Maria Bauman

Maria Bauman (she/her) is a Brooklyn, NY-based multi-disciplinary artist and community organizer from Jacksonville, FL. Since 2009, she creates bold and honest artworks for her company MBDance, based on physical and emotional power, insistence on equity, and fascination with intimacy. In particular, Bauman’s dance work centers the non-linear and linear stories and bodies of queer people of color onstage. She draws on her long study of English literature, capoeira, improvisation, dancing in living rooms and nightclubs, as well as concert dance classes to embody interconnectedness, joy, and tenacity.

Before beginning her own company, Bauman danced with Urban Bush Women and was associate artistic director of the company as well as director of education and community engagement. She has both learned much from and added much to UBW's entering, building and exiting community methodology. She has also danced jumatatu poe & Donte Beacham, Nia Love/Blacksmith's Daughter, jill sigman/thinkdance and apprenticed with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.

Bauman was recently recognized with a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production for her choreographic work on Saul Williams's The Motherboard Suite, and this follows the Bessie she won in 2017 for Outstanding Performance with the Black dance improvisation group Skeleton Architecture. Currently, she is an Urban Bush Women Choreographic Center 2.0 Fellow, as well as a member of the Bessies Selection Committee and a mentor with Queer Art Mentorship.

Bauman is also a community organizer and co-founder of ACRE (Artists Co-creating Real Equity) which is built on the foundation of The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond's anti-racist community organizing principles. Organizing to undo racism informs her artistic work and the two areas are each ropes in a Double-dutch that is her holistic practice.

Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency Inaugural Fellow | July 5 - 16, 2022

Dr. William R. Jones Archive Residency

MANCC welcomed a new archive residency program in honor of the late Dr. William R. Jones with Maria Bauman, multi-disciplinary artist, artistic director of MBDance, and community organizer, as the inaugural Fellow.

Dr. William R. Jones, an internationally recognized and celebrated activist, scholar, philosopher, theologian, and educator taught at Florida State University from 1977–‘99 in the Department of Religion and founded FSU’s African American Studies Program in 1977–‘78. The idea of this new residency program developed during Darrell Jones’ year-long FSU Alumnus Fellow residency at MANCC in 2020-’21. Darrell, a performer, choreographer, tenured faculty member at The Dance Center of Columbia College in Chicago. and Dr. Jones’ son, spent his time in his yearlong residency furthering his archival research around the work of his late father. Darrell’s thinking has been highly influenced by his father’s line of research; where Dr. Jones tools were often words and speech, Darrell's are cellular, embodied, and expressed mainly in the physical and three-dimensional world. (See This new program is intended to provide other dance artists of color with aligned interests access to these singularly important and influential archived materials to inform their creative work as well.

During her 12-day residency Bauman, along with her three collaborators and Embedded Writer/MANCC alumnus jumatatu poe, reviewed her relationship with Dr. Jones as a former student, questioning and reconsidering her own assumptions about art making and socialization through engaging with Dr. Jones’ extensive collection of archived materials.  Bauman worked in the Special Collections and Archives reading room in Strozier Library, which houses Dr. Jones impressive archive, as well as MANCC’s dance studio, moving her practice into new contexts to meet the demands of Dr. Jones’ work. Bauman and her collaborators took Dr. Jones’ concepts into several different directions, highlighting his JOG and JAM tools of analysis (Jones Oppression Grid and Jones Analytic Model), listening to his lectures and reviewing physical materials, also drawing on both the work of his contemporaries such as James H. Cone, and the depth of knowledge present in Darrell Jones, who was able to visit Bauman and discuss her work during this residency.

As part of Bauman’s creative process, she aims to create a representation of her residency time with Dr. Jones’ work through a presentation of physical scholarship as part of the January 2023 Dr. William R. Jones Symposium, hosted by FSU’s Special Collections and Archives, College of Fine Arts, and Department of Religion. She also intends to create a ‘zine as a passport into a constellation of thinking that includes images from this residency and the eventual performance work she’ll be creating, with words crafted by poe and from interviews with collaborators Audrey Hailes, Olivia Mozie, and Rhapsody Stiggers.

The Dr. William R. Jones Residency at MANCC and the Embedded Writer Program is supported, in part, by The Mellon Foundation.


  • Audrey Hailes and Maria Bauman check out resources to aid them in the choreographic process.
  • Rhapsody Stiggers and Olivia Mozie look through the archives.
  • Stiggers, Mozie, Bauman, and Hailes discuss materials from the Dr. William R. Jones Archive in<br>the Special Collections and Archives reading room.
  • Hailes, Mozie, Stiggers and Bauman experiment during the residency.
  • Bauman engages in process on the steps of the Katherine W. Montgomery Building with Hailes, Mozie,<br>and Stiggers observe.
  • Stiggers and Mozie observe Hailes in process on Landis Green.
  • Bauman, Jones, Mozie, Stiggers, and Hailes speak with Dr. Chioke I’Anson via zoom.
  • A series of supplementary research materials, including several works by Black theologist James H. Cone<br>and <em>The People Could Fly</em> by Leo and Diane Dillon.
  • Hailes and Stiggers engage in process as Darrell Jones directs them through a movement practice while<br>Mozie and Bauman observe
  • Darrell Jones and Stiggers engage in a movement practice.
  • Mozie, Jones, Stiggers and Bauman engage in process in the studio.
  • Mozie and Jones engage in process in the studio.
  • Stiggers, Mozie, Bauman, and Hailes engage in process in the studio.
  • Bauman, Mozie, Stiggers, and Hailes engage in process in the studio.
  • Stiggers, Hailes, Mozie, and Bauman engage in process in the studio.
  • Mozie, Stiggers, and Bauman discuss materials from the archive while MANCC Embedded Writer<br>jumatatu poe observes and writes.
  • poe and Mozie watch as Stiggers and Hailes engage in process.
  • Mozie, Bauman, Hailes, and Stiggers engage in process in the studio.
  • Poe shares their thoughts while Bauman, Mozie, and MANCC Research Associate Scott Lindenberg listen.
  • Stiggers, Bauman, and Mozie engage in process in the studio.
  • Stiggers, Hailes, and Mozie engage in process in the studio.
Collaborators in Residence: Audrey Hailes [Associate Artistic Director, Olivia Mozie, Rhapsody Stiggers [Dancers], jumatatu poe [Embedded Writer]

World Premiere

Tere O'Connor

December 7 - 17
Baryshnikov Arts
Center (NYC)


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