[DANCEROULETTE] Mariana Valencia, Emily Wexler

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 @ 8:00 pm

Curated by Jennifer Lafferty

DanceRoulette gathers the intriguing artists in experimental and emerging new practices in dance and choreography for a week-long performance series. With Renée Archibald, Maggie Bennett, Dylan Crossman, Stacy Grossfield, Niall Jones, Benjamin Kimitch, Heather Lang, Marilyn Maywald, Tara O’Con, Heather Olson, Jessica Ray, Andrew Schneider, Mariana Valencia, and Emily Wexler.

Mariana Valencia
sky circle
A work that uncovers what solo bodies can do. We were told we can’t see the top of the sky.

Emily Wexler
Forest Floor
An investigation with three other women which is composed through a complicated structure that constantly dismantles itself. The work considers the consumption of women’s bodies by the public, while the women use their physical efforts, as a way to aggressively resist its theft.

Mariana Valencia’s work places imagined worlds in concrete locations where urban life and spiritual icons live inside suburban dreams. She studied dance at Hampshire College, and has been making work in New York since 2006. Valencia’s research includes travel, fashion, and visual pleasures. In New York, she has costumed for Jen Rosenblit, Vanessa Anspaugh, Lauren Bakst, Geo Wyeth, Marya Wethers, Daria Fain. sky circle is made possible by Mariana’s participation in the Chez Bushwick AIR program (2013) and The Studio Series residency at New York Live Arts (2013/14). Please stay tuned for news regarding her showing on March 21 and 22.
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Emily Wexler has worked as an artist based in Brooklyn since 2004. She has performed alongside many incredible artists, including Rebecca Brooks, Kim Brandt, Karinne Keithley Syers, Yvonne Meier, Ryan McNamara, Jen McGinn, Ishmael Houston-Jones, and Ann Liv Young. Her work has been seen in venues and settings throughout the U.S. and abroad. Most recently, Wexler was honored with a Bessie nomination for her performance in Yvonne Meier’s Mad Heidi. She is also working with Niall Jones on a performance movement called Raw Sugar which is interested with disturbing the already disturbed. Wexler holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University and teaches Dance History/Theory/Criticism and Performance Labs at The University of the Arts.
Complete DanceRoulette Schedule

Monday, February 10
Renée Archibald, Heather Lang, Andrew Schneider

Tuesday, February 11
Dylan Crossman, Stacy Grossfield, Tara O’Con

Wednesday, February 12
Mariana Valencia, Emily Wexler

Thursday, February 13
Maggie Bennett, Benjamin Kimitch, Marilyn Maywald

Friday, February 14
Niall Jones, Heather Olson, Jessica Ray