Hugo Gargiulo (Montevideo, Uruguay)
Scenographer, actor, writer, director.
Co-founder of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca
While studying architecture he begins his theatrical training in Montevideo with Luis Cerminara. He participates in a number of shows in Uruguay, and in 1994 he meets Daniele Finzi Pasca and the aesthetics of the “theatre of the caress”.
He moves to Switzerland in 1996 and is immediately involved in the Teatro Sunil; successively he will co-found the Compagnia Finzi Pasca. In 1998 he marries Maria Bonzanigo, to whom he is also tightly bound by a strong artistic commitment. Thanks to his eclectic spirit, he collaborates in the realisation of a number of shows, covering various roles: as actor, writer, director and scenographer. He has also participated in some of Daniele Finzi Pasca’s bigger projects covering other positions: in the Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo he took care of the preparation of the actors, whereas as the Turin Winter Olympics closing ceremony he was on the directing team. He has coordinated a number of diverse events both in Switzerland and abroad, and he has been giving workshops on being an actor and the work this involves for years. He was the artistic director of festival La Darsena in Magadino, Switzerland, from 2000 to 2010, and of various other events on the territory, among which the opening show of the 150th edition of the Rabadan carnival in Bellinzona.
In 2007 his scenographic work takes a leap as he develops Nebbia, a Cirque Éloize and Teatro Sunil production that will successively travel on a long world tour. In 2010 he signs the scenography to Donka, a Compagnia Finzi Pasca and the Chekhov International Theatre Festival production together with the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne, created on the occasion of Anton Chekhov’s 150th birth anniversary. The show is at the present time on a world tour. In 2011 he collaborates on the creation of the accessories for the opera Aida that Daniele directed at the Mariinsky theatre in St Petersburg, under the musical direction of Maestro Valery Gergiev. In July 2011 he takes care of the scenography to Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci, produced at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples under the musical direction of Maestro Donato Renzetti, introduced in 2012 at the Mariinsky and resumed at the San Carlo in 2014.
Still in 2011 he is one of the team who founds the Compagnia Finzi Pasca, together with Antonio Vergamini, Daniele Finzi Pasca, Julie Hamelin Finzi, Maria Bonzanigo (in alphabetical order),. The new company encloses the Teatro Sunil and Inlevitas.
In 2012 Hugo designs, apart from many visual effects, the scenography and accessories to the show La Verità. He creates new airborne acrobatic elements: the hugojo (an apparatus that combines the acrobatic possibilities of the hoop and the trapeze, and that recalls the Dalinian symbol of the eye), and acrobatic ladder composed of a double spiral, which are also inspired by another obsession of Dali’s, the discovery of DNA.
In 2014 his career takes another leap when he signs the scenography to the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games and the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
During the same year he creates the scenography and accessories to Bianco su Bianco, where his light bulb forest must be remembered.
In 2015 he published a book of short stories in Spanish with the title “Recuerdos Robados”,
At the present he is working on some operas, events, and research projects and he has been invited to participate at the Walt Disney Forum in Los Angeles, California.
As scenographer he creates scenic machinery that is playful and poetic, which helps create a dream-like, clownish universe.