In this solo performance, Mariana Valencia pays homage to the work of artists of Mexican descent—from East LA collective Asco to Mexican pop culture icons Don Ramon, El Chavo, and Maria Felix. Like New York’s experimental dance history, these icons have informed her work, and are evoked in a swirling atmosphere of influence. Valencia assumes the role of a news anchor, presenting references as origin stories and creation myths, layering and morphing as they intersect with her own movement.
AIR is a nod to the generations of US mestiza and Latinx artists who exist in a hybridity of cultures—positioned in-between, learning how to belong and not belong to the one or the other. Valencia draws commonalities and kinships to this diaspora as they synthesize within her body of work and research as a Latina artist. She shows us we are all listening through osmosis. This is all in her air, so to speak.
Health & Safety
Proof of vaccination is required to attend this event. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.
Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.
AIR was originally commissioned by Performance Space New York and made possible through a 2019 Movement Research Residency, funded by the Scherman Foundation’s Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund.
Festival Executive Producers: Christopher & Lee Van de Velde
Festival Co-Producer: Bob Dever
Proscenium Theatre at The Drake
302 South Hicks Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Created and Performed by Mariana Valencia
Lighting Design by Kathy Kaufmann
Voiceover Sound Engineering by Jules Gimbrone
Original Song “Air” by Jazmin Romero (2020)
About the Artist
Mariana Valencia, a New York-based performer and choreographer, experiments in choreography through live performance, dance, writing, and ethnography since 2006. Valencia has toured internationally in England, Norway, Korea, Macedonia, and Serbia. Nationally, she’s held residencies at New York Live Arts, ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (OR). Valencia is an LMCC Extended Life grantee (2020), 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), and a Movement Research GPS/Global Practice Sharing artist (2016/17). Her work has been commissioned by Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, The Whitney Museum, The Shed, The Public Theater, ISSUE Project Room, and Performance Space New York. In 2019, Valencia published two books of performance texts, Album (Wendy’s Subway) and Mariana Valencia’s Bouquet (3 Hole Press).
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