Romeo Castellucci

Romeo Castellucci

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Romeo Castellucci was born in 1960 in Cesena, Italy. He graduated with a degree in painting and scenography from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In 1981, jointly with Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi, he founded Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio. Since then he has produced numerous plays in the role of author, director and creator of scenes, lights, sound and costumes. He is known all over the world as an author of theater based on the totality of the arts, aimed at creating an integral perception; he has also written various essays on the theory of directing plays, which trace the development of his type of theater.

His directing is characterized by dramatic lines that are not subject to the primacy of literature, but rather make of theater a plastic, complex art, rich with visions. This has developed a comprehensible language in the same way that music, sculpture, painting and architecture can be. His plays are regularly invited and produced by the most prestigious theaters and festivals all over the world.

In 2007 Romeo Castellucci was nominated “Artiste Associé ” by the artistic direction of the Festival d’Avignon for the 62nd edition in 2008. Here he presented the powerful trilogy “Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso” inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy.

In 2010 Le Monde named the trilogy dedicated to the Divine Comedy the best play and one of the ten most influential cultural events in the world for the decade 2000-2010. 

In 2010 he started the new project which have led to: “On the concept of the face regarding the Son of God” and “The Minster’s black Veil”. In 2012 he completed this project with “The Four Seasons Restaurant”

In 2011 he produced Richard Wagner’s Parsifal at Theatre La Monnaie – De Munt in Brussels.

The most important awards and honors:

1995  UBU special prize for resistance, following the exclusion of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio from public participation in contemporary theater by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment of the Republic of Italy 1996 Masque d’Or Prize, “Orestea, una commedia organica?” for best foreign play of the year, Festival Theatre des Ameriques, Montreal, Quebec

1997  Ubu prize for best play of the year for “Giulio Cesare”

1998  European Prize for New Theatre to Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Taormina

2000  Prize for Best International Production to “Genesi from the museum of sleep” at the Dublin Theatre Festival

1999  Grand Prix de la Critique-Paris to Romeo Castellucci for the scenography of “Genesi, from the museum of sleep”

2002 on February 22, Romeo Castellucci was assigned the title “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic in the person of Cathérine Tasca.

2004  Special UBU Prize 2004 to Romeo Castellucci for his work in developing Tragedia Endogonidia

2005 Romeo Castellucci was director of the theater section of the Biennale of Venice.

2006 Special UBU Price 2006 to Romeo Castellucci for directing the theater section of the Biennale of Venice, with his program “Pompei. The Novel of Ashes”.

2006  Special “Interdisciplinary” prize assigned June 9th by the University of Bologna to Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio.

2008 Romeo Castellucci was designated “Artiste Associé” at the Festival d’Avignon

2010 Le Monde nominated the cycle of the Divine Comedy by Romeo Castellucci as one of the ten most influential cultural events in the world for the decade 2000-2010.

2010 Butaca Prize, Barcelona, Spain, best international play for the cycle of the “Divine Comedy”.

2011 Prix Europe Francophone by the Syndicat de la critique Théâtre, Musique et Danse for Richard Wagner’s Parsifal produced at the Teatro dell’Opera De Munt/La Monnaie in Brussels.

Romeo Castellucci is also the author of various dramaturgical works including: 

“Il teatro della Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio” Ubulibri, Milano, 1992.

“Epopea della Polvere”, Ubulibri, Milano, 2001.

“Les Pélerins de la matière”, Les Solitaires Intempestifs, Besançon, 2001.

“Epitaph”, Ubulibri, Milano, 2005. 

“The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio”, Routledge, London and New York, 2007.

“Itinera” Trajectoires de la forme, Tragedia Endogonidia, Arles, Actes Sud, 2008

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