“Transfiguration” was created in 1998, and was since performed more than 300 times in 25 different countries.
A painter and sculptor’s unfulfilled longing to breathe life into his creation. In a gesture of desperation he sculpts clay onto his head, burying himself in the material, eradicating his identity and becoming a living work of art. Yet the material blinds him and he is forced to look inward, into the very depths of himself. In a fascinating performance Sagazan shifts identities on stage, from man to animal and from animal to various hybrid creatures. He pierces, obliterates and unravels the layers on his face in a frenzied search for new essence and form. In this regard, he has stated: “I am flabbergasted to see to what degree people think it’s normal, or even trite, to be alive”. In Transfiguration, he gives new meaning to the notion of life, offering a captivating, disturbing and stirring glimpse into an alternative selfhood utterly unconstrained by inhibition.

Duration: 50 min

Director and performer: Olivier de Sagazan




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09/05/2021   Lviv festival, Ukraine
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