Kianí del Valle

Kianí del Valle (b. San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a Berlin-based dancer, choreographer, director and performance curator with global professional experience. Driven by anthropological, biological and sociological concepts, Kianí's work merges the lines of contemporary dance and performance art within film, photography, architecture, pop culture, technology and sound. Her embodied practice is guided by the interdependence of the act of physical exhaustion, intuitive groove, movement meditation, ritualistic practices, migrational journeys, and paranormal experiences. This is intertwined in the craft of theatrics and amplified with a visual component that often taps into the magical, surreal, fictional and dystopian. In recent works she has deepened her research in finding the subjectivity of historical Caribbean narratives, particularly in postcolonial realities and taíno indigenous culture.

Kianí trained in Puerto Rico at Balleteatro de Nana Hudo, Ballet de San Juan, Andanza Dance Company and ''Hincapié'' Experimental dance troupe. Kianí became part of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre (NYC) Rastro Dance (NYC) & Sasha Waltz & Guest (Berlin). Kianí holds a BFA in Contemporary Choreography from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. She is the founder and choreographer of the Berlin based KDV DANCE ENSEMBLE. She has collaborated extensively with musicians such as Ziúr, Kelman Duran, Floating Points, LYZZA, LSDXOXO, Objekt, Lotic, Bendik Giske, and more. Institutional presentations include Barbican London, Funkhaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Berlin, CCCB Barcelona, Getty Museum LA, National Sawdust Brooklyn and Tribeca Performing Arts Centre NYC.

Photo by Kitty Schumacher.