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"Covers, Singles, and Shout Outs" Created and Performed by Mariana Valencia (BAX AIR 2016-2018)

"Covers, Singles, and Shout Outs" Created and Performed by Mariana Valencia (BAX AIR 2016-2018)


Mariana Valencia


Brooklyn Arts Exchange


Friday, April 6, 2018 - 8:00pm daily through April 7, 2018



Mariana Valencia

BAX | Brooklyn Arts Exchange
is proud to announce

Covers, Singles, and Shout Outs
Created and Performed by Mariana Valencia (BAX AIR 2016-2018)

Friday-Saturday, April 6-7, 2018, 8:00pm
At BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange
General Seating, Sliding Scale: $20 / $15 / $10
Purchase tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/988610

Mariana Valencia's performance Covers, Singles, Shout Outs is an in-progress research that examines authorship by questioning what gets carried into her work through the modes of proximity, relation and alliance. Through this process Covers, Singles, Shout Outs seeks to manipulate perceptions of life and its collaborators. The work is sourced from various popular and cultural alliances and this particular ensemble of sources builds a choral surround of references. The work proposes a lens for observation that positions our personal and cultural attachment to objects and subjects, and why (or, if?) we choose to live among them. In Covers, Singles, Shout Outs, Valencia invites the audience to traverse a dense field of collective reference.

About the Artist 

Mariana Valencia is a dance artist based in Brooklyn, New York. Valencia has held residencies at Chez Bushwick (2013), New York Live Arts Studio Series (2013-14), ISSUE Project Room (2015) and Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2016-18). In Los Angeles, she's held residencies at Show Box LA and Pieter Pasd (2014). Her work has been presented at Danspace Project, Roulette, the Center for Performance Research, The New Museum, The Women and Performance Journal, Lec/Dem, Ugly Duckling Presse, AUNTS and The L.A.B at The Kitchen. As a performer, Valencia has worked with musician Jules Gimbrone; video artists Elizabeth Orr, Kate Brandt, and AK Burns and in performances by Em Rooney, robbinschilds, Kim Brandt and MPA. Valencia is a founding member of the No Total reading group a partner of Artists Space Books and Talks and she has been the co-editor of Movement Research's Critical Correspondence (2016-17). Valencia s a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award to Artists grant recipient (2018), a Jerome Travel and Study Grant fellow (2014-15) with which she conducted a dance ethnography on the Sonidero dance tradition of Mexico City, a Yellow House Fund of the Tides Foundation grant recipient (2010-13) and a Movement Research GPS/Global Practice Sharing artist (2016/17). As a teaching artist, Valencia has developed performance composition workshops that look at spatial improvisation and authorship through CLASSCLASSCLASS (2010-11) and the Movement Research Summer MELT (2017) program. Valencia holds a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA (2006) with a concentration in dance and ethnography.

Artistic 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 relational foundation of my work, where humor confronts sadness, gravity weighs levity, timing works against improvisation. Factual, humorous and grave observations depict my herstorical frame, (delete: from) where I'm in search of the spiritual, in observation of the physical, and in awe of the artificial. My past 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 animate ethnographies of performance.

For more information, visit events.bax.org/covers-singles

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