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Join us outdoor on the Copley Plaza on Saturday, August 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for the last Word Up! of the summer. Collaborate with co-host Valeria Vega and guest artist Jassiel Santillán along with Veronica Burgess and the Mexican Dance Company Lux Boreal on a Mad Libs-inspired art piece as co-host and creator Laura Zee guides conversations on connection through music and dance.
Jassiel Santillán is a multidisciplinary artist from Tijuana, Mexico. His vocal training has been under tenor José Medina and soprano María Lozano. Former member of the Lyrical Youth Ensemble of the Tijuana Opera, the Dance Conservatory of Mexico, and the Superior Music School of Baja California. His acting credits include: “¿Quién le Teme a Espantapájaros?” (Tijuana Hace Teatro), “Welcome Back” (Best shortfilm IMDb Independent Shorts Awards 2018) and “The Frontera Project” (Tijuana Hace Teatro and New Feet Productions), amongst others.
Veronica Burgess has been in comedy for over 15 years. She began with improv & sketch, performing with San Diego TheaterSports, Finest City Improv, and Mockingbird Improv. Most recently, she has focused on stand-up and has performed at The Comedy Store (La Jolla), The Laugh Factory (San Diego), and The Madhouse Comedy Club. She loves to write & direct and produces her own comedy shows of diversity at OnStage Playhouse. She loves to combine all her passions in her projects, which include music and puppets!
Valeria Vega is a binational Artist, Teaching Artist, Producer and Cultural Promoter. Art maniac, Animal Lover and Artist that loves to teach. Graduated from Centro de Artes Escénicas del Noroeste (Tijuana B.C. México). Starts her career as an actor in 1999. Has participated in numerous plays as a member of different theatre companies such as Grupo Ojo, Grupo Las Diablas,Tijuana Hace Teatro and Optika Moderna. Her profesional development include studies in both México and US such as Commedia Dell' Arte, Composition and Improvisation, Viewpoints, Shakespeare for Social Justice and much more.
Founded in 2002, Lux Boreal Dance Company is a circle of choreographers and dancers from all over Mexico, converging through dance towards a common language to express their vision of reality through Art. It relies on 11 full-time members, collaborators and guest artists. Lux Boreal is part of a bi-national artistic movement, which takes place in the Tijuana (Mex) – San Diego (USA) border region, reinforcing the bonds between artistic communities and diverse audiences. Lux Boreal has been featured in major dance festivals and venues throughout Mexico, and has performed internationally including in the United States, Chile, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Spain, Latvia, Brazil, Argentina, France, Germany and Ireland.
Lux Boreal values international exchange experiences and collaborations with guest artists. The core of the company has been nurtured by international choreographers such as Allyson Green (USA), Claudia Lavista (Mexico), Leslie Seiters (USA), Magdalena Brezzo (Mexico-Uruguay) and Phillip Adams (Australia). Lux Boreal was selected by Dance Magazine’s “25 to WATCH” in 2009. Since 2008 the company has been listed on the Walk of Fame in Tijuana, Mexico. Lux Boreal received the Audience Choice Award in the International Dance Festival Lila Lopez in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Since 2007, the company has received annual sponsorship from the Mexican National Council for Arts and Culture due to its remarkable presence in the national arts scene in Mexico.