2018.10.10 Seoul

MMCA Performing Arts 2018 October Program

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October: Romeo Castellucci

Image © the artist, 「Tragedia Endogonidia」

Date | 2018. 10. 11.(Thu)「Epic of the Dust」, 15:00 /  2018.10.12.(Fri)「Tragedia Endogonidia Part 1」,  16:15 / 2018.10.13.(Sat)「Tragedia Endogonidia Part 2」, 15:00 / 2018.10.14.(Sun)「Inferno/Purgatorio/Paradiso 」, 13:00 / 「The Act of Seeing. A selection of extracts」, 16:00
Venue | Film and Video
Duration | 54min-197min
Genre | Film Screening
Language | Italian / Korean
*Talk On「Democracy in America : 2018.11.04.(Sun) 11:00,  Multi-Project Hall, 90 min, Italian/Korean

Recognized as world’s most important theater director today, Romeo Castellucci reinvented theater by replacing traditional theater narrative with stunning imagery. MMCA introduces his 20-year artistic trajectory through a series of film screening program.

Epic of the Dust
The research directions explored in the nineties were for Castellucci an occasion to radically rethink the tradition of western drama. Denying any legitimacy to a theatre conceived as the illustration of a text, he engaged in a complete and rigorous immersion into the great classics of western theatre from Aeschylus to Shake\-speare, discovering a theatre of the body.

[Works included] 「Amleto, la veemente esteriorità della morte di un mollusco」(1992), 「Orestea. Una commedia organica」(1995–2015), 「Giulio Cesare」(1997), 「Genesi. From the museum of sleep」(1999)

Tragedia Endogonidia
「Tragedia Endogonidia」 is the colossal dramatic cycle conceived by Socìetas Raffello Sanzio over a period of three years (2001–2004), producing 11 Episodes in 10 European cities. The cycle’s dramatic structure retraces the exoskeleton of Greek tragedy in order to probe into the presence of the tragic in today’s world.

Image © Guido Mencari, 「Democracy in America」

La Divine Comedie: Inferno/Purgatorio/Paradiso
As an associated artist of the Avignon Festival 2008, Castellucci staged a trilogy freely inspired by Dante Alighieri’s 『Divine Comedy』. Filmed extracts allow us to revisit the three performances: 「Inferno」 sets out on a voyage through what it is to be human; 「Purgatorio」 portrays a small family unit whose routine expands into a series of psychological and dreamlike tableaux; and 「Paradiso」, shows only a glimpse of a region that never allowed human access.

[Works included] 「Inferno」(Cour d’Honneur, Papal Palace, Avignon, 2008), 「Purgatorio」(Parc des Expositions, Avignon, 2008), 「Paradiso」 (Église des Célestins, Avignon, 2008)/(Chiesa di Santo Spirito, Cesena, 2008)

The act of seeing. A selection of extracts
This program is made up of extracts from five recent creations by Romeo Castellucci, through which he dives deep into the forbidden extremes of human experience through not only visual but also aural and tactile senses.

[Works included] 「Hey girl!」(Festival d’Automne, Paris, 2006), 「Sul Concetto di volto nel Figlio di Dio」(Theater der Welt, Essen, 2010), 「Io penso」 (Taipei Arts Festival, Taipei, 2010), 「The Phenomenon called I」 (Tokyo Festival, Yumenoshima, 2011), 「Le Sacre du Printemps」 (Ruhrtriennale, Duisburg, 2014)

On「Democracy in America
Connected Program with Seongnam Arts Center

Romeo Castellucci’s latest theater production 「Democracy in America」 starts from the book of the same title written by Tocqueville after his nine month-long journey of discovery across the new “democratic” continent. Castellucci traces back to the advent of the American representa\-tive democracy severed from its Greek roots. The seeds of tragedy are apparent: the tyranny of the majority, populist rhetoric, and inherent violence of the territorial conquests.

At MMCA, Romeo Castellucci will give a talk about the work 「Democracy in America」, stretching to diverse issues derived from thence.

[Democracy in America]
Seongnam Arts Center, Opera House
Nov 3 Sat, 6:00 pm
Nov 4 Sun, 3:00 pm
110 min, theater/performance