Experience Banderole

with Ian Spencer Bell

June 30, 2021

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Choreographer and poet Ian Spencer Bell performs "Banderole" with dancers Joshua Tuason and Vanessa Knouse at The Mount.

Audience members stroll from the stables to the mansion's forecourt and gardens as dancers unfurl, wave, and whip throughout the pristine 50-acre Berkshire property. "Banderole" refers to the banner, scroll, and sculptured band that normally is inscribed and often found in Renaissance architecture.

The New York Times describes Bell's work as “autobiography, written in bodies.” He has performed his solos at Boston Center for the Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, Poetry Foundation, and Queens Museum.

Photo: Nicholas Kahn

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact The Mount at 413-551-5100 or by email, info@edithwharton.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event.

  • Free with registration.
  • Advanced registration required; no walk-ins allowed for COVID safety.
Ian Spencer Bell

Ian Spencer Bell is a dancer and poet. The New York Times describes his work as “autobiography, written in bodies.” His first performances were danced outdoors and awarded a grant from Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts. He has performed his solos at Boston Center for the Arts, CounterPulse, Dance Complex, Jacob’s Pillow, Poetry Foundation, Poetry Project, and Queens Museum. Ballet Review, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Movement Research, and Narrative have published his writing.

Bell was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Fauquier County, Virginia. He trained at North Carolina School of the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and School of American Ballet. He was educated at Sarah Lawrence College and New York University, where he received an MFA in poetry. For a decade throughout the United States, he led education and training programs for American Ballet Theatre. He is dance artist in residence at Nightingale-Bamford School and visiting artist at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. Bell lives in New York City.

Photo by Nicholas Kahn