Romeo Castellucci / Societas La vita nuova

© Stefan Glagla/KANAL
© Stefan Glagla/KANAL

The dusty air is filled with the promise of new beginnings as a group of men gather in a deserted parking lot. They are a brotherhood that intends to produce a Messiah – here, among the unoccupied cars. They are looking for a new beginning for humankind, a better way of living together. But better than what? They have lost their confidence in politics, in work, in modern society. In his latest work, La vita nuova (The New Life), Romeo Castellucci wants nothing less than an uncompromising new beginning. As a regular guest at the Wiener Festwochen, his productions consistently trigger heated debates. His radical, acoustically and visually powerful œuvre demands that through the performing arts a new, unmediated understanding of existence occurs. Accordingly, the parking lot prophets are no longer satisfied with leading an empty, superficial existence with an art that is no more than proclamation. Rather, they want to re-learn the art of living. They are not only trying to transform their values, but also to transmute objects. They want to create a new Garden of Eden.