia La Rocco, “New Classes Fill New Needs in Movement,” New York Times, January 30, 2009

Olive McKeon, “Gree,” Ballet ~ Dance Magazine, August 2008

Gia Kourlas, “Play Nice,” TimeOut New York, April 2008

“Eyes Wide Shut: Modern Garage Movement dances in Detroit,” MetroTimes, July 2008

“Underground dance? Plus a duo times three,” Arcata Eye, 3:38, July 3, 2007

Noelle Valdivia, “Garage Inc.: Artists and Entrepreneurs ReZone Their Car Holes,” Intersection Magazine, Spring 2007

Mirah Kang, “New York ladies bring reggaeton and rainbows to traditional car-storage spots,” Venus Magazine, Spring 2007

Sophie Landres, “Backyard Troubadours,” New York Foundation for the Arts (nyfa.org), 2006

Reyhan Harmanci, “Mix It Up: OtherDANCE Festival Performances Bring Together Art and Dance to Fill and Warehouse,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 4, 2006