Maria Bauman

Maria Bauman (she, hers) is a Bessie-Award-winning, Brooklyn, NY-based, multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer from Jacksonville, FL. Bauman is also a sought-after facilitator and public speaker on the topics of social justice practices within performing arts, embodied and arts-based leadership development, and racial equity in the arts. She creates bold and honest artworks for her company MBDance (www.mbdance.net), based on a Womanist approach to physical and emotional power, insistence on 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 2014. In particular, Bauman’s site-responsive dance work centers the non-linear and linear stories and bodies of Black queer people in multiple ritual settings. She draws on her long study of English literature, capoeira, improvisation, dancing in living rooms and nightclubs, as well as concert dance classes to embody interconnectedness, joy, and tenacity. Currently, she is an Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Fellow and a BAAD! resident artist. She has also been a BRIClab fellow, Community Action Artist in Residence at Gibney Dance, Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and DiP Artist Resident under the direction of Eva Yaa Asantewaa.

Bauman’s art has been celebrated both formally and informally. She won a 2017 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance with Skeleton Architecture and another Bessie Award in 2021 for her choreographic work on Saul Williams’s The Motherboard Suite. She is currently a 2023 Mertz Gilmore Dance Initiative grantee, one of a few national Fellows with the Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center Initiative, as well as being a 2019-20 Gibney Dance in Process resident artist. She and her company were awarded a 2020 and a 2022 Dance Advance grant from Dance/NYC and a 2020 Brooklyn Arts Foundation creation grant. She was an Artist in Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange from 2017 to 2019 and was also 2017 Community Action in Residence at Gibney Dance. Bauman is also a mentor with Queer l Art. Informally, some of the best recognition she has gotten is from teenagers in New Haven’s Black and Brown Queer Camp who, upon seeing her dance exclaimed “Ooooooooo! She baaaad!“

In New York, Bauman's artwork has been showcased at Harlem Stage, SummerStage NYC, Danspace at St. Mark's BAAD! Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center, Dixon Place, the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts, WOW Café Theater, and more. Bauman and MBDance have also shared artworks across the U.S., in South Africa, and in Singapore.

Before founding MBDance, she was Associate Artistic Director of Urban Bush Women (UBW) and danced with that company for many years. During her tenure with UBW, Bauman was also Director of Education and Community Engagement at the helm of the BOLD (Builders, Organizers, and Leaders through Dance) initiative. She was a longtime annual faculty member for the UBW Summer Leadership Institute, and part of the Summer Leadership Institute Advisory and Planning Council.

As a cultural organizer, Bauman has partnered with various kinds of groups to lift up important social issues and calls for justice via art. Bauman just had a successful first annual QTPOC Sankofa Dreaming festival at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, a community engaged arts-based celebration of queer and transgender artists of color. She and the other two co-founders of ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity), a grassroots community organizing group dedicated to ensuring racial equity within the performing arts, were recently honored with the 2018 BAX Arts and Artists in Progress Award for “the work you do to undo racism in our daily lives while lifting up the work and lives of your membership.” Bauman has facilitated community engagement workshops for El Puente, Chorus America, Ramapo College, Rider University, and has helped create cultural campaigns with various locals of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). She has been a keynote speaker and core facilitator for the 2018 Day of Learning on Equity & Inclusion, Camille A. Brown’s 2016 Black Girl Spectrum Convening, several Cultural Organizing for Community Change symposiums, and for NOCD-NY’s From the Neighborhood Up Roundtable. She is a Core Trainer with The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond working closely with them 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).

Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency Inaugural Fellow | January 17 - 23, 2023

Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency 2023

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.

Dr. William R. Jones, an internationally recognized and celebrated activist, scholar, philosopher, theologian, and educator taught at Florida State University from 1977–’99 in the Department of Religion and founded FSU’s African American Studies Program in 1977–’78. The idea of this residency program developed during Darrell Jones’ year-long FSU Alumnus Fellow residency at MANCC in 2020-’21. Darrell, a performer, choreographer, tenured faculty member at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago and Dr. Jones’ son, spent his time in his year-long residency furthering his archival research around the work of his late father. Darrell’s thinking has been highly influenced by his father’s line of research. While Dr. Jones’ tools were often words and speech, Darrell's are cellular, embodied, and expressed mainly in the physical and three-dimensional world. (See mancc.org/artists/darrell-jones/). This program is intended to provide other dance artists of color with aligned interests access to these singularly important and influential archived materials to inform their creative work as well.

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. Bauman and her collaborators will continue to analyze Dr. Jones’ concepts in several different directions, highlighting his JOG and JAM tools of analysis (Jones Oppression Grid and Jones Analytic Model) and listening to his lectures and reviewing physical materials. She will also draw on the work of his contemporaries such as James H. Cone, and the depth of knowledge present in Darrell Jones, who was able to visit Bauman and discuss her work during her first residency in July 2022. 

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.

The Dr. William R. Jones Residency at MANCC and the Embedded Writer Program are supported, in part, by the Mellon Foundation.

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Collaborators in Residence: Audrey Hailes [Associate Artistic Director and Dancer], Olivia Mozie, Rhapsody Stiggers [Dancers], jumatatu poe [Writer]

Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency Inaugural Fellow | July 5 - 16, 2022

Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency 2022

MANCC welcomed 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.

Dr. William R. Jones, an internationally recognized and celebrated activist, scholar, philosopher, theologian, and educator taught at Florida State University from 1977–‘99 in the Department of Religion and founded FSU’s African American Studies Program in 1977–‘78. The idea of this new residency program developed during Darrell Jones’ year-long FSU Alumnus Fellow residency at MANCC in 2020-’21. Darrell, a performer, choreographer, tenured faculty member at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago. and Dr. Jones’ son, spent his time in his yearlong residency furthering his archival research around the work of his late father. Darrell’s thinking has been highly influenced by his father’s line of research; where Dr. Jones tools were often words and speech, Darrell's are cellular, embodied, and expressed mainly in the physical and three-dimensional world. (See mancc.org/artists/darrell-jones/). This new program is intended to provide other dance artists of color with aligned interests access to these singularly important and influential archived materials to inform their creative work as well.

During her 12-day residency Bauman, along with her three collaborators and Embedded Writer/MANCC alumnus jumatatu poe, reviewed 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 worked 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. Bauman and her collaborators took Dr. Jones’ concepts into several different directions, highlighting his JOG and JAM tools of analysis (Jones Oppression Grid and Jones Analytic Model), listening to his lectures and reviewing physical materials, also drawing on both the work of his contemporaries such as James H. Cone, and the depth of knowledge present in Darrell Jones, who was able to visit Bauman and discuss her work during this residency.

As part of Bauman’s creative process, she aims to create a representation of her residency time with Dr. Jones’ 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 this residency and the eventual performance work she’ll be creating, with words crafted by poe and from interviews with collaborators Audrey Hailes, Olivia Mozie, and Rhapsody Stiggers.

The Dr. William R. Jones Residency at MANCC and the Embedded Writer Program is supported, in part, by The Mellon Foundation.

   

  • Audrey Hailes and Maria Bauman check out resources to aid them in the choreographic process.
  • Rhapsody Stiggers and Olivia Mozie look through the archives.
  • Stiggers, Mozie, Bauman, and Hailes discuss materials from the Dr. William R. Jones Archive in<br>the Special Collections and Archives reading room.
  • Hailes, Mozie, Stiggers and Bauman experiment during the residency.
  • Bauman engages in process on the steps of the Katherine W. Montgomery Building with Hailes, Mozie,<br>and Stiggers observe.
  • Stiggers and Mozie observe Hailes in process on Landis Green.
  • Bauman, Jones, Mozie, Stiggers, and Hailes speak with Dr. Chioke I’Anson via zoom.
  • A series of supplementary research materials, including several works by Black theologist James H. Cone<br>and <em>The People Could Fly</em> by Leo and Diane Dillon.
  • Hailes and Stiggers engage in process as Darrell Jones directs them through a movement practice while<br>Mozie and Bauman observe
  • Darrell Jones and Stiggers engage in a movement practice.
  • Mozie, Jones, Stiggers and Bauman engage in process in the studio.
  • Mozie and Jones engage in process in the studio.
  • Stiggers, Mozie, Bauman, and Hailes engage in process in the studio.
  • Bauman, Mozie, Stiggers, and Hailes engage in process in the studio.
  • Stiggers, Hailes, Mozie, and Bauman engage in process in the studio.
  • Mozie, Stiggers, and Bauman discuss materials from the archive while MANCC Embedded Writer<br>jumatatu poe observes and writes.
  • poe and Mozie watch as Stiggers and Hailes engage in process.
  • Mozie, Bauman, Hailes, and Stiggers engage in process in the studio.
  • Poe shares their thoughts while Bauman, Mozie, and MANCC Research Associate Scott Lindenberg listen.
  • Stiggers, Bauman, and Mozie engage in process in the studio.
  • Stiggers, Hailes, and Mozie engage in process in the studio.
Collaborators in Residence: Audrey Hailes [Associate Artistic Director, Olivia Mozie, Rhapsody Stiggers [Dancers], jumatatu poe [Embedded Writer]

World Premiere

Tere O'Connor

Rivulets
December 7 - 17
Baryshnikov Arts
Center (NYC)

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