UC San Diego to Present Three-Part Dance Performance, winterWORKS, This Week

The UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance presents winterWORKS, a three-part dance performance showing March 16 -18, 7:30 p.m., at the Mandell Weiss Forum in the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Theatre District on UC San Diego's campus in La Jolla, Calif.

Directed by Patricia Rincon, artistic director of Patricia Rincon Dance Collective (celebrating its 35th anniversary this year), winterWORKS is choreographed by Rincon, Liam Clancy and Yolande Snaith-all faculty members in the UC San Diego Department of Theatre and Dance. The show consists of three sections: un-tongued, Moondrunk and Real Gone, each symbolizing political, personal and social processes at work. un-tongued, (functioning as singular) examines the practice of the art and science of forming, directing and administrating states and other political units. Moondrunk, set to piano music and opera by Arnold Schoenberg, creates a space where the performers oscillate between intimacy and exposure, connection and isolation, and freedom and constraint. Real Gone, title borrowed from Tom Waits poetic 2004 album, is a work crafted collaboratively with students as a set of choreographic conditions that invite both performers and audiences to shift their orientation to themselves, to others and to the work in progress.

Tickets are $20 for regular performances. Subscriptions and group rates are available. Student tickets are $10 for regular performances. Faculty, staff, alumni and senior citizen discounts are available. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the box office at (858) 534-4574. The theatre is located at 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, Calif. For information about parking, see the website.

The three pieces feature dancers Jillian Allen, Jane Alvarado, Jacqueline (Bella) Anderson Enni, Andrea Bensussen, Destiny Carter, JorDan Daley, Astrid Espitia, Victor de la Fuente, Ching Ip, Meijun (Charlotte) Liu, Jiawen (Vera) Long, Vanessa Lopez, Miranda Lyon, Michelle Ponce, Katherine Shelby Rose, Liyen Tan, Maria Tran, Laurel Williams, Courtney Wing, Wanfang Wu and Janet Yuen.

The production staff includes Patricia Rincon (director / choreographer), Liam Clancy (choreographer), Yolande Snaith (choreographer), Jackie Mullen (production stage manager), Yi-Chien Lee (scenic designer), Alex Miller-Long (lighting designer), Jonathan Ang (co-sound designer), James Reid (co-sound designer) and Plato Seto (assistant stage manager).

Patricia Rincon received her BFA and MFA in Dance and Choreography from the United States International University School of Performing and Visual Arts. She has performed, directed, choreographed and participated in annual workshops and performances in Mexico, Argentina, Europe, and California. As Artistic Director of Patricia Rincon Dance Collective she has continued developing the annual Blurred Borders International Dance Festival series and the Myth Project: American Dream dance-theatre series, set in San Diego each year. The company completed a performance tour to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2012, and in 2013 returned to Switzerland to perform in the TANZINOLTEN International Dance Festival, with additional performances at the Aula Rämibühl Theatre in Zurich.

Patricia has been awarded numerous University of California San Diego (UC San Diego) research grants for research and development on the documentary film series Latino Now: Landscape of Desire about the American Dream and the immigration debate. Filmed in Mexico, Argentina, and California, it has been screened in Buenos Aries, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and in San Diego at the San Diego Repertory Theatre production of Tortilla Curtain. Patricia's video-film Waiting has been selected into various film festivals, including the 15th annual San Diego Latino Film Festival in March 2010. Patricia recently returned from Mexico where she was doing additional film research for The Myth Project series. Her company has performed in the 2013 inauguration of the La Jolla Playhouse's WOW Festival, at the Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, the Cuerpos Entransito International Dance Festival at the Centro Cultural Tijuana Performing Arts Center, as part of UC San Diego's University Events Office National Dance Series, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Arts Partnership Program, at the TANZINOLTEN Dance Festival in Switzerland, as well as numerous times at the former Sushi Performance and Visual Arts space. In 2011 she was artist-in-residency with her company at the prestigious IUNA Instituto Universitario Nacional de Arte in Buenos Aries. Each summer for the past 30 years Ms. Rincon has been invited to annual artist-in-residencies at the Universities of Heidelberg, Frankfurt, Mannheim, and in Konstanz, Germany. She also taught for many years at universities in Zurich, Bern, and Lugano, Switzerland. Patricia is former Chair of the Encinitas Commission for the Arts.

Liam Clancy has been creating, performing and collaborating at the intersection of contemporary dance, improvisation and theater since 1996. He has taught and performed across the United States and internationally at festivals in Mexico, Poland, Romania, Hungary, Germany and France. He continues to engage with shifting his arts practice away from known conventions of performance toward a discipline of inquiry that makes discoveries possible and visible, away from the familiar toward the unexpected (that is more prayer than manifesto). In 2005, Clancy joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at UC San Diego.

Yolande Snaith is a choreographer and performer whose work navigates the merge between different creative and performative practices. She has worked collaboratively in the worlds of dance, theatre and film for over 35 years, and her accumulative experience both informs and guides her creative process, performance practice and teaching methodologies. Her former award winning UK based company, Yolande Snaith Theatredance, toured internationally to over 15 countries from 1985 to 2004. In 2002 Yolande joined the theatre and dance faculty at UC San Diego, where she teaches extensively in the areas of choreography and improvisation. In 2005 she established MAGOmoves, an umbrella company for collaborative dance theatre projects in San Diego. Yolande's full biography and an extensive archive of her work can be found on: www.yolandesnaith.com.

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