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The Implicit Self

directed by Verónica Santiago Moniello

April 20 - 22

Dance Studio 3, Wagner Dance Building

About the Director

Her work deals with memory and the idea of birth, with antagonist subjects of resistance, utopian bodies and dreams. She is currently a M.F.A candidate in Dance making within the Dance & Theatre Program at UCSD - University of California, San Diego. Her most recent projects "The Implicit Self" and "Simultaneously Futura" are the result of her ongoing research "The Implicit Body Language" and "The Body that has Been Possessed" both awarded by Tinker Fellowships, CILAS "Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies & The Friends of California. Recently she has been also collaborating as creator with Emily Aust in "Foreground" and Yolande Snaith in "Measuring the Dream," this latter held at Calit2 (California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology). In collaboration with Lenka Bartunkova and Cansu Ergin, she was invited as choreographer to the first edition of "Fillimit" at the Korespondence Festival in the city of Zdar (Czech Republic, 2016). As part of her Graduate field research, she is also developing "Animal Vivo," (Alive Animal) a workshop-based practice formerly presented at “Fundación Andróginos” in Mérida, Venezuela. Alongside with Yolande Snaith and Katie Duck, she collaborated as improviser in the project "Girls at Work", while participating in "SussAges", an artistic laboratory formerly located at DCP-Discursive and Curatorial Productions at UCSD.

Verónica began her studies at the Contemporary Dance School "Piso rojo" and at the University of Contemporary Dance "Iudanza" in Venezuela. In parallel, she worked as a dancer in the companies Caracas Roja Laboratorio, The National Theater Company of Venezuela, Danza Hoy, Río Teatro Caribe and La Máquina Teatro. In 2004 she received a scholarship from “IAEM” (Venezuela) to continue her studies at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen-Germany (2004-2009). During her season in Germany she worked with Felix Burkle, Samir Akika, Chikako Kaido, Leandro Kees, Rodolfo Leoni, Mark Sieczkarek and Orlando Rodriguez and participated in Pina Bausch’s repertoire "Sacre du printemps". She participated also in European festivals, including "Drei wochen mit Pina Bausch" in Wuppertal-Germany. while directing her own pieces: "Passage", "Under", "First day" and "Lucrecia". In 2010 she moved to Mérida, Yucatán (Mexico,) where she collaborated with Tumáka`t Contemporary Dance Company under the direction of Vania Duran. There, she had the opportunity to join other choreographers such as: Luis Biassoto, Diana Szeimblum, Vladimir Rodríguez, Cecilia Colacrai, Angelle Herbert, Phillip Kraft and Fernado Melo. During the tour series produced by Tumáka`t, Verónica delivered frequent workshops and master classes in Latin America and Europe (2011-2015). In 2013, she was invited as creator in residence at “La Rendija” Theater Company (Mérida, Mexico). In response, she created "Dizziness" with Alexander Carrillo, a performance that was also presented at “LaborGras” (Berlin-Germany). During the same residence season she had directed "a_ereo" a dance & theater piece featuring dancer Pedro Zambra, which was performed in Mexico, Belize and Venezuela. Part of her curiosity is centered on the relationships between movement and unstable surfaces, conceived as structures of change, in order to generate sequences of movement. From this approach emerges the process of creation “En un lado, la casa” developed In Tumáka`t Dance Company, also included in the publication “Recetario Coreográfico” curated by Colectivo A.M. in Mexico. In 2014 she participated in the project "NOMAD: The Blue Road" organized by "Dance Monks" (Berkeley, CA, United States).

In 2017 Verónica creates Habitual, a platform-based studio that explores through collaborations possibilities of movement within contemporary cultural practices. www.habitualhabitual.com

Director's Statement

The Implicit Self, is a continuous dance practice where I would like to destabilize the space by redirecting the iconography that possesses my way of moving. Having the desire to experience different ways of "rebirth" by exploring the space through the physicality of my body and responding to my visceral feelings and perceptions. On this occasion, I will collaborate with composer Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh. Together we are going to experiment scenic situations by building sound scores a live actions. In this sense, I like to allow my inner self to be exposed only as a fantasy, as an unstable surface, or as valuable alive matter that can be captured only through dance.

The Implicit Self is an ongoing process of experimentation based on my last research “The Origin of an Implicit Body Language” which was developed during the summer of 2016 in Venezuela. This process was supported by CILAS, Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, and Fundación Andróginos from Mérida, Venezuela.

The Cast

coming soon
The Creative Team

Conception & Dance Making – Verónica Santiago Moniello
Creative Consultancy – Javier Fresneda
Scenic Designer – Samantha Rojales
Lighting Designer – Joel Britt
Costume Designer – Verónica Santiago Moniello
Sound Designer – Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh
Production Stage Manager – Ashley Martin

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Dance Studio 3, Wagner Dance Building

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.



Apr. 20

Apr. 21

Apr. 22
7:30 pm     OPENING

7:30 pm  

7:30 pm     CLOSING

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 theatre’s box office at Mandell Weiss Theatre.

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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