IDEAS Performance: Inside the Whale
The multi-media, bilingual and solo dance performance tells the tale of a woman swallowed by a whale. Called a “bizarre and beautiful one-woman show” by the Huffington Post, Inside the Whale features the work of MFA Dance candidate Aurora Lagattuta, who toured the work across Europe. Lagattuta will collaborate with MFA Visual Arts candidate Maya VanderSchuit (editing and video design) and first-year MFA Sound Design student Zhongran Wang for the performance in the Calit2 Auditorium. (Wang also holds an M.S. in Music Technology from Georgia Tech.)
Inside the Whale addresses issues including body image, interconnected identities, and ocean ecology awareness through a refreshing new voice. “Access to the Qualcomm Institute’s advanced audio-visual facilities will provide the ideal environment to stage this rare interdisciplinary work,” explained Lagatutta. The dancer recently collaborated on a video-and-dance installation, Benthic Light, that premiered at UC San Diego’s Visual Arts Common Gallery last March. Lagattuta is also no stranger to the Qualcomm Institute IDEAS series: she performed in Yolande Snaith’s Measuring the Dream during the IDEAS 2016-2017 season. The work has a 55-minute runtime.
Lagattuta is a second-year MFA candidate in Contemporary Dance Making and Performance at UC San Diego, where she received the prestigious San Diego Fellowship. She was also awarded the Best Multi-Media Solo Award for her performance of Inside the Wheel at the United Solo Festival on Broadway in New York City.