Valencia James is a Barbadian freelance performer, maker and researcher interested in the intersection between dance, theatre, technology and activism. She believes in the responsibility of artists to reflect socio-political issues and in the power of the arts to inspire change.
She holds a BA in Modern Dance from the Hungarian Dance Academy and has worked with choreographers such as Ian Douglas, Yvette Bozsik, Kata Juhasz, Zoltan Grecso, Rita Gobi, Réka Szabo and Nina Kov. In 2012 Valencia was invited by Wim Vandekeybus to participate in his research program at the world-renown Ultima Vez Dance Company in Brussels. Valencia won the 2014 Viktor Fulop and danceWEB Scholarships, with which she was able to study at the ImpulsTanz Festival in Vienna that year. Valencia has performed widely in Hungary, Romania, France, Israel, Sweden, Argentina, and Canada.
Since 2013 Valencia has been researching how artificial intelligence can be applied to dance and performing arts, and co-founded the AI_am project. In 2015 she has presented the project at TEDxDanubia, TEDxGöteborg, as well as the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires and the International Symposium of Electronic Art in Vancouver. In 2016 she presented the project at the Gothenburg Science Festival and at Brain Bar Budapest. AI_am premiered their first evening -length work in Budapest and Gothenburg in October 2017.