|photo: David B. Smith|
Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development. Performances are followed by discussion and a reception during which artists and audiences share perspectives about the works-in-progress.
This weekend at Danspace Project’s DraftWork, choreographers Maria Bauman and Andre M. Zachery will show new works in progress. Although they are working in disparate modes – Bauman in a solo improvisational practice and Zachery working collaboratively at the intersection of movement and technology - each choreographer’s artistic investigation focuses on self-actualization. They, each in their own way, are honing a present movement practice to shift their futures.
Dancer and choreographer Maria Bauman will present two works: Grace is High and Low, a solo paired with music by Roberta Flack, and The Well, a work in progress which includes original vocal music and body percussion by Philadephia-based artist, Bethlehem. Bauman, known best for her work with Urban Bush Women and her own company MBDance, is now pursuing her Master of Fine Arts at Temple University. I had an opportunity to speak at length with Bauman about Grace is High and Low, an iterative, structured improvisation that she is thrilled to bring to the DraftWork program this weekend.
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