Romeo Castellucci (Cesena – Italia, 1960)
Director, stage designer, lighting technician and costume designer. In 1981, he created the company Societas Raffaello Sanzio, earning international recognition for the radical aesthetics and profound humanity of its creations.
His pieces are regularly showcased and produced by the most renowned theaters, opera houses and international festivals.
He has received numerous awards and distinctions including: Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, granted by the Ministry of Culture of France (2002), director of the theater section at the Venice Biennale (2005), “Associated artist” at the 62nd Festival D'Avignon (2008) and the Golden Lion awarded by the Venice Biennale (2013).
Castellucci is recognized worldwide for creating plays based on the arts as a whole, aimed at achieving a comprehensive perception. His dramaturgy becomes a ductile and complex artistic form, made up of extraordinarily rich images expressed through music, sculpture, painting or architecture.
May 10th, 11th and 12th
18 and 20.30 hs.
Marcelo T. de Alvear 1125 - CABA
This project is inspired by the five books of Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza's Ethica (1632-1677). For each one of them, Romeo Castellucci proposes a theatrical action. Nature and Origin of the Mind takes its name from On the Origin and Nature of the Mind, the second book, which explores the nature of higher thinking and the power of the mind as a nucleus or ''locus'' where reality itself is constituted.
A young woman hangs from a wire a few meters from the ground, only holding on with the index finger of her left hand. Far from being desperate, she seems in full control of the situation...It might not be the first part of a fall but rather a levitation, a push forward, a force. Occupying the upper part, the suspended body highlights the rational space of architecture. A dog wanders about under her, between the viewers. It walks around, drifting free. All of a sudden, it howls. A dialogue between the dog/cat and the young woman begins, discussing the fact that they are both the result of the inner view of the spectators. The dog/cat has decided to be and give voice to a video camera. The young woman, in the light. The crowd, a third character, reacts upon hearing those words: it is the Mind, the protagonist that gives its name to this action. Against this backdrop, the performance opens up and descends towards the delta, where the waters come to an end: an auditorium. The image created in the mind of the artist finally reaches the mind of the viewer who, upon receiving it, provides it with a shape. The purpose is to freeze the thought right when the image is received, to seal the merger between reception by the viewer and creation of the original image.
Idea and direction: Romeo Castellucci
Text: Claudia Castellucci
Sound: Scott Gibbons
Performer: Silvia Costa
And with the participation of Ayelén Clavin, Carolina Faux, Carla de Grazia, Margarita Molfino Florencia Montaldo, Amalia Tercelán
Male recorded voice: Bernardo Bruno
Sculptures: Istvan Zimmermann and Giovanna Amoroso
Technical direction: Filippo Mancini
Sound engineering: Michele Braga
Production supervision: Benedetta Briglia
Organization and communication: Gilda Biasini and Giulia Colla
Administration: Michela Medri, Elisa Bruno, Simona Barducci and Massimiliano Coli
Co-production: T2G-Théâtre de Gennevilliers, Centre Dramatique National de création contemporaine
Tour production: Aldo Grompone
This piece was created in Venice for the Biennale College-Teatro in August 2013. co-produced with the Théâtre de la Ville and the Festival d’Automne de Paris, in collaboration with the Venice Biennale .
Duration: 45 minutes