The Great European Stage Directors, ed. by Luk Van den Dries & Timmy de Laet, vol. 8, London: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2018, pp. 87-117 & 204-212
In this chapter, I present the most significant steps in Romeo Castellucci’s career in order to provide insight into his singular way of devising theatre. Starting from the very early beginnings and Castellucci’s first explorations in the world of art in the 1970s, I proceed with a more thematic discussion of his theatre work, singling out the key motifs, ideas and aesthetic features that undergird his artistic poetics. This brief journey through Castellucci’s theatrical universe will lead us from the iconoclasm that defines his and Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio’s relationship to images, the role of language and silence in his dramaturgy, as well as his noted fascination with the expressive power of human bodies, animals and children. This chapter not only enjoys the benefit of hindsight, but also draws heavily on the archival material that has been collected, catalogued and digitized, as part of three large-scale research projects.