Democracy in America

Socìetas, Romeo Castellucci

© Societas
© Guido Mencari

"This performance is not so much a reflexion on politics, as – if anything – on its end," writes Romeo Castellucci, the creator of imagery-charged, sociopolitically charged performances about his new work Democracy in America. He begins at a historic turning point in the history of the Western world: the founding of the USA, the utopia project of colonial Europe, and De la démocratie en Amérique by Alexis de Tocqueville, published in 1835 in two volumes. De Tocqueville, a convinced colonialist, described in his text not only the newly founded political system from the spirit of Puritanism and the idea of the evangelical equality of individuals, he also underpinned the political vision of his time and celebrated the fundamental renewal of representative democracy. White realism, however, was supported by diffuse, religiously motivated feelings. Their own crises - from tyranny of the majority, populism and the contradiction between collective interest and individual freedom to the fate of the exploited - were already anticipated at the beginning. Above all, American democracy constituted a break with Athens, the Greek idea of democracy, and its catatonic societal-political sister, the tragedy. Castellucci follows De Tocquville's example and goes with Democracy in America even before the policy before which The birth of tragedy and a forgotten rite, a rite that has no name yet. A rite in which theater can renew its original function as a necessary and at the same time sombre reflection of the battlefield of political clashes.



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