Choreographic Fellow | March 18-31, 2024
Visiting Artist Mariana Valencia is coming to MANCC for the first time, as part of a multiyear residency structure, to further develop her latest project Arrival. As an improvisation project that surrenders to the unwitnessable through openness and freedom, Arrival is a practice of presence rather than production and projection. Choreographer Valencia and interdisciplinary artist and musician Jazzy Romero’s improvisation adapts to what’s physically possible in a pandemic time – losing the bodies we once had has led to this inquiry. Arrival is a performed experience, finding hope in the potentiality of refracture, and is a we/us exchange between Valencia and Romero as they create, revise and surrender to their forms in real time. Through improvisatory scores of choreography, music and text, Arrival ruminates on the return to shared space and unresolved grief; it is an embodied interplay between performative polish, rawness, rigor and distress. The practice is arrival, a constant showing up, and a promise to embodied practice.
Collaborators in Residence: Jazzy Romero [Musician]