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07/04/2015

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Gutun Zuria 2015: ‘Evocando a Eros’

Az Azkuna Zentroa is holding the Gutun Zuria International Festival of Bilbao from 16th to 25th April, celebrating this year its 8th edition. An appointment with literature, which encourages direct interaction between the public and writers of renown.

Under the heading ‘Evoking Eros’, Javier Marías, Álvaro Pombo, Wendy Guerra, James Ellroy, Fernando Arrabal, Itxaro Borda, Edorta Jimenez and Tzvetan Todorov will share with the public their reflections on eroticism in literature; how the culture of evocation and insinuation appears in their books dissecting the tensions corseted in couples, tackling sex as both a creative and destructive force, revealing the idiosyncrasies of erotica and the different attitudes in the face of Eros, until reaching the darkest depths of desire.

Erotica in literature is neither erotic nor pornographic literature. The difference lays both in aesthetics, for the culture of evocation and not description lies between the lines, and in the plots of the storylines dealing with each of the genres.

Throughout their careers these writers have dissected the tensions corseted in couples, tackled sex as both a creative and destructive force, and revealed the idiosyncrasies of erotica and the different attitudes in the face of Eros, until reaching the darkest depths of desire.

As in previous editions, the ‘Reader’s hour’ will be held after each session, so that attendees can chat with these writers over a glass of wine specially made for the occasion by Bodega Urbana, in a relaxed environment.

MUSIC AND WORDS

At Gutun Zuria words insinuate themselves through the arts. The Festival will be inaugurated on 16th April at 7:30 p.m. with the show ‘Eroklipa’ created specifically for the event. Erotica staged through words, imagery and music created by the artists Mikel Alonso, Itziar Lazkano, Miren Gaztañaga, Mikel Ibáñez, Cristina Sánchez Cuétara and Silvia Gutiérrez Ortega.

In addition, this year prior to each conversation, the journalist Udane Goikoetxea will read an erotic poem in Basque, set to music by the singer-songwriter Mikel Inunziaga (Inun).

Completing the programme is the show ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ where the actors Karra Elejalde and Ana Arias; the musicians Iván Ferreiro and Gari; the sexologist Valérie Tasso and the “bertsolari” Uxue Alberdi, among others, will converse about day to day matters interacting with the public. Worthy of mention in the musical section is the presentation of Ilargiaren Alde Erantzian, 2015, the poetic musical recital of Petti, Joxan Goikoetxea and Harkaitz Cano in relation to eroticism.

All the information: http://www.alhondigabilbao.com/alhondigabilbao/ingl/activities/gutun-zuria-1/al_evento_fa