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January 22, 2020 0

Episode 1: Ana Maria Lucaciu – a freelance choreographer and performing artist based in NYC perspective on improvisation.

About Behind Metamorphosis Series: In November 2019, 23 speakers joined our collective Metamorphosis. The carefully curated selection of luminaries and changemakers, from all walks of life and corners of the world, delivered ideas worth spreading. Their journey with us continued behind the scenes. We are sharing each week the insights into their craft in this Behind Metamorphosis series.

Big thank you to Alexandru Agatinei for being the best Metamorphosis interviewer.
Video crew: Dragos Ilie, Razvan Dascalescu, Mihai Chican


I’d invest in giving possibilities to everyone to make art

Ana Maria Lucaciu

October 6, 2019 0

Ana Maria Lucaciu, the internationally acclaimed Romanian choreographer and contemporary dance performer, will be on the stage of TEDxMetamorphosis Sunday, November 17th. Check her answers to our questions in a ‘lucky 13’ interview.

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

Nothing. It would spoil the whole thing, wouldn’t it?

Who would you like your mobile phone number to belong to in the future?

My nephew.

If you could have all the money in the world to invest in your business, how would you spend it? What top priorities would you have?

That’s so difficult to answer in short. I’d invest in anything science related and education for all, everywhere. With that comes the environment, health, getting rid of poverty and equal rights, you know, the fundamentals. These are all grand and they’d be top priority. Then I’d invest in giving possibilities to everyone to make art. And start a massive universal dance camp.

If you had to give away 5 years of your life, which years would you choose? From the past or the future?

None. I’m greedy. I can’t even conceive of it.

In 30 years, what will you be nostalgic for?

Probably the mobility of my body.

What would be the worst “buy one and get another one free” product for sale?


If you could ask a pet one question, what would it be? “Who is a good boy?” does not count here.

Would you rather run wild in the woods, or is this couch really the best thing ever?

What could, under no circumstances, be art?


Have you ever mispronounced someone’s name? Tell us about the feeling.

Yes and it feels like butchering an entire personality with it. The second try is even worse because your confidence falters. And the third too. Then you just look for ways to avoid saying the name. It’s a vicious cycle.

What do you think was cool then, when you were a kid, but isn’t cool now?

Collecting gum wrappers. Probably not as cool now, but we were killing it back then.

If you could go back in time, how would you spend your first salary / income?

The same way I did, which I actually don’t precisely remember. I might have bought a CD or two. U2 and the Goldberg Variations.

How would you advertise yourself in only one sentence?

Easy going, but don’t take advantage of it.

Any thoughts about the way our world could end?

I think if we keep going the way we are, we’re getting there. It takes one thumb landing on the wrong button and pouf, gone.