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Originally from the Basque Country, he moved to Geneva in 1995 and founded the L'Alakran company. An author, director and actor, he adapted Rodrigo Garcia, Alfred Jarry and Robert Filliou. He opens up notions of performance and stage, as in Le Cromlech, where each spectator lives an experience with an actor, combining dialogue, physical movement and an introspective journey.

PerformanceProcess Paris, Centre Culturel Suisse 18.09-13.12.15
sat 19 Sep 2015
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19h
Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015)Centre culturel suisser+33 1 42 71 44 50

This performance presents a physical training session based on the eponymous poem by the Romanian poet Ghérasim Luca. The aim is to situate, without dramatising them, the metaphysical notions contained in the poem (life, death, anxieties, emptiness, ideas, trembling) via the repetition of physical and sound-based exercises. The poet brings the “meta”, the performers bring the “physical”. To show this method to as many people as possible, Oscar Gómez Mata and Esperanza López are accompanied by a few keen practitioners of this physical and philosophical method. The performance is the first in a collection that forms part of a broader project entitled La Conquête de l'Inutile, where the idea is to emphasise what is not usually seen as important, efficient and useful.

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

sun 20 Sep 2015
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15h45
Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015)Centre culturel suisser+33 1 42 71 44 50

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Originally from the Basque Country, he moved to Geneva in 1995 and founded the L'Alakran company. An author, director and actor, he adapted Rodrigo Garcia, Alfred Jarry and Robert Filliou. He opens up notions of performance and stage, as in Le Cromlech, where each spectator lives an experience with an actor, combining dialogue, physical movement and an introspective journey.

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Oscar Gómez Mata, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015) © Eva Zubero

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Oscar Gómez Mata – L'Alakran, Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (2015, 30') © Simon Letellier / CCS, Paris

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Yoga session

Oscar Gómez Mata gives us some exhilarating ideas on how to confront death, emptiness and angst. ...

Oscar Gómez Mata gives us some exhilarating ideas on how to confront death, emptiness and angst.

Since he moved to Geneva in 1995, Basque performer Oscar Gómez Mata and his company l'Alakran have never stopped exploring the role and involvement of the spectator in creative theatre. Whether adapting authors such as Rodrigo García and Alfred Jarry or creating his own work with Delphine Rosay and Esperanza López, the Spanish artist has always looked the audience in the eye and asked it, more or less directly, how it feels, where it is situated, and what it wants. In 2002, he performed Psychophonies de l'âme at the Théâtre Saint-Gervais in Geneva. This multi-sensorial journey inspired by the artist Robert Filliou (“art is what makes life more interesting than art”) invited the audience to appropriate the space and theatrical moments to achieve a sense of individual awakening. Quart d'heure de culture métaphysique (Fifteen Minute Metaphysical) presented in Paris continues in the same vein. First performed in Bilbao last May, this performance takes the form of a training session based on notions (life, death, emptiness, angst, ideas, exhilaration) cited by the Romanian poet Ghérasim Luca in his poem of the same name. To transform the existential charge of these notions, Oscar Gómez Mata and Esperanza López teach exercises reminiscent of yoga and tai chi, and also hand out a booklet describing the exercises. This performance, which recalls awareness training, is part of a broader project called Conquête de l'inutile (Conquest of the Useless), initiated in 2014, in which l’Alakran aims to “emphasise what is not usually important”. “Usefulness considered thus: art, science, thought, transmission, pleasure, seen simply for their own sakes, because they make us into better people.” It's art beyond art.

 

Marie-Pierre Genecand

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