Dublin Theatre Festival

Societas Raffaello Sanzio

Giulio Cesare

After William Shakespeare

Venue Samuel Beckett Theatre

Directed by Romeo Castellucci
Cast Cristiana Bertini, Dalamzui Bertini, Lele Biagi, Maurizio Carra, Fabio Dajiz, Giancarlo Paludi, Franco Pistoni, Giovanni Rossetti

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Director Romeo Castellucci is the "enfant terrible" of contemporary Italian theatre. With his company Societas Raffaello Sanzio, founded in 1981, he has created a series of audacious and disturbing productions that have stimulated debate where they have played.

In his newest production, Castellucci uses Shakespeare's Julius Caesar as a jumping-off point for a shocking and provocative examination of the power of rhetoric. The nature of speech is literally and metaphorically deconstructed before the audience's eyes through a strikingly original collage of text, staging and visual images.

Societas Raffaello Sanzio
"The youthful actors of the Societas Raffaello Sanzio first burst onto the scene in the 1980's. They brought a liberating anarchy into the avant-garde which refused to be thus termed but which failed to renounce both fashions and labels. Behind the irreverent attitudes of these young people, one felt the desire for a new kind of classicism, a taste for the plastic arts, and a deep rooting in the countryside of their native Romana...

Theatre's recurring cycle of formal decay, destruction and rebirth is mirrored in the politics of their latest production, a Julius Caesar loosely adapted from Shakespeare, Meditating on the force and danger of rhetoric, this tapestry of textual fragments draws directly from Shakespeare's own classical sources."

 - From Place and Bodies: The Theatre Space of Societas Raffaello Sanzio by Gianni Manzella, translated by Daniele de Bechon.



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