Maura Garcia is a dance artist who collaborates within communities to create stories of identity and place. Originally from North Carolina, Maura is an Indigenous woman (non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet) who brings her own mixed-blood southern story to all of her work. Concerns about the perpetuation of Cherokee life-ways, the environment and social justice underlie her creations. She uses her art to empower, to form connections, to uplift Indigenous cultural values and to explore the rhythms of the natural world.
Maura specializes in multi-sensory shows blurring the line between audience and performer. Â Her repertoire includes solos, group performances incorporating local dancers from the host community and site-specific workÂ incorporatingÂ passersby. Â She also engages the community in the creative process via interactive arts projects and experiential workshops. To realize community programs, she has partnered with different organizations including theÂ Â Charleston Library Society(SC),Â Creative Arts in Public & Private SchoolsÂ (NC),Â Haskell Indian Nations UniversityÂ (KS),Â imagiNATIONS Activity CenterÂ (DC),Â Kansas City Indian Center(MO),Â Lawrence Arts CenterÂ (KS) and theÂ Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual AssaultÂ (MO).
To craft performances Maura works with core collaborators: sound artistÂ MarkGabriel Little, dance artistÂ Olivia C. DaviesÂ (Metis, Anishnawbe, Welsh) and musician/composerÂ Amado EspinozaÂ (Quechua from Bolivia). Maura is dedicated to engaging artists from diverse backgroundsÂ and has formedÂ project-basedcollectivesÂ withÂ mixed-media artistÂ Alyssa Hinton (Tuscarora/ Osage),Â Bharata Natyam dancerÂ Anjali Tata Hudson,Â Ethiopian singer/activist Chachi Tadese, poet/musicianÂ Chico Sierra,Â video artistÂ Robert Parker(Comanche/Kiowa/Athabascan /Tlingit/ Dakota) and multi-media artistÂ Soumitra Dasgupta, among others. She is fascinated by stories that have been hidden and the unexpected connections that arise when they are rediscovered.