MARIANA VALENCIA’S BOUQUET
by MARIANA VALENCIA
INTRODUCed BY LYDIA OKRENT
Mariana Valencia’s BOUQUET is a new form of memoir. Working 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.
The visual and verbal alternate equally like in John Berger’s Ways of Seeing or Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric… While Valencia’s preparations for her future status as the great artist of her time—flecked by anecdotes of youthful mishaps—is comedic, there’s also something… not totally unimaginable. Valencia’s works, in all their forms, seem to be on their way to creating a modest comédie humaine—a network of stories that together paint a portrait of a time and place.
—Gillian Jakab, The Brooklyn Rail
In BOUQUET, the notoriously difficult task of translating dance into language is taken on full force by a master practitioner. Mariana Valencia’s book is both a document of the unarchivable and a “shout out to the apocalyptic world we’re living in.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mariana Valencia is a dance artist based in Brooklyn, New York, where she has held residencies at Chez Bushwick (2013), New York Live Arts (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 (2014); at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Oregon (2018) and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2019). Her work has been presented by Danspace Project, Roule e, the Center for Performance Research, e New Museum, e Women and Performance Journal, Ugly Duckling Presse and AUNTS, as well as internationally in Serbia and Macedonia. 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. Valencia is 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). Valencia holds a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA (2006). Hampshire is where she met Lydia Okrent and so many important peers who stay in a creative constellation with each other since they first crossed paths. www.marianavalencia.work/