Jul 052018

Ania Varez

Ania Varez
My name is Ania Varez. I am a Venezuelan artist based in Bristol, UK. Migration is at the centre of my life and my creative practice. I work within the dynamics between people and the place they inhabit. Using the experience of being in our bodies, I aim to facilitate spaces for people to exercise care, choice and attention, collectively creating new ways of being together and being here. My work appears in different mediums, from one-to-one conversations to interventions of the public space, immersive performances, improvisations and books.

I trained and have worked as a professional dancer for a long time. Since last year, I have begun directing my individual practice towards community- engaging and context-specific work, so my dance background is currently feeding an interdisciplinary practice.

Bamboo (2017), a performance that unravels the fragile threads of our connection to dying forms of existence, it appeals to the potential of intimacy, curiosity and individual will to invite people back to awareness and remembrance. Created as a part of the Tree Tree Tree Person II Art Residency. Showed at the Taipei Contemporary Art Center.
Instructions for leaving and arriving (2017) an installation in the form of one-to-one conversations about the notions of home, Tainan city. As a part of the Tree Tree Tree Person II Art Residency. Showcased in Howl Space, Tainan City.
Wolves will be watching (2015-2017), it channels the feelings of uncertainty and excitement of (…) deciding which path to take at the crossroads of our lives. A strong critique to the dance industry, a revealing glimpse into struggle and a manifesto of friendship and togetherness. Performed in it as a member of The Sparse Collective, which collaborated with Igor and Moreno, London based ground-breaking choreographers, in the creation of this work. Most recently performed at The Bunker Theatre, London 07/12/17. At the race (2015), a performance exploring the effects of constant movement in our bodies. What remains in our physical being after movement has occurred? Using the act of running as a metaphor for migration, Ania Varez attempts to reach the limits of her physicality (…). Choreography by Ania Varez, music by Aleph Aguiar. Performed at the Bolivar Hall the Venezuelan Embassy, London.

Beyond my experience and curiosity as a dancer, I’m hoping my thoughts regarding the relationship between people and landscapes will nourish our collective process around the different ways people relate to virtual spaces, which is an exciting a new landscape for me to explore!