Time Based Art Festival 2020

luciana achugar | PURO TEATRO: a spell for Utopia

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luciana achugar

(BROOKLYN, NY)


PURO TEATRO: a spell for Utopia

CO-COMMISSIONED BY THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY THEATER


SEPTEMBER 26 | 4:00 PM PDT

Run time: 60 min


CLOSED CAPTIONING


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DESCRIPTION 

PURO TEATRO: a spell for Utopia furthers achugar’s mission for making work as a practice of growing a new theater, a utopian theater; a practice of making theater as a practice of growing a collective body with the audience; an uncivilized body, a decolonized body, a utopian body. It embraces the dystopian reality of bodies that cannot touch one another, but can touch a screen, and proposes that our bodies become the site with our technologies as ritual objects and portals to other embodied realities.


PURO TEATRO: a spell for Utopia seizes this moment of isolation to consider the possibility of the theater inherent in the intimacy of our own experience, within the spaces of our bodies, our homes, and our cities. A theater without theater, distilled to its essence by the artist “downloading” their work directly to the audience as a spell, an intimate incantation.





ARTIST BIO

luciana achugar (b. 1970) is a latinx immigrant from Uruguay who grew up mostly in Venezuela in political exile and developed her voice as a choreographer between New York and Montevideo. She makes work from the rage of being a Latin-American living in the belly of the Empire in a post-colonial world. She makes work as a practice of building a new theater, another/other theater, OTRO TEATRO, a utopian theater; a practice of growing a new body; an uncivilized body, a decolonized body, a utopian body.


Since 2013 she has been developing the “Pleasure Practice” which she teaches internationally and that continues to inform her creative process and her relationship to making work as resistance and as a possibility for healing.


She received two Bessie Awards, one nomination and numerous other accolades such as the 2017 Alpert Award in Dance.