luciana achugar’s “An Epilogue for Otro Teatro: True Love.” Photo by Scott Shaw.
In 2014, luciana achugar (she spells her name with lowercase letters) premiered "Otro Teatro" at New York Live Arts. "Otro Teatro" opened conventionally enough: achugar, in a black shift dress that showed smears of red on her legs, twirled in ceremonial rapture. Then, something odd happened. Audience members began moaning and writhing and thumping down the stairs to join her on stage. It appeared that achugar's dancing had hypnotized these individuals — later revealed to be plants — into a trance.
Co-presented by Gibney Dance and the Chocolate Factory Theater, achugar is back with "An Epilogue for Otro Teatro: True Love," which employs similar elements: length (like the original, this pushes past three hours), theme (dance as ecstasy), and ritual (as manifested through rhythm and repetition). This piece, though, lacks...
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