Maura García

Jul 31 2019
Tribal Affiliation: non-enrolled Cherokee/Mattamuskeet
Artistic Discipline: Dancer & Choreographer
2019 Native Launchpad Artist
Kansas/North Carolina

Maura García is a dancer, a choreographer and the artistic director of Maura Garcia Dance (MGD).  Both as a soloist and with ensembles, she has performed on stages throughout North America, including at: Atlas Performing Arts Center (DC), The Dance Centre (BC, Canada), Dance Place (DC), Kansas City Repertory Theater (MO), Talking Stick Festival (BC, Canada), Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival (ON, Canada) and the Walker Arts Center (MN). In addition to dance for the stage, Maura choreographs for the outdoors and in response to specific places. Her first commission was a performance for the Charleston Library Society (SC) incorporating interviews with library patrons, local Indigenous Natchez creation stories and audience participation. In 2015, the Ackland Art Museum (NC) commissioned her to make a performance in collaboration with sound artist Mark Gabriel Little in response to their featured exhibition. The following year, the inaugural event for Kansas City’s “Art in the Loop” outdoor performance series was a MGD dance created in collaboration with park passersby and city employees. In 2019, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art presented a locally-specific remount of a MGD work that took place in 3 different outdoor sites in northwest Arkansas.