2020 Solo Artist: Mariana Valencia

Mariana Valencia, is a dance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work has been presented by Danspace Project, American Realness, AUNTS, The Chocolate Factory, Perfromance Space, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and internationally in England, Norway, Macedonia and Serbia. 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), Gibney Dance Center (2019), Movement Research (2019), 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, Morgan Bassichis, Fia Backstrom and MPA. She has published two books of performance texts in 2019 entitled "Album" (Wendy's Subway) and "Mariana Valencia's Bouquet" (3 Hole Press). Valencia holds a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA (2006) with a concentration in dance and ethnography.

Solo B

Mariana Valencia creates choreography from the poses of pre-Columbian jade figures. The jade figures are posed in ways that are reminiscent of the women in the @veteranas_and_rucas Instagram archive by Guadalupe Rosales and in the photographs made by the LA collective, ASCO. “Solo B,” a Spanglish term to created by Valencia that menas “just be” successfully describes these postures that have been embodied by centuries of brown people from the jade figures until present.