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FILM BLOCK: Romeo Castellucci | Jan Fabre | Robert Wilson

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Feb 26, 2016
Feb 26, 2016
Segal Theatre



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7:30pm – 8:00pm
Romeo Castellucci
Brentano (Italy, 1995)
25 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
Italian with English subtitles

Visionary theater director Romeo Castellucci’s rare venture into film: a theatre of mental mysteries. Inspired by a 1913 short story of Swiss novelist Robert Walser about the death wish of German Romantic poet Clemens Brentano (1778-1842).


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Romeo Castellucci is an Italian theatre director, playwright, artist, and designer. He earned his diploma in set design and painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna and co-founded the Societas Raffaello Sanzio. His company is considered to be one of the most radical contemporary theatre groups in Italy and in Europe. In 2003 he became director of the theatre section of the 37th edition of the Venice Biennale. In 2008, he was one of two “associate artists” at the Festival d’Avignon and created three pieces inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. The trilogy was considered by the French newspaper Le Monde to be “the best play and one of the ten most influential cultural events in the world for the decade 2000-2010”.


The_Problem. Photo Courtesy of LIMA

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8:00pm – 8:30pm
Jan Fabre –
The Problem (Belgium, 2001)
30 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)
German with English subtitles

In this work Jan Fabre compares himself to his fetish animal, the dung beetle, and considers that his goal as an artist is similar to the role of insects in life evolution. A performance with the German star philosophers Peter Sloterdijk and Dietmar Kamper. The film is an homage to the latter.

Jan Fabre -

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Jan Fabre is a Belgian multidisciplinary artist, playwright, stage director, choreographer, and designer. He studied at the Municipal Institute of Decorative Arts and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp.






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8:30pm – 9:00pm
Robert Wilson
Winona Ryder Video Portrait (US, 2004)
17 minutes | Segal Theatre (70 seats)

Winona Ryder channels the character Winnie from the Samuel Beckett play, Happy Days. Buried to her neck in sand, with a Carmen Miranda headdress, an open purse, toothbrush, and gun, the play unrolls in her head, not the stage. Musical score: Michael Galasso


Photo by Lucie Jansch

Born in Waco, Texas, Robert Wilson is among the world’s foremost theater and visual artists. His works for the stage unconventionally integrate a wide variety of artistic media, including dance, movement, lighting, sculpture, music and text. After being educated at the University of Texas and Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, Wilson founded the New York based performance collective “The Byrd Hoffman School of Byrds” in the mid-1960s, and developed his first signature works, including Deafman Glance (1970) and A Letter for Queen Victoria (1974-1975). With Philip Glass he wrote the seminal opera Einstein on the Beach (1976). Wilson has been honored with numerous awards for excellence, including a Pulitzer Prize nomination, two Premio Ubu awards, the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale, and an Olivier Award. Wilson is the founder and Artistic Director of The  Watermill Center, a laboratory for the Arts in Water Mill, New York.