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Layla Zami and Oxana Chi, in cooperation with the International Human Rights Art Festival, have curated Black Queer Night, their celebration for Black History Month. This is a special event that follows up on their Black Herstory Night (2017), and MBDance loves the curators’ intersectional focus. Here’s to being our whole selves!
Maria will share a new section that she is creating for her latest work, (re)Source. It’s a portion that won’t be shared at Open Studios, and it is quite unique. There is a surprise involved, so you don’t want to miss this amazing night!
Maria will share the evening with other incredible artists including Nia & Ness, Layla Zami, and Oxana Chi.
As Artist-in-Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Maria has been creating a new interdisciplinary work entitled (re)Source. Please join us to see a sneak peek of where (re)Sourceis now, before it is finished, and to see thoughtful and visceral work by the other Artists-in-Residence: Tanisha Christie, Catherine Galasso, luciana achugar, Mariana Valencia, and Aya Ogawa.
Within the U.S. climate of upheaval, fear, and bullying at home and abroad, Maria is focusing on what it takes to get by, get over, survive, and thrive. She’s improvising (danced and spoken) through a beautiful abstracted family tree that she created, picking and scaling her way through and around lineage, resilience, maroonage, family history, and rituals for sustainability.
…I wonder about the nature of interruption, what it means and what it takes to stop, how our rituals can be both spontaneously created and full of meaning at the same time, and what role surrender has in all of this…
dying and dying and dying is a meditation on various kinds of endings. Choreographer Maria Bauman feels charged with alive-ness while at the same time embracing the paradox of multiple deaths happening every moment. This work is the result of dancing that paradox. “I notice that I practice dying during my yoga practice in Savansana, or Corpse Pose. Black people are dying at the hands of police in overwhelming numbers and I notice how that makes me urgently aware of my loved ones’ mortality and of my own. I am aware that we are, in fact, dying all the time from the moment we are born. And this constant dying makes me think of capitalism which seems like its opposite—constant producing. I realize that in my own life I want to interrupt capitalism, my internalized prioritizing of doing more and faster, with small deaths—moments of rest, of nothing, of stopping. How do we? Can we?”
The cast includes Maria Bauman, Courtney Cook, Valerie Ifill, Audrey Hailes, and Alicia Raquel with sound and design collaborators Ganessa James, Nicole Cameron, and Ryan Michael Tuerk.
Bauman’s dying and dying and dying will have its New York premiere September 14-16, 2017 at Gibney Dance. This Open Studio showing presents excerpts of the work as it is prepared for presentation the following month. This event will include a Q&A with Bauman and collaborators following the excerpted showing.
dying and dying and dying: Gallery Exhibition will present an installation and monument centered around ancestors, rest, and renewal. Along with a two-channel video installation edited by Ryan Tuerk and Maria Bauman, this exhibition will include a collective memorial created by participants of the Dancing Our Ancestors workshop, and paintings by visual artist and dying and dying and dying cast member Courtney Cook. Cast members will periodically activate the installation with live performance.
Merián Soto, amazing choreographer and improviser, has been creating and presenting solo, group, and collaborative pieces in her native Puerto Rico, across the US and internationally since the mid-seventies. Maria is thrilled to be a guest artist with her! Modes is a breathtaking mix of improvisational dance combined with digital technology showcasing Merián’s longtime investigation of visceral states.