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Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio


Original Title Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio
English Title On the Concept of the Face Regarding the Son of God
Director Italia Romeo Castellucci
Country Italia
Runtime 60 min



Once again, Romeo Castellucci turns to an apical icon of the human history: Jesus, with whom the time too confronts itself in most of the world. Here the picture of Jesus starts from the Renaissance painting and particularly in the topic moment of the Ecce Homo. In this precise instant, tradition states that Christ looks the spectator into the eyes, with a powerful effect of dramatic involvement in the questioning. In this calculated confusion of sights’ touching and crossing, the Face of God’s Son becomes the picture of the man, of a man or even of the very spectator. And so, in the performance, the sight of God becomes a sort of light illuminating a series of human actions which can be good, evil, disgusting or innocent. 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. A name, somehow, sustained by the groove of an experience of references that is millenary.

The Company

Founded in 1981, the company Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio is one of the most significant European companies of the last twenty-five years. In this play some of the company’s fundamental ideas appear: religion not as a mystical or theological manifestation, but as part of that stock of primary images and practices the theatre 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.


  • Gianni Plazzi y Sergio Scarlatella, con Dario Boldrini, Vito Matera y Silvano Voltolina.
  • Niños:Lucas Thiago Abraham, Camila Azul Sosa, Alexia Yang, Marcos Alvarez Telis, Lola N'Dong Bina, Thidianne Obeso Solis y Santino Yang.


Compañía: Societas Raffaello Sanzio (Italia)

Autores: Romeo Castellucci

Música: Scott Gibbons y Urmas Sisak

Diseño de iluminación: Romeo Castellucci

Técnico de iluminación: Fabio Berselli

Diseño de sonido: Romeo Castellucci y Scott Gibbons

Técnico de sonido: Alberto Irrera

Diseño de escenografía: Romeo Castellucci

Asistencia de escenografía: Giacomo Strada

Diseño de vestuario: Romeo Castellucci

Utilería: Vito Matera

Productor ejecutivo: Societas Rafaello Sanzio

Fecha y ciudad de estreno: julio de 2010, Theater Der Welt, Essen

Organización: Gilda Biasini, Benedetta Briglia y Cosetta Nicolini

Administración: Michela Medri, Elisa Bruno y Simona Barducci

Organización internacional de la gira: Aldo Miguel Grompone (Roma)

Manager de la gira: Sandra Ghetti

Asesor económico: Massimiliano Coli

Coproducción: Theater der Welt 2010, deSingel international arts campus (Ambares), Théâtre National de Bretagne (Rennes), el National Theatre (Oslo, Noruega), Barbican London y SPILL Festival of Performance, Chekhov International Theatre Festival (Moscú), Holland Festival (Ámsterdam), Athens Festival, GREC 2011 Festival de Barcelona, Festival d’Avignon, International Theatre Festival DIALOG Wroclav (Polonia), BITEF (Belgrade International Theatre Festival), Foreign Affairs I Berliner Festspiele 2011, Théâtre de la Ville (París), Romaeuropa Festival, Theaterfestival SPIELART München (Spielmotor München e.V.), Le-Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg/Scène Européenne, TAP Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers/Scène Nationale, Peak Performances en Montclair State University (EE.UU.)


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