Rodrigo García, born in 1964 in a slum of Buenos Aires, seemed destined to take over his father's butchery. As he himself states, he "grew up on the streets learning what humiliation is", but he has the fortune to get an education, going to college and "reading enormously". He moves to Spain, where, in 1989, at 25 years old, he establishes the troupe La Carnicería in Madrid, a name that clearly hints at his father's job. Director, video artist, set designer and author of several subversive and explosive plays, Rodrigo García presents in 2004, within the 36th International Theatre Festival of the Venice Biennale, the production Agamemnon with the subtitle On my return from the supermarket, I beat my son violently. He is one of the most radical playwrights of the 21st century, denouncing the contemporary dehumanization and consumerism.
"When I affirm that, as an artist, I am aware of tthis disappointing reality, I don't claim that I am more sensitive and clairvoyant than others. I perceive myself more like a Candide that has to learn how to bear this burden, the very nucleus of his handcrafted passion: I am a craftsman of contestation, I do everything in my power to generate annoyance, but also sparks of beauty. I feel obliged to create confusion."
"I did not invent anything.
We act like simple animals:
we raise children and teach them to handle
objects invented by strangers.
Then we complain that those objects
do not improve their lives
and do not improve our lives.
That some of them are useless, even dangerous,
Instead of shutting our damn mouths and actually do something about it"
The director's foreword...
Agamemnon is a critical x-ray of the contemporary individual and has the intensity of a Formula 1 race: the three characters run chaotically through the supermarket, a place where they fight to stay in control of their lives. The homo consumens-type characters ( psychoanalytically anchored in the oral stage) forget to be and focus on to have. They defy nature, by mocking it, ritualize household objects and dump in front of us the horrible ballast that buries us on a daily basis. Obsessed to tell their stories, these washed brains, these robotized individuals, manage however, in their automatisms, to touch on numerous human truths and denounce the horrors of our world. Their desire to buy things is equal to the desire to attain immortality. The beautifully wrapped clichés are debunked through the bringing to stage of this plastic-like family, perfect for a window shop, from where a pantagruelian hunger screams continuously.
Rodrigo Garcia's text has the feel of an ancient tragedy in which, to some extent, there still is hope. We are like fish in an overcrowded fish tank, fighting for a last breath of air. Agamemnon is like a punch to the solar plexus, in which comedy crosses its borders into ridiculousness. A ridiculousness in which we can find the tragic dimension of contemporary superheroes, puppet-like heroes, frightened, degraded, fragmentary, alienated, restless, succumbing under piles of purchased items.
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“Mona Marian” Award for young creators: Andrei Măjeri for the productions Agamemnon by Rodrigo García and Death and reincarnation as a cowboy by Rodrigo García, ex aequo with Leta Popescu for directing the production Call It Art!, at the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre Awards Gala, 2016.