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Biba Bell (b. 1976, Sebastopol) is a writer, dancer, and choreographer. She has a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University where her research focused on contemporary choreography’s geographic interventions within architectural, disciplinary, and dance’s artistic homes and theatrical houses. Bell’s performance work has most recently been produced at the Kunstlerhaus (Bremen, Germany), the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), the Cranbrook Museum of Art, and in an apartment in Detroit’s Lafayette Park. Her work has additionally been shown at Times Square Arts and the Clocktower Gallery NYC, Visual Arts Center UT Austin, Insel Hombroich (Germany), NADA Fair NYC, Detroit Institute of Art, The Garage for Contemporary Culture (Moscow), Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Kitchen (NYC), Roulette (NYC), Performa (NYC), Dixon Place (NYC), PaceWildenstein Gallery, Jack Hanley Gallery, Callicoon Fine Arts, Human Resources Gallery, amongst others. She has toured extensively with choreographer Maria Hassabi, has collaborated with visual artist Nick Cave, visual artist Davide Balula, and composer Frank Pahl, and performed all over the place as a founding member of the performance collective Modern Garage Movement (MGM Grand) between 2007-2011. Bell was a 2015 DAAD guest professor of Experimental Performance at the University of the Arts (Hochschule für Künste) in Bremen, Germany. Bell is a co-editor of Critical Correspondence, Movement Research's online journal, and is on the editorial board for Detroit Research, a new journal of artistic thought and aesthetics, where she is currently guest editing its second issue on choreography.