Contemporary dance company MBDance will be in residence at Brooklyn College to explore their latest project Attend Me, inspired by feminist writer Audre Lorde’s blessing: “Black mother goddess, salt dragon of / chaos Seboulisa, Mawu. Attend me, / hold me in your muscular flowering / arms, protect me from throwing any / part of myself away.” The piece is a visual storytelling of radical self-acceptance and self-love, of romantic love, and of defiant queerness.
The Company’s lecture demonstration will look into MBDance’s creative process, including a preview of movement phrases that will be part of the finished piece, followed by a Q&A. Maria Bauman will also facilitate what she dubs a “Radical Love Fest.” This participatory session is open to all and will include movement, discussion, free-writing, aromatherapy, and other rejuvenating practices.
Maria Bauman founded MBDance in 2007, creating from a sense of physical and emotional power, a desire for equity and a fascination with intimacy. Bauman’s choreography is influenced by her extensive study of capoeira and her eight years with Urban Bush Women (UBW), where she is now Associate Artistic Director. Bauman is also a faculty member for the American Dance Festival Winter Intensive and the UBW Summer Leadership Institute and a past adjunct professor of dance at Hunter College. MBDance has been showcased at Harlem Stage in E-Moves, 92nd Street Y, Dixon Place, Kumble Theater, SummerStage NYC, BAAD!, WOW Café Theater, BRIC, and New York Live Arts.