NEVE (Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco, pronouns they/them/theirs and she/shim/shis) is an internationally performing, presenting, and award winning directing fairy sorceress and beast/lover of Black/African American identity, and Indigenous Sudanese/Nubian, Arabic, Scottish, and English ascent. They are known is disability justice arts and activism community as a steadfast friend and a rigorous choreographer, cultural worker, and thought leader. NEVE has been making things move for 21 years.
A certified personal trainer and integrated dance teacher trained by NASM and Axis Dance Company, respectively- NEVE cares about the welfare and equitable access to joy, sensuality, community, self-expression, and liberation of all bodies. Especially animals. Like ideally they’d like to be a physical therapist/somatic therapist/dance teacher/and freedom fighter for animals, however animals would like to employ shim.
Since spring 2018, NEVE sits on the current artistic board of directors of Playthey, an arts, media, and event production and content creation cooperative fighting for dope, kind, accessible, creative, and wildly jubilant spaces for trans queer black indigenous POC people with disabilities, and other intersectionally marginalized community. NEVE is also a member and trainer in the Access-Centered Movement Collective, and along with movement educators Jess Dene Schlesinger and India Harville, they teach multiply accessible, disability justice informed movement classes and trainings for movement educators.
NEVE is one of the first four recipients of the PNW Afro X Fellowship, a research fellowship for African American artists created in collaboration by The Seattle Public Library and the Central District Forum, as well as the recipient of a 2019 City Artist grant, both of which benefit production of their new evening length work Lover of Low Creatures. This work is a Nubian belief influenced musical dance-theatre gothic fairytale production, co-produced by Velocity Dance Center and Playthey Studios, featuring musical production and accompaniment by JOY MA and Evan Flory-Barnes and directed by Sara Porkalob. It premiered at Velocity Dance Center May 9-12 2019. Lover of Low Creatures is
NEVE's second evening length original solo work following their self-directed Bet Ya UnGodly Things which premiered at Gay City Arts in 2018. An excerpt of Lover of Low Creatures was featured at Performance Space New York as a part of the festival i wanna be with you everywhere created in collaboration by a steering committee of New York-based disabled artists, the Scottish collective Arika, and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
NEVE formed their dance, disability, and environmental justice movement and education company Lover of Low Creatures, LLC in spring 2019. They are currently developing a realm of integrated/inclusive dance techniques called The Mazique Techniques. Take a class with them at Velocity Dance Center!
Though fairly mobile and transient when the travel is accessible and lucrative, NEVE is in love with home. She lives with shis partner, friends, animals, and plants in Duwamish and Other Unceded Coast Salish Territories aka Seattle.
I am a multidisciplinary access-centered choreographer
because I believe how we relate to our bodies and each others'
bodies determines how we treat space, the earth, and the possibilities of our future.
I believe that bodies are a mixed medium.
Dance is the perfect venue to show what they can do.
Dancers are a mixed medium.
The desire of the choreographer is to inspire these mediums
to blend or hold each other up or shine shine shine
in mysterious compelling heart mind and game changing ways.
Human bodies are a mixed medium.
The calling of the choreographer today is to show the world
that dance was never meant to be a privatized,
status privileged affair.
Some dance, maybe, but even it,
could and should be allowed to be loved enough
to be changed by its dancers and its audiences
and its descendants.
Dance deserves more than to have its complexity erased.
Choreography deserves more.
Movement deserves more.
Life deserves more life to get around with.
And we do too.
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 mementoes 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