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The Human Body Time Machine

a dance performance
directed by Aurora Lagattuta

Show dates:   April 12, 13, 14 @ 7pm

Mandell Weiss Forum

About the Show

The Human Body Time Machine is an immersive dance performance that creates a “meditative playtime” for audience to experience the movement of time. This new work features a diverse array of dancers from various backgrounds, abilities and ages. Immersive and exploratory in nature, the performance consists of several playing spaces created through choreographic, set, light and video design. This multi-media performance communicates through virtual as well as material presences in a performance ecology that integrates fragments of reality, virtuality, water and imagination. The audience is free to walk, pause and saunter through these constructed spaces in order to conceive different temporal encounters.

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 in New York City, Electric Lodge and Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles, Cindy Pritzker and the Chicago Public Library in Chicago, k77 in Berlin, The New Space in Brussels, La Caldera in Barcelona, Café de las Artes in Santander, Spain 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 and most recently at Shiro Oni in Japan. She danced for various companies in NYC, Portland, Germany and Spain, most notably with Meg Stuart and Marta Carasco and she holds a BA in Theatre 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 student at UC San Diego, where she has received the prestigious San Diego Fellowship.

Director's Statement

The Human Body Time Machine an extension and elaboration upon my recent performance work that I created at the Shiro Oni Artist Residency in Onishi, Japan this past summer. This new work aims to create sensorial experiences that investigate how one experiences and transforms the various moments of time harbored within the body. I envision human beings as more of an interactive happening than a separate definable thing and therefore, my work aims to create performances that serve as an intersection of internal and external spaces, albeit in a abstract, beautiful, and playful manner. I am interested in performance that is an act of compassionate exchange, it is generous. It is an act of acceptance, change, and tenderness towards our planet and ourselves.

I am passionate about creating dance that is a corporeal practice for personal and community integration. The poetry of my work stems from a process of continually becoming, rather than escaping, my body, my community, and my environment as a human and artistic necessity.

The Cast

Leslie Armstrong
Alice Astarita
Leila Currah
Shelan Deloyi
Jo Elyn
Manuel Gonzalez
Sandy Huckleberry
Nicole Isabelle
Ella Jong
Mihwa Koo
Alisha Lenning
Leanna Long
Dulce Rodriguez-Ponciano
Sabrina Sauri
Jaime Shadowlight
Barbara Shea
Jade Solan
Clara Toledo
Crystal Wang
Tiange Zhou

The Creative Team

Director – Aurora Lagattuta
Scenic Designer – Hsi-An Chen
Lighting Designer – Minjoo Kim
Music Composer – Kevin Zhang
Video Designer – Maya VanderSchuit
Sound and Video Assistant – MaeAnn Ross
Production Stage Manager – Bryan Runion
Assistant Stage Manager – Biying Ding

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.



Apr. 12

Apr. 13

Apr. 14
7:00 pm     OPENING

7:00 pm  

7:00 pm     CLOSING

Advance tickets for this production are available Tuesday-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.

Theatre & Dance Faculty, Staff & Majors Only >>


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