Thursday August 13, 7:30 – 9:30pm
$18 – $20 sliding scale
no RSVP necessary
Maria Bauman’s classes focus on broadening the dancers’ physical resources while remaining true to their current range and strengths–contemporary dance emphasizing powerful, spatial fluidity and floorwork. We learn how to fly into the floor safely and using our hands like feet. You can watch video and learn more about that work at www.mbdance.org.
Maria Bauman founded MBDance in Brooklyn, NY in 2007, creating duets & small group dances from a sense of physical & emotional power, a desire for equity, and a fascination with intimacy & relationship. For that work, she has been honored by GO! Magazine as a “Woman at the Helm.” Described in The New York Times as “texturally rich in its gestural language, and beautifully performed…,” Bauman’s choreography employs both linear and circular narrative, and is also influenced by Bauman’s extensive study of capoeira, an African Brazilian vernacular movement form.MBDance has received Harlem Stage Fund for New Work awards through the Jerome Foundation and a Dance Theater Workshop Studio Series among other residencies and honors. Bauman’s work has been showcased at SummerStage, Harlem Stage, 92nd Street Y Harkness, Dixon Place, the Kumble Theater, BAAD!, WOW Café Theater, BRIC, and New York Live Arts. She recently re-staged her “Concerning Proximity” for Baltimore Dance Collective, and showcased at E-Moves/Harlem Stage. Bauman is on faculty for American Dance Festival (ADF), Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute, and other dance teaching hubs.
Maria Bauman and MBDance perform at Highways:
MBDance & Leo Garcia present:
GRACE IS HIGH AND LOW
Highways Performance Space
“Storied bodies, mythological bodies, bodies-in-creation, and bodies as manifestos…these are where I create from. I need muscles, beads of sweat, and exertion as well as surrender and softness to help bring a vision of beauty in to existence.” Choreographer Maria Bauman, formerly Associate Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women, describes the creative process for GRACE IS HIGH AND LOW this way. This evening of MBDance includes a solo performed by Bauman herself, as well as two world premieres. MBDance is thrilled to welcome L.A.-based guest dancer Marina Magalhães to the stage alongside the regular company members.Attend Me will be shared in its entirety for the first time at Highways Performance Space. Inspired by the writings and philosophy of Audre Lorde, the piece is a kaleidoscope of physical and emotional partnership, tenderness, and resistance. It is defiantly loving ode to the physicality of Black women, and in turn, of all people.While Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University, Bauman began creating a brand new solo for gifted dancer Marina Magalhães. The new work, Limbs, is a spoken and danced piece based on large scale, majestic trees…the physicality of the lines, and the philosophical questions of beauty and history surrounding those trees. Spoken in Portuguese and English, with an elegant set piece by Julio Sims, Limbs is a foray into a more abstracted universe than the socio-political one within which MBDance usually lives.