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thesisWORKS 2017:
Before the horses crash into the ground, and then the ground.

a dance performance

directed by Verónica Santiago Moniello

Show dates:   December 7 & 8 @ 7:30pm,
                        December 9 @ 2pm

Sheila and Hughes Potiker Theatre

About the Show

thesisWORKS showcases the culmination of dance research over the course of graduate studies in Dance at UC San Diego. This year, MFA Candidate Verónica Santiago Moniello explores the potential of bodies and motion in space while simultaneously confronting subject material that has inspired her intellectual and scholarly pursuits over her time at UCSD in Before the horses crash into the ground, and then the ground.

About the Director

Verónica Santiago Moniello is a choreographer and dancer. Her work deals with memory and the idea of birth, with antagonist subjects of resistance, utopian bodies, and dreams. Also, 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.

She is currently an M.F.A candidate in Dance making within the Dance & Theatre Program at UCSD University of California, San Diego. 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.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 participated in Pina Bausch’s repertoire “Sacre du printemps”. She was invited at European festivals, including “Drei wochen mit Pina Bausch” in Wuppertal-Germany. While directing her own pieces: “Passage”, “Under”, “First day” and “Lucrecia”.

She founded Habitual a platform-based studio that explores the possibilities of movement through collaborations and contemporary cultural practices.


Director's Statement

Before the horses... is the third instantiation of a trilogy of dance pieces focused on three main concepts: birth, being, and territory. I have been developing this project as MFA candidate at UCSD’s Dance & Theater program.

The last part of this trilogy is based upon the recognition of territory through the physicality of bodies in a dance. This research began in Vilnius (Lithuania) at the Arts Printing House, alongside the dancer Orlando Rodriguez during the summer of 2017.

Some ongoing questions to be examined within the project are: where we have been exploring territory? How space creates the conditions for our dance? and, how our bodies modify places and make visible new landscapes (as well as soundscapes)?

Further questions are: what means to have a common territory while sharing an individual or personal imaginary world? How can we be interdependent? How do we provide the conditions (landscapes) to our fellows for growth and transformation?

One of the main ideas is to conceive the space as an unstable surface or, at least, as a valuable connection with an existence that never remains in the same place and can only be captured through dance.

Before the horses... expands on ritualistic techniques previously researched in “The origin of an implicit body language” as part of my research project in Venezuela during 2016 supported by CILAS (Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, U.S.) and Fundación Andróginos (Venezuela.) By then, my contention was that possession can be a scenic transition rather than a situation in which the body taps into other possibilities for manifesting its existence. The main question that I had used for framing my approach was: how the territory can be absorbed by a body? And so, the territory is by and large the key reference in this dance piece; the multiple possibilities of conceiving and speculating about it.

Dreams are what we do have in common; Arousing curiosity within the inner self as fantasy. Beyond our day-to-day perspectives. Our bodies will become the instruments of speed and ephemeral destination. Our interest does not focuses on what it is yet recognizable; fixed forms or well-known environments.

We feel the urge to wander toward inner routes, traversing our microcosm and expanding it by means of movement.

The Cast

coming soon
The Creative Team

Conception & Dance Making – Verónica Santiago Moniello
Dance Maker: Orlando Rodriguez
Creative Consultancy – Javier Fresneda
Scenic Designer – Samantha Rojales
Costume Designer – Verónica Santiago Moniello
Sound Designer & Visuals – Jhon Burnett
Singer – Barbara Byers
Musician – Ben Rempel
Production Stage Manager – Kasson Marroquin

Performances Parking & Location

Located at: Sheila and Hughes Potiker 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.



Dec. 7

Dec. 8

Dec. 9

7:30 pm     OPENING 

7:30 pm  

2:00 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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