The Human Body Time Machine

I am excited to offer an inclusive and compassionate dance space to explore dance. I want to be in the room with a variety of bodies from different histories, places and times all dancing together. I desire to make a dance that expands participants’ and audiences’ experience of time and vastness within their own body and without in their community and environment.

The Human Body Time Machine is currently seeking dancers/movers with curiosity and openness to explore dance in a gentle, encouraging setting. Any kind of history in dance/body work/sports is suitable for this work as well as a strong interest/desire to dance.

Rehearsals/Workshops: This work will be offered for Six workshops/rehearsals on Saturdays 11-2pm, Studio 2  at the Molli and Arthur Wagner Dance Building, UCSD.

Workshops dates are: February 10th, February 17, February 24, March 3, March 10 & March 17. All participants are asked to attend at least 4 of the 6 workshops. And attend dress and tech: Saturday, April 7th will be a run through from 12-4 and Monday/Wednesday of April 9 and 11th respectively are tentative tech/dress rehearsals.*

The Performances Dates are April 12, 13 and 14th at 7:30pm the Forum Theater.

I desire to create a performance process that both provides all participants with a sense of preparedness as well as a light and curious attitude towards performance. My hope is to create a schedule that allows dancers to foster bonds with one another as well as balance with the rest of their lives.

More Info About Concept:

The Human Body Time Machine is an immersive dance performance that creates a “meditative playtime” for audience to experience the movement of time. This new work features a diverse array of dancers from various backgrounds, abilities and ages. Immersive and exploratory in nature, the performance consists of several playing spaces created through choreographic, set, light and video design. This multi-media performance communicates through virtual as well as material presences in a performance ecology that integrates fragments of reality, virtuality, water and imagination. The audience is free to walk, pause and saunter through these constructed spaces in order to conceive different temporal encounters.

The Human Body Time Machine is an extension and elaboration upon my recent performance work that I created at the Shiro Oni Artist Residency in Onishi, Japan this past summer. This new work aims to create sensorial experiences that investigate how one experiences and transforms the various moments of time harbored within the body.

Here is a clip of the dance process that will be used for this project in practice from recent rehearsal of Cetacea:

*There will be a break between March 18- April 7. It is desired that all dancers partake in tech/dress rehearsals to the best of their ability. Please feel free to contact Aurora at aurora.lag@icloud.com with any questions or concerns.

My work aims to create performances that serve as an intersection of internal and external spaces, albeit in an abstract, beautiful, and playful manner. I am interested in performance that is an act of compassionate exchange, it is generous. It is an movement towards acceptance, change, and tenderness towards our planet and ourselves.

What Past Dancers Have to Say:

  • Once of the best of my life. Working with you has been six months of pure joy in creating through improvisation, collaboration and creating. I can keenly identify with your aesthetic and philosophy of inclusiveness, bringing so called ordinary people confidently into an extraordinary context to create and transform together.-Tony Allard
  • The greatest benefit from your teaching was how you believed in me. I had never done anything like this before and, at times, wanted to give up, but you spoke so much life into me, it motivated me to continue on, and that lesson has continued on in my life. Performing was a great accomplishment for me. I was in front of strangers and was able to be “me,” stand tall, and dance from a place of experience, growth, and unity with the rest of the performers. It was amazing! – Laura Lee Bonde
  • I loved the sense of community you were able to develop among the group and I truly enjoyed being with everyone.- Shannon Waltz
  • “Transforming” and at 65 yrs, I do not often use that label. – Manuel Gonzalez
  • Noticing what it takes to work successfully with many different people and how much work is needed. My level of appreciation for all movers has grown exponentially due to your service. A compassionate experience. A respectable event that shined a new light on dance-making. Also a humbling one that gave me a glimpse of what it takes to produce something to that scale. I now see the importance of holding a community inclusive project. – Cynthia Gutteriuz
  • Growth: THAT was my experience.- Laura Lee Bonde
  • Your talents are multifaceted. Working with you is an exciting proposition. The trust that you placed in me, could only be shared with great courage and for that, you engendered in me a most open sense of friendship.- Manuel Gonzalez
  • Renewed sense of play and connection with inner artist- Alisha Solan, PhD
  • Opportunity for wholesome creative expression in a loving group- Jade Solan, PhD
  • The way you handled difficult adults was amazing!! Your smile lights up the atmosphere, the darkest mood, the deepest thought. Watching you teach was like watching an angel. I loved how you let us…our personalities…form the movement of the show. You drew out of us what seemed lost. You turned on the light in areas of our lives where it seemed vacant. You never gave up. You always encouraged us through. You believed every step of the way. You have a lot to offer men, women, and children. You’re amazing!- Laura Lee Bonde
  • Aurora is an adaptable, confirming, and respectful leader and a patient teacher. She is gracious, and open to input and exploration while also maintaining clear goals and boundaries.- Jade and Alisha Solan PhD
  • It is kind of a buzz word in the art world but it is apt here and that is a relational aesthetic, meaning the work relates intimately with its context, i.e. daily life processes and site specific experiences. One of the quickest ways to get beyond habituated thought and action patterns is to get related to your immediate environment by simply beginning to play much like a child does, unpremeditated and profoundly free of expectation of a particular outcome. Aurora provided me the opportunity to reclaim this beautiful moment we call the here and now and participate in the creation of novel, never-before-experienced states of mind and being. The combination of Butoh, contact improvisation, your fantastic imagination and ordinary movement was powerful and is something I will take with me into my daily life and art making.-Tony Allard
  • There were so many “types” of people involved in this performance: young, old, broken, shy, joyful, outgoing. Aurora’s work encompassed a group that, without the opportunity, might not have ever interacted and have now become friends. It was an experience to remember, to reflect on, to grow from, even afterwards.-Laura Lee Bonde
  • Aurora delegates responsibilities, both creative ones and practical ones, with confidence and productive results. Leadership in a collaborative artistic venture requires the leader to have a great deal of charisma and a definite ability to be continually enrolling the performers in the spirit and purpose of the project. You consistently sustained just such an ability in each rehearsal and this was so important to me in terms of being hungry for more when I would come to the next session. Your sense of surprise and delight in the discovery process of creating something together is a natural part of being a powerful leader and you have an abundance of this ability. You use your power freely and don’t store it up to force an outcome.- Jade and Alisha Solan, PhD
  • I trusted you in mile 4 of a hike in the midst of mountain lion growls and hours before performing when you yelled…”Manuel calm down, ground yourself”. I would probably listen to you if I was in labor.- Manuel Gonzalez
  • Your ability to bring out and skillfully develop the dancer/mover in someone who is not a dancer/mover. I benefitted from six months of your guidance and encouragement to discovery and create non-habituated actions and gestures. Inhibitions based on body image and expectation were quickly abandoned in favor of your astute observations moment to moment of what I/we needed to do in order to open up the space and time of boundless improvisation. I benefitted most from your keen imagination and playful ability to combine expression with action! – Tony Allard
  • We found the whole experience inspiring, rewarding and enjoyable on multiple levels – Jade and Alisha Solan, PhD

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