Baryshnikov Arts Center Presents

Mariana Valencia

brownout (World Premiere)

BAC Artist Commission
March 1-15, 2021

brownout is a solo created, directed, and performed by Mariana Valencia that uses a series of movement and sound scores to play with narrative, abstraction, and inference. Generating a visual essay through the “stage” of the camera, shifting the frame from one lens to the next explores changes in electricity, visibility, and perception. 

Creator, Director, and Performer: Mariana Valencia
Audio Editor: Tatyana Tenenbaum

Film Location: Hudson Hall in Hudson, NY and Coxsackie, NY

BAC Artist Commissions made possible with generous leadership support from Anonymous, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Howard Gilman Foundation, Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller Fund, Thompson Family Foundation, and Robert and Kathleen Wallace. 

Mariana Valencia
Artist Bio

Mariana Valencia

Mariana Valencia is a New York based choreographer and performer. Her recent commissions have been by The Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, The Whitney Museum, The Shed, and Performance Space New York.

Valencia has toured nationally and internationally in England, Norway, Macedonia, and Serbia. She 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). Valencia’s residencies include Chez Bushwick, New York Live Arts, ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research, and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (OR). Valencia has worked with Lydia Okrent, Jules Gimbrone, Elizabeth Orr, Kate Brandt, AK Burns, Guadalupe Rosales, Em Rooney, robbinschilds, Kim Brandt, Morgan Bassichis, Jazmin Romero, Fia Backstrom, and MPA. In 2019, she published two books of performance texts entitled Album (Wendy's Subway) and Mariana Valencia's Bouquet (3 Hole Press). Valencia holds a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA (2006) with a concentration in dance and ethnography.

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Photos: Mariana Valencia, Charlotte Curtis