Artist Statement

My choreography encompasses ethnography, memoir, and observations of my cross-cultural identifiers. Comprised of dance, language and timing, my performances inspire algorithmic imagery wherein I intersect urbanity with suburbia, the countryside and the imaginary plane. Cadence is the base relation in my work where humor confronts sadness, gravity weighs levity, timing against improvisation. Factual, humorous and grave observations depict my herstorical frame from where I’m in search of the spiritual, in observation of the physical, and in awe of the artificial. My research has looked to Cumbia, AIDS, New York, Los Angeles, Mexico, Detroit, vampires and Yugoslavia as sounding boards. As a choreographer, performer and writer, I generate cartographic visions of performance.

ALBUM (2018) 

ALBUM (2018)
Created and Performed by Mariana Valencia
Directed by Lilleth Glimcher
Lighting Design by Kathy Kaufmann
Administrative Assistance by Tara Sheena
Original Music: “Smoke Here,” “The Lesbian Dilemma,” “You are my Sky,” “Does it Come with Rice?” by Mariana Valencia
Other Songs: “Conga” by Miami Sound Machine, “Don’t Think Twice it’s Alright” by Joan Baez, “No Regrets” Edith Piaf, “Killing Me Softly” The Fugees

Performed at American Realness January 11-15, 2018 New York, NY. 

Funding Credits: ALBUM was made possible through the Artist in Residence Program at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation and the Jerome Foundation. Additional support was made possible through the GPS/Global Practice Sharing program of Movement Research with funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding.

photo by Ian Douglas

 

Yugoslavia (2017)

Yugoslavia (2017)

Created and Performed by Mariana Valencia

Voiceover by Biljana Tanurovska and Marijana Cvetkovic

Painting by Richard Kondrat (1990)

Music by Ace of Base, "Beautiful Life (Instrumental)" (1995)

Lighting design by Kathy Kaufmann

Performed at Danspace Project Oct 12-14, 2017 New York, NY.

References: "I Love Dick," a book by Chris Kraus (2006); "Tonight Will Be Fine," a song by Leonard Cohen (1969); "Yugoslavia: How Ideology Moved Our Collective Body," a film by Marta Popivoda. (2013).

Funding Credits: Yugoslavia was made possible through the Artist in Residence Program at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation and the Jerome Foundation. Additional support was made possible through the GPS/Global Practice Sharing program of Movement Research with funding from the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Additional residency support was made possible by The Kindling Fund administered by SPACE Gallery as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts’ Regional Regranting Program.

 

photo by Ian Douglas

 

ORIGINATORS (2016)

ORIGINATORS (2016)

Created by Mariana Valencia  

Performed by Kate Brandt, Elsa Brown, Lydia Okrent + Mariana Valencia

ISSUE Project Room AIR Show at Abrons Arts Center January 29-31, 2016 ; New York, NY.

photo by Bradley Buehring

 

So Far So Much (2015)

So Far So Much (2015)

Performed + Written by Mariana Valencia

The Women and Performance Journal at Center for Performance Research

September 12, 2015; Brooklyn, New York.

photo by Charlotte Curtis

 

On the floor on the bed, study (2014) 

On The Floor On The Bed, Study (2014)

Choreography by Mariana Valencia

Performed by Lydia Okrent + Mariana Valencia  

Center For Performance Research May 20, 2014; Brooklyn, NY.

 

On the floor on the bed (Los Angeles, 2014)

On Te Floor On The Bed (2014)

Choreopgraphy by Mariana Valencia

Performed by Lydia Okrent + Mariana Valencia  

Pieter Pasd Artist in Residence show

July 7, 2014; Los Angeles, CA.

photo by Bryatt Bryant

 

Nocturnal Disciplines (2014) 

Nocturnal Disciplines (2014)

Choreography, Costume + Verse by Mariana Valencia

Performed by Lydia Okrent, Lauren Bakst + Mariana Valencia

Studio Series Residency at New York Live Arts, March 21-22, 2014; New York, NY.

photo by Guadalupe Rosales

 

Sky Circle (2014) 

Sky Circle (2014)

Choreography by Mariana Valencia

Performed by Lauren Bakst, Lydia Okrent + Mariana Valencia

Singers Shoshana Funk + Elsa Brown

Roulette, February 12, 2014; Brooklyn, New York.

 

ok do one (2013)

Ok Do One (2014)

Choreography + Verse by Mariana Valencia

Residency Showing for Chez Bushwick Artist In Residence at Center for Performance Research, September 12-13, 2013; Brooklyn, New York.

photo by Guadalupe Rosales

 

guadalupe zulema victoria susana (2013) 

Guadalupe Victoria Zulema Susana (2013)

Choreography + Costume by Mariana Valencia

Performed by Lydia Okrent, Lauren Bakst, Tess Dworman + Mariana Valencia

Music by Julia Read

Movement Research at the Judson Church, January 7 2013; New York, NY.

photo by Ian Douglas

 

one direction (2013) 

One Direction (2013)

Performed by Shoshana Funk, Elsa Brown, Lydia Okrent + Mariana Valencia

Singers Elsa Brown + Shoshana Funk

Movement Research Open Performance, January 23, 2013; Brooklyn, NY.

 

Milk is a Mother's Idea (2013) 

Milk is a Mother's Idea (2013)

Choreography by Mariana Valencia

Performed by Lydia Okrent, Lauren Bakst + Mariana Valencia

Performed at the Movement Research Spring Festival, May 22, 2013; Brooklyn, New York.

 

Legendary Children (2011) 

Legendary Children (2011)

Choreography + Costume by Mariana Valencia

Performed by Lydia Adler Okrent + Mariana Valencia

 Brazil,  June 10-11, 2011; Brooklyn, NY. 

 

Empire (2011)

Empire (2011)

Choreography + Costume by Mariana Valencia

Performed by Mariana Valencia + Lydia Adler Okrent

Movement Research at the Judson Church, April 4, 2011;New York, NY.

 

Huesitos z.p.g. (2010)

Huesitos z.p.g. (2010)

Choreography, Sound + Costume by Mariana Valencia

Performed by Lydia Adler Okrent + Mariana Valencia

PERFORMANCY forum Surreal Estate, October 8, 2010; Brooklyn, NY.

 

Tunder Creeps (2009)

Tunder Creeps (2009)

Choreography + Performance by Mariana Valencia

Dance Conversations at The Flea, November 2, 2009; New York, NY. 

 

Three Weeks Till Blackout (2009)

Three Weeks Till Blakcout (2010)

Choreography + Costume by Mariana Valencia

Performed by Caitlin Gianinny + Mariana Valencia

WAXworks, 2009; Brooklyn, NY. 

 

Glory Guts (2008)

Glory Guts (2008)

Choreography and Costumes by Mariana Valencia  

Performed by Caitlin Gianinny, Cathy Moses + Mariana Valencia

Music by Cathy Mooses  

Movement Research at the Judson Church, November 17, 2008; New York, NY.

 

Piol (2008) 

Piol (2008)

Choreography, Costume and Performance by Mariana Valencia

Breath Studio, March 7, 2008; Northampton, MA.