Photo of two duets on stage at the Battery Dance Festival.

It Goes By Quick

Choreography: Ana Maria Lucaciu with the dancers of Battery Dance

Music: T.M Rives (Original score) with music by Artie Shaw, AGF

First Performance: 2021, 40th Annual Battery Dance Festival

Costumes: Ana Maria Lucaciu

A special thanks to Jonathan Hollander, the Battery Dance dancers, and T.M Rivers for their unwavering support.

This performance is supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York.

Praise for “It Goes By Quick” 

Four dancers on a dark stage lean to the left and look towards the right.“Set to an original score by T.M. Rives, the piece explores human interaction, the subconscious, and time. It begins with a lone tree set downstage left which lights up as a deep voice seemingly speaks through it, introducing the piece, then ironically narrating the sometimes light and jazzy, sometimes earnest and contemplative movement of the dancers. “How did she get here?” he interjects, admitting distraction. Then, “Now I am completely absorbed,” expressing a better awareness of the dancers on stage. The narration is relatable, as naturally, our minds are rarely devoted to one subject at a time. Despite this tendency, the narrator encourages us to really pay attention, to “notice the details.” As he says in the beginning, reflecting the title of the piece: “It Goes by Quick.” 

– Cecilia Whalen, Fjord Review

About the Choreographer

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 (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, 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 is a choreographer in her own right and her  work has been presented by the Norwegian National Ballet, New Dialect, Purchase Dance Company, Terminus Modern Ballet Theater, Battery Dance New York, Ballet Finland. 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. Her work will be presented by Philadelphia Ballet and Dance Aspen in the spring of 2022.

Ana Maria joined London’s Rambert 2 company as a rehearsal director for the spring of 2021. She will be joining Alan Lucien Øyen’s Winter Guests as rehearsal director for their 2022 world tour.

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.