Habitual is a platform-based studio founded by Verónica Santiago Moniello. It explores the possibilities of movement through collaborations and contemporary cultural practices.
Verónica Santiago Moniello
Verónica is a choreographer and dancer. Her work deals with memory and the idea of birth, with antagonist subjects of resistance, utopian bodies, and dreams. Also, part of her curiosity is centered on the relationships between movement and unstable surfaces, conceived as structures of change, in order to generate sequences of movement.
She is currently an M.F.A candidate in Dance making within the Dance & Theatre Program at UCSD University of California, San Diego.
Recent projects “The Implicit Self” and “Simultaneously Futura” are the result of her ongoing research “The Implicit Body Language” and “The Body that has Been Possessed” both awarded by Tinker Fellowships, CILAS “Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies & The Friends of California.
Verónica began her studies at the Contemporary Dance School “Piso rojo” and at the University of Contemporary Dance “Iudanza” in Venezuela. In parallel, she worked as a dancer in the companies Caracas Roja Laboratorio, The National Theater Company of Venezuela, Danza Hoy, Río Teatro Caribe and La Máquina Teatro.
In 2004 she received a scholarship from “IAEM” (Venezuela) to continue her studies at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen-Germany (2004-2009).
During her season in Germany she participated in Pina Bausch’s repertoire “Sacre du printemps”. She was invited at European festivals, including “Drei wochen mit Pina Bausch” in Wuppertal-Germany. While directing her own pieces:
“Passage”, “Under”, “First day” and “Lucrecia”.