luciana achugar

luciana achugar is a Brooklyn-based choreographer from Uruguay who grew as an artist in close dialogue with the NY and Uruguayan contemporary dance communities. She has been making work in NYC and Uruguay independently and collaboratively since 1999. Her work is concerned with the post-colonial world, searching for an undoing of current power structures from the inside out. She is a two-time “Bessie” Award recipient, and was nominated for Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love (2016). She has received many accolades such as the Guggenheim Fellowship, Creative Capital Grant, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, MAP Funds, Jerome Foundation, 2017 Alpert Award and NYFA Artist Grants amongst other accolades. She was one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2012 and her Bessie Award winning work PURO DESEO was named one of 2010 TimeOUT NY’s “Best of Dance”.

The Pleasure Project, an ongoing space intervention project, has been seen since 2014 in NYC as guerrilla performance and through LMCC’s Paths to Pier 42 Program, at Le Mouvement-Performing the City Festival in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland, the American Realness Festival in NYC and at the Seattle Art Fair. She received the 2015 Austin Critic’s Award for Best Touring work for OTRO TEATRO, after being presented at the Fusebox Festival, and having premiered in 2014 at the Walker Art Center and NYLA. Her prior work “Brujx” premiered in October 2018 at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts during the Karl Marx Festival and toured to Hamburg for the HALLO: Festspiele in May 2019. Her most recent and ongoing current work "PURO TEATRO: A Spell for Utopia" began as an online project on instagram commissioned by and for the Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts' Time-Based Art Festival in the Fall of 2020, and was premiered as a live performance at The Chocolate Factory Theater co-commissioned by NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in November 2021.

Upcoming Classes & Events


Past Classes & Events

[Virtual] A Spell for Utopia (Pleasure Practice)

Jan 10 – Jan 14, 2022
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[Virtual] MELT – Making ourselves a utopian body by becoming uncivilized with a practice of being in pleasure

Sat, Jul 11 – Aug 8, 2020
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[Virtual] Morning Class

Fri, Jun 5 – Jun 19, 2020
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MELT – Contemporary dance technique as Transformation Practice (training utopia)

Jan 20 – Jan 24, 2020
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Morning Class

Mon, Oct 7 – Oct 28, 2019
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Morning Class

Mon, Jun 10 – Jun 24, 2019
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Morning Class

, 2018
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[CANCELED] Morning Class

March 26, 2018
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Morning Class

Mon, Mar 12 – May 21, 2018
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MELT—Embodied Rebellion (becoming uncivilized)

Jan 22 – Jan 26, 2018
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Morning Class

Fri, Oct 6 – Dec 22, 2017
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MELT "Movie" Night

August 08, 2017
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MELT - Embodied Rebellion (becoming uncivilized)

Aug 7 – Aug 11, 2017
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Morning Class

Mon, Wed & Fri, Feb 8 – Feb 17, 2017
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Morning Class

Mon, Wed & Fri, Dec 5 – Dec 16, 2016
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MELT "Movie" Night

August 09, 2016
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MELT—The Art of Not making Dances (We reap later than we sow)

Aug 8 – Aug 12, 2016
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