Uniting text, song, and dance inside of the content of an album – a picture album, a song album, an autobiographical album, a herstorical album. ALBUM researches herstory from a tableaux of personal narratives that encompass ethnography, memoir, and observations of cross-cultural identifiers. The otherness of herstory is pronounced as central while Valencia upholds and juxtaposes urban experience with suburbia, the countryside, and the imaginary plane.
“[Valencia] approaches making performance as assembling notes for a future biographer. Dance is often romanticized for its ephemerality, but Ms. Valencia, shaping her own narrative, intends to leave a record… With her terse, inviting sense of humor, switching matter of factly between tasks… By the end, a stranger has become a friend.”
— Siobhan Burke for The New York Times, March 30, 2017.
Part of our series of London premieres, championing radical performance work by CDS Members and international guests, in our venue and beyond.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Mariana Valencia is a dance artist based in Brooklyn, her work has been presented by Danspace Project, American Realness, AUNTS, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and in Serbia and Macedonia. 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).