Hugo Gargiulo (Montevideo, Uruguay)
Scenographer, actor, writer, director.
Co-founder of the Compagnia Finzi Pasca
During his studies in architecture in Montevideo, Hugo begins his theatrical training 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 soon moves to Switzerland and is immediately involved in the company Teatro Sunil and its peculiar art of clowing and acting.
In 2011, together with Antonio Vergamini, Daniele Finzi Pasca, Julie Hamelin Finzi and Maria Bonzanigo, he co-founds Compagnia Finzi Pasca, a new structure uniting the destinies of Teatro Sunil and of Inlevitas. For Compagnia Finzi Pasca he collaborates in the realization of a number of shows, covering various roles: actor, writer, director and scenographer. He participates in some of Daniele Finzi Pasca’s large projects like the Cirque du Soleil production Corteo (2005) where he takes care of the preparation of the actors and Turin Olympic Games Closing Ceremony (2006), as part of the directing team. His career takes a leap with the Sochi Olympic Games (2014) for which he signs the scenography for both the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony and the Paralympic Opening Ceremony. In 2017 he is the stage designer for Montréal Avudo, an outdoor multimedia production for Montreal’s 375th anniversary (2017, 250,000 spectators).
Concerning other shows and operas, Hugo creates the scenography for Nebbia, a Cirque Eloize and Teatro Sunil production (2007) and of four, still on tour, shows: Donka. A letter to Chechov a coproduction with The Chekhov International Theater Festival and Vidy-Lausanne Theater to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Anton Chekhov, La Verità (2013), Bianco su Bianco (2014) and Per te (2017). In particular, for La Verità he designs two innovative aerial 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 steps composed of a double spiral (also inspired by another obsession of Dali’s: the discovery of DNA). Hugo collaborates on the creation of the accessories for the opera Aida that Daniele directed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg (Maestro Valery Gergiev, 2011), he designs the scenography to Ruggero Leocavallo’s Pagliacci (Teatro San Carlo, Naples, Italy 2011 and 2014) and to Bizet’s Carmen (Teatro San Carlo, 2016 and 2017).
Thanks to his eclectic spirit, Hugo coordinates very diverse events both in Switzerland and abroad, gives workshops about acting, lectures on scene design (e.g. at World Disney Imagineering in Los Angeles) and published a collection of short stories, Recuerdos Robados, which was awarded with the second prize at the Premios Nacionales de Literatura 2001 (Uruguay). Presently, among other projects, he is working on the next Fête des Vignerons (Winegrowers’ Festival) 2019, a celebration held in Vevey (Switzerland) every 25 years approximately.