AFS 2022 70 Years-On Thinking Group
Director and stage, lighting and costume designer Romeo Castellucci (Cesena, Italy, 1960) is known throughout the world for creating a theatre founded on the totality of the arts and aimed at an integral perception. He has also written various theoretical essays on directing. His theatre engages in a type of dramaturgy that overturns the primacy of literature, thus becoming a complex and supple form of art, a theatre made of extraordinarily rich images expressed in a language as comprehensible as music, sculpture, painting or architecture.
The Societas Raffaello Sanzio, the theatre company he created in 1981, is internationally recognised as one of today’s most important Companies for its radical aesthetic stance and the profoundly human nature of its creations.
Since 2006, after the eleven performances of the cycle Tragedia Endogonidia, a monumental recapitulation of tragedy in contemporary Europe, Romeo Castellucci regularly also works on individual projects of Opera and Theatre.
His stagings are regularly invited to and produced by the most prestigious international theatres, opera houses and festivals, in over fifty countries covering all the continents. Among his most recent creations: Inferno.Purgatorio. Paradiso (2008), Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio (2011), Parsifal by Richard Wagner (2011), The Four Seasons Restaurant (2012), Hyperion based on Friedrich Hölderlin (2013), Orfeo ed Euridice by Christoph W. Gluck (2014), Neither by Morton Feldman (2014), Go Down, Moses (2014), Le Sacre du Printemps by Igor Stravinsky (2014), Ödipus der Tyrann (2015), Moses und Aron by Arnold Schönberg (2015), The Minister’s Black Veil inspired by Hawthorne’s parable (2016), Democracy in America freely inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville (2017), Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner (2017).
At the end of 2018, in November, he opens the last project in Brussels with the direction of The magic Flute by W.A. Mozart presented at La Monnaie, the Exibition History of old painting presented at BOZAR Center For Fine Arts and the new performance La vita nuova, presented at KANAL Centre Pompidou,in coproduction with Bozar, Kanal (Brussels) and La Villette (Paris)