Romeo Castellucci

Before founding in 1981 the Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio with Chiara Guidi and Claudia Castellucci, Romeo Castellucci studied fine arts in Bologna. It was therefore not by chance if the theatre that he invented is made up just as much by actors and dancers as by music, light, pictorial references, images and complex machines. Extremely sophisticated work that calls on traditional theatre crafts as well as the newest technologies. Stage art whose intention is to produce meaning in the eyes of the spectator, who is asked to be a privileged partner, indispensable for the development of a genuine sharing of this experience of a visual and intense auditory perception. Persuaded that words have “a heavier specific weight than objects and images”, Romeo Castellucci pays great attention to their use. Which in no way prevents the company from focusing on major dramatic and literary texts, always as a basis of research rather than as a hegemonic element of the performance. After Hamlet, Hansel and Gretel and Oresteia, it turned its attention in 1996 to Shakespeare's Julius Caesar for its first show at the Festival d'Avignon. Afterwards came Journey to the End of Night in 1999, Genesi in 2000, four episodes of the Tragedia Endogonidia given in 2001 and 2005, as well as Hey Girl! in 2007. Without forgetting the three parts of The Divine Comedy inspired by Dante and premiered in 2008 when Romeo Castellucci was one of the Festival's two associate artists, and On the Concept of the Face of the Son of God, performed in 2011.  

JFP, April 2012