|Conceiving and staging||Romeo Castellucci|
|Original music||Scott Gibbons|
|With||Gianni Plazzi, Sergio Scarlatella Together With Dario Boldrini, Silvia Costa, And Silvano Voltolina|
|Collaboration to the staging||Giacomo Strada|
|Realization of the objects||Istvan Zimmermann And Giovanna Amoroso|
|Sound technician||Matteo Braglia Marco Canali|
|Light Technician||Fabio Berselli|
First night – 2010, Essen.
The performance On the Concept of the Face, regarding the Son of God presented in Essen before and in Antwerp has been aimed at being the first part of a diptych together with The Minister’s Black veil.
The performance doesn’t tell about Jesus, nor about the worship; it has no content of social condemnation and it doesn’t want to be easily provocative. At the same time, Romeo Castellucci keeps his distance from mysticism and debunking because, in the end, it’s just the picture of a man. A man who is exposed naked in front of other men; who, in turn, are exposed naked by that man.
The performance, from its very title, imposes initials which synthesize the name ‘Jesus’ at the maximum degree; Jesus is a name that is so present for so many millions of men on earth that it can become almost invisible because it is so deeply implicit. It is present beyond the conscience and the science; beyond the feeling and history; it is essentially and radically present, apart from one’s will. A name, somehow, sustained by the groove of an experience of references that is millenary.
On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God is a performance with some of Socìetas’ theater’s fundamental ideas: religion not as a mystical or theological manifestation, but as part of that stock of primary images and practices the theater draws on. A vocabulary of diffuse symbols and signs which can form the basis for multiple, contradictory and even embarrassing relationships is launched at the spectator, who becomes the reagent of this universe.
Thus in his new production Romeo Castellucci once again turns to the absolute who doesn’t react to brutalities and abasements – “the bagatelle of life” as Céline called them – while we, mere mortals, continue, as is shown in the production, striving to combat the onerous and shallow routine.
Executive Producer: Societas Raffaello Sanzio.
in Coproduction with: Théâtre National de Bretagne / Rennes Theater der Welt 2010; deSingel international arts campus / Antwerp; The National Theatre / Oslo Norway; Barbican London and SPILL Festival of Performance; Chekhov International Theatre Festival / Moscow; Holland Festival / Amsterdam; Athens Festival; GREC 2011 Festival de Barcelona; Festival d’Avignon; International Theatre Festival DIALOG Wroclav / Poland; BITEF (Belgrade International Theatre Festival); Spielzeit’europa I Berliner Festspiele; Théâtre de la Ville–Paris; Romaeuropa Festival; Theatre festival SPIELART München (Spielmotor München e.V.); Le-Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg / Scène Européenne; TAP Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers- Scène Nationale; Peak Performances @ Montclair State-USA