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Really Fall:
Are You Here?

Co-Directed by Eric Geiger and
                       Alison Dietterle Smith

@ Wagner Dance Studio 3

December 5 - 7



Video: Watch an interview with the choreographers (1:38).


The Performance

What if we donít pretend to fall or even perform a choreographed fall? What if we really fall?

Alison Dietterle Smith, Eric Geiger and undergraduate performers collaboratively generate an experimental dance work that, in our wildest dreams, is earnest and frank, free of pretense, falsehood, or affectation. Our creative process attempts to value the navigation of a code of ethics between our selves/cultures/environments. Hopefully, this is the real thing. Genuine. Not artificial, not spurious, not a generic brand or some cheap imitation full of artificial flavors, and not to be taken lightly.

No, for reals?
Get real.
Keepiní it real.


The Directors

Eric Geiger
I make dances and collaborate with other artists. Making connections within my whole self, and with others, helps me to navigate through, interact with, and attempt to make sense of the world around me. My values around performance and dance have been deeply influenced by my experiences in performing works by and collaborating with artists such as Bill T. Jones, William Forsythe, Stephen Petronio, Susan Marshall, Maguy Marin, Angelin Preljocaj, Nancy McCaleb, Sarah Shelton Mann, Deborah Hay, Jess Humphrey and LIVE. Currently, Iím really into allowing the ďthingĒ to arise by simply doing. Iíve been investigating the tension that exists within dance, as an embodied form that we donít entirely understand. We only have language to put to it, to talk about it, to understand it, but yet as a mode of perception it exists viscerally, through and beyond language. I try to create emotional and sensory rich work that moves away from aboutness and is "of" love, connection, community, the various crises we encounter, and the search for meaning in our lives. I love that live performance is a unique situation between the performers and the audience paying attention to what is happening in the moment. I am fascinated by this strange and rare agreement. I like to use this unique set-up to create work that acknowledges the turbulence, complexity, and power that we have as individuals and as a group and to take time to consider our places in the world and what our time together means. Iím the Co-Artistic Director of PADL West, a laboratory for performance, art, and dance, alongside Karen Schaffman. I also do my best to guide courses around what dance is, and can be, at UCSD as full-time faculty. Iíve recently started my second year training as a Feldenkrais practitioner. This work is helping me to better understand what the least amount of effort means as well as the idea of reversibility and re-direction in movement and other multiple contexts.

Alison Dietterle Smith
I am a dancer, choreographer, mother, wife, surfer, and movement educator. I have been teaching in the Theatre and Dance Department at the University of California, San Diego since 2004. I hold a BA in Biological Anthropology from UC San Diego and an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. I am also a certified yoga instructor and a Guild Certified Awareness Through Movement Teacher in the Feldenkrais Method under the mentorship of Elizabeth Beringer. My dancing path has been illuminated by my experiences with Nancy Mittleman-Merkens, The San Francisco and Pacific Northwest Ballet Schools, The Eugene Ballet Company, Ballet Pacifica, Stephanie Gilliand, eight years working with Jean Isaacs, Christopher Pilafian, Joe Goode, Anna Halprin, Kim Epifano, Lisa Naugle, Risa Steinberg, Yolande Snaith, Allyson Green, Joe Alter, John Malashock, Shiva Rea, and the amazing faculty, guest artists, and students that pass through the dance building at UCSD. I am interested in the many ways bodies move and how we all uniquely carry the dance within us. I am curious how we connect and make meaning of the world around us through movement, and how by moving and dancing together we tap into our most ancient practices and rituals as humans. I enjoy the process of bringing this tone to my weekly technique classes and rehearsals at UCSD; acknowledging that when we meet together, we enter into the dance, a channeling of all of our dancing ancestors. My desire is to create a practice of embodied awareness in a contemporary context that transcends the need for written description, explanation, and analysis; an attempt to create a place where we feel more of our moving selves, a vibrating, luminous space, where the world unfolds in breaths and connections to the universe around us. A place where we let go of the tension of time and step into the dancing ground.

The Creative Team

Co-Director - Eric Geiger Co-Director - Alison Dietterle Smith
Choreographer - Eric Geiger Choreographer - Alison Dietterle Smith
Prod. Stage Manager - Cara Anderson Asst. Stage Manager - Madeline Hamaguchi
Lighting Designer - Dolly Zhao Lighting Designer Mentor - Bo Tindell

The Dancers

Andromeda Bradley
Vanessa Diaz
Aileen Fletcher
Angeline Jeng
Mariah Pershadsingh
Carolyn Popoli
Juan Rodriguez
Lee Ji Young

Silke Buse
Nico Henschel
Marguerite Hodge
Knevyr Kathawa
Mariah Pershadisingh
Colleen Piontek
Kristianne Salcines
Crystal Tong



Thur, Dec 5, 7:30 pm OPENING
Fri, Dec 6, 7:30 pm  
Sat, Dec 7, 7:30 pm CLOSING

Directions From Interstate 5 South:
Exit Genesee west to Torrey Pines (left) go left at North Campus Drive, follow road to Voigt Drive go left, Parking Lot P502 is on the left.

Directions From Interstate 5 North:
Exit La Jolla Village Drive (west) go right at Gilman Drive to Voigt (right) to Parking Lot P502.

Located at: Wagner Dance Studio 3

Parking Passes Required: Monday through Friday. Weeknight passes are $2 per vehicle from the vending machines located in the UC San Diego Theatre District/La Jolla Playhouse parking lots and entry display case. Please remember your parking space number. You will need it to purchase your parking pass.

Note: Machines take all major credit cards except Discover and when paying with cash you must use exact change, NO CHANGE GIVEN.

Parking Passes Not Required: Saturdays and Sundays

Cars without permits are subject to ticketing by UCSD Campus Police. The Theatre & Dance Department does not have the authority to waive and cannot pay parking tickets.



Advance tickets for this production are available Monday-Friday, noon to 6 pm by calling the Box Office at 858.534.4574 or in person at the Theatre District’s Central Box Office at the Sheila & Hughes Potiker Theatre. 

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatreís box office at Wagner Dance Studio 3.

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association,
and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

Of Interest:

TheatreForum - An international theatre journal since 1992
La Jolla Playhouse - UCSD is home to this Tony Award winning theatre
UC San Diego Home Page - UC San Diego's Main Web Site
9500 Gilman Drive MC0344
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