BROS - fotó: Giulia Colla
BROS - fotó: Giulia Colla

Castellucci’s BROS comes to Budapest

Italian director Romeo Castellucci’s BROS will be presented to Hungarian audiences in May 2023 in the framework of the XI. MITEM International Theater Festival.

Romeo Castellucci Director and stage, lighting and costume designer Romeo Castellucci is known throughout the world for creating a theatre founded on the totality of the arts and aimed at an integral perception. His theatre engages in a type of dramaturgy that overturns the primacy of literature, thus becoming a complex and supple form of art, a theatre made of extraordinarily rich images expressed in a language as comprehensible as music, sculpture, painting or architecture. 

His performance, BROS, calls for the participation of a large group of anonymous men. These men – called in from the street – are the unquestioned protagonists of the show, despite being unaware of it. Each of them, in order to participate in the show, has to sign a list of behavioural indications and promise to abide by it strictly. The rules set out their duties as “actors”. Even after signing, the “actors” remain unaware of the performance. A few minutes before the show begins, each “actor” is given a police uniform and a headset device. When the curtain rises, the “actors” must meticulously carry out the orders they are given over the earphones.

These commands are received individually. Each policeman learns his orders in real time. Each action is to be done within the time defined by the order. The source of the orders remains offstage and cannot be seen by the spectators. ” The bond between actor and spectator is tightened, until there is no longer the slightest distinction. The performance coincides with actual life. The roles are no longer to be prepared, but verified. There is no improvisation, only the abyss of an absolute present.

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