Stage director, performer, opera régisseur, visual artist.
Emilio García Wehbi was born in Buenos Aires in 1964. He is an interdisciplinary artist working in the crossover of different scenic languages. Since 1989 -year in which he founds El Periférico de Objetos, a paradigmatic group in the experimental and independent Argentinean scene- up to these days, he has become a prominent theatre director, régissuer, performer, visual artist and teacher. His theatre productions, operas, installations and urban interventions have been presented in the most relevant venues, festivals and cities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Mexico, United States, Canada, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, Scotland, France, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Australia and Japan.
His poetics confronts with the established aesthetic categories creating an hybrid form that does not adjust to any specific definition. His formal quest tries to establish a dialectic with the spectator, considering audiences an active part of the work. His formal strategies include concepts such as obscene (that that is off the scene), crisis, accident, provocation, instability, extraordinary (that that is off the established order), memory, death and violence.
His artistic production is a space where different points of view converge.
His most relevant works are: Hécuba o el Gineceo Canino (Hecuba or the Canine Gynoecium, 2011), El (A)parecido (The Appeared, 2010), Aura (2010), Dr. Faustus (2010), Red Light for Dr. Faustus (2010), Chacales y Árabes (Jackals and Arabs, 2009), El Matadero. Un Comentario (The Slaughterhouse. A Commentary, 2009), Heldenplatz (2008), Dolor Exquisito (Exquisite Pain, 2008), Jakob von Gunten (A & B; 2008), Moby Dick, oder Der Weisse Wal (2007), El Orín Come el Hierro, el Agua Come las Piedras (2007), Woyzeck (2006); Bambiland (2005), La Balsa de la Medusa (Raft of the Medusa, 2005), El Matadero (The Slaughterhouse. Performances Series: VI. Ciudad Juárez, V. Howl, IV. Respondez!, III, II, I; 2008-2005), Lucha Libre (Wrestling, 2005), Proyecto Filoctetes (4 editions: Vienna, Buenos Aires, Berlin, Cracaw 2007-2002), Hamlet de William Shakespeare (2004), Anna O. (2004), Moby Dick (2003), Los Murmullos (The murmurs, 2002), Sin Voces (1999) y Cuerpos Viles: Museo de la Morgue Judicial (Vile Bodies, 1999); as director in the productions by El Periférico de Objetos: Manifiesto de Niños (Children’s Manifesto, 2005), La Última Noche de la Humanidad (The Last Night of Mankind, 2002), Monteverdi Método Bélico (Monteverdi War Method, 2000), Zooedipous (1998), Máquina Hamlet (Hamletmachine, 1995), Cámara Gesell (Gesell Chamber, 1994), El Hombre de Arena (The Sandman, 2002), y Ubú Rey (King Ubu, 1999).
As an art teacher, he has teached at the Valeska Gert Visiting Professorship for Dance and Performance, Institut für Theaterwissenschaft, Freie Universität, Berlin, Germany, 2010; at the Maestría en Teatro y Artes Vivas, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, 2009 & 2007; and at the Institut fur Theaterwiessenschaft, Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Munich, Germany, 2007.
Beside, he has given several courses, workshops, lectures and seminars in Japan, Brasil, Australia, U.S.A., Scotland, Austria, Germany, Poland, Colombia, Spain, Perú, México and Argentina.