Carmen Beuchat

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Portrait of Carmen Beuchat by Alfonso Barrios. [3]
Born December 27, 1941(1941-12-27)
Santiago de Chile, Chile
Lives in Quetroleufu, Chile
Web Memoria Chilena

Carmen Beuchat (1941) is a Chilean artist and choreographer.

She migrated to the USA in the late 1960s, where she participated actively in the New York scene during through the 1980s. A founding member of the Natural History of the American Dancers, Carmen Beuchat has developed a connection between her visual and choreographic work with a strong emphasis on spatial compositions, inserting mobile structures into her pieces.

In Chile, she is recognized as first source of contact improvisation and composition techniques related to North American postmodern dance. She held dance workshops in the midst of the Chilean dictatorship, initiating a process of transformation, not only in formal terms, but also in terms of a philosophy about the body in motion.

Since the 1990s she lives in Chile working as head of several dance schools and developing creative and educational programmes in Santiago and Valparaíso. She lives in Quetroleufu, south of Chile, in the middle of a forest, where she receives constant visits from students, dancers and artists.




  • La danza del universo, dir. Macarena Alvarez, 2016, 35 min. Trailer.