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    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, participant in a dance and singing workshop co-facilitated with Nomy Lamm

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

    -The Seattle Globalist on Neve's Bet Ya UnGodly Things

    "They created something really unique, ethereal, moving, confusing, and downright magical. I was lucky to have experienced it. Neve Mazique-Bianco is a force..."

    - QueerSpace Magazine on Neve's Bet Ya UnGodly Things

    "Incredible attention to stillness, strength, willingness to trust, take risks. Gorgeous dancers. Dreamy, contemplative, oneness, solidarity, humanity."

     

    "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 viewing Neve's "Where You Are Has a Name" at Axis Dance Company's Disabled Choreographer's Lab

  • 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/English/Austrian/Italian 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 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.

     

    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 artist and writer. My purpose is to perform, learn, teach, and make moving heart homes for people who need them and want them.

     

    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 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 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.

     

    Ready to move things? Email me!

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    ​[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. My certification as a personal trainer and my background as a dancer and choreographer allows me to apply my disability justice framework to bodies, hearts, minds, and all of our creative possibilities! If you have questions surrounding communication, accessibility, disability, movement, physical problem solving, and relationships of any kind, send those my way too!

     

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    Dance Classes, and Creative Coaching

    [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, becoming a founding member of the Access Centered Movement Collective with Jess Schlesinger and India Harville, and becoming a Certified Personal Trainer with NASM. 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 one on one or 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!

     

    CONTACT ME for a personal training consult, creative coaching session, private dance lesson, or to find out my class teaching schedule!

  • Choreographic Works

    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.

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