Awarding the “Vienna Gold Medal of Merit” after the festival’s premiere
Vienna – Yesterday, Friday, Wiener Festwochen invited guests to Halle E at the MuseumsQuartier as a sort of prelude to this year’s festival. The program included “Requiem” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.And the It was directed by Rafael Pichon and brilliantly directed by Italian director Romeo Castellucci. During the celebration of the next premiere at the Hilton, Veronica Kaup-Hassler, a member of the Vienna City Council for Culture, presented Romeo Castellucci the “Golden Medal of Merit to the State of Vienna”.
Kaup-Hassler noted in her speech that Castellucci’s work has been an aesthetic component of the Wiener Festwochen for over twenty years, noting their close artistic collaboration and its importance in the cultural life of Vienna. Through his theatrical work, Castellucci opened up new areas of theatrical experience. It nonetheless honors “the further radical development of theater that raises the most important questions about human beings, their mortality, their mortality, their struggle for survival and the question of (m)society’s possibility.” With his visual thinking, Castellucci, who is from the fine arts, “has revolutionized theater and opera, opening up new spaces of experience, new dimensions and worlds for all of us we didn’t know about,” says the city councilwoman, who also credits her personal friendship and working relationships. Castellucci confirmed in her eulogy.
Thanks Romeo Castellucci, Wiener Festwochen and the City of Vienna.
biography of romeo castellucci
Born in Cesena in 1960, Romeo Castellucci studied theater design and painting at the Académie de Belle Arte di Bologna. In 1981 he founded the collective theater group Socetas Raffaello Sanzio (today: Societas) with his sisters Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi. The theater troupe is one of the most radical representatives of the “new theatre” and has performed for guests in theaters and operas in more than 50 countries for nearly 40 years. Likewise, Castellucci and the company Societas are regular guests at famous festivals across Europe.
With his performance of “Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio” (“On the Concept of the Face in God’s Son”), which was performed in Rome, Avignon, Paris, Berlin and in Vienna Burgthether as part of the effects of the Vienna Festival, Castellucci, a real theater scandal in 2011 -2012. In 2014, he was represented in Wiener Festwochen with the sensational production of “Orfeo ed Euridice” by Christoph Willibald Gluck, in 2017 by the production of “Democracy in America” based on Alexis de Tocqueville’s political text “De la démocratie en Amérique” (Two vols., 1835 and 1840). In 2019, Castellucci co-produced “La vita nuova” (UA 2018, Kanal – Center Pompidou, Brussels) and “Le Metope del Partenone” (UA 2015, Art Basel) at Wiener Festwochen. In 2018, Richard Strauss’ opera “Salome” was brought to the stage as part of the Salzburg Festival; For this production, he was named Director of the Year and Designer of the Year 2019 by Opernwelt magazine.
Castellucci has received numerous awards, including the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale (2013) and an honorary doctorate from the University of Bologna (2014).
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