22, 23, 24, 25, 26 October| NTF HUB, Cinetic HAll
Author and choreographer of Slightly Off Stage, a dance work that she presents in the Festival with Nathan Griswold, Ana Maria Lucaciu wil be the trainer of a dance workshop dedicated to Romanian actors, dancers and choreographers, to whom she will share her vast experience as a dancer, choreographer and performer.
Ana Maria Lucaciu was born in Bucharest, Romania. At the age of 11 she received a scholarship from the National Ballet School of Canada, where she completed her dance education. After graduation, she joined Canada’s National Ballet and went on to dance with the Royal Danish Ballet, Augsburg Ballet (Germany), The Portuguese Contemporary Dance Company (Lisbon) and most recently, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York, where she danced for seven years. Lucaciu has performed and created works with contemporary dance foremost choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jiří Kylián, Alexander Ekman, Jo Stromgren, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and many others. Holder of a BFA in dance from Empire State College, she collaborates and performs with a wide range of artists and companies, and freelances as a dancer and choreographer in her own right. Ana Maria teaches ballet, contemporary, and improvisation workshops at professional programs and dance companies across the US and Europe.
Lucaciu currently assists Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman with new creations and stages his work around the world.
“My class is an improvisation and task based class, that uses imagery and sensation in order to open and explore the body’s and the mind’s ability to indulge in one’s physicality and imagination. The level of difficulty depends on the individual, who can choose how much or how far they push themselves depending on their ability and willingness. The driving force behind the class is curiosity and not ambition, the ultimate goal being to enjoy how much untapped physical potential we can discover within ourselves. And to simply have a whole lot of fun doing it.” (Ana Maria Lucaciu)