Orphée et Eurydice (film)
5 APR 2018
Free admission within the limit of the number of places available.
Film running time 90'
Triennale Teatro dell'Arte
“Fabulous and disquieting”, La Libre
The visual urgency that characterises Romeo Castellucci’s theatre is remarkably expressed in his opera productions: for several years his lyrical works have been staged by major theatres worldwide.
Triennale Teatro dell’Arte presents the full screening of the film Orphée et Eurydice, an opera produced by Brussels’ La Monnaie in 2014. The audience is invited to meet the director and other guests for a pre-screening talk.
The myth of Orpheus offers Castellucci the opportunity to reflect on the unfathomable condition of being in a coma, with a dramaturgy that will unavoidably shape the way in which musical theatre is conceived today. The film version of Orphée et Eurydice allows the audience to re-live the exceptional experience of a unique dispositif capable of joining together the music played in the La Monnaie theatre and the room in the Inkendaal rehabilitation centre where Els, a young woman affected by Locked-in syndrome, listens in real time to music and singing through headphones. In the same way, the spectator, a new version of Orpheus, travels away from the theatre thanks to a steadycam that, at every performance, runs through the city streets and the hospital corridors to join Els and meet her eyes. Mythology and Christoph W. Gluck’s music become mirrors through which human frailty is reflected, not in a voyeuristic manner, but to acknowledge art’s “duty to reflect on the human condition, including the most extreme” (Romeo Castellucci).
Romeo Castellucci (Cesena, 1960) is a director and set, lighting and costume designer, renowned all over the world for his theatre based on the totality of the arts, aimed at creating a comprehensive perception of the artwork. He has authored several theoretical essays on the art of directing. His theatre develops a dramaturgy which overturns the supremacy of the written text, thus transforming dramatic actions into complex art forms. His works are populated by extremely rich images and communicate through expressive codes as accessible as music, sculpture, panting or architecture. In 2005 he was appointed Director of the Venice Biennale’s Theatre section; he was awarded the title of Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres and was appointed “artiste associé” by the artistic management of the 2008 Festival d’Avignon. In 2013 he was presented with the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion for lifetime achievement; the Festival d’Automne in Paris, by presenting three of his works as part of the “Biennale Portrait” series in 2014 and 2015, has confirmed him once and for all as one of the greatest artists of our time. His company, Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, founded in 1981, is considered as one of the world’s leading theatre groups for its radical aesthetic principles and the human depth of its creations.
music: Christoph Willibald Gluck
version of: Hector Berlioz (1859)
direction, scenography, lights and costumes: Romeo Castellucci
musical direction: Hervé Niquet
artistic collaboration: Silvia Costa
drammaturgy: Piersandra Di Matteo e Christian Longchamp
video / stedycam: Vincent Pinckaers
choirmaster: Martino Faggiani
choirmaster La Choraline: Benoît Giaux
with: Stéphanie d’Oustrac (Orfeo), Sabine Deiveilhe (Euridice), Fanny Dupont (Amore)
Symphonic Orchestra and Choir of La Monnaie
members of the youth choir La Monnaie La Choraline
first violin: Eugenia Ryabinina
film director: Myriam Hoyer
performance production: La Monnaie - De Munt & Wiener Festwochen
in collaboration with: Wiener Festwochen, by initiative of La Monnaie - De Munt
film production: La Monnaie - De Munt