I am a dance artist interested in infinite gestures. I am wondering how to make destruction matter. I want to sever performance, getting intimate with what I don't know. Unknowing this form. I'm exploring water (the way it changes), floating, becoming a prune, dust. The meeting of water and dust. I'm invested in my insignificance. How it is as important as your insignificance. I am hanging onto tender data. I am a collector. Routine motion, desperate motion. I want to be architecture-less, nameless. When I make or view performance, I'm constantly combing through the intention of why? Why is this being seen? Why do I want it seen? Is this absolutely necessary? I care for spontaneous performance; messy, honest. I care for fucking up spectatorship. I like when my work lacks transition; get to the next spot as messy, (humanly), as possible. I use "performance" that is not clearly seen. I'm not sure if it qualifies as performance. I'm working to make something else.
Maura Bailey currently lives in Philadelphia. She graduated from The University of the Arts in the Spring of 2018 with a BFA in dance under the direction of Donna Faye Burchfield. While at UArts, she performed in works by choreographers such as Jesse Zaritt, Sidra Bell, Jimena Paz, Bobbi Jene Smith, and Gerard and Kelly. While attending The University of The Arts, Maura also had the opportunity to travel to Paris in 2017 to participate in the CAMPING Festival at the Centre National de la Danse. While there, she studied under Vera Mantero and Arno Schuitemaker. After graduating, Maura collaborated with a fellow colleague, Shelby Tucker, on a piece that focused on the resurfacing and pairing of precious childhood memories, and how these memories, pulled from two histories, can stand and collaborate with and within each other. The work, titled, 'To Live By Each Other,' premiered in the 2018 Philly Fringe Festival. In 2019, Maura collaborated and performed a duet at the KYL/D Inhale/Exhale Performance Series in Philadelphia with her lifelong friend, Madelyn Staley, that timelines their ongoing 14 years of friendship. This piece, that is never-ending, is titled, 'Us As Stick Figures.' She most recently premiered her newest work 'Hot Spots,' through Movement Research at the Judson Church.