Maria Bauman will engage with dancers in multiple ways throughout her residency. She is creating a piece for the college dance company in addition to teaching technique classes.
MBDance leads participatory social dance and history session in Philadelphia as part of the Tell ’em I’m Gone family event. Organized by Ashley Phillips of ABSoul, in partnership with Intercultural Journey.
Past Classes & Workshops
MBDance joins MiXt Co. for a Day-Long Retreat full of dance! Maria Bauman will be engaging in site specific work in scenic New Canaan, CT. She will be joined by other artists Pamela Pietro, Nathan Trice, Mitzi Adams, Marcia Brooks, Becky Radway, and John Zullo. Each day is filled with a technique and repertory class, and a sharing of the work and reception in the evening.
Maria will be leading students through MBDances’ techniques and repertory. She is happy to be working alongside Kelly Bartnik, Olivier Tarpaga, Alexadra Beller and Jennifer Harge during the Intensive.
About Technique/Repertory: What’s MBDance class like? We sweat our truths, flying into the floor safely and using our hands like feet! MBDance classes focus on broadening the dancers’ physical resources while remaining true to their current range and strengths–contemporary dance emphasizing powerful, spatial fluidity and floorwork.
In her participatory session, dance artist and community organizer Maria Bauman will help us identify and embody our best thinking around how we honor the history and culture of places we visit as teaching artists, arts administrators, and artists in residence. She will also coach participants to consider how race affects our artistic relationships within various communities. She will bring her experiences with MBDance, with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, and with Urban Bush Women among others to help address the conference theme. This session is open to everyone, and includes verbal and movement discussion as well as other artistic modes.
This session is part of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable Day of Learning on Equity and Inclusion.
MBDance is back at Gibney Dance Center! Maria is leading dance classes in the Contemporary Forms slot. She is teaching Tuesday and Thursday from January 30th through February 20th, 10:00am-12:00pm.
What’s MBDance class like? We sweat our truths, flying into the floor safely and using our hands like feet! MBDance classes focus on broadening the dancers’ physical resources while remaining true to their current range and strengths–contemporary dance emphasizing powerful, spatial fluidity and floorwork. Come sweat your truth!
This workshop with choreographer Maria Bauman creates the time and context to slow down and experience physical and mental restoration. 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. The workshop is all-gender inclusive, gender-presentation inclusive, age inclusive, and body positive; all body types and levels of experience are welcome.
Maria Bauman will create a dance for students there, drawing on themes of resourcefulness and lineage. We’re excited to travel to Virginia!
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.
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.