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Romeo Castellucci | Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio
On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God
25.11. | 20:00 - 20:50
Münchner Kammerspiele, Schauspielhaus
26.11. | 20:00 - 20:50
Münchner Kammerspiele, Schauspielhaus
Entrance € 34/28/23/17/8 €
Reduced € 7,00
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In the center of the space: a giant portrait. Jesus looks the audience in the eyes, in a questioning and challenging manner, and he is simultaneously an observer and an observee. In front of him is a designer living room, a demented father whose infirmity is harrowing and his son who seesaws back and forth between patience and aggression, trying Sisyphus-like to change his father's diapers. United only in their despair over the indignity of the situation.

In this almost wordless theater piece condensed into the essentials, Romeo Castellucci deals with the icon of Western culture per se, Christ, an icon that stands for passion but also for mercy and love, and comprises the basic conditions of human existence in an unrelenting sharpness.


"In this piece the gaze of Jesus becomes a spotlight that bathes the events onstage in a changeable light. The light could be good or evil, offensive or innocent. I know more than a thousand painters who have spent half their lives reproducing the inexpressible, almost invisible suffering on his lips. Now he's not here anymore." (Romeo Castellucci)


Artist talk:

November 25th,

Moderation: Jörg von Brincken (LMU München)

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direction/concept: Romeo Castellucci with: Dario Boldrini, Silvia Costa, Vito Matero, Gianni Plazzi, Sergio Scarlatella music: Scott Gibbons cooperation: Giacomo Strada realisisation of objects: Istvan Zimmermann and Giovanna Amoroso light: Giacomo Gorini sound: Marco Canali and Matteo Braglia

The curator Romeo Castellucci, director of the Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (founded in 1981), has been one of the most radical and uncompromising theatre-makers in Europe since the 1990s. He was a guest performer at SPIELART 1997 with his production GIULIO CESARE (1997). In the meantime his productions are performed all over the world at international festivals. His cycle TRAGEDIA ENDOGONIDIA was created in eleven cities and consists of eleven different episodes, and the episode BR.#04 BRUXELLES/BRUSSEL (2003) was performed at the SPIELART 2005 theatre festival. The entire cycle was shown in a movie theatre at the SPIELART 2007 festival in its video version.

+Production and realization
production: Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio in coproduction with Theater der Welt 2010, deSingel (Antwerpen), Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes), Nationalteatret (Oslo), Barbican (London) and SPILL Festival of Performance, Chekhov International Theatre Festival (Moskau), Holland Festival (Amsterdam), Athens Festival GREC 2011, Festival de Barcelona, Festival d’Avignon, International Theatre Festival DIALOG (Wroclav), BITEF (Belgrad), spielzeit'europa/Berliner Festspiele, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Romaeuropa Festival, SPIELART Festival (München), Le-Maillon - Théâtre de Strasbourg - Scène Européenne, TAP Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers- Scène Nationale, Peak Performances @ Montclair State

Socìètas Raffaello Sanzio is supported by: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali; Regione Emilia Romagna; Comune di Cesena.
realization: in cooperation with Münchner Kammspiele (Munich).