Maria Bauman

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Maria Bauman

 

Maria Bauman is a “Bessie” award winning multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer from Jacksonville, FL. She has been honored widely as an Urban Bush Women Choreographic Fellow, Jerome Foundation Alternate Fellow, 2021 BRIC Arts Fellow, Redtail Arts 2021 Artist in Residence and Columbia College Chicago 2020 Artist in Residence among others. She is also a sought-after facilitator and speaker on the topics of social justice practices within performing arts, embodied and arts-based leadership development, and racial equity in the arts. Bauman creates bold and honest artworks for her company, MBDance, based on physical and emotional power, insistence on equity, and intimacy. In particular, Bauman’s site-responsive dance work centers the non-linear and linear stories and bodies of Black queer people in multiple immersive ritual settings. She draws on her study of English literature, capoeira, improvisation, dancing in living rooms and nightclubs, as well as concert dance classes to embody interconnectedness, joy, and tenacity. Bauman brings the same tenets to organizing to undo racism in the arts and beyond with ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity), the grassroots group she co-founded with Sarita Covington and Nathan Trice and she is also a mentor with Queer Art Mentorship Project. Latest artwork: www.desire.mbdance.net