Cat Mahari creates work with personal and collective transformational possibilities. She is a free style hip hop and house dancer, also trained in modern, ballet, West African, Cuban Son, and Chen taiji, whose work is grounded in the upliftment of the African Diaspora and peoples all over the world. She is the founder and director of 31st&Brklyn, a platform for performance art and community engagement. In 2017 Ms. Mahari received a Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Performance Artist Fellow, won Jit Vs House, House 1 v1 in Detroit, MI; and premiered Imprints & Traces, an AfroFuturist dance film based in krump. She is a 2x SEARCH grant awardee, 2008 Fulbright/Gilman Scholar, for a performance-as-research series on the inter-connectivity between Merce Cunningham and breaking, presented at University of Missouri at Kansas City's Conservatory of Music and Dance, aspart of the SEARCH Symposium (2007, 2009). The series explored street dance, chance procedure, film and movement technologies. She received a KCArts Inspiration Award for the interdisciplinary work The Projects (2010) which drew on the heterogeneity of city life at a business mall. the solo mixtape series Violent/Break premiered in London at the Brink Festival (2011). Vol I has been shown in London, Carei, and Toronto. Vol II received 2016 Lighton International Artist Exchange funding for travel and study Chen tai chi chuan in China. She is a recipient of St. Louis Regional Arts Commission Artist Support Grant(2013) and Andy Warhol Rocket Grant (2016) for The Floor, a site-specific performance and trans media study into traditions of partnered dance, Great Black Migration of WWII, and folk lore. The BAM! series began with Expectation of Violence/Rites due Spring: B-BAM! (2015) an immersive multi-media performance work, focusing on Blackness, America, and violence in Kansas City. Ms. Mahari is a member of Chi-Buck, a Krump collective, and Gateway City Breakers, a hip hop culture crew. She has a BFA in dance from UMKC, and a MA in Performance, Practice and Research from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Ms. Mahari is currently pursuing certifications in Business and Project Management, and is an artist in residence at High Concept Labs in Chicago.
“If you play and make a statement...and it's a valid statement, that's a truth right there in itself.”
— John Coltrane
Cat Mahari is a movement artist, street dancer, director, and entrepreneur.
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