World Premiere or Luciana Achugar's BRUJX Comes to NYU Skirball, 10/19

NYU Skirball will present the world premiere of choreographer luciana achugar's Brujx, on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 at 7:30 pm, as part of On Your Marx, NYU Skirball's FREE, two-week celebration of philosopher Karl Marx. Brujx ritualizes the labor of the dancers, exposing and transcending it to unearth the powerful and primal magic brujx within them.

As in all of achugar's work, Brujx proposes DANCE as the necessary transformational healing for our time. It resists western assumptions of beauty and hierarchical order, freeing the dancers both of their role as worker in the power structure within the creative project and of the universal shame of being animal-sexual-powerful-instinctive creatures.

luciana achugar, a Brooklyn-based choreographer from Uruguay, has been making work in NYC and Uruguay independently and collaboratively since 1999. She is a two-time Bessie Award recipient and was nominated for a 2016 Bessie for Outstanding Production for her latest An Epilogue for OTRO TEATRO: True Love. She was a 2017 Alpert Award recipient, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grantee, amongst other accolades. She was one of Dance Magazine's 2012 "25 to Watch" and her Bessie Award-winning work PURO DESEO was named one of 2010 Time Out/NY's "Best of Dance." Her works also include The Pleasure Project and OTRO TEATRO. lachugar.org

NYU Skirball's Marx Festival: On Your Marx, a two-week commemoration of the great philosopher Karl Marx's 200th birthday, will feature theater, dance, choral performances and special events and will run October 17 - 28. Admission to all performances is free: however, in keeping with Marx's socialist theories, audiences will receive an invoice detailing the cost of every element of the production (supply). They are then free to determine the worth of the production and donate accordingly (demand).

Karl Marx, revolutionary economist, philosopher and author of The Communist Manifesto, was one of the most influential figures of all time. Inspired by Marxist writings on the perils of capitalism, class struggle and socialism, the festival features works that represent aspects of Marx's theories: P Project (the effects of capitalism); the world premiere of choreographer luciana achugar's Brujx (the oppression of the proletariat); and the premiere of Choral Marx, a choral adaptation of Marx's Manifesto by Ethan Philbrick, featuring the Democratic Socialists of America Choir.

Special events include a Marxist DJ Dance Party & Marathon Reading of Marxist Texts; The Fate of the Commons: a Trotskyite View, a Skirball Talk by Slavoj Žižek; and Popular Revolt, A Marxist Variety Show. Visit www.nyuskirball.org for complete schedule of events.

Tickets for all Marx Festival events are free but must be reserved in advance. Reservations can be made online at www.nyuskirball.org, by phone at 212.998.4941, or in person at the Box Office, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square: Tuesday-Saturday, 12:00-6:00 P.M. NYU Skirball is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.

NYU Skirball, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is one of New York City's major presenters of international work, and has been the premier venue for cultural and performing arts events in lower Manhattan since 2003. The 800-seat theater, led by Director Jay Wegman, provides a home for internationally renowned artists, innovators and thinkers. NYU Skirball hosts over 300 events annually, from re-inventions of the classics to cutting-edge premieres, in genres ranging from dance, theater and performance arts to comedy, music and film.

NYU Skirball's unique partnership with New York University enables it to draw on the University's intellectual riches and resources to enhance its programming with dialogues, public forums and conversations with artists, philosophers, scientists, Nobel Laureates and journalists. www.nyuskirball.org.

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