Our Artistic Director, Maria Bauman is a proud member of Skeleton Architecture (SA). SA is a performance collective of Black womyn and gender non-conforming improvisers, originally brought together by Eva Yaa Asantewaa. This performance at Danspace is part of SA’s residency there.
MBDance is being presented by Eva Yaa Asantewaa and Dancing While Black for an afternoon performance at 92Y. We are sharing a new duet danced by Maria Bauman and Courtney Cook. The performance will also feature Jaimé Dzandu. The afternoon includes a discussion with Eva Yaa Asantewaa and Paloma McGregor.
(re)Source, an improvisatory piece wherein Bauman dances, sings, and speaks through the assets in her family (both the white and the Blackfolks), what it takes to make it in Trump’s U.S., and what her research into maroonage and her own ancestors have to do with all of that. In addition to solo choreographed and improvised dancing, the work includes a visual art landscape Bauman navigates. She dances with, in, through, and in spite of it. It’s an abstracted version of a family tree she has been conversing with family members and conducting research to construct.
We must resist elements of society that seek to oppress us. We also know that joy must be part of our resistance. Join this powerful group of Black women performers as we share expressions of joy and of resistance, all while honoring the space that has brought so many of us together. The evening will feature Choreographer & Dancer Maria Bauman (MBDance), Singer & Musician Ganessa James, Poet Charan Morris, Comedian Micia Mosely, Songstress & Storyteller Chaney Sims, and Wordsmith Al Spivey. MBDance will be sharing their work, “Grandma’s Biscuits”. All tickets and donations go directly to support WOW Cafe Theatre.
Dance students at James Madison University in Virginia premiered Maria’s work, Flight, this weekend! They dove into the MBDance creative process during their residency in January and now they are ready to share. Opening night is Thursday, wherein the Contemporary Dance Ensemble performs their program New Voices In Dance.
To create Flight, Maria was inspired by Erica Garner, community organizer and daughter of Eric Garner whom police officers murdered by putting him in an improper chokehold on Staten Island in 2014. Erica Garner’s activism, her short life, and the costs of being a Black woman social justice organizer prompted Maria to create a dance of ease and imagination, an offering to Garner.
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.