Ana Maria Lucaciu is a freelance choreographer and performing artist based in New York City and Antwerp, Belgium.
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 (Denmark), Augsburg Ballet (Germany), The Portuguese Contemporary Dance Company (Lisbon) and 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, Alexander Ekman and many others. As a freelance performer she has collaborated with New Dialect, Zoe/Juniper, Bryan Arias, Aszure Barton & Artists, and Alan Lucien Øyen’s Winter Guests.
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 choreographic work has been presented by the Norwegian National Ballet, New Dialect, Purchase Dance Company, Battery Dance New York, Ballet Finland, Dance Aspen, Philadelphia Ballet 2, Rambert School, London and a full evening piece for Terminus Modern Ballet Theater. In 2020 she was commissioned a short solo work by Swedish TV. She also created a full-evening duet with Nathan Griswold that has toured the US and Europe.
Ana Maria joined London’s Rambert 2 company as a rehearsal director for the spring of 2021. She worked with Alan Lucien Øyen’s Winter Guests as rehearsal director, company manager and performer for their 2022 world tour. Starting in November 2023 she will take on the position of Head Rehearsal Director at Opera Ballet Flanders.
Holder of a BFA in dance from Empire State College in New York, Ana Maria teaches ballet, contemporary, and improvisation workshops at professional programs and dance companies across the US, Europe and Asia. She is a 2018 TedX Bucharest speaker.