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"But thrilling dancing isn’t just found at the ballet [...] Biba Bell, also appearing at the Kitchen with MGM Grand in “Nut” and at Dance Theater Workshop in a work by Walter Dundervill, brought an all-consuming fullness to the stage. It’s invigorating to watch someone who borders on wild."


- Gia Kourlas, NEW YORK TIMES



"The last thing I saw was the hustle. Though there was some sophistication to what Ms. Bell and her crew did, a nod to postmodern dance highlighting the pivoting orientation of popular dances, it’s hard to be smooth when your feet keep sinking into the sand and the 30-minute exercise took on some of the character of an endurance test.


Neither sophistication nor smoothness was the point, of course. Collective joy was. And when Stevie Wonder’s “My Eyes Don’t Cry” came over the sound system, I was as happy as anyone else. The dancers could have almost been a flash mob — and then, suddenly, predictably, they were, as audience members joined in on that Electric Slide, that hustle, kicking up clouds."


- Brian Seibert NEW YORK TIMES







Jay Sterkel, "Aunts is Dance: A Weekend of Performance at the Beach," Nooklyn, September 7, 2018


Elizabeth Hudec, "Participatory Art out in the Rockaways," DIY Dancer, August 31, 2018


Brian Seibert, "Taking a Dance Vacation at Rockaway," New York Times, August 28, 2018


Theo Boguszewski, "Beach Sessions: How Arts and Culture Can Drive Economic Development," The Rockaway Times, August 23, 2018


Siobhan Burke, "A Seaside Romp on Rockaway Beach," New York Times, August 17, 2018


Gia Kourlas, "Liberating Bodies at Rockaway," New York Times, August 22, 2018


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


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


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


Jeremy M. Barker, "Dissecting Contemporary Dance," Hyperallergic, November 8, 2013


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


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


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


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


Matthew Piper, "Garage Dance in Detroit: An Interview with MGM Grand's Biba Bell," Bad At Sports, July 14, 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," TimeOut New York, April 11, 2011


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


Julia Chaplin, “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: The Detroit Issue, Fall/Winter 2009/2010


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


Spraygraphic, "Interview with Dancer Biba Bell of the Dance Company Urisov," Sprayblog, April 20, 2009


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


Gia Kourlas, "Class it Up," TimeOut New York, January 29, 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


Alan Bamburger, “San Francisco Art Galleries Openings,” artbusiness.com, March 2, 2006


Alan Bamburger, “San Francisco Art Gallery Openings,” artbusiness.com, January 2005