• Wildest Dreams:

    Decolonizing the Imagination of Contemporary Dance Composition

    [image: a brown skinned faerie leans at a diagonal off a blue and black manual wheelchair in a pink crushed velvet dress with a small cream colored lampshade covered their head. They appear to be floating amongst leaves and branches in the woods.]

     

    A Six Week Creative Process Series at

    Velocity Dance Center!

     

    Wildest Dreams is an in depth composition class for intermediate to advanced dancers who wish to develop their unique choreographic vocabulary, and for creators who wish to decolonize their dance practice. While you do not have to identify as a choreographer at the start of the series, previous dance experience is required for participation. In this series, dancers/creators will explore the historical and social contexts of their current dance backgrounds and landscapes, and we will mine the wisdom of our bodies, hearts, and literal dreams for images and ideas worth stretching for. When you reach for an idea when moving, when creating work, from what body of water do you dip your toe? What secrets dwell and grow in the dark, there? In each class we will take part in a choreographed contemporary warm up, Neve will share a new method or source for composition, we will discuss and dream and play. Participants are encouraged to keep a dream journal.

     

    Participants who register for the full series (encouraged!) are welcome to contact me at neve.maziquebianco@gmail.com with questions and access needs.

  • My name is Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco, I live as an uninvited guest in Duwamish Country and Other Unceded Coast Salish Territories, and I love/work with/work as Bad (Body) Energy.

    [image description: a Black, Indigenous North-East African and Scottish/English/Austrian/Italian American disabled queer multigender femme in a black black and blue work out outfit and loose box braids sits on a manual wheelchair and gazes up at their skyward hand, mid dance. Photo by Sofia Mohamed.]

     

    "Who's Bad?" - The King of Pop

     

    Bad can mean many things. We know that. When I told an old coworker of mine that I was a dancer, that I danced in my wheelchair, she said, "Oooooooh I bet that's bad!" And it made my night. Because to different people, the way my body moves and takes up space is bad, as in wrong. And to some people it's bad, as in cool as all get out. I'm a multidisciplinary performance artist and writer, I make art for me. And I am an activist and event organizer. I make art for you.

     

    Often, we call things or people bad when we don't understand their unique purpose or method for making things happen.

     

    Like I might absentmindedly say, "oh that's my bad arm". Well it's my left arm, the arm that gets muscle fatigue and spasms and stops moving, that supports my right arm when I raise it to my face or in the air. It's my bad arm that looks the most cute in photos.

     

    As a queer disabled femme of color I have often felt like spaces I move in or into are not for me. Or at least, not for all of me. I don't think getting through the day, let alone having access to our bodies or resources or joy, should be harder for marginalized people, for "bad" bodies. But the fact is, it is.

     

    It is harder for me to navigate systems to access food, care, and other necessities, to roll down the street in my neighborhood, to attend dance classes to help me stay limber and improve my techniques as a choreographer and mover, and it is definitely harder to party accessibly!

     

    Due to my training and work with Def Dance Jam Workshop, Unitarian Universalist activists, Sins Invalid, and Axis Dance Company, I also, however, have been privileged to know what it feels like when I am fully welcomed and engaged in a space. It is life changing.

     

    My hope is to contribute to a world idea where people like me are given a chance to breathe a sigh of relief. A chance to feel liberated, instead of boxed in and chastised for not confining to a norm we can't replicate or fit ourselves inside of. Hasn't it been the deviations from the status quo that have produced the most incredible, culture confounding, life giving inventions?Aren't the baddest among our communities, just that, not wrong, but badass? Being seen, being engaged, having access to our unique joys such as moving and taking care of our bodies, contributes to our sense of self worth, and our ability to do good in the world.

     

    And this is why I seek to serve many different communities and individuals as a NASM Certified Personal Trainer, an access centered/integrated dance teacher, political choreographer, performance heartist, playwright, and consultant. My purpose is to perform, learn, teach, and make moving heart homes for people who need them and want them. We are Bad Bodies Making Bad Energy. We are the time travel portals the universe has been waiting for.

     

    Ready to move things? Get in touch!

  • Upcoming Werks

    Check descriptions for ticket links!

    GoGoing and Improvisational SexyWeird Dance

    @ Seattle Parties

     

    GenderF!_!ckt by PlayThey:

    Sunday, December 30th

    7PM-12AM

    Facebook event

    Lover of Low Creatures

    Melodic, Ritual, Narrative Dance Theatre

    and Performance Art Evening Length Work

    Directed by Sara Porkalob

    Written by Me

    Velocity Dance Center

    May 9th-12th, 2019

     

    Tickets available through Velocity's website

     

  • Past Werks

    I don't just sit around and dance...

    Where You Are Has a Name

    Dancers: Roya the Destroya, Elena Martins, Dwayne Scheuneman, Hannah Westbrook, Leesha Zieber, and Adonis Damien Martin. This piece is a beginning of a conversation about place, body, human, animal, indigenous person, settler/colonizer, violence, and resilience that I want to have with everyone. I began it with my best friend, and with these dancers at the first ever Axis Dance Company Disabled Choreographer's Lab in Oakland, 2018. photo Marc Brew

    Bet Ya UnGodly Things

    A one-femme contemporary ballet musical about being a Black, mixed race, queer, and disabled feminist punk fairy growing up and out of a small, white, rural town in New Jersey (aka Up South). Premiered at Gay City Arts, Seattle, January 2018. Next showing: Velocity Dance Center, Seattle, April 2019.

    photo and backdrop art ET Russian

    Incidentally, I don't just write about bodies, I have a body too.

    A dance monologue/disco lecture/dance installation asking those who behold me how I dare to ask them to behold me. Desireability politics with sick beats by Bed Death. Tender Provocations of Hope and Fear, J&J Productions, No Limits Festival, Theatre Hebbel Am Ufer, Berlin, 2017.

    Bringing it Black

    A duet and textual collaboration facilitated by Patricia Berne and created by Malcolm Shanks, Antoine Hunter, and me exploring family, Blackness, embodiment, shame, pride, and just how it is that we exist beautifully with all this. Created for Sins Invalid's Birthing, Living, Dying, Becoming Crip Wisdom, ODC, San Francisco, 2016.

    White Fur

    Dance on film in cinematic collaboration with Nikki Silver. A brief meditation on the nature vs. nurture of mutual aid, service, caregiving, parenthood, and queer family. Dancers: Prince Juniper, Hot Beef Sunday, Oscar Io, and Feryl Crow. Originally created for Periwinkle Cinema's Anthology of Shorts The Hanky Code, it has since screened in festivals all over North America and Europe, winning awards such as Judge's Pick and Best Short.

  • Take it from

    Baddies Who Know

    "Utterly Enjoyable."

    - a friend and instagram follower of @nevebebad

    "Neve is a fantastic performer and facilitator. I attended one of their movement workshops and walked away filled with gratitude for the magical space they created - melding the power of music and movement with disability justice values to make a space that was welcoming and embracing to folks with diverse bodies and health experiences... If you have a chance to work with Neve, consider yourself lucky and jump at it!"

    - Amber MV, dance class participant

    "Experiencing this performance was a transformative gift of healing, self-acceptance and grace."

    "Neve Mazique-Bianco is a force..."

    "Illuminating every body and that body's history and the complex history of it all. So powerful."

     

    "Surprising."

     

    "I am broken open. Thank you for your gorgeous and necessary art."

    -audience members' sharings

  • [Image is same Black disabled performer person from above, with eyes closed and arms extended, sitting on their pink power chair on a street in their South Seattle neighborhood photo by McKenna Jane.]

     

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