NEVE MaZique, CPT 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 queer 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. NEVE believes we are our values, we are our community, and with this belief they dedicate themself to the creation of liberated performance art, created on their terms, for their community, in collaboration with their communities and with hard won self love.
NEVE's movement research is a hunt for ancient knowledge. The knowledge of their indigenous ancestors, of the animals of the earth, of Gods. NEVE is preoccupied with finding a new access-centered and thorough method for teaching choreography and repertoire to dancers with disabilities. They have named their burgeoning collective of techniques, which are influenced by teachings from Access-Centered Movement ®, ballet, modern, and contemporary dance, Traditional African Religion ritual and worship dances, traditional Chinese medicinal movement practices, cryptozoology, mythology, fairytales and folklore. The Mazique Techniques. NEVE is a co-founder of Access-Centered Movement ® and of the Access-Centered Multimedia Dance Project Mouthwater. NEVE's number one influence are the creatures of this earth and the worlds beyond this one. They wish to make multidisciplinary performance art which expands consciousness and leads us further towards our liberation.
When not creating, composing, choreographing, or performing, NEVE teaches master classes in their integrated contemporary technique at Velocity Dance Center, volunteers at the Pacific Science Center, advises youth group at Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and run an accessible event & experience consulting and production company, Lover of Low Creatures, LLC. NEVE is currently also an arts reviewer for The South Seattle Emerald. They are married to their loving partner, Tony, and to their community, are a scrappy and enthusiastic gardener and cook, a tea maker, an orderer of martinis at dive bars, a dedicated punk, a new fencer (foil), a student of music, a lover of people and animals, 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 gyrrl. You should never mess with them but you can always f*%!s with them.
NEVE's CHOREOREEL, mix of stage and video works, 2014-2019
Cover image is Neve with their wrists bending and pointing their fingers in opposite directions. Behind them is a projection of a charcoal drawing of rain and waves.
WHITE FUR, dance on film, 2015
Cover image is a video still of NEVE dressed in wolf girl regalia, sitting on their blue manual wheelchair, holding the rope reins of pale people on hands and knees in wild dog makeup.
LOVER OF LOW CREATURES TRAILER, full-length live work, 2019
Cover image is of Neve in a white satin romper, lying on their side onstage with one hand sassily lifted, bathed in red light. Behind them is their pink power wheelchair.
The Girl Who Drew Cats, short live work for 6 dancers, 2019
Cover image is of six people, some standing, some sitting on wheelchairs, lined up single file on a dark, starkly lit stage.
I'm only getting paid for some of this, dance on film, 2017
Cover image is an up close still of Neve mouth open laughing, hair long and half up, half down, the dappled green of trees in the background.