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luciana achugar

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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 began making work collaboratively with Levi Gonzalez in 1999, and has been making dance in NYC and Uruguay independently since 2002. 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, a Guggenheim Fellow, Creative Capital Grantee and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grantee, amongst other accolades; most recently a 2016 NYFA Fellowship. 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”. Her ongoing project The Pleasure Project (2014), a public space intervention, has been seen 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 and at the American Realness Festival in NYC. She received the 2015 Austin Critic’s Award for Best Touring work for OTRO TEATRO which had been presented there at the Fusebox Festival, and had premiered in 2014 at the Walker Art Center and NYLA. Her latest work, An Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love, premiered at Gibney Dance in December 2015, was remounted with an all Uruguayan cast at the Festival Internacional de Danza en Uruguay this May; was presented outside as a performance/block party/urban ritual at the River to River Festival in Lower Manhattan this June, and was nominated for a 2016 Bessie Award for Outstanding Production.