Performance Space New York, 150 1st Avenue 4th floor
Thursday, January 9, 2020 – 7:00pm daily through January 11, 2020
In “AIR,” Mariana Valencia creates a montage of dance and poetry. She pays homage to the work of artists of Mexican descent, such as the Los Angeles based collective ASCO, and Mexican television and film characters like Don Ramón, El Chavo, Cantinflas or Maria Félix. She acknowledges that exposure to these figures has informed her work as much as New York’s experimental downtown dance history. It is a nod to generations of mestiza and Latinx artists who grew up in the United States existing in a hybridity of cultures, positioned in-between, learning how to belong and not belong to one or the other.
In “AIR,” Valencia draws commonalities and kinships to this diaspora as they synthesize within her body of work and research as a Latina artist. Valencia shows us we are all listening through osmosis. This is all in her air, so to speak.
ASL will be available for this performance on January 11.