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. Her work is concerned with the post-colonial world, searching for an undoing of current power structures from the inside out. In her work the theater is a space for Utopia; Utopia is a practice; Practice is Ritual; Ritual is Devotion; Devotion is Dance; Dance is Alchemy; and Alchemy is growing oneself a new body with a practice of being in Pleasure. She is a two-time “Bessie” Award recipient, a Guggenheim Fellow, Herb Alpert Award recipient, Creative Capital Grantee and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grantee, amongst other accolades; most recently she received a 2022 USA Doris Duke Fellowship. She is currently teaching and studying at Bennington College; writing a book and continuing her research for PURO TEATRO: Spell for Utopia; which premiered in its first iteration in November 2021 at The Chocolate Factory Theater as a co-presentation with NYU’s Skirball Center forthe Performing Arts.