Everyday scenes governed by an invisible architecture that displaces simple actions from their context creating unusual situations: this is the raw material for Bros by Romeo Castellucci. At the center of the performance is a group of anonymous men who have been recruited to go on stage without learning their lines in advance. They have signed a pact in which they agree to follow instructions, to carry out actions without understanding them or preparing for them.
Wearing police uniforms, they receive orders via an earpiece and act without having any time to think, to take a position or make choices. In this compressed temporality, which reduces everything to an unlimited present, the comical effect of their frantic and improvised gestures mixes with the violence of their alienating experience. Both troubling and ingenious, Bros is an examination of individual and collective responsibility and of our relationship with the law.
Romeo Castellucci is a world-renowned theatre director, artist and designer celebrated for his creative work that encompasses all artistic disciplines and offers the audience a comprehensive experience. His theatre overturns the primate of the word, creating complex dramaturgies that draw on all forms of art. Castellucci’s pieces are regularly staged and produced by the most prestigious international venues and festivals. He directed the Theatre section of the Venice Biennale, was Artiste Associé at the Avignon Festival and is currently Grand Invité at Triennale Milano as well as guest director at Berlin’s Schaubhüne. He has been bestowed with the title of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the Ministry of Culture of the French Republic and with an honorary degree by the University of Bologna; he is a member of the Académie Royale de Belgique and has been awarded, among other international prizes, the Golden Lion at Venice Biennale and two Golden Masks for his opera pieces. His most recent opera, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, premiered in Salzburg in July 2021.