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New Earth Bodies with Yura Sapi and Movement Synthesis by Maria Bauman

Date: May 19, 2024
Time: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Step into a world where plants talk to you sharing their wisdom with answers to your deepest questions…

Join us for New Earth Bodies to learn how to communicate with plants. Rediscover your role as a creator and steward of Mother Earth.

We are creators, and birthing humans is not the only legacy we leave. No matter who we are, we as humans are stewards of Mother Earth and it’s time to remember our power in bringing to life our liberated future.

We are beings entrusted with the responsibility of nurturing our planet. New Earth Bodies is your opportunity to reconnect with the natural world and explore the profound connection between humans and plants.

Join this immersive experience where you’ll learn the ancient arts of communicating with plants through a series of hands-on activities, guided meditations and interactive discussions. Unlock these sacred codes, journey to self-discovery and awaken your connection to the Earth.

We are birthing the rEvolution towards a liberated and harmonious future. Are you ready? New Earth Bodies awaits you. Join us to sow the seeds of transformation together.

Yura Sapi (they/them) is a visionary leader, creative activist, and interdisciplinary artist dedicated to co-creating joyful and abundant futures in harmony with each other and Mother Earth. Yura is Indigenous Kichwa, with Ecuadorian and Colombian citizenship and a lifelong connection to their birthplace on Manahatta island. Embracing their Kichwa name, Yura embodies strong roots and a profound connection to trees and plants. They have showcased their artistic talents as a performer and space curator at renowned venues such as Joe’s Pub and the Whitney Center for the Performing Arts and are published on platforms like HowlRound Theatre Commons and Community Centric Fundraising.

Through their new nonprofit organization, LiberArte Inc., Yura collaborates to establish an artistic support network aimed at advancing racial, social, and climate justice on a global scale. LiberArte facilitates connections within the global community, fostering projects like food access farm Protectores de la Tierra, an artist-led initiative promoting AfroIndigenous farming and food sovereignty, originating in Nuquí, Chocó, Colombia; Balistikal, a queer arts and healing space offering virtual and in-person programs for the Spanish-speaking Latin American community; and the Building Our Own Tables Podcast which conducts interviews with BIPOC founders of arts organizations sharing their rEvolutionary leadership insights. Yura is a board member of the Arts Administrators of Color Network, a member of Artists Co-Creating Real Equity, and a 2023-24 Braiding Seeds Fellow. Yura offers a powerful vision of what this world can look like, and their work is making that vision a reality, one step at a time.

About the workshop series:
GLORIOUS BODIES: EARTH – AND SOMATIC – HEALING SERIES CENTERING BLACK AND BROWN TECHNOLOGIES, is a public workshop series, January through June 2024, based on themes from MBDance’s/Maria Bauman’s current dance-ritual-artwork, These are the bodies that have not borne.​ Our new work is an outdoor piece based on multiple seemingly related and unrelated themes, synthesized through the MBDancers’ bodies and imaginations as a ritual and a performance.​ Many folks have shared that they want to engage in these topics with MBDance, so we’re sharing some of our research prompts, exercises, and guest facilitators with YOU!

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Gender Inclusive Uterine Health Support Group & Learning Circle with Ziiomi Law and Movement Synthesis by Maria Bauman

Date: April 20, 2024
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
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This space is tender. Participants can expect to be invited to share whatever feels safe about their own journey with their uterus/pelvic area/womb/any other term they may use to describe that place in their glorious bodies. You can share a lot or you can share nothing. We will hold it collectively. We will take time to journal and write to ourselves. We will share resources and offer support when welcomed to do so. There will be moments to reflect and process. We will hold ourselves lovingly within community and hopefully feel a little less alone and a little more connected in what we may be experiencing.

We hope you will join us if this sounds like a space you may need or desire, please come. This space is for you!

Ziiomi Law is a Blackqueer nonbinary icon. Professional dancer & performer, death doula, arts careworker, and writer++ nomadically based nowhere & working everywhere. Zii is an ever evolving Blackity Black, loudly queer artist, who sweats glitter & smells like sweet cocomango shea. They’re an embodied Et Cetera, period!

As a multi-hyphenate, they give big GLIT energy on their best day/s. When dueting with liberation Zii comes out to play as D R I P, the freest version of themmeselves who does not know a world without pleasure & hopes you never do either. Swimming in the erotic, slithering up poles, & dancing as a fireworker & flow arts aerialist brings themme joy.

They feel most fulfilled when collaborating on projects that feel like soul food. Raised in the South, grown across the East Coast, & seasoned with a generous dash of international spice; Zii carries home in their pockets.

You can find them luxuriating at the intersections of both/and. They believe if it ain’t a full body YES, it’s a no! It is always their intention to collaborate, explore, & share in the continued spirit & effort to heal Blackqueer bodies.

Ziiomi welcomes invitations to connect & create around: queering everything, worldbuilding/bending, immersive experiences, pleasure, liberation, ritual, Blackness, queer & trans magic, rest, living & dying from a place of satisfaction, & so much more this bio won’t hold. @ziiomizm 

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About the workshop series:
GLORIOUS BODIES: EARTH – AND SOMATIC – HEALING SERIES CENTERING BLACK AND BROWN TECHNOLOGIES, is a public workshop series, January through June 2024, based on themes from MBDance’s/Maria Bauman’s current dance-ritual-artwork, These are the bodies that have not borne.​ Our new work is an outdoor piece based on multiple seemingly related and unrelated themes, synthesized through the MBDancers’ bodies and imaginations as a ritual and a performance.​ Many folks have shared that they want to engage in these topics with MBDance, so we’re sharing some of our research prompts, exercises, and guest facilitators with YOU!

Connecting to the Divine Portal: an energy work & akashic records meditation with Alexeya and Movement Synthesis by Maria Bauman

Date: February 17, 2024
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Led by Alexeya with sound healing by Reiki Lune.

This session is designed to illuminate and activate the divine portal of creation within, revealing the seeds of new life that seek to be born through us. We will be engaging in a gathering of collective intention setting, guided energy work and akashic records meditation and group reflection.

The Akasha is an etheric plane which holds record of each soul’s journey across time and space. In the Akasha, we can clear karmic contracts, integrate new gifts and gain insights on how to maximize our highest vibrational resonance in our present lives.

Alexeya EM is an interdisciplinary performing artist and energy worker dedicated to raising the collective consciousness through her life and artistry. Her art exists at the intersection of music, choreography, leadership development, performance/event curation, mysticism, and energy work/healing arts. Through the themes of multidimensional expression, divinity, sacred sensuality, black liberation, and the divine feminine, Alexeya creates space for art and experiences that propel communal contemplation and transcendence.

She received a BA in Dance Studies from the University of South Florida with an emphasis on research in Leadership Studies. After which, she danced professionally for Gibney Dance Company and worked as a freelance choreographer, creative director and performance coach in both commercial and concert dance. In 2016, Alexeya founded LEAD: Leadership for Emerging Artist Development, an immersive training program providing emerging artists with tools to cultivate an inclusive leadership presence. She has conducted leadership seminars for NYU School of Professional Studies, MOVE|NYC|, and Gibney Dance Center, amongst others.

Alexeya has been releasing music as an independent recording artist since 2017. Her recent EP ‘ISIS’ explores the themes of cultivating the supreme divine feminine essence through embodied practice. She resides in New York City.

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About the workshop series:
GLORIOUS BODIES: EARTH – AND SOMATIC – HEALING SERIES CENTERING BLACK AND BROWN TECHNOLOGIES, is a public workshop series, January through June 2024, based on themes from MBDance’s/Maria Bauman’s current dance-ritual-artwork, These are the bodies that have not borne.​ Our new work is an outdoor piece based on multiple seemingly related and unrelated themes, synthesized through the MBDancers’ bodies and imaginations as a ritual and a performance.​ Many folks have shared that they want to engage in these topics with MBDance, so we’re sharing some of our research prompts, exercises, and guest facilitators with YOU!

Sacred Bleedings: The Period to Postpartum Continuum with Rochelle Jamila with Movement Synthesis by Maria Bauman

Date: January 20, 2024
Time: 1:20 pm - 4:30 pm
Location: BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange 421 5th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215
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In this workshop we will explore ancient practices for healthy periods and recovery following miscarriage, abortion, and birth. When we honor our periods as a mini postpartum, worthy of care and rest, we learn how to be present for all bleeding transitions. Rooted in her work as a period and postpartum doula, mover, and herbalist, Rochelle offers techniques and frameworks for honoring sacred bleeding.

This workshop will include guided self-touch and partnered touch. Those not interested in touch are still welcome to attend.

Rochelle Jamila is a performing artist, choreographer, holistic period and postpartum doula, and practitioner of the feminine arts committed to the sovereignty of birthing and bleeding people on Earth. She weaves, movement, sacred song, energy work, herbalism, and ancient womb wisdom to hold space for the continuum of the womb. Rochelle believes full spectrum womb care, from menarche to menopause, radically reorients bleeding people to their divine power. Rooted in legacies of Black southern midwives, freedom fighters, prayer warriors, and root workers, she honors womb and birth care as a front line for liberation and planetary healing. Rochelle is honored to have supported over 200 families through reproductive transitions.

Rochelle’s performance work imagines new worlds through channeled improvisation, earth-based ritual, and the physical and psychic realms of bleeding people. She is deeply influenced by her teachers within Indigenous Mexica and Tibetan Buddhist lineages as well as her family’s direct lineage in the Mississippi Delta and Caribbean. As a performer Rochelle has worked with artists such as Ebony Noelle Golden, Jasmine Hearn, Ambika Raina, Ogemdi Ude, Beth Gill, and Maya Lee Parritz. Rochelle graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Dance and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She is currently blooming on occupied unceded Lenape and Canarsie land.

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About the workshop series:
GLORIOUS BODIES: EARTH – AND SOMATIC – HEALING SERIES CENTERING BLACK AND BROWN TECHNOLOGIES, is a public workshop series, January through June 2024, based on themes from MBDance’s/Maria Bauman’s current dance-ritual-artwork, These are the bodies that have not borne.​ Our new work is an outdoor piece based on multiple seemingly related and unrelated themes, synthesized through the MBDancers’ bodies and imaginations as a ritual and a performance.​ Many folks have shared that they want to engage in these topics with MBDance, so we’re sharing some of our research prompts, exercises, and guest facilitators with YOU!

University of Minnesota Residency!

Start date: September 9, 2023
End date: September 30, 2023
Time: 12:00 am
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During this three-week residency in the Fall, our Artistic Director, Maria Bauman and our Associate Artistic Director, Audrey Hailes, will build with U of M undergraduate dance students through technique classes and choreographic investigation. A performance work will become a part of the 2023/24 University Dance Theatre Repertory.

Photo Credit: Scott Shaw

Womb: The Black Wealth Project

Date: April 27, 2023
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Pearlstein Gallery at Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
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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

Maria Bauman Guest Speaker on Gibran’s Podcast!

Date: February 20, 2023
Time: 12:00 am
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For episode 25, Maria speaks with Gibrán Rivera on accountability, wholeness, QTPOC Sankofa Dreaming mini-festival, what it means to ‘sweat’ your truth, and much more. 

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
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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

A Toast to Us

Date: January 11, 2023
Time: 12:00 am - 12:00 am
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Women+ of Color Producer Happy Hour January 11, 2023

MBDance attended A Toast to Us, Women+ of color producer happy hour in celebration of our community, legacy and future! This beautiful event gathered artists, producers, students and family and was presented by The Apollo, Junebug Productions and Urban Bush Women. We ate, sipped, laughed and re-connected. We can’t wait until the next one!

Photo Credit: Courtesy of The Apollo

Pre-MANCC Intensive

Start date: December 12, 2022
End date: December 16, 2022
All-day event
Location: Washington, DC
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Mozie, Bauman, Hailes, and Stiggers engage in process in the studio.

Last year, MANCC initiated a new archive residency program in honor of the late Dr. William R. Jones with Maria Bauman, multi-disciplinary artist, artistic director of MBDance, and community organizer, as the inaugural Fellow. Ms. Bauman returns to MANCC to continue her research, delving into the archives about and from the late Dr. William R. Jones.

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. Bauman again will work in the Special Collections and Archives reading room in Strozier Library, which houses Dr. Jones’ impressive archive, as well as MANCC’s dance studio, moving her practice into new contexts to meet the demands of Dr. Jones’ work.