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The Third Reich

Romeo Castellucci + Societas (IT)

Few artists have dominated European theater in the last 30 years as much as Italian director Romeo Castellucci. His works have been performed on the biggest stages and festivals in the world, and it is now the fourth time that one of his works is shown in Helsingør. Castellucci’s works are cathedralic and monumental with references to classical European art, theater, music and literary history.

“The Third Reich” is Castellucci’s latest work. Castellucci’s starting point is Victor Klemperer’s book of the same title, in which Klemperer examined how the Nazis systematically worked the language of fascism into everyday German language. Castallucci’s work mostly consists of a video installation wherein the entirety of nouns in the dictionary are projected onto a giant screen. The words appear in tenths of a second, so fast that the audience’s consciousness lets go, and it is virtually impossible to focus on the individual word. Most words are lost in the nucleus of our language’s dissolution into white noise and chaos.

“The Third Reich” is a continuation and further development of a central theme on the role of rhetoric in art, as Romeo Castellucci has worked on several of his and Socìeta’s Raffaello Sanzio’s major works since the 1990s. “The Third Reich” is a representation of a monumental, controlled communication, the abuse of which is shown in the reduction of language to indifference and unification. In “The Third Reich” a language machine reduces the spaces of reality, all nouns in their mechanical reproduction appear alike, like prefabricated buildings, and as a new knowledge where no escape is possible and where all language pauses are filled with words.

The video installation begins with a symbolic handling, where a few characters set a ceremony in motion that turns on the language. The sound that accompanies the installation is apodictic and is composed by Scott Gibbons.

INFO

AGE: 13 years

DURATION: 50 min.

REMEMBER: Valid corona passport must be presented by anyone over the age of 14 at the entrance of the venue

LANGUAGE: English

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Few artists have dominated European theater in the last 30 years as much as Italian director Romeo Castellucci. His works have been performed on the biggest stages and festivals in the world, and it is now the fourth time that one of his works is shown in Helsingør. Castellucci’s works are cathedralic and monumental with references to classical European art, theater, music and literary history.

“The Third Reich” is Castellucci’s latest work. Castellucci’s starting point is Victor Klemperer’s book of the same title, in which Klemperer examined how the Nazis systematically worked the language of fascism into everyday German language. Castallucci’s work mostly consists of a video installation wherein the entirety of nouns in the dictionary are projected onto a giant screen. The words appear in tenths of a second, so fast that the audience’s consciousness lets go, and it is virtually impossible to focus on the individual word. Most words are lost in the nucleus of our language’s dissolution into white noise and chaos.

“The Third Reich” is a continuation and further development of a central theme on the role of rhetoric in art, as Romeo Castellucci has worked on several of his and Socìeta’s Raffaello Sanzio’s major works since the 1990s. “The Third Reich” is a representation of a monumental, controlled communication, the abuse of which is shown in the reduction of language to indifference and unification. In “The Third Reich” a language machine reduces the spaces of reality, all nouns in their mechanical reproduction appear alike, like prefabricated buildings, and as a new knowledge where no escape is possible and where all language pauses are filled with words.

The video installation begins with a symbolic handling, where a few characters set a ceremony in motion that turns on the language. The sound that accompanies the installation is apodictic and is composed by Scott Gibbons.

INFO

AGE: 13 years

DURATION: 50 min.

REMEMBER: Valid corona passport must be presented by anyone over the age of 14 at the entrance of the venue

LANGUAGE: English

TICKET PERFORMANCE

Click the TICKET icon to the right: next to TIME + LOCATION or buy a festival-wristband and get free tickets to all ticket-performances.

READ MORE and buy PASSAGE FESTIVAL WRISTBAND HERE

ROMEO CASTELLUCCI (b. 1960)

Romeo Castellucci graduated with a degree in painting and stage design from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna. In 1981, jointly with Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi, he founded Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio.

Since then he has produced numerous plays as an author, director and a designer of sets, lighting, sound and costumes.

His works, which combine multiple arts to achieve a holistic effect, have been presented in more than 50 countries. Castellucci’s dramatic lines challenge the primacy of literature. His theatre is a visual, complex art rich in vision. He has developed a language that is comprehensible in the same way as music, sculpture, painting and architecture can be.

Castelluccis productions are regularly invited to the world’s most prestigious theatres, opera houses and festivals, and he has received numerous awards and recognitions, amongst which:

Best Opera Director (Opernwelt magazine, 2014), The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement (La Biennale Teatro di Venezia; 2013), Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic (2002),  Ubu Prize (1997, 2000, 2004, and 2006 with special distinction).

In 2003 he became director of the theatre section of the 37th edition of the Venice Biennale,[4] and in 2008 he was one of two “associate artists” at the Festival d’Avignon, and created three pieces inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy.

 

Credits: Dancer: Gloria Dorliguzzo

Technical Director: Paola Villani

 

Link: https://www.societas.es

NOTE

This performance features loud music and flashing images, making it possibly unsuitable for photosensitive audiences, or people with epilepsy.