• NEVE is a Disabled multigender femme fop mixed-race Black African Choreographer/Dancer, Composer/Singer, Writer/Actor, Painter/Model, Hoodoo Voodoo Magician, and Performance Artist. They are a 2020 Pina Bausch Fellow, and one of the first two Americans to receive the award.

    the background image is a dance still of two Black Disabled dancers onstage, one a wheelchair user, the other Deaf, one femme, the other masculine. The femme dancer is wearing a heavenly and Grecian looking crown and a white dress and gold leggings. Their right leg is aloft as their lean back in their wheelchair, touching the extended left leg of the masculine dancer, who has long dreadlocks and is dancing from the floor in matching white top and gold bike shorts. The backdrop of their dance is a deep red umber.

    NEVE Mazique is a choreographer and multidisciplinary performing and visual artist based in Unceded Coast Salish (specifically Duwamish) Territories, also known as Seattle and the Puget Sound. NEVE grew up in the part of rural New Jersey Imogen Binnie says, "Never seems to get shown on TV" (she's from there too). They claim among their ancestors, Margery Williams Bianco, the author of The Velveteen Rabbit, and Edward C Mazique, physician to the Civil Rights Movement. NEVE received their BA in critical dance studies, folklore and fortean zoology, performance art, and film in 2012 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.

     

    In Western Massachusetts, he studied with contact improvisation and group improvisation masters and established his commitment to collective embodied practice. In 2011, he began his long move to the West Coast of the United States, joining the disabled activist and performer communities of Sins Invalid and AXIS Dance Company. Additionally, NEVE made their debut in queer porn under a former stage name, and made waves as an advocate for queer, kinky, disabled, Black Arab and Indigenous sexuality. After a long tour with Mangos with Chili, a QTPOC floating cabaret co-founded by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha and Cherry Galette, an Oakland-based NEVE had fallen in love with Tony, his future husband, and with Seattle, his future home.

     

    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 was named a 2020 Pina Bausch Choreographic Fellow by the Pina Bausch Foundation and the Arts Foundation of North-Rhine Westphalia, and in February 2020, returned home from Wuppertal inspired to fully launch their and Saira B's latest brainchild, Mouthwater Dance, in Seattle. NEVE's current and ongoing movement exploration is in an access-centered translation approach to ballet and its children (Access-Centered Movement was founded by NEVE, India Harville, and Jess Schlesinger in 2016). In July 2020, NEVE will join Marc Brew as his choreographic intern as he creates a new work with AXIS Dance Company, of whom he is Artistic Director. This internship, lasting three months and a bit, is the cooperative partnership with which they applied to the Pina Bausch Fellowship, and they will carry the fruit of this experience back to the Pina Bausch Foundation in Wuppertal in January 2021.

     

    NEVE has performed at/with Velocity Dance Center, Sound Theatre Company, Seattle Musical Theatre, Gay City Arts, Converge Dance Festival, and in night clubs as a drag performer or burlesque and gogo dancer up and down the peninsula and the coast. They are a current arts reviewer for The South Seattle Emerald and operate the choreography, conjure, and consulting business Lover of Low Creatures LLC.

    NEVE keeps up with family and fans alike on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (@nevebebad), and you can get to know his work more on nevebebad.com

     

  • Wanna learn with and from me?

    I create and teach a variety of class forms, usually centered around dance, improvisation, and performance. Due to safety precautions around COVID-19, all of my classes are currently being offered online.

    Neve lies on their side on a table in a kitchen. Their hair is orange peach flame and long and wavy, with bangs. His dress is midnight blue, and is actually a clever combination of a lace halter bra and a long silk skirt that he lifts up and to the left in a flourish. Neve's skin is creamy rosy brown and their feet are bare. On the table with him are brightly colored books and flowers.

    Fridays, 11 AM-12:30 PM PDT,

    through July 10th (2 more left!)

     

    This will be a lesson in falling in love with our bodies and our domestic spaces again, or for the first time. We will explore multicultural improvisational techniques that I have come upon throughout my 12 years of practicing solo improvisation, group improvisation, and contact improvisation. As we are sheltering in place so to speak, we have the opportunity to more deeply invest in site-specific physical and performative exploration in the places we think we know so well. Will you be surprised? Absolutely. Will you be shocked? I don’t know, but that would be fun. Let’s have a fun, weird, beautiful, heinous, moving, goofy, wild, profound time with our bodies and the places we call HERE, NOW.