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MiXt Co. Performance Connecticut

Date: May 20, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am

MBDance Artistic Director Maria Bauman will teach a 6-week intensive, hosted by MiXt Co, culminating in a performance with the students in Connecticut on May 20th.

Desire: A Sankofa Dream (work-in-progress)

Start date: April 5, 2019
End date: April 6, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Brooklyn Arts Exchange I Brooklyn, NY
a colorful kaleidoscope
Image made in collaboration with Fernando Maneca

Desire: A Sankofa Dream (a work-in-progress) is a multi-disciplinary, site-responsive artwork centered on imagination and consent as mechanisms of survival which must be practiced rigorously.

The piece – which takes place inside a kaleidoscope – includes dancing, original text, art installation, and music. Desire: A Sankofa Dream is a sprawling fantasy, spilling out across several rooms and spaces throughout the BAX building. Witness-participants (audience members) travel at leisure from space to space to experiment with how their imagination and desires shift the kaleidoscope. (Note: some seating will be available.) Creator Maria Bauman-Morales is joined by Sharon Bridgforth as dramaturg for this work. The performance collaborators are Jasmine Hearn, Audrey Hailes, J. Bouey, Angie Pittman, Kayla Hamilton, Denise Shu Mei, and Ebony Golden with rehearsal assistance from Courtney J. Cook.

** The entrance for this showing is on 8th Street, not the normal front door entrance on 5th Avenue. **

Up and Down Her Back, for CUNY Dance Initiative Anniversary

Start date: March 21, 2019
End date: March 23, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Baruch Performing Arts Center NY, NY
MBDance Up and Down Her Back 2 photo by Liz Schneider Cohen
Photo by Liz Schneider-Cohen

An all-star roster of artists, including MBDance, help the CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI) celebrate five years as a groundbreaking model for support in the dance field.

We are sharing Up and Down Her Back, our new danced and spoken trio of immense physicality, play, nuance, and resourcefulness. Drawing on creative traditions including The Dozens and The Tall Tale, Up and Down Her Back is a foray into stories as identity-creators. The dancers imagine themselves into their desired being-hood using multiple modes—from testifying to lying, from myths to sacred narratives. Up and Down Her Back is part of a larger MBDance work-in-progress which is being developed through the Artist in Residence initiative at Brooklyn Arts Exchange.

The CDI 5th Anniversary Festival runs March 20-23, 2019 and includes a fantastic line-up, including Ephrat Asherie Dance and Kinesis Project. Catch MBDance on March 21 & 23!

Work in Progress Showing, Desire: Sankofa Dream

Date: February 10, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Brooklyn Arts Exchange I Brooklyn, NY
Maria Notes
Photo courtesy of Kayla Hamilton

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. CookDesire: 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.

Let ‘im Move You: This is a Formation

Start date: February 8, 2019
End date: February 9, 2019
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Painted Bride Philadelphia, PA
let im move you
photo courtesy of jumatatu m. poe.

MBDance Artistic Director Maria Bauman-Morales is proud to dance as part of the brilliant cast of Let ‘im Move: This is a Formation for its 2019 premier. Choreographed and styled by jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham THIS IS A FORMATION is the latest project in the LET ‘IM MOVE YOU series and is a performance work being designed to tour to sidewalk and alleyway sites within historically Black neighborhoods, institutional art spaces, and queer niteclub spaces.

BANG BANG Gun Amok II, 24-hour performance filibuster

Date: December 14, 2018
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: University Settlement's Speyer Hall I New York, NY
Bang Bang

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 at 9pm.

Skeleton Architecture

Date: December 8, 2018
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: St. Mark's Church | New York, NY
Skeleton Architecture at Danspace, 2016
photo by Ian Douglas

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.

Fridays At Noon at the 92Y

Date: December 7, 2018
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Harkness Dance Center | New York, NY
Photo by Scott Shaw

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.

Tell ’em I’m Gone Music and Social Dances from the African Diaspora

Date: October 12, 2018
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: International House Philadelphia, PA
Classes & Workshops | Performances

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 investigation-in-process

Start date: April 27, 2018
End date: April 28, 2018
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Location: Brooklyn Arts Exchange | Brooklyn, NY
Photo by Kearra Gopee

(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.