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Press Releases Walker Art Center Presents Commission/World Premiere of Choreographer Luciana Achugar’s Otro Teatro

“Wow. Luciana is a trip. From the dark and creepy exorcisms of Puro Deseo to the psychedelic freakout that is Feel … Form, she knows how to make a scene.” —CultureBot

Minneapolis, January 17, 2014—Brimming with rage and desire, the post-apocalyptic world of OTRO TEATRO is a vigorous and surprising investigation of the pleasure of simply being. Uruguayan/New York–based choreographer Luciana Achugar and her collaborators, including Minneapolis’ own Zenon Dance Company, create a hypnotic work that upends “civilized” notions of beauty through ritualistic movement, feral physicality, and unabashed passion. OTRO TEATRO will be performed Thursday-Saturday, February 27–March 1, 8 pm in the William and Nadine McGuire Theater. Note: performance contains nudity.

The evening is presented in partnership with Zenon Dance Company.

About Luciana Achugar
Luciana Achugar is an Uruguayan choreographer based in Brooklyn. She moved to New York in 1995 after graduating from Cal Arts. In New York, she worked as a dancer with several influential choreographers including Jeremy Nelson, Wil Swanson, Maria Hassabi, Chameckilerner and John Jasperse. From 1999 to 2003, she worked in a close collaborative relationship with choreographer Levi Gonzalez. Since 2002 she has been doing her own independent work.

Achugar has created seven independent works including PURO DESEO, which premiered at The Kitchen in April 2010 and received a NY Bessie Award in October 2010 for her and all of her collaborators. Her work has been presented in NY at Movement Research’s MELT Festival; the Ensemble Studio Theatre; The Latino American Dance: Not Festival Project; CANADA Gallery; Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery; La MaMa; Abrons Arts Center; Danspace Project and Dance Theatre Workshop; in Minneapolis, MN at the Walker Art Center and The Southern Theater; in Cambridge, Massachusets at the Green Studios and in Uruguay at the Festival Iberoamericano de Danza, the Centro Cultural de España and the Teatro Solis.

achugar received a BESSIE Award as Creator/choreographer for her first full evening-length piece Exhausting Love at Danspace Project which premiered in November 2006. In November 2008, she accepted Tere O’Connor’s BAX10 artist and artists in progress “Passing it on Award.” The BAX10 honors individuals in the arts who have revealed and transformed our creative world, deepened the definition of their field and paved the way for others. In April 2009 she received the LMCC’s 2009 President’s Liberty Award.

Luciana Achugar is a Foundation for Contemporary Arts, 2010 Recipient. She was a 2008 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow in Choreography, a 2007 Choreography Fellow of the Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University and a 2007 Sugar Salon Artist, a program developed by WAX in partnership with the Barnard College Department of Dance. She been an Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research, Barnard College, Bennington College, DTW’s Outer/Space Program, the LEX-Dance Summer Residency, MANCC at FSU and at the Daghdha Dance Company in Limerick, Ireland. She was a 2009/10 BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist-in-Residence and is there now as Research Artist in Residence during 2010/11.

She received a MAP Fund Production Grant and a Jerome Foundation Grant for PURO DESEO and was a 2008 recipient of Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD), a program of New York Foundation for the Arts. BUILD is a JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program, made possible by The J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation, with additional support provided by The Starry Night Fund of the Tides Foundation. Her work has received support from the Meet the Composer Fund; the Puffin Foundation; The Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund; and from public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and administered by the LMCC. Her most recent achievements came this year, when she received a prestigious 2013 Creative Capital Artist Grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work OTRO TEATRO which is set for a world premiere at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and for a New York premiere at New York Live Arts.

Tickets to Luciana Achugar are: Thursday, $20 ($18 Walker members); Friday–Saturday, $25 ($22) and are available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600

Make a Night of It!
Balcony Bar


Meet the artists, talk about the show, and enjoy drinks on the upper balcony of the elegant William and Nadine McGuire Theater. Open one hour prior to and after most performances. For details, visit walkerart.org.

Acknowledgments

OTRO TEATRO is commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Performance Network (NPN). OTRO TEATRO is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund project created in partnership with the Walker Art Center, New York Live Arts, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). Additional support provided by the Jerome Foundation; the Field’s 2013 Field Dance Fund (supported by the Mertz Gilmore Foundation); MAP Fund, a program of Creative Capital; the Multi-Arts Production Fund; and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

OTRO TEATRO was developed, in part, through New York Live Arts’ Studio Series, with a commission from the Dance Theater Workshop Commissioning Fund; through an LMCC commission and an artist residency in 2013 and 2014, as part of Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Extended Life Dance Development program; and the Hatchery Project, a collaborative residency initiative between The Chocolate Factory, Live Arts Brewery/Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, and Vermont Performance Lab; and is made possible with major funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and additional support by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Walker Art Center’s Dance Season is sponsored by Pine River Capital Management LP.

Walker Art Center Performing Arts
The Walker Art Center’s performing arts programs are made possible by generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation through the Doris Duke Performing Arts Fund, the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Producers’ Council
Performing Arts programs and commissions at the Walker are generously supported by members of the Producers’ Council: Russell Cowles; Sage Cowles; Nor Hall and Roger Hale; King’s Fountain/Barbara Watson Pillsbury and Henry Pillsbury; Emily Maltz; Dr. William W. and Nadine M. McGuire; Leni and David Moore, Jr.; Mike and Elizabeth Sweeney; and Frances and Frank Wilkinson.

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Photo: Gene Pittman, ©Walker Art Center