Ana Maria Lucaciu is a freelance choreographer and performing artist based in New York City.
Born in Bucharest, Romania, Ana Maria graduated from the National Ballet School of Canada and joined Canada’s National Ballet immediately after. She 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 (New York), where she danced for seven years. Ana Maria has performed and created works with contemporary dance’s foremost choreographers, including Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Hofesh Shechter, Jiří Kylián, Jo Stromgren, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and many others. As a freelance performer she has collaborated with New Dialect, Zoe/Juniper, Bryan Arias and Aszure Barton & Artists. She assisted Crystal Pite on her Polaris project at New York City Center, and regularly assists Swedish choreographer Alexander Ekman with new creations and stages his work around the world.
Ana Maria’s own choreographic work has been presented by the Norwegian National Ballet, New Dialect and SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. She created a full-evening duet with Nathan Griswold that has toured the US and Europe. She will create a new full evening on Terminus Modern Ballet Theater in Atlanta for their 2020 season and is currently working on a new project with actor and NYU faculty member Zachary Fine.
Holder of a BFA in dance from Empire State College, Ana Maria teaches ballet, contemporary, and improvisation workshops at professional programs and dance companies across the US, Europe and Asia.
If I had all the money in the world to invest in a business, I’d start with science and education for all, everywhere. With that comes the environment, health, getting rid of poverty and equal rights – the fundamentals.
Then I’d invest in giving everyone the possibility to make art. And start a massive, universal dance camp.
An artist ready to be discovered at #TEDxBucharest11.