Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival


Edition 2021


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Program #1 The Epic of Dust (1992-1999)

Teatro Nacional D. Maria II
Monday, November 15th, 15h
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Presented by Piersandra Di Matteo

Program #1 The Epic of Dust  (1992-1999)
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)

Romeo Castellucci’ s artist trajectories explored in the Nineties – brought together as the Epopea della Polvere / Epic of Dust – were 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 rigorous immersion into the great classics of Western theatre from Aeschylus to Shakespeare, discovering a theatre of the body. In Amleto, la veemente esteriorità della morte di un mollusco (1991), we meet a boy with the symptomology of an autistic child. Closed up inside a camp made of electric circuits and stuffed animals that have become simulacra of his family, he vacillates between being and non-being. Orestea (una commedia organica?) (1995) – restaged 20 years after the original – derails in the manner of Lewis Carroll’s Alice and Humpty-Dumpty translated by Antonin Artaud during the psychiatric internment in Rodez. Aeschylus’ language passes into the body, becoming an organic substance. Giulio Cesare (1997) delves into the Empire of Rhetoric and the morphology of the monument, looking towards the origins of Western culture and its forms of politics, framing a “drama of the voice” between embodiment, simulation and dissimulation. Genesi. From the Museum of Sleep (1999) comes to grips with the first book of the Bible. Structured into three acts – At the beginning, Auschwitz, Abel and Cain –, Castellucci contemplates the creation through its most extreme opposite: Auschwitz. Bodies, mechanisms and figures trace out an itinerary in which each creature is condemned to dream itself and be dreamed, while evoking a form of suffering that reveals forms of compassion.

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