EXCHANGE is a program of curated dance performances of choreographed works as well as workshops and networking events designed to foster dialogue. The events are centered around moderated audience/colleague discussions to support, explore and inform the artists' process.
EXCHANGE provides a meeting point for professional dancers to showcase their choreographic work and engage in dialogue about process. The mission of EXCHANGE is to facilitate collaboration of ideas and people in the choreographic process. It is our belief that people furthering dance for dances’ sake is not enough. Dance should further people and relationships between people, therefore fueling the generative nature of ideas.
Internationally renowned dance-maker and teacher of choreography, Bill Wade & Inlet Dance Theatre is The Bell House's honored guest artist for 2017.
EXCHANGE: More than Movement
The essence of BHA’s mission & vision is being brought to action in The Exchange Dance Festival.
This is the heart of The Bell House!!
The choreographic form remains to be dance’s most explored genre. However lived in, THE BELL HOUSE’s foot traffic comes from all over the globe. In the process of making dance, many artists not living in the same town but wanting to work together proves to be challenging. Like most problems to solve in dance-making for stage, querying problems of geographical location opens up the possibilities for the choreographic form to manifest through non-traditional processes. Artists with a stage dance duet who cannot make a performance together now have options in re-conceptualizing their work in tandem with solo performances or group works that evolve from the vision of a single person, connecting others across the globe. The possibilities are only widened with the challenges we face.
Visual artists, musicians, choreographers, performers, photographers, and video/filmmakers are just a few of the wide variety of artists that have visited us and shared their talents. The collaborative mission of THE BELL HOUSE fosters meeting points between artists in the belief that art has the power to enrich our lives through relationship, not simply for the sake of creating something once notable.
Audiences typically only see the product of our art but can be grossly interested in the process by which the work is made. Because the artists who visit THE BELL HOUSE come from such vast backgrounds in training, the work produced here is innately informed by visual design. The goal is to let that infusion happen as collaborations evolve – the photographic to the dance, the visual art to the music. There’s no one-way to cross from room to room; why should our vision be any less open?
The festival gives emerging and professional dancers the opportunity to showcase their choreographic works and engage in discussion about the process of making those works with the dance community. Workshops, networking events, dialogue and performance are also included in the festival weekend.