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Monumental | New Directions

New works by undergraduate dancemakers 


Performance Dates

June 3 - June 5; free to stream at any time within that window.


Method of Presentation and Ticketing

Presented on UCSD's digital platform. Tickets are free of charge. Please RSVP using this Google Form. 


Content Warning

Contains short segments with potential triggers for eating disorders, depression, and suicidal ideation; Flashing lights, strobe, or other lighting effects.


The Dancemaking Artists New Directions Program

Alyssa Bousquet
Boning Yang
Charul Sharma
Eric Lopez Burgueno
Erica Kahn
Holly Robertson
London Davis
Louis Zapien Flores
Madenn Walikis
Malaiya Eraso
Sabina Fritz
William Kessinger
Yunyu Lin
Meghan Ripchik
Brianna Maloney


The Creative Team

Director: Marcos Duran MFA '20
Scenic Designer: Michael Wogulis
Lighting Designer: Bryan Ealey
Production Stage Manager: Katherine Mcleod                                                    Click image to view full program
Assistant Stage Manager: Beren Yildirim
Assistant Stage Manager: EmmaJo Spencer
Assistant Stage Manager: Madeline Woch 


About the Director

Marcos Duran is currently a Lecturer at UC San Diego and a member of San Diego Dance Theater. He holds an MFA from UC San Diego and BFA from UC Santa Barbara. 

A New Yorker from 2008-2017, he directed and performed in the Brooklyn based Marcos Duran Performance Group. He was invited to share his work at Movement Research at The Judson Church, Dixon Place, La MaMa Experimental Theater, Theater for the New City, 92nd St Y, Center for Performance Research, Triskelion Arts, and Green Space. 

While a graduate at UC San Diego from 2017-2020, he made three works that culminated his 15 years as a dancemaker. Heel, Skull (60 min), The Rules of the Game (25 min), and his thesis work, The Underground (95 min), all premiered at La Jolla Playhouse theater district. They exhibited accounts of social choreography, CranioSacral audience integration, and transdisciplinary collaborations between visual arts, music, technology, and theater. 

From 2000-2020, Marcos learned from working with Daniel Charon, Liam Clancy, Nancy Colahan, Kellye Dodd, Faye Driscoll, Erica Essner, Eric Geiger, Meredith Glisson, Valerie Houston, Jenni Hong, Jean Isaacs, Risa Jaroslow, Keith Johnson, Misa Kelly, Eun Hee Lee, John Malashock, Bronwen MacArthur, Dance Monks, Stephanie Nugent, Christy O'Harris, Jerry Pearson, Christopher Pilafian, Tonia Shimin, Yolande Snaith, Sasha Spielvogel, Terry Wilson, Bill Young, and the master works of Jose Limon as directed by Alice Condodina and Gary Masters. 

International performance tours include Mexico, Wales, Ireland, China, and South Korea. 

Performances in the United States include venues such as Jacob’s Pillow (Beckett, MA), The Kitchen (NYC), Ailey Citigroup Theater (NYC), PS 122 (NYC), Dancespace (NYC), Abrons Art Center (NYC), Velocity Dance Center (Seattle), CounterPulse (San Francisco), and Diavolo Theater (LA). 

Marcos has been fiscally supported by the San Diego Fellowship, Fractured Atlas, three crowdfunding campaigns, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Artist Residencies at Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn.