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Desire: A Sankofa Dream, created and directed by Maria Bauman is a performance-ritual built around Black Queer survival techniques developed long before our current pandemic but wholly relevant as we try to survive and thrive in this time of sickness, anger, isolation and insistence on improved ways of life.

Desire: A Sankofa Dream is a sophisticated rendering, a transformative performance that is both accessible to a wide audience and interrogates and facilitates intimacy. Desire: A Sankofa Dream is a site-responsive, immersive performance-ritual built around Black Queer survival techniques such as place-claiming and world-building. It presupposes a world wherein our ancestors are unicorns who have come back to remind humans of our possibilities and agency.

Unique every time it is offered, choreographer and writer Maria Bauman reimagines Desire: A Sankofa Dream for each new site it inhabits, in the tradition of the Radical Faeirie network and of Black & Brown queer youth claiming and co-creating Christopher Street Pier in NYC. This exciting piece of embodied speculative fiction includes a kaleidoscopic yarn installation that creates fractals and portals. With Desire Bauman and MBDance conjure a new site and choreography for dancing and speaking with, through and in spite of the possibilities and obstacles of the installation—a site of world-building and choice-making.