Rachael Mauney (they/them) is a queer performer, maker, writer, and activist based between Berlin and Lisbon. Born in North Carolina, they spent the first 22 years of their life in the southern united states, and their work is heavily influenced by the intersection of their cultural upbringing with their queer identity.
Rachael develops interdisciplinary performance through their practice The Archaeological Body, an interbiographical approach to queerness, political protest, and the abolition of god, patriarchy, and colonial oppression.
Their work has been shown in North Carolina, Washington DC, Seattle, Stockholm, Athens, NYC, Lisbon, Münich, and Berlin, and supported through Dachverband Tanz Deutschland, National Performance Netz DE/ Joint Adventures, the Goethe Institut, Fonds Darstellende der Künste, Polo Cultural das Gaivotas, Cie. Olga Roriz, Initiativ Luna Park, #share AckerStadtPalast, and Cordillera Berlin's Artist in Residence program.
As a guest performer, they have performed at such venues as Jacob ́s Pillow, American Dance Festival, Ailey Citigroup Theater, Ruth Page Center for the Arts, Dance Place DC, the Kennedy Center, Dock 11 Berlin, Uferstudios Berlin, Underground Theater Athens, among others.
In addition to their performance practice, Rachael organizes the political project Amplify: Queer Solidarity in Performance. This project fairly compensates local queer performers, while raising financial aid for queer asylum seekers in Afghanistan and Iran.