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MFA Dance Thesis II:
An Object, Screaming

a dance performance directed by Paulina Colmenares

Show dates:   February 6, 7 & 8 @ 7:30pm

Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

About the Director

Paulina Colmenares is a Mexican artist and dancemaker borned and raised in the southern city of Oaxaca. She holds a B.F.A in Dance from Universidad de las Americas Puebla. She is currently a Master of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance Making and Performance third year candidate at University of California San Diego, working with Eric Geiger, Liam Clancy and Yolande Snaith as a maker, a researcher and an instructional assistant for contemporary dance technique classes. She has shared her choreographic work throughout many different independent and institutional venues and international dance festivals in Mexico and San Diego CA. Her work has been comissioned several times by the State Council for Culture and Arts in the City of Puebla Mexico, and she is currently a recipient of the FINBA/CONACYT Mexican National Fellowship for international graduate studies in fine arts. Her ongoing creative research focuses on the possible interactions between contemporary dance making and notions of performance, movement improvisational practices, the poetic narrative of Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector and contemplative traditions; particularly Dzogchen Tibetan Buddhism.

Director's Statement

An Object, Screaming is a dance performance that originates in a prolonged meditation on the epistemic and spiritual nature of the creative act. Through the exploration of opposites it seeks to reach emptiness through excess, highlighting simplicity and pristine affect. The work presents itself as a fragmented and porous field of information that in essence remains attached to contradiction. The object is the thing that gets constructed and approached diligently - but the object is fluid and alive -. The scream is the epiphanic poetic claim. The piece attempts to articulate aesthetic and affective experiences of the ineffable, and thus approximate embodied philosophy, mysticism and contemplation. This work is part of the creator´s ongoing creative research and life long affinity and resonance with Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector. May the work tell you everything else. We invite audiences to join, to witness, and ultimately, to put things at stake.

The Cast

coming soon
The Creative Team

Director – Paulina Colmenares
Production Stage Manager – Jacob Halpern-Weitzman

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Theodore and Adele Shank Theatre

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.



Feb. 6

Feb. 7

Feb. 8
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.

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