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Really Fall: Are You Here? Performances at UCSD Dec. 5-7, 2013

Really Fall: Are You Here?

Co-Directed by Eric Geiger and Alison Dietterle Smith

Dates: December 5 – 7, 2013, 7:30PM

Location: Wagner Dance Studio 3, UC San Diego

General Admission: $20
UCSD Faculty/Staff/Alumni Association, and Seniors (over 62): $15
UCSD Students/UCSD Alumni Association (with ID): $10

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The Performance

What if we don’t pretend to fall or even perform a choreographed fall? What if we really fall?

Alison Dietterle Smith, Eric Geiger and undergraduate performers collaboratively generate an experimental dance work that, in our wildest dreams, is earnest and frank, free of pretense, falsehood, or affectation. Our creative process attempts to value the navigation of a code of ethics between our selves/cultures/environments. Hopefully, this is the real thing. Genuine. Not artificial, not spurious, not a generic brand or some cheap imitation full of artificial flavors, and not to be taken lightly.

No, for reals?
Get real.
Keepin’ it real.

The Directors

Eric Geiger
I make dances and collaborate with other artists. Making connections within my whole self, and with others, helps me to navigate through, interact with, and attempt to make sense of the world around me. My values around performance and dance have been deeply influenced by my experiences in performing works by and collaborating with artists such as Bill T. Jones, William Forsythe, Stephen Petronio, Susan Marshall, Maguy Marin, Angelin Preljocaj, Nancy McCaleb, Sarah Shelton Mann, Deborah Hay, Jess Humphrey and LIVE. Currently, I’m really into allowing the “thing” to arise by simply doing. I’ve been investigating the tension that exists within dance, as an embodied form that we don’t entirely understand. We only have language to put to it, to talk about it, to understand it, but yet as a mode of perception it exists viscerally, through and beyond language. I try to create emotional and sensory rich work that moves away from aboutness and is “of” love, connection, community, the various crises we encounter, and the search for meaning in our lives. I love that live performance is a unique situation between the performers and the audience paying attention to what is happening in the moment. I am fascinated by this strange and rare agreement. I like to use this unique set-up to create work that acknowledges the turbulence, complexity, and power that we have as individuals and as a group and to take time to consider our places in the world and what our time together means. I’m the Co-Artistic Director of PADL West, a laboratory for performance, art, and dance, alongside Karen Schaffman. I also do my best to guide courses around what dance is, and can be, at UCSD as full-time faculty. I’ve recently started my second year training as a Feldenkrais practitioner. This work is helping me to better understand what the least amount of effort means as well as the idea of reversibility and re-direction in movement and other multiple contexts.

Alison Dietterle Smith
I am a dancer, choreographer, mother, wife, surfer, and movement educator. I have been teaching in the Theatre and Dance Department at the University of California, San Diego since 2004. I hold a BA in Biological Anthropology from UC San Diego and an MFA in Dance from UC Irvine. I am also a certified yoga instructor and a Guild Certified Awareness Through Movement Teacher in the Feldenkrais Method under the mentorship of Elizabeth Beringer. My dancing path has been illuminated by my experiences with Nancy Mittleman-Merkens, The San Francisco and Pacific Northwest Ballet Schools, The Eugene Ballet Company, Ballet Pacifica, Stephanie Gilliand, eight years working with Jean Isaacs, Christopher Pilafian, Joe Goode, Anna Halprin, Kim Epifano, Lisa Naugle, Risa Steinberg, Yolande Snaith, Allyson Green, Joe Alter, John Malashock, Shiva Rea, and the amazing faculty, guest artists, and students that pass through the dance building at UCSD. I am interested in the many ways bodies move and how we all uniquely carry the dance within us. I am curious how we connect and make meaning of the world around us through movement, and how by moving and dancing together we tap into our most ancient practices and rituals as humans. I enjoy the process of bringing this tone to my weekly technique classes and rehearsals at UCSD; acknowledging that when we meet together, we enter into the dance, a channeling of all of our dancing ancestors. My desire is to create a practice of embodied awareness in a contemporary context that transcends the need for written description, explanation, and analysis; an attempt to create a place where we feel more of our moving selves, a vibrating, luminous space, where the world unfolds in breaths and connections to the universe around us. A place where we let go of the tension of time and step into the dancing ground.

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