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PURO DESEO by luciana achugar
The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
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PURO DESEO by luciana achugar
Friday & Saturday, March 29 & 30, 2013

Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles
1238 W. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA  90026
(Street parking on 1st St., 2nd St., and Bixel St.)

$15 in advance / $25 at the door

"several kinds of awesome... a focused ritualistic exploration of haunting and the haunted." - Andy Horwitz, Culturebot

In PURO DESEO, choreographer luciana achugar returns to the tradition of the proscenium stage. Embracing the darkness of the cavernous black box and its inherent magic and mystery, achugar draws inspiration from paranormal phenomena, the occult, and representations of monstrosity in Gothic film and literature. Through a visceral and intuitive experience of sound, movement, and the exaggerated presence of light, long-time collaborator Michael Mahalchick and achugar build their performance as an incantation.

Conceived and Directed by luciana achugar. Created and Performed by luciana achugar and Michael Mahalchick. Lighting Design by  Madeline Best. Costume Design by Walter Dundervill.

luciana achugar is a Brooklyn-based choreographer originally from Montevideo, Uruguay. She began making work collaboratively with Levi Gonzalez in 1999, and in 2002 she started working independently. Since then she has created eight works that have been presented at dance venues throughout New York City, as well as atMOMA's PS1; at the Green Street Studios in Cambridge, MA; at the Walker Art Center and The Southern Theater in Minneapolis; at Portland's Institute of Contemporary Art during their Time-Based Art Festival; and in Uruguay at the Festival Iberoamericano de Danza, Teatro Solis and the Centro Cultural de EspaƱa en Montevideo.

achugar is a 2013 Creative Capital grantee; a two-time New York Dance "Bessie" Award recipient; she was one of Dance Magazine's 2011 "25 to Watch" and a 2010 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grantee. Her work has received support and recognition from several foundations including the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Jerome Foundation and the Multi-Arts Production Fund, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council President's Award (2009) and a Brooklyn Arts Exchange "Passing it on" Artist Award. achugar was a Movement Research Artist in Residence (2001-2003) and a BAX Artist in Residence (2009-11) and is currently part of The Hatchery Project.

2010 New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Award Winning Production. PURO DESEO was commissioned by The Kitchen and created with support from the Multi-Arts Production Fund; the Jerome Foundation; the Abrons Arts Center Workspace Program; and through the Artist in Residence Program at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange.


The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (View)
1238 W. 1st Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026
United States


Arts > Dance

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Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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