Bauman is happy to join longtime friend and dance colleague Jenna Riegel’s class at UMass Amherst for a guest class. She’ll be working with graduate and undergraduate students to reinvigorate their back-space after a long season of front-facing Zoom classes. They will work from set material as well as from scores for improvisation.
MBDance classes are based on modern, post-modern, and social dance techniques. They prepare dancers to share themselves with clarity and with control as well as with vulnerability and artistry. We use a variety of strategies to help dancers hone their responsiveness to other dancers and to both traditional and unexpected performance environments.
As a community organizer and artist still creating work and holding space for communities, like so many of us are, I am keenly aware of our dwindling opportunities for rest, stillness and renewal even amidst the global pandemic. The collective stress of navigating a break-neck pace while learning new ways of being and of connecting with people creates high levels of cortisol and keeps us from being the best family- and community-members we can be. During this workshop, we are slowing down to invite in restoration with guided breathing and light physical centering practices. The session includes both time with our cameras on to take solace in one another and with our cameras off to relax inward and be guided. Please have a small ball handy (ie. tennis ball or pinky ball). This experience is for people of all shapes, sizes, genders and abilities.
Maria Bauman discusses understanding and unlearning structures of racism and oppression with an emphasis on how BIPOC artists are addressing these themes through their creative praxis.
Maria Bauman-Morales was asked to be a guest speaker for a Dance History/Dance Studies course at Cornish College. This course focuses on race, gender, sexuality, disability, and class. Discussing intersectionality, and issues of identity, ownership, representation.
Maria Bauman-Morales will be speaking with The International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) Open Space, Artist Connectivity Series.