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La conquista de lo inútil

Companyia L'Alakran

Why does someone submerge themselves to a depth of 122 metres just to set a record for apnoea? What drives our most banal actions, those that no cause justifies and for which it is necessary to make a superhuman effort to obtain negligible results? The artist Óscar Gómez Mata and his actors get the enthusiast up on stage, namely, the man or woman who believes in their ability to transform people and things, and who has believed the inessential to be essential. The conquest starts here!

The show is the latest creation by a company formed in 1997 in Geneva, founded by Óscar Gómez Mata, an actor, director, author and set designer from San Sebastián who was the artist in residence at the Théâtre Saint-Gervais in Geneva from 1995 to 2005 and at the Les Subsistances international laboratory for artistic creation in Lyon in 2006.

A theatre company takes on the challenge of becoming conquerors of the useless and of imagining a world in which the useless is essential, all for the sake of staging a reflection on enthusiasm.

A production by the Companyia L’Alakran.

Coproduced by Saint-Gervais Genève Le Théâtre, Arsenic-Centre d’Art scénique contemporain (Lausanne) and the Festival El Lugar sin Límites-Teatro Pradillo (Madrid).

With the support of: Organe genevois de répartition de la Loterie Romande, Fondation Leenaards, Pour Cent culturel Migros, Fondation Ernst Göhner.

The 2017 tour has the support of La Corodis (Commission Romande de Diffusion des Spectacles) – Loterie Romande.

L’Alakran is a company set up with the Republic and Canton of Geneva, the city of Geneva and Pro Helvetia-Swiss Cultural Foundation.

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Óscar Gómez Mata
Javier Barandiarán, Txubio Fernández de Jáuregui, Esperanza López
Óscar Gómez Mata and the actors
Set design
Óscar Gómez Mata, Sven Kreter
Set construction
Sven Kreter, with the assistance of Anouk-Eva Meyer
Nicola Corciulo
Sven Kreter
Creation of lighting and technical direction
Roberto Cafaggini
Control of video and chief technician
Roberto Cafaggini
Verónica Segovia
Theremin coach
Coralie Ehinger
Production, dissemination and translation
Barbara Giongo
Aymeric Demay


Antic Teatre
4.30 p.m.
Running time
100 min
Show in Spanish

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