Whose Space Is Whose?more...
A choreographer assaults the audience-performer divide
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice
published: November 21, 2006
Achugar borrowed her title from an anthology by one dance scholar, Andre Lepecki, and drew her program note from a book by another, Mark Franko's The Work of Dance/ Labor, Movement, and Identity in the 1930s. The mission statement for her last piece, A Super Natural Return to Love (2004), reveals that the Urugayan-born choreographer is heavily into the tropes and language of postmodern scholarship. Central to Exhausting Love is the problem of "the gaze" that tends to objectify the performer and cast the spectator as voyeur.