Matías Umpierrez

Matías Umpierrez

The protégé

Published in 2016

For more than a decade, Matías Umpierrez has been making a name for himself in his native Argentina and beyond with his experimental, “neo-technological” works that combine both the theatrical and the audiovisual. He is an artist whose main goal is to transcend genres while continuously engaging his audience in a dynamic conversation. From 2007 to 2014, Umpierrez was head of the Theatre Department at the University of Buenos Aires’s Rector Ricardo Rojas Cultural Center, where he developed, curated and programmed innovative projects. His acclaimed 2013 urban theatre intervention TeatroSOLO (LONEtheater), which actively involves the spectator, was followed by DISTANCIA, a virtual play that challenges the limits of theatre with live performances (via streaming) from Hamburg, Paris, New York and Buenos Aires. In 2014, Umpierrez founded the Festival Internacional de Dramaturgia Europea + América, which he now directs and curates, and also showcased his short film Paisaje (Landscape) as part of the New Directors/New Films programme of the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art). In 2015, Umpierrez’s latest urban intervention project, dramaHOME, was a synthesis of different projects he has made. Umpierrez looks forward to his collaboration with Robert Lepage, whose interdisciplinary work mixes “technologic” and human sensitivities and therefore speaks directly to his own artistic views and interests.