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Dancing Our Ancestors
With Community Action Artist in Residence
Maria Bauman

Tuesday, August 15 / 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Gibney Dance 280 Broadway

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For Dancing Our Ancestors, Maria Bauman will lead participants in a creative practice through which they will generate contributions to Bauman’s upcoming gallery installation, To Rest, on view from Friday, August 18 – Friday, September 22.

Beginning with free writing and movement exercises, this workshop will also bring participants on a walking tour to the nearby Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue Cemetery and African Burial Ground. Upon returning return from the two sites, Bauman will lead participants in dancing their impressions of the journey.

The workshop will close with a memorial-building activity wherein participants can choose from provided materials to create a collective memorial to both experiences and to people who are no longer. This is a joyous and cathartic activity, rather than a maudlin or somber one.

Photo by Scott Shaw.