Our Artistic Director, Maria Bauman-Morales will join a multitude of esteemed artists including Edisa Weeks, luciana achugar, and Nicky Paraiso, and It’s Showtime NYC to co-create a 24-hour “performance filibuster” dedicated to ending gun culture in the USA. The brainchild of George Emilio Sanchez, Bang Bang Gun Amok II Bang Bang Gun Amok II is a 24-hour performance marathon that addresses how U.S. gun violence is based in a larger history of institutionalized violence. Artists, activists, scholars, and survivors of gun violence will come together through music, dance, theater, comedy, mural-making, discussion, bodywork, and healing practices. Catch Maria on Dec 14 in the early evening.
MBDance will hold an open studio at Brooklyn Arts Exchange to offer a view into the creation of our newest work, Desire: Sankofa Dreams (working title). Desire is a multi-disciplinary, site-responsive piece centered on imagination and consent as mechanisms of survival which must be practiced rigorously. The piece includes dancing, original text, art installation, and music. Dear collaborators in the work are Audrey Hailes, J. Bouey, Angie Pittman, Kayla Hamilton, and Denise Shu Mei, with rehearsal assistance magic from Courtney J. Cook. Desire: Sankofa Dreams is supported through an Artist Residency at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX). Join us for Open Studio on Feb 10, to get a peek into the work-in-process.
Our artistic director, Maria Bauman-Morales, will perform (re)Source, an investigation-in-process to kick off the Sarasota Contemporary Dance Summer Intensive, July Program.
(re)Source, an improvisatory piece wherein Bauman-Morales 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.
Our Artistic Director, Maria Bauman-Morales, is a proud member of the Bessie-award winning collective 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 shares a study in myth, creation and desire at Fridays at Noon on December 7. Please join us to witness Up and Down Her Back, danced/told by Courtney Cook, Kayla Hamilton, and Maria Bauman-Morales. Jaimé Dzandu is also sharing work on this program, curated by Paloma McGregor and Eva Yaa Asantewaa.
MBDance leads a participatory social dance and history session in Philadelphia as part of the Tell ’em I’m Gone family event. The fun evening is organized by Ashley Phillips of APSoul, in partnership with Intercultural Journeys.
From hard work to cheerful child’s play, songs and chants have always kept time, collecting and sharing our stories as we go about our daily lives. In Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, singer-songwriter Ashley Phillips and a host of amazing artists trace our songs of work and play from the folk music of the African Diaspora to its 21st-century forms.
(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.