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la Biennale di Venezia
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Romeo Castellucci Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre

Friday 2 August
Sala delle Colonne of Ca' Giustinian, 4:00 pm
Award Ceremony
The Golden Lion for lifetime achievement will be presented to Romeo Castellucci "for his ability to create a new theatrical language which blends theatre, music and the plastic arts. For creating worlds in his theatrical representations that achieve the excellence of dreamlike states, perhaps the best compliment one can pay a theatrical work. For having created a scenic representation of something as impossible to represent as the nightmare. For having made us doubt, interrogating us with seemingly harmless scenes, then letting us discover that behind every sheepskin there's a wolf, or a hundred, or a thousand of them. For having transported us into parallel worlds, bringing us back to revisit our own worlds, finding them changed. For having been able to elevate us, wrap us up in his stories, often making us forget we were sitting in a theatre. For having joined his name so closely to that of Art. For having made of Italy an international reference point through the creation and representation of his works at the end of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st century. For having remained scenically vibrant after all these years of work, continuing with the same freshness with which he started 30 years ago. And for being a great source of inspiration for the later generations, who have received from him a magma of new scenic languages".
Romeo Castellucci has presented his performances at the Theatre Festival of the Venice Biennale several times. He has also directed it in 2005, producing an edition entitled Pompei, il romanzo della cenere, which won the Ubu Theatre award.
In the past the Theatre award was granted to Ferruccio Soleri (2006), Ariane Mnouschkine (2007), Roger Assaf (2008), Irene Papas (2009), Thomas Ostermeier (2011) and Luca Ronconi (2012).
Biographical notes
Romeo Castellucci (Cesena - Italy, 1960)
Founder of the Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, the most-represented Italian company abroad, whose presence is fought over by the world's most important festivals, Romeo Castellucci has written a play based on the totality of the arts and aimed at an integral perception. Its directing style is marked by dramatic lines not subject to the primacy of literature, making of theatre a plastic art, complex, rich in the different visions it displays. It has developed a language that is understandable throughout the world, just like music, sculpture, painting and architecture.
Romeo Castellucci graduated with a degree in scenography and painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna. He started directing at twenty, and together with Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi he founded the Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio in 1981. In the early 80's, he divided his interest between theatre and painting, also holding some exhibitions. Since then he has held numerous spectacles as a writer, director, and designer of the scenes, lights, sound and costumes: Santa Sofia-Khmer Theatre (1986), La discesa di Inanna (1989), Gilgamesh (1990) and Iside e Osiride (1990). Then followed the classic cycle, with Hamlet. La veemente esteriorità della morte di un mollusco (1992) after Shakespeare, Orestea (una commedia organica?) (1995) after Aeschylus, and Giulio Cesare (1997) after Shakespeare. After Genesis. From the museum of sleep (1999), his interest turned towards the musical theatre: concert for voices and sound tools Voyage au bout de la nuit (1999) taken from Céline and with Il Combattimento (2000) by Monteverdi and Scott Gibbons, presented at the Biennale Theatre Festival of 2000.
In 2002, Romeo Castellucci conceived the Tragedia Endogonidia, a cycle of ten episodes which involved a series of "basics" corresponding to different European cities. In the same year he was awarded the title of Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic. In 2005 he directed the 37th International Theatre Festival of la Biennale di Venezia, titled Pompei. Il romanzo della Cenere, characterized by a redefinition of the problem of representation, a reconsideration of the role of the spectator and an openness to emerging forms of theatre and works not included in the traditional framework of the theatre. In 2007 he was appointed "artiste associé", together with Valérie Dréville, by the artistic management of the Festival d'Avignon for the 62nd Edition of the Festival (2008). It is in this context that he presented the trilogy Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso inspired by Dante's Divine Comedy.