Gibney Dance welcomes 2017 Community Action Artist in Residence Maria Bauman.

Gibney Dance Community Action proudly welcomes Maria Bauman as our 2017 Artist in Residence, and recipient of the Beth Silverman-Yam Social Action Award! The residency includes space for creation, an on-going exhibition in the gallery at 280 Broadway, and multiple public workshops and panel discussions.

Maria’s residency is centered around the research and development of a new piece, dying and dying and dying, exploring issues of death, decay, rest, and capitalism. This work will be presented in September 2017. Maria’s work focuses on duets and small group dances from a sense of physical and emotional power, a desire for equity, and a fascination with intimate relationships. Maria will also continue with the work of ACRE (Artists Co-Creating Real Equity), the collective she co-founded, using Gibney as a meeting space and a place for public conversation. In addition, Maria will facilitate workshops, gatherings and an interactive gallery installation touching on “Dancing with our Ancestors,” renewal and restoration.

Maria Bauman
is a dance artist and community organizer. Her choreography for MBDance is based on her sense of physical and emotional power, desire for equity, and fascination with intimacy. Bauman brings the same tenets to organizing to undo racism in the arts and beyond with ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity), the grassroots organizing body she co-founded with Sarita Covington and Nathan Trice. In particular, Bauman’s dance work centers the non-linear and linear stories and bodies of queer people of color onstage.

In New York, Bauman’s work has been showcased at Dixon Place, BRICstudios, and DTW (now NY Live Arts), Harlem Stage, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, the Kumble Theater, the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!), WOW Café Theater, and SummerStage NYC. In addition, Bauman and MBDance have shared work across the U.S. and in Singapore. She has been honored by GO! Magazine as a “Woman at the Helm.” Her work is at the same time a poem, a manifesto, a beckon, a softening. In Infinite Body, Eva Yaa Asantewaa wrote “As a choreographer Bauman expresses humanistic insight with the blend of strength, suppleness and flow that her training in capoeira has given her.” Currently, Bauman is creating a new quartet entitled dying and dying and dying, a performance-ritual supposing death as the opposite of capitalism and searching for rest’s rightful place in our lives. In addition, she recently danced in Danspace’s 2016 Platform, the skeleton architecture, or the future of our worlds, curated by Eva Yaa Asantewaa in partnership with Ishmael Houston-Jones and Will Rawls.

Among other honors, she has received 2015 and 2014 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency Awards, 2012-13 and 2009-10 Harlem Stage Fund for New Work via The Jerome Foundation, and a 2010-11 Dance Theater Workshop Studio Series. Several years ago, she was also recognized by the New York Foundation for the Arts as an Emerging Leader in the Arts.

Bauman has danced with Urban Bush Women, Nia Love/Blacksmith’s Daughter, Adele Myers and Dancers, Angela’s Pulse/Paloma McGregor, Mendi + Keith Obadike, and jill sigman/thinkdance, and apprenticed with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. She was with Urban Bush Women for eight seasons, originating several roles, and serving as Associate Artistic Director of that company.

As a cultural organizer, Bauman has partnered with various kinds of groups to lift up important social issues and calls for justice via art. She has facilitated community engagement workshops for Chorus America, Ramapo College, Rider University, and has helped create cultural campaigns with various locals of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). She works closely with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond on Understanding and Undoing Racism workshops for arts communities, and is a WOW Café Theatre collective member (theater space by and for women and transgender artists). Bauman is a founding member of the Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts Working Group (NOCD-NY). Currently, she is co-facilitating 651 ARTS’s Home in the Time of Brooklyn, a six-month iterative convening of Black Brooklyn-based artists investigating how to create and strengthen artistic homes, with Okwui Okpokwasili.