Amy Bell is a Brighton based dance artist whose work embraces making, performing, writing, teaching and curation.
Her work is driven by a love of movement and a playful ambivalence towards its absurdity and the slipperiness of its meanings. Fundamental to her approach is the interplay of embodiment, sexuality and gender identity in flux. Her work also often incorporates words and language to interrogate conventional communicative and performance frameworks. A questioning of norms, theatrical cliché and dark humour also often feature. Her work opens up a field where irony and sincerity rub shoulders. Amy’s current works look at these ideas from alternative perspectives: The Forecast is a solo inhabiting a theatre format and TOMBO(Y)LA is a durational installation which creates unravelling interactions in gallery spaces.
Amy’s performance work has included theatrical, installation and site-responsive work for Tino Sehgal, Hussein Chalayan & Damien Jalet, Lea Anderson, Alessandro Sciarroni, Chiara Frigo, Charlotte Spencer, and Maresa von Stockert’s Tilted productions amongst others. Previously, together with dance artist Valentina Golfieri, Amy made and performed a series of darkly absurd duets including I Just Close My Eyes, Here Are The Devils and That Was The Time I Stopped.
Amy was a Sadler’s Well’s Summer University Artist 2010-2014, a ChoreoRoam Artist 2012 and a recipient of the Lisa Ullmann Traveling Scholarship Award with which she researched queer culture and performance in San Francisco. She was project writer for Performing Gender 2013-15, a European initiative for dance and performance in gallery spaces in Bologna, Maastricht, Madrid and Zagreb. Amy has curated the queer experimental night Bend It for Yorkshire Dance in 2016/17 through the Jerwood Artists Curating Dance programme and In The Making for Rambert in 2016. She has curated Splayed, a festival of disruptive femininities for The Place in June 2018. Amy has been outside eye/dramaturg for Madrid based choreographer Poliana Lima and for Italian maker Chiara Frigo’s Stormy for the Balletto di Roma. Amy has led Next Choreography, a course for young artists at Siobhan Davies Dance since 2016.
Amy read English at Cambridge University and trained at London Contemporary Dance School.