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MIKO, a space between

a graduate dance performance

directed by Aurora Lagattuta

Show dates: January 23, 24 & 25 @ 4:30pm

at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography
in both outside and sheltered locations

(see map at bottom of page)

About the Performance

MIKO, a space between is a site-specific dance performance that will occur at Scripps Institution of Oceanography January 23, 24 and 25th, 2019. Miko: a space between features 12 women: 9 dancers and 3 musicians, who fearlessly move to understand, to mend and to uplift the interwoven relationships within themselves, each other and the space. Miko: a space between is a dance made in response to the current climatic crisis and increased acts of hatred, xenophobia, racism and sexism and humbly asks how can dance help? Miko: a space between weighs how small gestures of kindness can have endurance over our whole lives. Miko: a space between is a danced ecology that’s investigates if dancing with places and others can create a felt experience of reciprocity between oneself, others and environments. Miko: a space between is a dance performance that nurtures intimate and expansive spaces for both audience and dancers to emerge with insights into the roles one plays within the planetary continuum. Miko: a space between has urgent concerns for our shared habitats. Miko: a space between places hope in generosity and responsibility. Miko: a space between is shoreline, lawns and tall corridors. Miko: a space between is women. Is webs. Is waves. Is clouds. Is hands, connectors, made, unmade, becoming, and meeting you.

Miko: a space between was awarded and is grateful for the support of a Creating Conversations Interdisciplinary Grant from Arts and Humanities at University of California at San Diego. This grant includes oceanographers Noél Gutiérrez-Brizuela and Lauren Kim, musician Kathryn Schulmeister and choreographer, Aurora Lagattuta. As part of this project, this performance aims to create repeatable scores and performance materials for groups to engage with along shorelines in order to sharpen one’s awareness and sensations with the sounds, sights, mechanics, and issues of the local environment in which they live. The team’s greatest hope is to create experiential and humanistic approaches to oceanic data that reveal a changed perception of shorelines as an embodied and ecological necessity.

Audience Note:
Please note that this performance is site-specific and happens at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in both indoor and outside locations. The performance will occur before, during and after sunset. Please be prepared for the colder weather with layers. The audience will follow dancers throughout the performance and be asked to walk, stand and occasionally sit to watch. Please be warned that this is a moving performance. Thank you.
About the Director

Aurora Lagattuta has choreographed and performed across The U.S., Europe and Asia. Her work has been described as being, “bizarre and beautiful” as well as “transformational” and “otherworldly” by the Huffington Post. Lagattuta has been presented at Theatre Row and Movement Research in New York City, Electric Lodge and Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles, Cindy Pritzker in Chicago, k77 in Berlin, The New Space in Brussels, La Caldera in Barcelona, Café de las Artes in Santander, Spain, Shiro Oni in Japan, Aratoi Gallery in New Zealand and by Malashock’s Engagement Ring, Vanguard Culture and the Mingei Museum in San Diego. She has been awarded residencies at Bali Purnati in Bali, Indonesia; Palacio de Festivales and Forn de La Calc in Spain, Ponderosa in Germany, Shiro Oni in Japan and most recently at Pacific Studios in New Zealand. She danced for various companies in NYC, Portland, Germany and Spain and holds a BA in Theatre Directing from Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NYC. Her solo, Inside the Whale, toured throughout Europe, Chicago, Los Angeles and at the United Solo Festival on Broadway in NYC, where she was awarded, The Best Multi-Media Solo Award and the United Solo Award. The United Solo Award hosted Lagattuta’s solo performance at the United Solo Europe Festival in Warsaw, Poland. She is an Academy Member for United Solo, NYC, a member of the New Space Collective in Belgium and a member of San Diego Dance Connect. She currently is a MFA Contemporary Dance Making and Performance candidate at UC San Diego, where she has received the prestigious San Diego Fellowship.

Director's Statement

This particular work stems my graduate research in place, time and dance as an embodied knowing of oneself with the world. It also originates from my own life story. From a young age, I struggled with feeling comfortable in my body. Perhaps due to the dance room mirrors, abuse, or sexual assault, I struggled with anorexia. I emerged from this deep inner self struggle and hatred through the kindness of others and through the unconditional love of nature, in particular with water. These generous moments of connection are what inspire my dancing now as a means to face inner and outer hatred. This work is an offering to the people and places that remind us of who we truly are and the power, importance and love found in these connections.

Choreographically, I am inspired by my research with the oceanographers. I am looking at various energy patterns from waves, clouds and light frequencies. The patterns of deep ocean waves, surface waves, cloud formations, light wave frequencies and pendulums all reveal information about the exchanges between diverse elements. I am also researching the patterns of body fluids particularly in the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Throughout these patterns, the differing components work to instill a greater systemic harmony. I am curious about the underlying nature of fluid and energy to find itself through “other-ness.” This complimentary opposition has been a framework for creating choreographic material with the dancers. This data also connects to an over-arching interest in things which connect, link and weave us: spider webs, stories, breath, light, water, sound, women, dreaming, hugs, the senses, and…

I see dance as a means for social and environmental improvement through the act of felt interconnection. My work turns to dance to create open, inclusive, diverse and compassionate dancing places. For me, dance is an embodied knowing of oneself, others and the environment. To dance is be in a sometimes silent, moving, irrational exploration with place and other. Thus, I am interested in untamed and natural human movements with place, particularly places we live within. These dancing places are both within and without us, evolving with every breathe and re-meeting us in each moment as they unearth the unknowable threads between us. The practice of dancing responds with a gentle attention, a kindness and a responsible freedom in this intimately vast world that we dance together.

The Cast

Alice Astarita
Abby Button
Avery Yiwen Chen
Ella Jong
Aurora Lagattuta
Dulce Rodríguez-Ponciano
Alisha Solan
Jade Solan
Dianna Valdes- Contreras

Mari Kawamura (vocalist)
Kathryn Schulmeister (double bassist)
Jasper Sussman (composer and vocalist)
The Creative Team

Director – Aurora Lagattuta
Scenic Designer – Yi-Chien Lee
Costume Designer – Dorottya Vincze
Lighting Designer – Minjoo Kim
Sound Designer – Zhongran Wang
Production Stage Manager – Willie Mae Michiels

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Scripps Institution of Oceanography
in both outside and sheltered locations

(see map at bottom of page)

There is a free shuttle to SIO (the S Shuttle), which can be taken from the main UCSD campus to stop P003. Click here for a schedule and pick-up locations: https://transportation.ucsd.edu/shuttles/sio.html#Lot-P003

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.



Jan. 23

Jan. 24

Jan. 25
4:30 pm     OPENING

4:30 pm  

4:30 pm  CLOSING

Advance tickets for this production are available only online through the "Click here for tickets" button above. You can leave a message at 858.534.4574 with questions and we will get back to you. You can also purchase online on your phone the night of at the theatre.

At-the-Door tickets, if available, can be purchased one hour before show time at the performing theatre’s box office.

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

Please note: No late seating; no refunds.

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