|Societas Raffaello Sanzio, BR#04, Tragedia Endogonidia IV Episode|
My first encounter with the company was the 2000 Adelaide Festival showing of Giulio Cesare, a nightmarish re-working of Shakespeare, Plutarch and other sources in which the oratory of Mark Antony and Brutus is hampered by the very real disabilities of the performers and the wasteland of the post-assassination civil war is a junked-out, anorexic apocalypse for our own times. Genesi: From the Museum of Sleep, at the 2002 Melbourne Festival, grimly reviewed our origins in terms of Madam Curie's discovery of radium, a child's Auschwitz (Castellucci's own offspring performing) and an account of the Cain and Abel story. Richard Murphet wrote: "It is the lasting power of Genesi that its response to the 'destiny of the inhabitants of the world' (Castelluci, festival program) is so tough-minded, so terrifyingly lyrical, so unpredictably indirect in its creativity and so openly and quietly scandalised by the tragic consequences of the original act of creation" (RT52).
|Hey Girl!, Socìetas Raffaelo Sanzio|
Max Lyandvert and Jonathan Marshall provide detailed backgrounds to Tragedia Endogonidia and Genesi respectively. Sydney-based composer and sound designer Lyandvert, who has worked with Societas Rafaello Sanzio here and in Europe, describes in fascinating detail the origins, images and meanings of the 11 Tragedia Endogonidia works and their associations with particular cities. Marshall interviewed Castellucci about Genisi, covering a range of subjects, including the director's use of non-professional performers: "In truth, every body is worthy of being on stage. For me there are no deformed bodies, but only bodies with different forms and different beauties, often with a type of beauty that we have forgotten."
Marshall also explores with Castellucci the pivotal relationship between image and sound in his work: "[Composer Scott] Gibbons has developed sounds using a numerical technique called 'granular synthesis' which he applied to various photographs I sent him every week from my home...[He] has thus been able to give voice to certain images which I felt were intimately connected with the show. From this, some scenes were born with sounds, and other sounds were born from certain scenes."
In a revealing discussion about violence, creativity and tragedy in his work, Castellucci comments: "Genesis frightens me much more than the Apocalypse. The terror of pure possibility is there in this sea open to all possibilities." The sentiment resonates with the experience of witnessing a Castellucci creation—awe at what can still be realised on a stage, "so unpredictably indirect in its creativity."
Castellucci's Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso, superbly filmed by Don Kent, is now available on an arte editions DVD. The cast includes Sydney performance maker Jeff Stein, who invited Societas Rafaello Sanzio member Chiara Guidi to Campbelltown Arts Centre recently to speak about theatre and childhood and run a workshop involving local artists and children. Bryoni Trezise, who reports on the event, in 2009 experienced Guidi and Scott Gibbons' sonic performance installation Augustinian Melody at the Santiago a Mil festival in Chile. For more on Castellucci and his collaborators there's also the book The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio by Claudia Castellucci, Romeo Castellucci, Chiara Guidi, Joe Kelleher and Nicholas Ridout (Abingdon and New York, Routledge, 2007).
a childhood of theatre
bryoni trezise: chiara guidi, campbelltown arts centre
bryoni trezise: chiara guidi
hey girl! dark discoveries
eleanor hadley kershaw
hey girl! ache and awe
hey girl! art object
hey girl! the painted stage
hey girl!:evolving symbols
the art of punishment
carl nilsson-pollas: romeo castelluci’s purgatorio, avignon
kinds of truth
john bailey: tragedia endogonidia, br#04 brussels
images that hold
adam broinowski: tragedia endogonidia, br#04 brussels
castelluci on film, in person
theatre of remnants: castelluci
max lyandvert: tragedia endogonidia
time, intimate and epic
lucy taylor, tragedia endogonidia, br#04 brussels
genesi: from the museum of sleep
realtime@2000 adelaide festival: giulio cesare, oratory & suicide, RT36, p22
the castelluci interview: the angel of art is lucifer
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