Biog

Amy Bell is a Brighton based dance artist whose work embraces performing, making, writing, teaching, and curation.

Amy is a Work Place Artist on The Place’s associate artist scheme. Her  current critically acclaimed solo show, The Forecast, takes a poetic and ironic look at the cloud-like shiftings of gender and sexual identity. Her installation project TOMBO(Y)LA investigates gender performativity and unruly femininities through conversation and body. These works use the interplay and slippage between words and body to interrogate processes of change in felt gender and sexual identities. Previously, together with Valentina Golfieri she made a series of darkly absurd short duets including I Just Close My Eyes: Here Are The Devils. Amy has also created collaborations with live artist Lucy Hutson on Tiny Natural Lives, and with actress Jane Horrocks on Cotton Panic.

Amy’s performance work has included theatrical, installation and site-sensitive works for Tino Sehgal, Hussein Chalayan & Damien Jalet, Alessandro Sciarroni, Lea Anderson, Charlotte Spencer, Chiara Frigo, Marco D’Agostin and Maresa von Stockert’s Tilted Productions amongst others. Chiara Frigo created her tap dance solo West End for Amy in 2015 and Amy currently tours with Alessandro Sciarroni’s iconic FOLK-S, will you still love me tomorrow? and with Joseph Kids for young audiences.

Amy was project writer for Performing Gender 2013-15, a European commissioning project for dance and performance in gallery spaces in Bologna, Madrid, Maastricht and Zagreb. She was a Sadler’s Wells Summer University Artist 2010-2014, a 2012 ChoreoRoam Europe artist and a recipient of a Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship Award in 2014 with which she researched queer culture and performance in San Francisco. She has curated Splayed, a festival of disruptive femininities at The Place in June 2018, and Bend It in 2016 and 2017, a queer performance night at Yorkshire Dance in Leeds through the Artists Curating Dance programme.  She also curated Rambert’s Choreographic Development Platform, In The Making in 2016.

Amy has led Next Choreography, a course for young makers at Siobhan Davies Dance since 2016. She lectures and lectures widely, facilitating choreographic workshops, discussions and technical training for dancers and non-dancers across Europe. Amy read English at Cambridge University and trained at London Contemporary Dance School.