French painter, sculptor and performer Olivier de Sagazan comes to Greece for the first time, to present his existential performative series Transfiguration, at the 24th Kalamata International Dance Festival, on July 14th, at 8pm.

Transfiguration tells the story of the painter and sculptor’s unfulfilled wish to breathe life into his creation. In a gesture of despair, he puts clay and covers his head with this material, eliminating his identity and transforming it into a living work of art. The material, however, blinds him and forces him to look deep inside him.

In a fascinating performance Sagazan changes 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 Sagazan has stated “I am flabbergasted in seeing 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.

Olivier De Sagazan, born in Congo and raised in France, is a biologist by training who more than two decades ago began to delve into art. In his work, Sagazan examines his body as well as the structures which come to define the individual such as the dictates of society, culture and history. Through the creative process, he forges and then peels away the layers of clay, until a wild, primordial and liberated individual is laid bare. Transfiguration was created in 1999, as a series of works dealing with the search for the shamanistic, animalistic and untamable essence of human nature.

Admittance: 16 years old and over

General admission: € 15.00, students / reduced ticket: € 12.00