• My name is Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco, I live in Seattle, and I love bad bodies.

    [image description: a headshot of a Black, Indigenous North-East African and Scottish American disabled queer multigender femme in a black strappy dress and a turquoise and gold necklace gazing at the camera with pink lips slightly open and eyes smiling. Photo by Kara Phoebe.]

     

    "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 and events I attend 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 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.

     

    And this is why I seek to serve many different communities and individuals as a physically integrated dance teacher, political performance artist and writer, and an accessible event planner. My purpose is to perform, learn, teach, and make moving heart homes for people who need them.

     

    My hope, with my events, with my consulting and artistic work, 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 free, 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, contributes to our sense of self worth, and our ability to do good in the world. Let me help you make an experience that runs gorgeously and smoothly for everyone involved, and that sustains you and your community long after it has ended.

     

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  • FEATURED Neve Be Performance VIDEO

    Axis Dance Company 2017 Summer Intensive Showcase

    This baddie could be your creative problem solver.

    Your dance priestess.

    Your comrade. Your muse.

    [image: video still, a black dancer in black gray and pink exercise gear and shiny sneakers descends from a pink power wheelchair onto a black Marley floor.]

     

     

  • [image: a black god(dess) in a white pleated dress with gold detailing, a gold forest creature crown, and gold tights and another black god with shoulder length locks, a full beard, in white and gold, touch pointed toe to ankle as they off kilter half starfish extend towards and away from each other. They are photoshopped onto a blue and white background which makes most of the shape of the Occupied States of America.]

     

    From the show Birthing, Dying, Becoming Crip Wisdom by Sins Invalid, ODC, SF, 2016, featuring Antoine Hunter and Neve Be. Click the photo above to become a Sustainer of Sins Invalid's incredible work or

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    Look at all the cool stuff I get up to!

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    Access Consults

    ​[image: a small light skinned black person in black pants and a brown jacket sits in a manual wheelchair on the deck of a ferry smiling with arms wide open. Behind them the ocean is green blue grey and the railing is green and the sky is soft blue.]
     

    Want to learn about disability justice?

     

    Gaining context for why you should and how you could bring accessibility and justice into your life doesn't have to be complicated. Let's talk it out! I love to talk about disability justice and it's many applications and possibilities. The world is our oyster! Maybe you're non disabled, but you want to make sure your event or space is as accessible as possible for your community, participants, comrades, customers. Maybe you're disabled, and you want advice planning an event or accessing spaces that work for you or help being connected to disability orgs throughout the country.

     

    In addition to Disability Justice info sessions and workshops, casual private consultations, I also give relationship advice! I have worked as a peer counselor at a DV shelter, and as an advice columnist on love, sex, and relationships. If you have questions surrounding communication, accessibility, disability, and relationships of any kind, send those my way too!

     

    Fill out the form below to book a consult and I'm happy to help!

     

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    Dance Classes

    [image: a full length dance pose shot of a Black, Indigenous North-East African and Scottish American disabled queer multigender femme poised on a manual wheelchair against a brick wall.]

    In the mood to move?

     

    Me too. All the time. The first thing I ever wanted to be as a child was a ballerina. But growing up, there weren't ballet classes in which I could be both appropriately met and challenged. Luckily, Def Dance Jam Workshop outta Harlem found me in New Jersey, and my five years with them gave me an unexpected burst of confidence in what my body can do. Now, I don't sometimes don't have the dance teachers I need, I try to be the dance teacher I want to see in the world. My classes are fun, exploratory, and frequently growing and changing. I specialize in teaching improvisation, both group improvisation and contact improvisation, but I am developing accessible technique classes as well, since being trained as a physically integrated dance teacher by Axis Dance Company. My classes include: So You Think You Can't Dance?: Social Dance Principles for Beginners, Improvisation for Composition: Exploration Techniques for Budding Choreographers, Emotional Contact: Getting Present and Grounded in Contact Improvisation, and Sensation Station: Sensory Deepening for Dancers.

     

    Sometimes I teach these classes in local studios (will update here), but I am also available to teach workshops for community groups or universities, and private small group sessions. I often work for Sins Invalid and collaborate with other members like Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarsinha, Nomy Lamm, and India Harville on cross-disciplinary arts workshops, I will post on my blog and social media if one of these is coming up!

     

    Next workshop: WHAT WILL YOUR BODY SAY WHEN IT'S FREE? a free movement and writing workshop for free people by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha and Neve Kamilah Mazique-Bianco at Velocity Dance Center.

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    Live Performance

    [image: a coffee brown Black person with short curls faces away from camera and dances from a wheelchair, right arm reaching with bent hand towards an image of a pine tree.]

     

    I love a stage! Will you give me one?

     

    The one thing I have the most experience with more than anything in the world that I love, is performing. I have 22 years of experience on stages. My performance background includes musical theatre, repertory theatre, hip hop, West African dance, contemporary improvisation and choreography, burlesque and gogo dancing, spoken word, vocal performance, performance art, public speaking, facilitation, moderation, MCing, and of course, punk shows of all stripes.

     

    I have toured with the 10 year running floating QTPOC cabaret Mangos with Chili, performed with Axis Dance Company, and currently perform and write for Sins Invalid. As a freelance performance artist I create stand alone very very short dance theatre- what I sometimes call living sculptures or moving vignettes. I embody a dancing, talking, sometimes singing character, with a specific look and affect. For a long time, I have been interested in how what we are afraid to feelings, ways of moving, and bodies we are afraid to show and afraid to engage with reveals about our beliefs about our belief systems. Therefore I seek to challenge my own internalized beliefs and assumptions with the work that I make.

     

    I regularly audition for theatre and dance shows throughout the Puget Sound Area, and am always happy to have auditions pointed my way.

     

    Want to book me for a show you're producing or book me to create a show around an idea? I'm ready!

     

    EMAIL TO BOOK ME

     

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    BATTLE for the DANCE BELT

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    Film and Photography

    [image: a black dancer in a manual wheelchair, knee high black boots, and a hot pink dress covered in peachy geometric designs extends their left fingers forward as they look down. They are framed by granite sculptures of two heavily lidded eyes. Behind them, a black person carrying an orange and white ladder walks past. He makes eye contact with the camera.]

    Put me on the silver screen or in the pages of a magazine!

     

    The image to the left was pulled from a very short dance on film I made with my friend and sometimes collaborator Hilary Grumman.

     

    I have acted or danced in a number of independent films, and directed and produced a few of my own as well. One of my short films, WHITE FUR, has won numerous awards and toured throughout Europe and North America. My films tend to be overwhelmingly visual, dance oriented, and sometimes with a strange musical soundtrack or my own narration. My taste in films I don't make myself is much broader! I love to be in films with a strong script, intention, creative aesthetics, and ethics (in process, production, and message) I can get in line with. Especially excited about anything weird or scary but kind or ridiculously dramatic or poignantly funny or set in another universe. You know?

     

    I have also been modeling for ten years, and am always down to take on a photographer's unique vision or to collaborate on a shoot we build together. I can provide my own wardrobe or work with yours. If you need helping hands such as a PA or MUA, I have folks I love to work with, so let me know.

     

    EMAIL ME YOUR SCRIPT or SHOOT IDEA!

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