Recent and future projects

luciana featured in top 10 choreographers to watch by Contemporary Performance (see HERE)

2017 Recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts

2017-18 Brooklyn Arts Exchange Artist in Residence

February 24th- March 3rd 2018

Presenting a new work at UC Riverside

January 2018

APAP Performance at the Chocolate Factory in a shared bill with Jennifer Monson

November 2017

Showing an excerpt of work-in-progress at BAX Open Studios

Fall 2017

Teaching The Pleasure Practice (Embodied Rebellion) on Fridays from 10:00-12:00pm through Movement Research at Eden's Expressway

August 7th-11th 2017

Teaching "Embodied Rebellion Becoming Uncivilized" as part of Melt through Movement Research.


July 15th-22nd 2017

Performing and teaching with Levi Gonzalez at Estudio Mitrovica in Mexico City, Mexico. 

luciana will be presenting a solo on July 15th, 2017.

luciana will be teaching from July 17th-21st 2017.

luciana and Levy are presenting a performance lecture on July 21st 2017.

Workshop participants will be presenting their performance with luciana on July 22nd 2017.


May 29th-31st 2017

Teaching at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano at the 305 & Havana International Improv Fest


May 25th and 26th 2017

Performance with Michael Mahalchick at Dance in Process at the Kitchen.


May 16th 2017

Blessed Art thou - Bendita Tu Eres at the College of Staten Island as part of the CUNY Dance Initiative.


2016 Bessie Award Nominee for Outstanding Production for An Epilogue for Otro Teatro: True Love

2016 CUNY Dance Initiative Residency Recipient (At the College of Staten Island)


Spring 2017

Guest artist at Wesleyan University and teacher at Playwrights Horizons


March 9th 2017

Performance and lecture at Sanctuary, Brooklyn, NY.


November 18th 2016

Blessed Art thou - Bendita Tu Eres showing at the Williamson Theater, produced by the CUNY Dance Initiative


October 5th 2016

Blessed Art thou - Bendita Tu Eres at Prelude 2016 at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY


Fall 2016

Guest artist at the University of Minneapolis


September 12th 2016

Blessed Art thou - Bendita Tu Eres at Movement Research at the Judson Church 25th year anniversary performance


August 5th 2016

The Pleasure Project in Occidental Square, Seattle, WA, as a culmination of a residency at the Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation. Presented in partnership with Velocity Dance Center, and curated by Velocity Artistic Director Tonya Lockyer.


June 26th 2017

An Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love at River to River Festival presented by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.


December 10th-19th 2015

Premiere of An Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love at Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center at Gibney Dance, co-presented with The Chocolate Factory Theater, 53A Chambers Street, New York, NY

For tickets click here


October 4th-12th 2015

In residency at Mount Tremper Arts


May 17th-28th 2015

In residency at the Maggie Allessee National Center for Choreography in Tallahassee, Florida


April 18th, May 2nd and June 13th 2015

Presenting Carnal Church, in-process experiments of OTRO TEATRO: An Epilogue as part of an ongoing residency at The Chocolate Factory Theater in Queens, NY (free event, no reservations required)


March 28th- April 5th 2015

Presenting OTRO TEATRO at Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas 

For reservations click here


Saturday Febuary 28th (1pm-6pm) and Sunday March 1st (12pm-4pm)

Teaching In Pleasure

Balance Dance Studios, 4544 South Lamar Blvd, Austin TX 78745


February 2nd-Febuary 13th 2015

Teaching In Pleasure

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
10:00 am-12:00 pm $14
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway

January 13th, 15th and 17th 2015

Presented OTRO TEATRO: The Pleasure Project at Abrons Arts Center through American Realness


December 4th-7th 2014

Presenting OTRO TEATRO at Sala Zavala Muniz / Teatro Solís, Montevideo, Uruguay



Past Projects




October 6th-10th 2014

Teaching at Mascher Space Co-op in Philadelphia, PA

September 8th-19th 2014

Teaching at Eden's Expressway through Movement Research Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 am-12:00 pm

August 25th-30th 2014

Presenting The Pleasure Project at Le Mouvement in Bienne, Switzerland

July 12th 2014

The Pleasure Project at Paths to Pier 42 with The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council

April 2nd- April 5th 2014 at 7:30pm
OTRO TEATRO New York Premiere
New York Live Arts
219 W 19th St New York, NY 10011

February 27th-March 1st 2014
OTRO TEATRO World Premiere
The Walker Center
1750 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403

January 11th at 3pm & January 12th at 12pm
Live Artery Showing of OTRO TEATRO*
New York Live Arts
219 W 19th St New York, NY 10011

*this event is invite only. If you are interested in attending pleast contact us by emailing

December 13th 2013

Open Studio showing of excerpts of OTRO TEATRO
Building 110: LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island

October 17th-October 25th 2013
Vermont Performance Lab Residency for OTRO TEATRO
561 Fitch Rd Brattleboro, VT 05301

August 5th- August 11th 2013
Residency at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis for OTRO TEATRO
1750 Hennepin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55403


achugar selected for a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship


luciana recieved a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship for OTRO TEATRO- often characterized as "midcareer" awards, Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.


July 2nd, 9th and 11th at 7pm 2013
Elastic City Walk
River to River Festival
The Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal (South Ferry)
4 South St. and Whitehall Street
New York, NY 10004


June 7th and 8th at 6pm 2013
Studio Series Showing of OTRO TEATRO
New York Live Arts
219 W 19th St New York, NY 10011


luciana achugar recieves 2013 Creative Capital Artist Grant


achugar was offered a 2013 Creative Capital Artist Grant for OTRO TEATRO. The 2013 grantees were selected through an open-call, three-phase application process from a pool of more than 2,700 applicants. Creative Capital’s investment in each funded project includes up to 50,000 USD in direct financial support (disbursed at key points over the life of each project), plus more than 40,000 USD in advisory services, making the organization’s total 2013 investment more than 4,140,000 USD.


June 30, July 1, 6pm and July 2-3 2012, 1pm
River to River Festival
The Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Terminal (South Ferry)
New York, NY 10004


Philly Live Arts Brewery selects luciana achugar as a 2012 Artist in Residence


achugar will participate in the Live Arts Brewery (LAB) program through the Philly Fringe and Live Arts Festival in Philadelphia, PA, as she develops her new work FEEL...FORM premiering in NYC in May 2012. A laboratory for research and development, the Live Arts Brewery (LAB) supports artistic research, experimentation, and exploration of contemporary theater, dance, and cross-genre live performance work. The LAB provides artists with a state-of-the-art theater facility at the Live Arts Studio, a 2,400-square-foot space housed in a former brewery. As part of the residency achugar will be teaching two classes and be presenting an excerpt of work for the monthly Scratch Night 2nd Thursdays performance series. For more information,click here.


May 11-12, 17-19 2012
Abrons Arts Center Playhouse
New York, NY 10002


January 8th 2012
Show & Tell: FEEL...FORM
American Realness Festival
Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY 10002


achugar recipient of The Field Dance Fund 2012


achugar was selected as one of three choreographers to participate in The Field Dance Fund, sponsored by an initiative of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Aimed to help each selected artist generate a versatile and adaptive production plan that is uniquely tailored to support and further their personal artistic vision, the award includes access to individualized consulting services, peer support, and a cash grant for unrestricted use.


September 15th 2011
Catch @ TBA:11
Time-Based Art Festival
Portland Institute of Contemporary Art
Portland OR 97214


August 26-30th 2011
Latin American Premiere

Zavala Muníz/Teatro Solís
Montevideo, Uruguay


January 7th at 6 pm &
January 9th 2011 at 5:30 pm
American Realness Festival
Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY 10002


achugar recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts BUILD 2011


luciana achugar is a second-time recipient of the NYFA Building Up Infrastructure Levels for Dance (BUILD) grant (2008, 2011). BUILD aims to assist the development of the organizational environment so that time and resources are available to create, conceive and advance dance companies' artistic missions. Click here for more information.


MAP FUND to support achugar's upcoming work PURO DESEO

PURO DESEO premiering at The Kitchen in the Spring of 2010, will be supported through a generous grant from the MAP FUND. For more information about 2009 MAP FUND grantees,click here.


achugar recipient of the 2010 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award

The program selects a group of distinguished artists in various fields each year by nomination, to receive a generous unrestricted Award. Since 1963, The Foundation for Contemporary Arts has provided grants to artists in the areas of dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts. For more information


PURO DESEO receives a 2010 NY BESSIE Award !!!


"For casting a spell on the audience and taking them into the dark, dark mysteries of the body and all its desires at The Kitchen, a 2010 New York Dance and Performance Award goes to luciana achugar’s “PURO DESEO”."


Jerome Foundation supports achugar's work


luciana achugar is a recipient of a 2010 Grant from The Jerome Foundation. The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill (1905-1972), makes grants to support the creation and production of new artistic works by emerging artists living in Minnesota and New York City. For more information, visit:



PURO DESEO one of the best of 2010 in Dance by TimeOut New York





April 29th-May 2nd 2010
The Kitchen, NYC
New York, NY 10011


luciana achugar in Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch"


Dance Magazine, January, 2011
(Chosen by choreographer Noémie Lafrance, a 2004 “25 to Watch”)


"Luciana is doing something that has an edge, but it’s also very clean, concise, together. I feel like her work, while experimental, is also accessible. You could see it if you hadn't been exposed to dance and still be moved. It has a touch of being universal.
She’s also very strong as a performer. She’s powerful without being arrogant; her power is very pure. She’s a very down-to-earth human being—generous and natural.
Her last show, PURO DESEO, really brings you on a journey. It takes a little while to evolve. You hear this humming, this singing, and she's going into this very repetitive back-and-forth. But you feel as though the room is starting to get haunted. There's some kind of shamanic quality; the air is getting a little bit thicker. When artists are able to do that, they transcend the space with what they are doing.
I'm curious to see what she does next. I don't know what else she's reserving, but she definitely has more intriguing work up her sleeve."


January 9th & 10th 2010
Franny & Zooey
American Realness Festival
Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY 10002-4808


BAX names luciana achugar a 2009/10 Artist in Residence

achugar will participate in the 2009/10 Artist in Residence Program at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange as she develops her new work PURO DESEO, premiering in the Spring of 2010. As part of the residency achugar will receive administrative and artistic support throughout the work's development, and have the opportunity to take part in public work-in-progress showings. For more information about BAX and the AIR Program, click here.


A Super Natural Return to Love Presented at Walker Art Center in Minneapolis

achugar's 2004 work, A Super Natural Return to Love enjoyed a successful Minneapolis premiere as part of New World Dance: New York. The work completed an evening featuring work Nora Chipaumire, Nami Yamamoto and achugar. “In an evening defined by strong female artistic perspectives,” said Caroline Palmer of the Star Tribune, “achugar's 'uncivilized women' provoke the most extreme reaction.” For more information on the Minneapolis premiere at Walker Art Center click hereThe tour was supported in part with funding from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts.


LMCC honors luciana with the 2009 Prestigious President's Award


The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, honored luciana achugar at The Downtown Dinner 2009 Gala on April 20, 2009. Maggie Boepple, President of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, presented achugar with The Liberty, LMCC's 2009 prestigious President's Award: The Liberty. To see event images, click here.



BAX10 Passing It On Award

This year, luciana achugar was honored to receive the BAX Passing It On award from Tere O'Connor. Each year, BAX10 award winners are given the opportunity to nominate an up-and-coming individual in their field to receive the award. On November 13th, Tere O'Connor honored luciana at the BAX10 Award Ceremony. He had this to say:


"luciana is asking questions of dance. She is attempting to live in the middle of divides between behavior and style; presentation and action; theater and public space. I find her artistic journey incredibly compelling. Through her investigations, she creates works that have an uncommon, but inevitable form. They convince through their otherness, like an odd looking person who you fall in love with after your first meeting. luciana's immersion into questions of the body, of woman-ness and of hierarchical organizational systems is truthful and enlightening. Her works are shaped by internal content that manifests itself on the surface of her art. This places her far from the choreographic default settings employed by many, where visible design is mistaken for choreography. She offers us a different value system by posing art as heightened existence rather than spectacle."


-Tere O'Connor, BAX10 Award Recipient


NYFA 2008 Fellowship for Choreography

luciana was also honored to receive a NYFA 2008 Fellowship for Choreography earlier this year. The Fellowship, along with the private supporters of the company, allowed for the development of The Sublime is Us. For more information about NYFA programs and award winners