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.
…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…
Creating space for death, transition and ancestors, Maria Bauman’s dying and dying and dying resists America’s obsession with globalization and commodification, calling attention to our dwindling opportunity and capacity for rest, stillness, and renewal. In collaboration with storied bodies, mythological bodies, bodies in creation and bodies-as-manifestos, this evening-length work asks
What could it mean for our lives if we gave death its rightful place? How can we communicate with our ancestors in 2017? How can the conception of capitalism as the opposite of death affect how and when we work and rest?
With Courtney Cook, Valerie Ifill, and Alicia Raquel, Bauman creates processes for carving out selfhood through muscles, beads of sweat, exertion, inversion, and surrender.
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.