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Maura Garcia (non-enrolled Cherokee/ Mattamuskeet) offers performances featuring choreographic works of Artistic Director Maura García and collaborating artists. García (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) founded MGD to uplift Indigenous cultural values, to form connections and to explore the rhythms of the natural world. From interactive performance experiences to compelling solos to community-integrating ensemble shows, MGD provides deeply engaging performances for the stage, the out-of-doors and in response to specific places and events.
García is dedicated to collaborating within communities to create stories of identity and place. Accordingly, MGD facilitates long-term collaborative arts projects exploring narratives and history through dance and other art forms. MGD also provides workshops, residencies and artists talks for both adults and children.
Maura is sought out for her community engagement and cultural advocacy work. She has facilitated master classes and residencies in the public schools, for national professional conferences, trauma support groups and universities. Through activist essays and panel speaking she has addressed issues from sustainability in the arts to the cultural rights of Native Americans. Maura has completed the Dismantling Racism Works & artEquity Facilitator Training programs.
She has been the recipient of numerous honors: Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Projects Studio Residency Award (MO), guest artist studio award from the University of North Carolina’s Department of Dramatic Art (NC), Jewish Community Center's Community Arts Fellowship Grant (KS), Full Circle: First Nations Performance development grant (BC, Canada), Rocket Grant Project Award (KS/MO), Heads in the Clouds development program (AB, Canada) and mentorship in the 2017 Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training program (national). Maura has served as an adjudicator for dance festivals and grants including the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, the NEA's Art Works grant and the MAP Fund. She is currently a Western Arts Alliance Native Launchpad Artist.
Aniwisvsgo'i honors Indigenous planting traditions, the elements and our places in the world. The dance is split into three parts: preparing the ground, planting and harvest. The thread that connects us to our ancestral homelands, where we live now and ultimately one another, weaves itself in and out this exploration of our relationship with the powers that make growth possible.
Length: 23 minutes
Venue: out doors on flat grass, soil or sand
They Are Still Talking: One of the values shared by many Native peoples is that we are to act in consideration of those to come. Long before we were born, our ancestors’ prayers willed us into existence. They Are Still Talking is a 4 part homage to our connection to our ancestors through air, gesture, inter-generational trauma and laughter. This excerpt of part 1, WIND, was specially remounted for community, youth and professional dancers as part of Maura Garcia's artist residency at the Lawrence Arts Center.
The excerpt presented, part 1, was specially remounted for community, youth and professional dancers as part of Maura Garcia's artist residency at the Lawrence Arts Center.
Length: 50 minutes, no intermission
Venue: 50 - 350 seat theater or black box
Center Place, seven songs and seven dances, performed together live by the dynamic duo - Maura Garcia & Mark Gabriel Little. Look Before you Leap runs like a visual moving album, exploring the concepts of flight, freedom, dreams and the things that keep us bound.
CROSSROADS is an intimate, experiential show where audience members witness, determine and participate in elements of the performance. Specially adapted to each location, CROSSROADS focuses on the transformations of the people and land as they have evolved throughout the centuries.
Performers: 2 + audience
Length: 60 minutes, 1 intermission
Venue: 50 -100 seat theater or black box, museum, gallery, library or other intimate setting.