Presented in conversation with SNMA Executive Director Hunter O’Hanian, Maria will discuss her role as artistic director of MBDance and maintaining queer wellness and community care in the dance world in spite of the current pandemic.
About Maria Bauman-Morales
Maria Bauman-Morales is a “Bessie” award winning multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer. She is 2020 Columbia College Dance Center Practitioner-in-Residence, 2019 Dance in Process residency award winner, 2018-20 UBW Choreographic Center Fellow, 2017-19 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist in Residence and was the 2017 Community Action Artist in Residence at Gibney. In 2009 she founded MBDance which is about to premiere Desire: A Sankofa Dream, an experience in choice-making and Black Queer survival technologies. She creates bold and intimate artworks for MBDance, via dream-mapping and nuanced, powerful physicality.
She's an active member of our community outside of choreography and performance. Bauman-Morales mentors younger artists through Queer Art Mentorship. She is a Core Trainer with The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, collaborating towards racial equity. In 2014, she co-founded Artists Co-creating Real Equity, which won the 2018 BAX Arts and Artists in Progress Award for working to undo racism in our daily lives. Organizing to undo racism informs her artistic work and the two areas are each ropes in a Double-dutch that is her holistic practice. Learn more at www.mbdance.net.