Puro Deseo


World Premiere: The Kitchen

April 29th-May 1st 2010

Latin American Premiere: Zavala/Muniz/Teatro Solis, Montevideo, Uruguay

August 26th-30th 2011

LA premiere: Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles

March 29th and 30th 2013


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.


The Kitchen's presentation of PURO DESEO is made possible with support from The Greenwall 
Foundation, The Harkness Foundation for Dance, the Jerome Foundation, the Jerome Robbins 
Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation,and with public funds from the New York City Department 
of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
PURO DESEO was created, in part, 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.