Mariana Valencia, is a dance artist based in Brooklyn, her work has been presented by Danspace Project, American Realness, AUNTS, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and in Serbia and Macedonia. Valencia is a Whitney Biennial artist (2019), a Bessie Award recipient for Outstanding Breakout Choreographer (2018), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award to Artists grant recipient (2018), a Jerome Travel and Study Grant fellow (2014-15), a Yellow House Fund of the Tides Foundation grant recipient (2010-13) and a Movement Research GPS/Global Practice Sharing artist (2016/17). She is a founding member of the No Total reading group and she has been the co-editor of Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence (2016-17). In New York she’s has held residencies at Chez Bushwick (2013), New York Live Arts Studio Series (2013-14), ISSUE Project Room (2015), Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2016-18) and Gibney Dance Center (2019). Nationally, she’s held residencies at Show Box LA and Pieter Pasd in Los Angeles, CA (2014); and at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, OR (2018). As a performer, Valencia has worked with Lydia Okrent, Jules Gimbrone, Elizabeth Orr, Kate Brandt, AK Burns, Em Rooney, robbinschilds, Kim Brandt, Fia Backstrom and MPA. As a teaching artist, Valencia has developed performance composition workshops that look at spatial improvisation and authorship through CLASSCLASSCLASS and the Movement Research Summer MELT program. Valencia holds a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA (2006) with a concentration in dance and ethnography.
photos by Ian Douglas