Mariana Valencia
Artist in Residence (2016-2018)

Mariana Valencia (she/her) was born in Chicago amidst multicultural collaboration, went to college with a vast constellation of queers in Massachusetts, and in 2006 moved to New York to live as a choreographer. Valencia’s work is concerned with self-representation, collectivity and abstraction. She values Telenovelas and Spanish-speaking media and the Judson Dance Theater. Valencia has held numerous residencies and received awards for her choreography, the most notable being the 2018 Bessie Award for Outstanding “Breakout” Choreographer, a 2018 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant to Artists Award, a 2015 Jerome Travel and Study grant, and a 2023 Creative Capital Award, she was also an artist in the Whitney Biennial 2019. Valencia’s work reaches beyond the stage: in 2019, she published two books of performance texts, Mariana Valencia’s Bouquet (3 Hole Press) and Album (Wendy’s Subway) Valencia is a founding member of the No Total reading group and she has been the co-editor of Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence. She’s toured in the UK, Norway and the Balkans and has worked with artists AK Burns, Elizabeth Orr, Em Rooney, Fia Backstrom, Geo Wyeth, Guadalupe Rosales, Heera Gandhu, Jazzy Romero, Juliana May, Jules Gimbrone, Kim Brandt, Lauren Bakst, Lydia Okrent, Morgan Bassichis, O’Helen, and robbinschilds. Her commissions include, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, The Shed, Performance Space New York and Abrons Arts Center.

IG: @mmmarianavvvalencia