Hatchery Project Artist | May 16- 27, 2015
An Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love
Hatchery Project Artist luciana achugar returned to MANCC following her premiere of OTRO TEATRO in spring 2014 to develop her next work, An Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love. While in residence, she continued the work of searching for another kind of theater, one that gives voice to the body’s essential desire to move, to set free a new “post-civilized” self, and to resist Western assumptions of beauty and order.
In An Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love, achugar considers the powerful community that developed during the creation and performance of OTRO TEATRO. She asks, if how we live in our bodies creates the world we inhabit, how might we build the bodies and, by extension, the world that we want? Rather than using the bodies of the dancers as more typical manufacturers of an external movement vocabulary, achugar considers how the movement work can be used to transform the body into a new and much-needed ‘“de-colonized” body. She also examines how changing the performers’ bodies potentially changes the bodies of those viewing the work. Her investigation is an attempt to move beyond the rational knowledge of the mind to a place of feeling, bodily experience and pleasure.
achugar used her time at MANCC to research the practice of unearthing the arcane body as the performance. She and her collaborators met with FSU Biology Faculty members Nora Underwood, Ph.D. and Brian Inouye, Ph.D. to discuss the nature of how living organisms influence each other's evolution. Additionally, she worked with DJ Peter Jacobs and during a public work -in-progress showing experimented, along with the performers, with ideas related to the audience as a collective body, or an activated spectatorship. She also invited writer Jennifer Krasinski into the studio to witness the early stages of the creative process.
An Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love premiered at Gibney Dance Center's Agnes Varis Performing Arts Center, co-presented by the Chocolate Factory, Dec 10-12 & 17-19, 2015.
This residency is part of The Hatchery Project, a collaborative residency initiative with The Chocolate Factory (Long Island City, NY), RED Arts Project (Philadelphia, PA), Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), and Vermont Performance Lab (Guilford, VT) and is made possible with major funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Collaborators in Residence: Oren Barnoy, Nikima Jagudajev, Jennifer Kjos, Molly Lieber, Michael Mahalchick, Gillian Walsh [performers}, Peter Jacobs [performer/musician], Jennifer Krasinski [writer]. Slideshow photos by Chris Cameron