Performances

WON’T YOU BE PART OF OUR BOUNTIFUL HARVEST?

Start date: April 29, 2024
End date: August 31, 2024
Time: 12:00 am
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We launched our ABUNDANCE fundraising campaign recently and we’ve received such love from you all, already. Thank you. We are off to a hearty start and still have a ways to go to meet our goal!

Please join us as we journey toward the premiere of These are the bodies that have not borne. an outdoor ritual performance premiering in 2025, that unearths technologies to celebrate, reimagine and nourish our wombs and the places where our wombs might be. Informed by ritual, land art, earth stewardship, social engagement, testimony and choreography. So far we have shared an in-process excerpt at BAAD!, curated an on-going multi-thematic workshop series, Glorious Bodies and expanded further with communities of land stewards, artists, organizers in New York State and beyond. 

Sowing into our ABUNDANCE means investing in our summer research which is pivotal to the creation of These are the bodies that have not borne.

We are calling in at least $20,000 to:

  • Provide thriving wages for the 14 collaborating artists  
  • Cover travel, housing, and per diem costs for our creative residencies outside New York City

Keep imagining, researching and creating the work beyond this summer

Thank you for believing in this work and loving on us in this way. We appreciate you!

Past Events

Womb: The Black Wealth Project

Date: April 27, 2023
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
Panels & Discussions | Performances
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Photo Credit: Chris Cameron

An interdisciplinary project between Dance, Digital Media, the Pearlstein Gallery, the Writer’s Room, and students from West Philadelphia High School and lead artist and Rankin Scholar, Maria Bauman.

An interdisciplinary project between Drexel University’s Dance Department, Digital Media, the Pearlstein Gallery, the Writer’s Room, students, multiple community groups including West Philadelphia High School and Rankin Scholar-in-Residence, Maria Bauman. During a three-week research-based residency Maria Bauman alongside Audrey Hailes and Drexel community collaborators will co-create an interactive installation; Womb: The Black Wealth Project. And on April 27th collaborators will share an activation of the installation. The project explores various manifestations of luxury, spaciousness, wealth and abundance and is rooted in community mapping and research including Jillian Hernandez’s Aesthetics of Excess: The Art and Politics of Black and Latina Embodiment, Tricia Hersey’s Rest is Resistance, and using autoethnography as methodology.

Photo credit: Chris Cameron

West Coast premiere of The Motherboard Suite

Date: April 1, 2023
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Meany Hall – Katharyn Alvord Gerlich Theater (Meany Center for the Performing Arts - University of Washington)
Performances
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Our Artistic Director, Maria Bauman, is choreographing and performing in The Motherboard Suite! This premiere brings to life a suite of music by musician, poet, actor Saul Williams. Directed by Bill T. Jones, this non-linear work is performed by Saul and his musical collaborators, and features seven choreographers. Maria Bauman, Kayla Farrish, Marjani Forté-Saunders, d. Sabela grimes, Jasmine Hearn, Shamel Pitts and Seattle choreographer Jade Solomon Curtis.

Photo credit: Maria Baranova

MANCC Residency: Living the Archive of William R. Jones: A Symposium

Start date: January 17, 2023
End date: January 23, 2023
All-day event
Location: Florida State University
Panels & Discussions | Performances
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Hailes, Mozie, Stiggers and Bauman experiment during the residency. Photo Credit: Chris Cameron

This 3 day symposium invites former students, scholars, colleagues, and interested community members to the launch of the William R. Jones Papers, to continue the discourse of his legacy and thinking. In addition to the archive unveiling, a series of performances and panels will showcase original research on his life adding to the archival context for the published literature on Dr. Jones’ work.

During her second residency, Bauman, along with collaborators Audrey Hailes, Olivia Mozie, Rhapsody Stiggers and Embedded Writer/MANCC alumnus jumatatu poe, will further dive into her relationship with Dr. Jones as a former student, questioning and reconsidering her own assumptions about art making and socialization through engaging with Dr. Jones’ extensive collection of archived materials.

As part of Bauman’s creative process, she aims to explore Dr. Jones’ archives more extensively and create a representation of her residency time with his work through a presentation of physical scholarship as part of the January 2023 Dr. William R. Jones Symposium, hosted by FSU’s Special Collections and Archives, College of Fine Arts, and Department of Religion. She also intends to create a ‘zine as a passport into a constellation of thinking that includes images from both residencies and the eventual performance work she’ll be creating, with words crafted by poe and from interviews with Bauman and collaborators Audrey Hailes, Olivia Mozie, and Rhapsody Stiggers.

Photo credit: Chris Cameron

Performance of Desire: A Sankofa Dream Friday, August 5th!

Date: August 5, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
Performances
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Desire: A Sankofa Dream, by Maria Bauman and MBDance, is a site-responsive, immersive performance-ritual built around Black Queer survival techniques such as place-claiming and world-building. It presupposes a world wherein our ancestors are unicorns who have come back to remind humans of our possibilities and agency. Choreographer and writer Maria Bauman reimagines Desire for each new site it inhabits, making it unique every time it is offered. In the tradition of the Radical Faeirie network and of Black & Brown queer youth claiming and co-creating Christopher Street Pier in NYC, the inhabitants always affect the space. This exciting piece of embodied speculative fiction includes a Cat’s Cradle-like yarn installation that creates fractals and portals. With Desire: A Sankofa Dream, Bauman and MBDance conjure a new site and choreography for dancing and speaking with, through and in spite of the possibilities and obstacles of the installation—a site of world-building and choice-making. 

This 2022 version of the work at BAX will be danced by MBDance associate artistic director Audrey Hailes with Maria Bauman and it is the kick-off to the QTPOC Sankofa Dreaming weekend festival

Please note, this event will be filmed as participants move through the space. However, participants who would like to opt out of filming may do so, and they will be given a wristband for the duration of the performance. 

Timing & Space Details: 

This is a live performance in the BAX Theater. Masks and proof of vaccination are required for the in-person event. 

Covid Notes:

All performers and audience members must show proof of vaccination upon admission. Audience will remain masked for the duration of the showcase. Performers who will be maskless are required to submit a negative COVID test within 48 hours of the performance.

Accessibility :

BAX is on the second and third floors of the building with stairwells that extend from the ground floor entrance to the building’s third floor. There is no elevator or ramp at this time. BAX is actively working on an extensive accessibility initiative and is committed to implementing ADA-compliant solutions that open the spaces to all.

There will be ASL interpretation at the performance. 

Questions or access needs? Email: info@bax.org.

Desire: A Sankofa Dream

Start date: November 13, 2021
End date: November 14, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Delaware College of Art & Design (600 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801)
Performances
MBDance Desire Kaleidoscope, design by Fernando Maneca 2.50.57 PM

Desire: A Sankofa Dream is a site-responsive, immersive performance-ritual built around Black Queer survival techniques such as place-claiming and world-building. It presupposes a world wherein our ancestors are unicorns who have come back to remind humans of our possibilities and agency. Unique every time it is offered, choreographer and writer Maria Bauman reimagines Desire for each new site it inhabits, in the tradition of the Radical Faeirie network and of Black & Brown queer youth claiming and co-creating Christopher Street Pier in NYC. This exciting piece of embodied speculative fiction includes a Cat’s Cradle-like yarn installation full of fractals and portals. With Desire: A Sankofa Dream, Bauman and her company MBDance conjure new sites and choreography for dancing and speaking with, through and in spite of the possibilities and obstacles of the installation—a site of world-building and choice-making. More information at www.desire.maria66.sg.com

Registration required. Proof of vaccination and mask-wearing are required for this performance.

Desire: A Sankofa Dream

Date: May 30, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online
Performances
MBDance Desire Kaleidoscope, design by Fernando Maneca 2.50.57 PM

Presented by Queensborough Community College with support from CUNY Dance Initiative, Desire: A Sankofa Dream takes place on May 30th at 7PM EST via Zoom. Registration is required.

Created and directed by celebrated choreographer Maria Bauman, Desire: A Sankofa Dream is a performance-ritual built around Black Queer survival techniques developed long before our current pandemic but wholly relevant as we try to survive and thrive in this time of sickness, anger, isolation and insistence on improved ways of life.

Queensborough Community College Students perform new MBDance creation

Date: May 16, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online
Performances
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Photo credit: Dancer: Marvin Jeudy Photographer: Leonardo Correa

Artistic Director Maria Bauman, with assistance from MBDancer Audrey Hailes, has been working with dance students from Queensborough Community College. Working with those students both on Zoom and outdoors in person is a pleasure. Through an original MBDance piece made just for them, the cast is exploring themes of discernment, conflict and what is worth holding steadfast for. MBDance has commissioned musician Ashley Phillips for an original score.

*Registration is required for performance

The Motherboard Suite

Start date: May 13, 2021
End date: May 15, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: NY Live Arts | Times Square | Online
Performances
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Saul Williams pictured. Photo Credit: Andrew Gura

Artistic Director, Maria Bauman, is featured as a choreographer in The Motherboard Suite.

The Motherboard Suite brings to life a suite of music by musician, poet, actor Saul Williams.  Directed by Bill T. Jones, this non-linear work is performed by Saul and his musical collaborators and features six choreographers – Maria Bauman, Kayla Farrish, Marjani Forté-Saunders, d. Sabela grimes, Jasmine Hearn, and Shamel Pitts.

Word Premiere of Desire: A Sankofa Dream

Start date: January 22, 2021
End date: January 23, 2021
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Online
Performances
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Our world premiere of Desire: A Sankofa Dream takes place on Friday, January 22 and Saturday, January 23 at 7PM EST via Zoom.

Created and directed by celebrated choreographer Maria Bauman-Morales, Desire: A Sankofa Dream is a performance-ritual built around Black Queer survival techniques developed long before our current pandemic but wholly relevant as we try to survive and thrive in this time of sickness, anger, isolation and insistence on improved ways of life. Desire: A Sankofa Dream is co-commissioned and co-presented by BAAD! and 651 ARTS.

World Premiere!
Part I: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7pm ET
Part II: Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 7pm ET

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Admission: $5, $10 and $20

This is a two-part event, and the admission cost covers both Parts I and II.
Admission is priced at a sliding scale to ensure affordability across all economic levels.

Stonewall National Museum and Archives speaking on Queer Wellness & Community Care

Date: December 9, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom
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MBDance has been invited by Stonewall National Museum and Archives an organization dedicated solely to LGBTQ+ history, civil rights, arts, and culture to lead a 45-minute zoom discussion with artistic director Maria Bauman-Morales and the Executive Director, Hunter O’Hanian at the Stonewall Library to discuss Maria’s role as artistic director of MBDance, and maintaining queer wellness and community care in the dance world despite the current pandemic.