dying and dying and dying Preparation, Creation, and Interviews

Maria Bauman is Gibney Dance’s 2017 Community Action Artist in Residence, and the recipient of Gibney Dance’s Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award.

dying and dying and dying is a meditation on various kinds of endings. Choreographer Maria Bauman feels charged with alive-ness while at the same time embracing the paradox of multiple deaths happening every moment. This work is the result of dancing that paradox. “I notice that I practice dying during my yoga practice in Savansana, or Corpse Pose. Black people are dying at the hands of police in overwhelming numbers and I notice how that makes me urgently aware of my loved ones’ mortality and of my own. I am aware that we are, in fact, dying all the time from the moment we are born. And this constant dying makes me think of capitalism which seems like its opposite—constant producing. I realize that in my own life I want to interrupt capitalism, my internalized prioritizing of doing more and faster, with small deaths—moments of rest, of nothing, of stopping. How do we? Can we?”

The cast includes Maria Bauman, Courtney Cook, Valerie Ifill, Audrey Hailes, and Alicia Raquel with sound and design collaborators Ganessa James, Nicole Cameron, and Ryan Michael Tuerk.