MARIANA VALENCIA’S BOUQUET
BY MARIANA VALENCIA
INTRODUCED BY LYDIA OKRENT
Working between choreography, autobiography and poetry, Valencia reckons with individualism in her everyday life as a dancer as she moves across the United States, Mexico, the Balkans and into the geography of her past.
May 7, 2019
Unassuming, deceptively touching…Bouquet is a multidimensional monologue, as physical and musical as it is verbal.
—Siobhan Burke, The New York Times
The visual and verbal alternate equally like in John Berger’s Ways of Seeing or Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. Valencia’s works, in all their forms, seem to be on their way to creating a modest comédie humaine—a network of stories that together paint a portrait of a time and place.
—Gillian Jakab, The Brooklyn Rail
In Bouquet, the notoriously difficult task of translating dance into language is taken on full force by a master practitioner. Mariana Valencia’s book is both a document of the unarchivable and a “shout out to the apocalyptic world we’re living in.”