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Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation Speaking on Everyday Care Practices

Date: October 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Zoom Webinar
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Artistic Director Maria Bauman-Morales is speaking on everyday care practices with AAMC and grounding her premise on the quality of a person’s experience on this planet. What kind of experience would we like to create? And how can we honor our values, ourselves, our ancestors through the experiences we’re creating?

Voz, Vela Y Voto

Date: October 13, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Pre-Recorded or Live
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Led by Sharon Bridgforth, dramaturg for MBDance’s Desire: A Sankofa Dream, and her wife artist-scholar Omi Asun Joni L. Jone.

Beginning on October 6 and for every Tuesday in October at 7pm, LMC is offering short commentaries, missives, a few extended conversations (pre-recorded or live) by gente from various sectors of their communities. In this way, LMC will count down the weeks leading up to the Day of the Dead honoring on the evening of Sunday, Nov. 1.

Black Dance Stories

Date: September 10, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: ZOOM
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MBDance Artistic Director Maria Bauman-Morales will be joining in conversation with Nia Love hosted by Charmaine Warren through Black Dance Stories; a community working together to support, uphold, highlight and celebrate Black Creatives.

“Our world was further turned upside down after horrible events ensued nationally and globally, bringing attention, yet again, to the need for the Black Lives Matter movement. Black dance artists have not been quiet since. Black dance artists have been doing the work. Black dance artists continue to make work. To stay involved, we will hold weekly impromptu discussions and tell stories–Black Dance Stories. This is one action—we will stay involved.” – said Charmaine Warren, creator of Black Dance Stories along with Kimani Fowlin, Nicholas Hall, Cynthia Tate, and Gabe Dekoladenu. 

Desire: A Sankofa Dream/Excerpts

Date: June 18, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: live, online
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MBDance Artistic Director Maria Bauman-Morales is working on a non-proscenium and site-responsive multi-disciplinary work called Desire: A Sankofa Dream (DESIRE). DESIRE includes dance, original text and installation and it is a celebration of Queer People of Color survival technologies such as embracing fantasy and agency. Before the pandemic, the piece was meant to spill out simultaneously across several spaces with witness-participants (audience members) choosing where they would go, and when. Now, Bauman-Morales is exploring a live digital version of DESIRE and pushing the boundaries of live, online artwork. For BAAD!, MBDance is sharing excerpts from this exciting new work!

Desire: A Sankofa Dream is being developed with support from Dance NYC and from the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation. This work is also sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). It began with support from Brooklyn Arts Exchanges Artist in Residence initiative. 

Desire: A Sankofa Dream/excerpts

Date: June 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Live, Online
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As part of our insistence on wellness even now, we’ve been creating. Creating Desire: A Sankofa Dream and preparing our sharing of excerpts has been a sanctuary for our team of Black and Queer makers and collaborators.

Shouts-out the amazing dance collaborators who are offering their Soul Power, with Maria, through this piece: Audrey Hailes, Courtney Cook, Wendell Gray, Johnnie Cruise Mercer, Angie Pittman and Ziiomi Law! What audacious beings!

Desire: A Sankofa Dream is being developed with support from the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation. This work is also sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC). It has also been fostered by a DiP residency, with tireless support from Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Sarah A.O. Rosner and Beaudau Banks. And the piece got its start at Brooklyn Arts Exchange when Maria was an Artist in Residence there. We’re grateful! 

DIGITAL: BLACK WOMXN SUMMIT I & II

Date: April 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Our Artistic Director Maria Bauman-Morales was part of the advisory committee planning this much-needed online event. Invited by Senior Curatorial Director Eva Yaa Asantewaa who has curated a committee for Black Womxn Summit I & II, to design two special events celebrating community, artistry, and activism grounded in values and aspirations that have endured times of challenge. 

These events are by, about, and for Black Womxn. We are asking for only people who identify as Black women/womxn and POC folx of diverse genders to attend this event.

Dance in Process Open Rehearsal: MBDance/Maria Bauman-Morales

Date: November 21, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Gibney Dance | New York, NY
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Photograph by Beto O'Byrne

Desire: A Sankofa Dream (a work-in-progress) is a multi-disciplinary, site-responsive artwork celebrating desire, imagination/fantasy, consent and belonging-making as queer people of color survival technologies.

The larger piece – which takes place inside a metaphoric kaleidoscope – includes dancing, original text, art installation and music across several rooms within a venue. For the three-week Gibney DiP residency, creator Maria Bauman-Morales is workshopping a few components within one studio and she is inviting us to be Witness-Participants in an open rehearsal. Please come see and add to some of these performance experiments; your presence and thoughts will help develop the larger work as it continues to grow!

Award-winning writer and ritual/jazz theatre creator Sharon Bridgforth is dramaturg for this work and will be in from Los Angeles for the residency and open rehearsal. Paloma McGregor, artist-scholar for Desire: A Sankofa Dream, will moderate a discussion about the work’s themes and witness-participants’ observations after the open rehearsal.

(re)Source

Start date: September 25, 2019
End date: September 28, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance: 2474 Westchester Avenue, Bronx NY
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Performance picture of Maria Bauman in (re)Source

Premiere

Co-Commissioned and Co-Presented by Chocolate Factory Theater and BAAD!

(re)Source is an evening-length live danced and spoken artwork performed inside an installation (crafted by Bauman-Morales in consultation with Zimbabwean-born interdisciplinary artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti) of taut strings and framed images which immersively surrounds and implicates the audience. Creator Maria Bauman-Morales dances through, with, in, and in spite of the visual, sonic and human landscapes which house (re)Source. The performance-ritual is unique and steeped in immediacy every time Bauman-Morales inhabits it; (re)Source is a scored improvisation wherein Bauman-Morales dances, sings, and speaks through the assets in her family (both the Blackfolks and whites), 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. She employs some of her families’ histories as a complex microcosm of race relations in the United States, digging in to the process of other-ing, being other-ed, and reclaiming radical connection. 

(re)Source, an investigation-in-process

Start date: July 19, 2019
End date: July 20, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: SCD Home Studio I Sarasota, FL
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Our artistic director, Maria Bauman-Morales, will perform (re)Source, an investigation-in-process on July 19th and 20th 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.

MiXt Co. Performance NYC

Date: May 22, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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MBDance Artistic Director Maria Bauman will teach a 6-week intensive, hosted by MiXt Co, culminating in a performance with the students here in New York City on May 22!