Classes & Workshops

ACRE Platform Workshop

Date: November 28, 2017

Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm

ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity) is an intergenerational, multi-racial group of artists and cultural workers committed to organizing for racial equity in the influential realms of art and culture.
Creating in multiple genres and at various stages of growth in our artistic fields, they are artists and community organizers united by the foundational anti-racist principles of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. In their current work based in the northeast United States, they focus on six primary areas: racial equity in arts education, funding, coverage in media, curation, casting, and in space allocation/availability. Together, ACRE members have created a six-point platform that explains their vision for racial equity within each of the focus areas. 
 
In this workshop, ACRE co-founders Maria Bauman, Nathan Trice, and Sarita Covington share the ACRE Platform and help participants examine their own artistic practices and artistic organizations with a racial justice lens informed by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. ACRE members will be present at the workshop, in addition to Maria, Nathan, and Sarita. This is open to all artists committed to undoing racism.

Past Classes & Workshops

 
 

Renew & Restore workshop

Start date: May 3, 2017

End date: May 4, 2017

Time: 12.00-2.00pm

Location: Gibney Dance Chambers St.

With Renew and Restore, Maria Bauman is creating time and context to slow down and to experience restoration within a capitalist climate which is depleting all of us. Drawing upon her background in partnered stretching and in designing and implementing movement experiences for people of all ages and levels of comfort in their bodies, she is offering safe tools for muscle ease and lengthening and greater breath awareness. We will relieve tension, increase flexibility, release stashed energy in the body, and take in the caring energy of the group—leaning on one another literally and figuratively for greater release than is possible alone. This two-hour workshop is all gender-inclusive, gender presentation-inclusive, age-inclusive, and body positive; people of all body types and levels of experience are welcome.One of Maria’s concerns within dying and dying and dying, her new work which will have its New York premier at Gibney in September, is our dwindling opportunity for rest, stillness, and renewal in the United States given increasing globalization and the commodification of almost everyone and everything. Hence, Renew and Restore: a time for us to partner up, slow down, stretch, and breathe.

Renew and Restore for People of Color

Date: June 15, 2017

Time: 6pm-8pm

Location: Gibney Dance Chambers St.

The rush to constantly produce has adverse somatic effects on all of us, and because of the United States’ foundational blend of racism and capitalism, those adverse effects are worse for people of color here. As the PBS documentary series Unnatural Causes demonstrated in 2008, health indicators such as blood pressure and infant mortality trend downward in people of color who move to the U.S. from other countries even as we often earn more money here than they did in their countries of origin. People of color born in the U.S. also fare worse, health-wise, than their white counterparts even across economic lines. For these reasons, Maria is particularly invested in offering healthy somatic experiences for caucus groups of people of color. Maria is offering the same activity listed above, specifically for people who are not white. Folks will self-identify for this workshop.

Technique & Repertory Intensive

Start date: June 19, 2017

End date: June 23, 2017

Time: 10am-2pm

Location: Gibney Dance Chambers St.

This is a twenty-hour concentrated study of Maria Bauman’s dying and dying and dying (NY premier at Gibney in September) for advanced contemporary dancers over five days. Maria will begin with a two-hour technique class each day, focusing on the physical capacities she uses in performance such as the mechanics of floor-work and using the hands like feet, vocal production while dancing, and articulate spinal expression. Then, in the afternoon she is leading participants in repertory-based generative time that includes structured improvisation and guided choreography assignments using the prompts she gave herself for dying and dying and dying. On the last day, we will host an invited showing for the participants at Gibney Dance Center.

Dancing our Ancestors: Teen Experience

Date: July 11, 2017

Time: 2:00-4:00pm

Location: Gibney Dance Center 53A Chambers Street NY, NY

Maria Bauman will lead teenagers from The Door (NYC) in a creative practice through which they will generate contributions to the dying and dying and dying Gallery Exhibition on view from Friday, August 18 – Friday, September 22. This dance and multi-genre workshop is based on Bauman’s new evening-length work dying and dying and dying.

Beginning with free writing and movement exercises, this workshop will also bring participants on a walking tour to the nearby African Burial Ground. Upon returning return from the sites, Bauman will lead participants in dancing their impressions of the journey.

The workshop will close with a memorial-building activity wherein the teens can choose from provided materials to create a collective memorial to both experiences and to people and experiences who are no longer. This is a joyous and cathartic activity, rather than a maudlin or somber one.

Renew and Restore, Boston

Date: July 22, 2017

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: The Institute Of Contemporary Art/Boston 25 Harbor Shore Drive Boston, MA 02210

This workshop with Maria Bauman creates the time and context to slow down and experience restoration within a capitalist climate that is depleting all of us. Drawing upon Maria’s background in partnered stretching and in designing and implementing movement experiences for people of all ages and levels of comfort in their bodies, she is offering safe tools for muscle ease and lengthening and greater breath awareness. We will relieve tension, increase flexibility, release energy stashed in the body, and take in the caring energy of the group – leaning on one another literally and figuratively for greater release than is possible alone.

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Skeleton Architecture has organized these workshops “as a safer space for Black bodies to collect and center ourselves in particular solidarity. The workshops are all-gender inclusive, gender-presentation inclusive, age inclusive, and body positive; all body types and levels of experience are welcome.”

Check out the full list of workshops HERE

UBW Summer Leadership Institute

Start date: July 28, 2017

End date: August 6, 2017

Location: NYU Tisch School of the Arts NY, NY

Each year, Maria Bauman is on faculty for Urban Bush Women’s acclaimed Summer Leadership Institute. It is a special time for artists of multiple genres to hone their crafts and to braid in their concerns around justice and equity. This summer we will revisit the theme from 2016 – You, Me, We: Understanding Internalized Racial Oppression and How it Manifests in Our Artistic Community. The urgency of addressing racial oppression is a clarion call to our arts community. Together we will examine Internalized Racial Oppression as it manifests both for people of color and white people and how these manifestations show up in our organizing, creations and collaborations. In partnership with People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, classes will be taught by UBW’s BOLD (Builders, Organizers & Leaders through Dance) facilitators.

Dancing Our Ancestors

Date: August 15, 2017

Time: 12:30-3:30pm

Location: Gibney Dance Center 53A Chambers Street NY, NY

For Dancing Our Ancestors, Bauman will lead participants in a creative practice through which they will generate contributions to the dying and dying and dying Gallery Exhibition on view from Friday, August 18 – Friday, September 22.

Beginning with free writing and movement exercises, this workshop will also bring participants on a walking tour to the nearby Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue Cemetery and African Burial Ground. Upon returning return from the two sites, Bauman will lead participants in dancing their impressions of the journey.

The workshop will close with a memorial-building activity wherein participants can choose from provided materials to create a collective memorial to both experiences and to people who are no longer. This is a joyous and cathartic activity, rather than a maudlin or somber one.