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What Does a Landscape Say? 


What Does A Landscape Say?

a dance thesis by Melissa Cisneros


Performance Dates

March 10-12; see schedule of events below



Visual Arts Main Gallery
252 Russell In
La Jolla, CA 92093, USA



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Schedule of Events

Thursday March 10, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm 

  • GUEST LECTURE @ 1:00pm 

    • Borderline Unsustainable: Capitalism, Nationalism, and Environmental Management at the Tijuana-San Diego Divide
      • A conversation with Kevan Malone, PhD Candidate, Department of History, UC San Diego
  • PERFORMANCE / Activation @ 3:00pm

    • Eric Geiger & Melissa Cisneros 


Friday March 11, from 12:00pm to 4:00pm

  • GUEST LECTURE @ 1:00pm

    • BORDER LANDSCAPES: from territorial materiality to embodiments of space
      • A conversation with Fátima Khayar Cámara, PhD Candidate, Department of Sociology, UC San Diego
  • PERFORMANCE @ 3:00pm

    • Eric Geiger & Melissa Cisneros 


Saturday March 12, from 1:00pm to 5:00 pm 

  • PERFORMANCE @ 4:00pm

    • Eric Geiger & Melissa Cisneros 




Program Information


The Collaborators 

Melissa Cisneros
in collaboration with
Elizabeth Barret
Harrison Foster,
Eric Geiger
Kristopher Appel 
and Guests Kevan Malone and Fátima Khayar Cámara

About the Piece

Since winter of 2021, we have been working on establishing an experiential practice at the Tijuana River Estuary near the San Ysidro-Tijuana border. Together, we are engaging with this geopolitically charged environment through different gestures that help us understand and sense this space from within. The exhibition shares part of the project’s process through archival material in the mediums of video, sound, photography, and movement, and informed by the guest lectures.


About the Choreographer

Melissa Cisneros is a third-year MFA candidate in Dance-Making and Performance in the Department of Theater & Dance at UC San Diego. Melissa studied Dance-Making at the School for New Dance Development (2001-2004) and Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie (2005-2007) in Amsterdam, NL. Since then, she works as an independent artist developing and promoting creative projects related to the research, creation, production and dissemination of contemporary performing arts in Mexico and abroad. Her work is constituted by a permanent coming and going between artistic practice and theory, a transit that takes place in the field of the body. In 2010 she established La Mecedora, a nomadic initiative that cherishes new ideas within body related art emerging in creative processes. La Mecedora is a trans-disciplinary platform that counters economical discourses in art that focus on efficiency, time-pressure and final end products. Instead, it illuminates the rich and insightful path leading towards the eventual performance, dance or art piece whilst reflecting on how perceptions are conditioned by socio-economical factors.


Special Thanks

to Chava Muñoz, Manuel Gonzalez, Luca Coffin, Paolo Zuñiga, Justin Tuerk, Kevin Vincent for making this possible. Anya Gallacio, Ricardo Dominguez for making me feel at home.