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.
- Artistic Team
Conceiving, direction Romeo Castellucci Text Claudia Castellucci Music Scott Gibbons With Sedrick Amisi Matala, Abdoulay Djire, Siegfried Eyidi Dikongo, Olivier Kalambayi Mutshita, Mbaye Thiongane Assistant director Filippo Ferraresi Stage sculptures and automations Plastikart studio (Istvan Zimmermann, Giovanna Amoroso) Costumes realization Grazia Bagnaresi Technical director Paola Villani Stage technician Andrei Benchea Light technician Andrea Sanson Sound technician Nicola Ratti Technical production staff Eugenio Resta with Carmen Castellucci, Daniele Magnani
Production supervisors Benedetta Briglia, Giulia Colla Production assistant Caterina Soranzo Promotion, Distribution Gilda Biasini Administration Michela Medri, Elisa Bruno, Simona Barducci
Economic consultant Massimiliano Coli Scene photographer Stefan Glagla Video shooting Luca Mattei
Production Societas Co-production BOZAR Paleis voor Schone Kunsten (Brussels), Kanal Centre Pompidou (Brussels), La Villette (Paris)
The activity of Societas is supported by Ministero dei beni delle attività culturali, Regione Emilia Romagna, Comune di Cesena
Premiere November 2018, Kanal – Centre Pompidou (Brüssel)
Romeo Castellucci, born 1960 in Cesena, Italy, is a director, author, stage, costume and lighting designer. He is internationally acclaimed for creating a theatre that is founded on the totality of the arts and that is aimed to draw the spectators into a holistic perception. 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. In 1981 he founded Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, internationally recognized as one of today’s most important companies for its radical aesthetic stance. His stage works are regularly invited to the most prestigious international theatres, opera houses and festivals, in 50 countries all over the continents. Among his most recent creations: Orfeo ed Euridice, Neither by Morton Feldman, Le Sacre du Printemps, Ödipus der Tyrann, Moses und Aron, Jeanne d’Arc au bûcher, Tannhäuser and Das Floß der Medusa.
His latest works are Salome, presented at the Salzburger Festspiele 2018, and Die Zauberflöte in Brussels at La Monnaie. Romeo Castellucci has received numerous awards and distinctions such as Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (2002); Director of the theatre section of the Venice Biennale (2005); Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale for his achievements in theatre (2013); degree honoris causa from the University of Bologna in the disciplines of Music and Theatre (2014).