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Premier at The Chocolate Factory Theater | April 18-20 + 25-27, 8pm | tickets
Created and performed by Mariana Valencia, Bouquet examines authorship within the premise of transmission, relation, alliance and ensemble. Her body is the main archive as she quotes dances by Alvin Ailey, Trisha Brown, Frank Conversano and nia love, as well as Eurhythmics and Garifuna dance forms. Valencia also quotes sections of her old dances that were made with her longtime collaborator Lydia Okrent, who has also artistically directed Bouquet with an attunement to ensemble and reference. Valencia’s choreographic retrospective is partnered with her own body as she moves various objects about the space. A smattering of fake fruits, a net, a large piece of glass and a plinth (to name a few) accompany Valencia as she moves her way through a sound score of origin stories. The sound score is a series of letters that circumnavigate her creative path in New York, her adolescence and stories from her early 20s. These reveal a vast range of serious, tender and humorous growing pains that lend her abstract movements a foundation that anchors them to the plurality of creation. Valencia fleshes out these movements, histories and influences, as if a timeline of encounters were the sole reasons for producing any work of art. In Bouquet, Valencia invites the audience to traverse a dense field of collective reference.
Created and performed by Mariana Valencia; Artistic Advisor Lydia Okrent; Sound Designer, Jules Gimbrone; Lighting Design: Kathy Kaufmann.
Double Book Launch Party!
Mariana Valencia’s Bouquet is a borderless form of memoir. Living between choreography, autobiography and poetry, Valencia reckons with individualism in her everyday life as a dancer as she moves across the United States, Mexico, the Balkans and into the geography of her past. Introduction by Lydia Okrent and published by 3 Hole Press.
Mariana Valencia’s solo performance ALBUM assembles song, text, and dance into a multifaceted album that draws from choreographic methodology, personal narrative, herstorical and intergenerational kinship, and popular culture. ALBUM expands on Valencia’s performance to include her spoken script in its entirety alongside choreographic descriptions and new annotations, original song lyrics, diagrams, drawings, and visual representation. Navigating childhood memory, mourning, framily, and vampires through factual, humorous, and grave observations, Valencia archives and performs a self herstory as an album in image and song. Published by Wendy’s Subway.
Premier at the Whitney Biennial curated by Greta Hartenstein| specific show times for Futurity, TBD … more info ot the WB here
:: In ProgRess ::
photos of Lydia Okrent and Mariana Valencia (2018) by Ian Douglas
"Bouquets within Reach" Brooklyn Rail Reviewby Mike Stinavage of Covers, Singles, Shout Outs --- a work in progress that was performed at Brooklyn Arts Exchange
::ALBUM summer 2018::