Sul concetto di volto nel Figlio di Dio

On the Concept of the Face, regarding the Son of God

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The 2011 archive

Romeo Castellucci

Cesena / First time in France

Sur le concept du visage du fils de Dieu © Christophe Raynaud de Lage / Festival d'Avignon


The atmosphere of  Sul concetto di volto nel Figlio di Dio recalls that of Purgatory: the same cosy living room, the same slice of ordinary daily life treated as a sequence shot without any framing whatsoever. An old man is glued to his TV, wearing head-phones, and his son, a bachelor, gets ready to leave for work. However, an anomaly has slipped in at the back of the stage: a huge portrait of Christ - an enlargement of Antonello da Messina's Salvator Mundi - whose ardent gaze watches over the scene in the half-light. Gradually, according to the codes of stark realism, the spotless living room becomes the centre of a less and less controllable disorder. In a time that seems to falter, every gesture of the son for the father is felt as a genuine cause that must be embraced, as though he were calling for the support of the whole audience. His patience and his pity, his love and his anger, even his hate as his powerlessness to overcome the crisis is revealed, arouse an empathy mixed with dread. JLP


conception and lighting Romeo Castellucci
music Scott Gibbons
conception and realization of objects Istvan Zimmermann, Giovanna Amoroso

with Gianni Plazzi, Sergio Scarlatella
and Dario Boldrini, Silvia Costa, Silvano Voltolina



coproduction Festival d'Avignon, Theater der Welt 2010 (Essen), deSingel International Arts Campus (Anvers), Théâtre national de Bretagne (Rennes), The National Theatre (Oslo), Barbican London and SPILL Festival of Performance, Chekhov International Theatre Festival (Moscou), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Festival d'AthènesÉpidaure, Festival GREC de Barcelone, International Theatre Festival DIALOG Wroclav (Pologne), Belgrade International Theatre Festival-BITEF, Spielzeit'europa Berliner Festspiele, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Romaeuropa Festival, Theatre Festival SPIELART München, Le Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg Scène européenne, Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers Scène nationale, Peak Performances @ Montclair State (États-Unis)

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