ShineBrighter Sunnday is a monthly audio series featuring and celebrating those using their work to brightly shine their light while inspiring others to do the same.
Hosted by Tahnia Belle, this month's podcast features Maria Bauman founder of MBDance and current Dance Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Listen to Maria discuss:
- the value of sweating your truth
- how she developed her creative identity
- advice for artists seekng to intersect art with activism
Currently Dance Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University, Maria Bauman is an artist and a community organizer. Maria Bauman founded MBDance 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, drawing viewers in to address pressing social issues from multiple perspectives, and is also influenced by Bauman’s extensive study of capoeira, an African Brazilian vernacular movement form.
Bauman has danced with Urban Bush Women, Nia Love/Blacksmith’s Daughter, Adele Myers and Dancers, Angela’s Pulse, 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 recently serving as Associate Artistic Director of that company.
Among other honors, she has received a 2015 and 2014 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency Award, 2012-13 and 2009-10 Harlem Stage Fund for New Work via The Jerome Foundation, and a 2010-11 Dance Theater Workshop Studio Series. She has been recognized by the New York Foundation for the Arts as an Emerging Leader in the Arts.
She works closely with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond on Understanding and Undoing Racism workshops for arts communities, is a WOW Café Theatre collective member (theater space by and for women and transgender artists), and is on the Laundromat Project’s Artists + Community Council. Bauman is a founding member of the Naturally Occurring Cultural Districts Working Group (NOCD-NY), and is part of the Downtown Brooklyn Arts Alliance.