Santander (EFE).- The actor and theater director José Luis Gómez has been distinguished with the La Barraca Award for Performing Arts 2023, awarded by the Menéndez Pelayo International University (UIMP).
With this recognition, the UIMP distinguishes outstanding personalities in the different facets of the performing arts.
José Luis Gómez (Huelva, 1949) is an actor, theater director, member of the Royal Spanish Academy and founder of the Teatro de La Abadía, as explained by the UIMP in a press release.
After training in Poland, the United States, France and Germany, he returned to Spain in 1971, and his first projects were “Report for an academy” by Franz Kafka; “Gaspar” by Peter Handke and “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui” by Bertolt Brecht.
Between 1978 and 1981, together with Nuria Espert and Ramón Tamayo, he co-directed the Centro Dramático Nacional and, later, he took over the direction of the Teatro Español.
After several years directing, producing and starring in plays in Spain, in 1992 he staged Calderón de la Barca’s “Life is a Dream” in Paris and in 1993 the Georges Bizet opera “Carmen”.
Since then, he has concentrated on the conception, management and direction of the Teatro de La Abadía, inaugurated in 1995.
His most recent works at La Abadía are “Mio Cid”, “Unamuno: you will win but you will not convince”, “Celestina” and “End of game”.
José Luis Gómez has combined the scene with the cinema, where he has worked.
Thus, he has worked with directors such as Ricardo Franco, Gonzalo Suárez, Carlos Saura, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón, Miguel Hermoso, Milos Forman and Pedro Almodóvar.
The list of winners of José Luis Gómez
Of the numerous awards he has received, it is worth noting the award for Best Male Performance at the Cannes Film Festival (1976) for Pascual Duarte, the National Theater Award (1988), the Gold Medal of the Círculo de Bellas Artes (2001 ) or the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts from the Ministry of Culture (2005).
He also has the Community of Madrid Culture Award (2006), Favorite Son of Andalusia (2018) and the Ercilla Award for Best Actor for Unamuno (2019).
The La Barraca Award for Performing Arts will be delivered at the Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander during the Summer Courses and has been granted for honorary purposes and annually since 2008.
Since then artists such as Lola Herrera, Josep María Pou, Blanca Portillo, Rafael Álvarez, “El Brujo”, Mario Gas or Albert Boadella have received it.