luciana achugar’s “OTRO TEATRO”: In Search of a New Kind of Theater

Photo by Matt Lambros.

Photo by Matt Lambros.

luciana achugar (2013 Performing Arts) presents the New York premiere of her Creative Capital-supported project, OTRO TEATRO, at New York Live Arts, April 2-5, 2014. Placed metaphorically in the ruins of a collapsed theater, OTRO TEATRO is achugar’s current search for another kind of theater; a ritual of becoming; an occasion for communion. OTRO TEATRO, a solo work created and performed by achugar, is a dark rite of passage from destruction to rebuilding. It is a dance that is meant to be felt as it is seen, giving voice to the arcane spirit and desire of our uncivilized bodies.  

VIDEO: luciana achugar presents “OTRO TEATRO” at the 2013 Creative Capital Artist Retreat

In an interview with achugar for TimeOut New York, Gia Koulas writes:

Luciana Achugar winces as she reveals the duration of her latest premiere: It’s more than two hours. “I didn’t intend to do that!” she insists. “It just happened.” In OTRO TEATRO, her point of departure is pleasure, and in her seductive, voluptuous pieces, pleasure requires time. Still, it’s handy to know that she’s hoping to arrange for New York Live Arts to keep a bar open for audience members during the performance. “I’m trying to move away from doing something that’s so precious: Look at me and how great I made this beautiful, perfect thing.” In OTRO TEATRO, whose name means “another theater” or “other theater” in Spanish, Achugar—who hails from Uruguay—digs deeper than ever to explore the primal body.

Read the full interview here.


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Jenny Gill is Director of Communications at Creative Capital and editor of The Lab. Prior to joining Creative Capital in 2010, she produced educational programs and digital content for the American Craft Council. She has worked at numerous commercial and nonprofit galleries, including as Gallery Director at the University of the South (Sewanee, TN), Gallery Manager at Joan B. Mirviss Ltd. (New York) and Assistant Curator at Vanderbilt University’s Fine Arts Gallery (Nashville, TN). She also worked as a letterpress designer/printer at the historic Hatch Show Print, studied at the International Workshop for Ceramic Art in Tokoname, Japan, and was an artist assistant for Nashville sculptor Alan LeQuire. Jenny holds a BA in art and art history from Vanderbilt University, where she was awarded the Hamblet Award for studio art, and an MA from Bard Graduate Center for Decorative Arts, Design and Culture.

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