Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco, CPT
NEVE grew up in the part of rural, small-town Jersey Imogen Binnie aptly says, “seems never to get shown on TV”. They claim among their ancestors, Edward C Mazique, the physician to the Civil Rights Movement, and Margery Williams Bianco, the author of The Velveteen Rabbit. They received their BA in Liberal Arts from Hampshire College, their Certification in Personal Training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and were of the 2018 cohort of the Intiman Theatre Emerging Artist Program. They have been creating, producing, and performing in punk musical dance-theatre in New York, Massachusetts, California, Texas, Louisiana, and Washington since 2013. A published author, NEVE’s work has appeared in the anthology Coming Out Like a Porn Star edited by Jiz Lee, Everyday Feminism, Harlot Magazine (now dissolved), Plenitude Magazine, ModelViewCulture, and The Black Scholar, among others.
Since moving from Oakland to Seattle in 2016, NEVE has written, choreographed, composed, collaboratively produced, and starred in two full-length dance-theatre musicals, Bet Ya UnGodly Things and Lover of Low Creatures. She teaches master classes in shis integrated contemporary technique at Velocity Dance Center, volunteers at the Pacific Science Center, advises youth group at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation and runs an accessible event & experience consulting and production company, Lover of Low Creatures, LLC. They are married to their loving partner, Tony, and to their community, are a scrappy and enthusiastic gardener and cook, an animal lover, a tea maker, a great neighbor, ally, and friend. NEVE identifies as mixed Black/Indigenous Sudanese, Scottish/white, biqueer, nonbinary, a trash femme, disabled/cripped, a country punk, and a Jersey girl. You should never mess with them but you can always fucks with them. https://nevebebad.com,
NEVE'S CHOREOGRAPHY REEL
Lover of Low Creatures
A full length, interdisciplinary musical dance-theatre work created in the same world as Bet Ya UnGodly Things, and serving as a prequel which expands on themes of family, healing, self-love, surviving childhood sexual abuse, cultural pride and reclamation, magic, and nature. An excerpt premiered at i wanna be with you everywhere at Performance Space New York, April 2019. The full length version premiered at Velocity Dance Center, May 2019. This work and its themes inspired the creation and titling of Neve's LLC of the same name.
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.
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.
WHAT'S NEVE UP TO NEXT?
Artist in Residence Showcase
I'm a part of this sweet showcase!
"If we want to sow the seeds of creativity and inspiration, we have to nurture them with our habits. Town Hall’s Artist-In-Residence Hatlo, a Seattle-based queer artistic collaborator and facilitator, has taken this idea to heart with their ongoing project Sow Queer. For six weeks they’re bringing together queer performance-makers to Sunday gatherings at Town Hall to build and nurture the creative habits that will sustain their art going forward.
Hatlo invites us to join them and dozens of their fellow performers at this public showcase. Wander the building and engage with the unfolding creative processes that these queer artists, performers, and designers have been refining over the course of Hatlo’s residency. Witness works-in-progress, participate in interactive pieces and experience excerpts of complex emerging projects ranging from technical to practical. Come as you are and explore the creative process alongside many of Seattle’s foremost burgeoning queer creators."
2019 DEAW Annual Conference
Every Body is a Dancing Body
I'll be presenting on the Mazique Technique
and the necessity for support for formal training for disabled dancers
As dance educators, we constantly use our bodies to communicate information and make meaning. To feel as though we are thriving in our profession, it is important to take time to feel connected to our form, treat our bodies with safety and love, and become knowledgeable about current understandings of how it functions best.
We believe all bodies are dancing bodies, and want our teaching practices to be inclusive of a diverse student body and support students in a full range of abilities and identities. It is important that we are always learning new ways to welcome every body into our classrooms and helping students find power in their unique body.
This year, we want to fill the conference with workshops that renew connection to our bodies and provide us with tools to inspire every student to express who they are in their dancing body.
"EMPREXX of DANCE!"
- Tinder match, Idra
"While we were taken care of from the beginning, we were also asked [to] care for a symbolic object. We were responsible for our roses for a little over an hour and a half. Many of us admired their vibrancy and beauty, but they were never our roses to keep. They belong to the river. We did not attend a performance that offers mementos for individual ownership. Instead, we are invited into [sic] a place where we are both nurtured and responsible for the nurturing of this place. Lover of Low Creatures creates a sense of belonging and obligation to take care of each other and our larger world."
"Neve is an artist for today and the future, weaving together mediums and magic in ways that I've never seen before. I feel very lucky to collaborate with them on this project because their voice and their work is an integral part of our arts ecosystem."
"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 and friend
"Experiencing this performance was a transformative gift of healing, self-acceptance and grace."
"Illuminating every body and that body's history and the complex history of it all. So powerful."
"I am broken open. Thank you for your gorgeous and necessary art."
-audience members' sharings at Disabled Choreographers' Lab 2018, Axis Dance Company