This performance 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.
Director, creator of sets, lights and costumes, Romeo Castellucci is known over the world for creating a theater based on the totality of arts and aimed at an integral perception of the work.
His theater proposes a dramaturgy that overturns the primacy of literature, making the stage a complex form of art, made up of extraordinarily rich images, expressed in an understandable language such as music, sculpture, painting or architecture.
Castellucci's productions are still regularly invited and produced by the most prestigious international theaters, festivals and opera houses, in over sixty countries covering all continents. He was director of the Theater section at the Venice Biennale, “Artiste Associé” at the Avignon Festival and is currently “Grand Invitée” at the Milano Triennale (2021-2024) and guest director at the Schaubühne in Berlin.
For Opera production in the summer 2022, Romeo Castellucci will be engaged with Resurrection by Gustav Mahler at Festival Aix en Provence and for Salzburg Festival with Bluebeard's castle by Béla Bartók followed by De temporum fine comoedia by Carl Orff. Teodor Currentzis on the podium and Romeo Castellucci directing. For theater productions, Bros continues the tour with great success.