14/05  | 20:30 - 22:00
    15/05  | 20:30 - 22:00
    16/05  | 20:30 - 22:00
    17/05  | 17:00 - 18:30
    19/05  | 20:30 - 22:00
    20/05  | 20:30 - 22:00
    21/05  | 15:00 - 16:30
    22/05  | 20:30 - 22:00
    23/05  | 20:30 - 22:00
    24/05  | 15:00 - 16:30

€22 / €18
French → NL, EN

What is the distance between obedience and resistance in hierarchical system? Romeo Castellucci’s new work involves every night a different group of twenty performers, dealing with a series of actions secretly imparted through earphones. Dressed in 1940s police uniforms, they embody the image of a power structure, within which obedience is presented as a constitutive rule. Every night they learn their gestures in real time, and live in the immediacy of their responses, in a spectrum of possible actions that also includes the refusal to move. Romeo Castellucci returns to the Kunstenfestivaldesarts to present the world premiere of a work, which stands as a new format in his career, and almost an aesthetic and political manifesto. Presented in the space of an abandoned cinema, Bros embodies a double reflection. On the one hand it is a treatise on the role of the actor, who gives their body to actions that are not their own. On the other, it accompanies each us into a reflection on hierarchical systems, and the subtle space between order and free will.

See also: Artist talk

Confronted with the SARS-CoV-2 crisis, we had to cancel this project

Presentation: Kunstenfestivaldesarts-Project(ion) room 

Conceiving and direction: Romeo Castellucci  
Music: Scott Gibbons 
Assistant director: Filippo Ferraresi
Technical director: Paola Villani
Stage technician: Andrei Benchea
Light technician: Andrea Sanson
Sound technician: Claudio Tortorici
Technical Production staff: Eugenio Resta, Caterina Soranzo, Carmen Castellucci, Francesca Di Serio, Gianni Gardini

In collaboration with Spoleto 63 Festival dei 2Mondi Production and V-A-C Moscow

Director: Benedetta Briglia
Production manager: Giulia Colla
Promotion and distribution: Gilda Biasini
Executive production: Societas Raffaello Sanzio
Coproduction: Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Printemps des Comédiens Montpellier 2020; LAC-LuganoArteCultura, Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg-Scène Européenne, Temporada Alta 2020, MC93-Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis, Manège-Maubeuge Scène nationale, Le phénix scène nationale pôle européen de création Valenciennes, Théâtre Garonne Scène Européenne, Toulouse, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Holland Festival Amsterdam 

Performances in Brussels in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels

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Romeo Castellucci
Director and stage, lighting and costume designer Romeo Castellucci (Cesena, Italy, 1960) is known throughout the world for creating a theatre founded on the totality of the arts and aimed at an integral perception. He has also written various theoretical essays on directing. His theatre engages in a type of dramaturgy that overturns the primacy of literature, thus becoming a complex and supple form of art, a theatre made of extraordinarily rich images expressed in a language as comprehensible as music, sculpture, painting or architecture.

His stagings are regularly invited to and produced by the most prestigious international theatres, opera houses and festivals, in over fifty countries covering all the continents. Among his most recent creations: The Minister’s Black Veil inspired by Hawthorne’s parable (2016), Jeanne au bûcher by Arthur Honegger (2017), Democracy in America freely inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville (2017), Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner (2017) and Salomé by Richard Staruss (2018).

Triple award received for the 2018-19 season by Romeo Caastellucci for Salomé from the "Oscars" of European Opera, a survey by the German magazine Opernwelt among fifty international music critics: Award to Romeo Castellucci for "Best Show", "Best Director Award", "Best Production Designer Award". At the end of 2018, the project "Un automne avec Romeo Castellucci" sees the presentation of: The magic flute by Amadeus Mozart in La Monnaie, the opening of the History of oil painting exhibition in Bozar and the latest theatrical creation entitled La vita nuova a Kanal- Center Pompidou, performace who questions the collective destiny and art.

In January 2019 he made his debut at Opera Garnier in Paris with Il primo omicidio by Alessandro Scarlatti. The director's next lyrical engagements see him still busy in Salzburg in 2020 for Mozart-Da Ponte's Don Giovanni. The Theater also awaits him with the new Societas production entitled Bros which will debut at the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels in May 2020.

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