Archive for Romeo Castellucci

Throwing grenades at Jesus as a cry for love (Romeo Castellucci’s ‘On the concept of the face/Sur le concept du visage du fils de Dieu’

Posted in theatre with tags , , , , , , on July 30, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

‘And you know what? He had kids throw grenades at the face of Jesus’, somebody was telling the shopkeeper just as I walked into a chocolate shop in Avignon. As I sat down for a coffee some fifteen minutes later, somebody was gesticulating and explaining, at a table next to me: ‘And then they were ripping apart this gigantic portrait of Christ.’  Did Romeo Castellucci leave an impression on Avignon or what? Clearly his beautifully constructed images once again didn’t miss their effect. But I would have been curious to know what all these people really thought of On the concept of the face, regarding the son of God/Sur le concept du visage du fils de Dieu.

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Seeing is believing (or not): Romeo Castellucci’s ‘The minister’s black veil’

Posted in performance, theatre with tags , , , , , , , on April 2, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

Suddenly it hit me, as that kneeling, naked guy was trying to put a shard of glass in his – pardon me – anus, and a voice was repeating just that one word, Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, and as that image was sending shivers through the audience: how close Romeo Castellucci‘s theatre comes to religion and a religious service. You have those who believe and those who don’t. Some miracles are performed in front of your eyes, and at a certain point there’s a moment that serves as some sort of communion. But: The minister’s black veil, based on a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne, at deSingel, Antwerp. A couple of days after I saw this performance, the Italian director decided to cancel the complete Black veil-tour, as he was not satisfied with what he’d come up with.

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Romeo Castellucci’s ‘Parsifal’ premieres tonight; first images

Posted in opera, theatre with tags , , , on January 27, 2011 by Utopia Parkway

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Romeo Castellucci‘s first ever and long-awaited opera, Parsifal, will premiere tonight at De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels). It goes without saying that not only opera lovers are curious to see what the renowned Italian theatre director will come up with. You can be sure that his take on the legendary Richard Wagner opera will be a highly personal and probably unusual one. Unfortunately I will only be able to bring you a review of Parsifal somewhere in February, but I can try to tickle your imagination by showing you the first official pictures of Castellucci’s Parsifal. (all images: Bernd Uhlig) You’ll find more info and rehearsal pictures and videos on the site of De Munt/La Monnaie, here. (You’ll have to register first.) And for some insider’s stories about this Parsifal, do read Andrew Richard‘s (yes, he’s Parsifal) amusing blog (Opera rocks). The only tenor with a weblog?

Romeo Castellucci directs his first ever opera at De Munt/La Monnaie

Posted in dance, opera, theatre with tags , , , , on March 17, 2010 by Utopia Parkway

Renowned Italian theatre director Romeo Castellucci will direct his first ever opera. Castellucci’s version of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal will premiere next season at De Munt/La Monnaie (Brussels; February 27, 2011). Conductor will be Hartmut Haenchen. German choreographer Sasha Waltz will direct an opera too at De Munt: Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukaze (May 2011). De Munt is also programming a rerun of Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker‘s opera Hanjo, also by Hosokawa (April 2011). It premiered in 2004. You’ll find everything on De Munt’s new season on a brand new website, here.

(Note on January 27, 2011: For more recent info on Castellucci’s Parsifal: click here.)

Day 20: Federico León / Castellucci’s ‘Paradiso’

Posted in Kunstenfestivaldesarts, performance, theatre with tags , , , on May 20, 2009 by Utopia Parkway


Whoa! What a trip! I bet Calvin & Hobbes would say. All stages of life in less than an hour and as a extra bonus: to heaven and back in three minutes. Or what happens if you go from Federico León to Romeo Castellucci.

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Day 15: Romeo Castellucci

Posted in Kunstenfestivaldesarts, theatre with tags , , , on May 15, 2009 by Utopia Parkway



A boy leaning against a big round window, looking at  flowers. It’s an image I’ll probably never forget. But strangely enough, I’m not so sure I will able to say the same for Purgatorio.

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Day 11: Brice Leroux / Romeo Castellucci

Posted in dance, Kunstenfestivaldesarts, performance with tags , on May 11, 2009 by Utopia Parkway


Booked a ticket for Brice Leroux? I sure hope you’re not afraid of the dark, then. Booked a ticket for Castellucci’s 13 minute performance Storia dell’Africa? Please do not forget to tell me what thát is all about.

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