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winterWORKS 2019

an undergraduate dance performance

directed by Eric Geiger

Show dates:  March 14, 15 & 16 @ 7:30pm

Mandell Weiss Forum

About the Performance

Undergraduate dancers perform works by Eric Geiger, Dance faculty and Director, as well as Paulina Colmenares and Marcos Duran, both second year MFA candidates in Contemporary Dancemaking and Performance.

About the Director/Director's Statement

I dance and make dances in an attempt to make sense of the world around me. I am a full-time faculty member at UCSD, in the Department of Theatre and Dance, where the courses I guide question what dance is and can be. Early on, I received a full merit scholarship to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, intensively studying the techniques of Martha Graham, Lester Horton, and Ballet. I was a company member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (as well as teacher and choreographic assistant to Bill), The Lyon Opera Ballet (performing works by artists such as William Forsythe, Stephen Petronio, Susan Marshall, Maguy Marin, and Angelin Preljocaj), and McCaleb Dance, directed by Nancy McCaleb (eventually becoming the Associate Artistic Director). I want to dance forever, so I became interested in continuing my dance training and practices by seeking ways of moving with greater efficiency and sustainability. Contact Improvisation, Trisha Brown-like qualities, Deborah Hay’s questions and choreography, and somatic approaches to dancing has transformed and expanded my movement capacities. As a Feldenkrais Method practitioner, I have come to understand how to move using only as much effort as needed, moment to moment. As a dancemaker, I am a collaborator. I’ve made dances with Anya Cloud, Karen Schaffman, Liam Clancy, Rebecca Salzer, Tara Knight, Leslie Seiters and my most frequent collaborator and partner Jess Humphrey.

Most recently I'm noticing how my research and creative work identifies as political. Not by way in which the work itself represents, acts, or dances out some political situation, social injustice or inequity, but by attempting to create a context in which the value system of the process, as well as the systemic structure of the work itself, is the actual, desired change. The work is radically alive and of the moment. Curiosity drives the process and it is tangential. It celebrates the multiplicity of the group and is not a creation of one author. It demands responsible citizenship by making a space for Otherness (that which is alien or divergent from a certain kind of normativity). I identify as queer, as is the process.

I like to imagine my dancemaking practices as a space of negotiations. In these negotiations, we attempt to be honest about the divergent ways that we experience and imagine time, space, energy, motivation, embodiment, intention, relationship, and propriety. We will share, we will be together, we will make mistakes and offenses, we will apologize earnestly, we will check ourselves, we will keep going. As elusive as the concept is, I imagine dance as a place in which we can practice embodiment together from a place of love, and let that generate a beauty that we may not understand right away, and that we will consistently need to reevaluate.

The Performers/Dancers

London Davis
Louis Zapien
Tristan Samson
Olivia Jewel Carter
Alexis Eubank
Kyoko Jennings
Santana Gutierrez
Aloma Munguia
Luci Patrick
El Estro L'Over
Jordan Dailey
Lily Rose Medofer
Sylvie Filloux
Angelica Fuentes
Gabrielle Nathanson
Bianca Wilson
Megan Chu
Marcos Duran

The Creative Team
Director/Dancemaker – Eric Geiger
Dancemaker – Paulina Colmenares
Dancemaker – Marcos Duran
Scenic Design/Costume Support – Miranda Friel
Lighting Design – Lindsay Stevens
Production Stage Manager – Jacob Halpern-Weitzman

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Mandell Weiss Forum

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.



Mar. 14

Mar. 15

Mar. 16
7:30 pm     OPENING

7:30 pm  

7:30 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.

Theatre & Dance Faculty, Staff & Majors Only >>


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