“Physical theater artist Geoff Sobelle (The Object Lesson, 2014 Next Wave) leads an ensemble of dancers and designers in a feat of impossible carpentry: raising a house onstage and making a home within it. Residents tumble through kitchens, beds, and baths in a spontaneous choreography of everyday life, as they move in, move out, clean up, burn down, sweep under, paint over, fence off, and move on. At once an enchanting experiment in collectivity and an affecting meditation on dwelling, HOME takes stock of all the stubborn forces that make a house a home.”
Karen Jenson and I arrived at the Peter Jay Sharp building at BAM to meet and interview Geoff Sobelle. Taking the elevator to the ‘Penthouse’ and walking the hallways decorated with posters from BAM’s successful shows from the past was sublime.
The penthouse studio was beautiful and illuminated with gorgeous daylight streaming in from the windows on one side. Geoff was seated at a long table and we proceeded to set up a couple of chairs in the middle of the room.
Carlosis an international stage director, actor and theatre researcher. For 20 years he has been traveling the world to develop and explore new theatrical languages, influenced by the study of human movement and its society.
Carlos was born in Madrid in 1976. He belongs to the generation of Spanish Transition after Franco’s dictatorial regime. He comes from a family of migrants originally from Granada (south of Spain). His father José is a self-taught prestigious Chef, and his mother Angeles is a craftswoman.
During his time with Lecoq, Carlos encountered Donato Sartori in Italy. Then in 2003, he became Donato Sartori´s pedagogical assistant and collaborator. By the hand of Sartori he began to explore the architecture of gestures and the anthropology of the mask.
After a Teatro Punto’s tour in Ireland, Carlos decided to establish his research in Galway for 3 years. These years would be a fundamental period for Carlos’ work where he developed his research together with artists and theatre activists Miquel Barceló and Judith Higgins.
Carlos’ research incorporated different artistic disciplines (music, architecture, painting, dance…) and science (anthropology, philosophy, physics, geometry…) He also embraced multi-cultural influences sharing his time between more than 20 countries performing, directing, teaching and researching.
In 2011 he created the International Laboratory of Theatre Research – Manifesto Poetico, hosting his research, performances and productions. With Manifesto Poetic Carlos started a consolidation of his own signature theatre expanding his research of masks to a greater concept of the mask on the space, not only the body. With Manifesto Poetico Carlos’ work reaches into a wider variety of theatrical territories and styles.
His Laboratory leads him to the development of new theatrical languages where the body and the space are the base of storytelling and emotional communication.
Theatres and cultural institutions around the world invite him and his artistic team to research, perform and create new work (New York, Bogota, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, Amsterdam…).
His work and own productions are strongly connected to popular tradition, dramaturgy of comedy and sociology.
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For more information about Carlos Garcia Estevez andhis Manifesto Poetico go here.
Jos Hobren will be performing his wonderful show “The Art of Laughter” at The French Institute this Oct 27th 2012 at 7pm. I suggest you get tickets as soon as possible as it SOLD OUT last year.
Here is the video interview I did with him last year when he performed the show.
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