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1st Edition

The Theatre of Societas Raffaello Sanzio

ISBN 9780415354318
Published December 20, 2007 by Routledge
304 Pages 16 Color & 56 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio chronicles four years in the life of an extraordinary Italian theatre company whose work is widely recognized as some of the most exciting theatre currently being made in Europe.

In the first English-language book to document their work, company founders, Claudia Castellucci, Romeo Castellucci and Chiara Guidi, discuss their approach to theatre making with Joe Kelleher and Nicholas Ridout.

At the centre of the book is a detailed exploration of the company's eleven episode cycle of tragic theatre, Tragedia Endogonida (2002–2004,) including:

  • production notes and extensive correspondence giving insights into the creative process
  • essays by and conversations with company members alongside critical responses by their two co-authors
  • seventy-two photographs of the company's work.

This is a significant collection of theoretical and practical reflections on the subject of theatre in the twenty-first century, and an indispensible written and visual document of the company's work.

Table of Contents

Introduction Joe Kelleher and Nicholas Ridout  Part 1: Makers and Spectators, Tragedia Endogonidia 2002–2004  1.1 Letters to Scott Gibbons Chiara Guidi  1.2 Making Space Claudia Castellucci  1.3 System, Function and Workings for a Tragedy of Gold Romeo Castellucci  1.4 On the Earth's Stage Romeo Castellucci  1.5 Letters to Scott  1.6 An Organism on the Run  Joe Kelleher  1.7 A Letter about the Goat that Gave its Name to Tragedy Romeo Castellucci  1.8 1st Grammatical Exercise with 20 Amino Acids Chiara Guidi  1.9 Letters to Scott  1.10 From the Finalo Script of A.#02  1.11 Night, Writing, Gesture Joe Kelleher  1.12 The Form of a Blot Claudia Castellucci  1.13 Letters to Scott  1.14 From the Final Script of B.#03  1.15 A Play of Grief Joe Kelleher  1.16 From the Final Script of B.#03  1.17 On Being There (In the Beginning)/On Not Being There (Berlin) Nicholas Ridout  1.18 Letters to Scott  1.19 Storytime Joe Kelleher  1.20 Out in the Open Nicholas Ridout  1.21 Images of an Episode  1.22 Letters to Scott, Marco and Cosetta  1.23 Modern Acting Nicholas Ridout  1.24 Somebody, Anybody Joe Kelleher  1.25 Letter to Scott  1.26 From the Final Script of R.#07  1.27 Monkey Business Nicholas Ridout  1.28 From a Conversation about Dramaturgy  1.29 The Italian Comedy Joe Kelleher  1.30 Letters to Scott  1.31 Earth and Glass Joe Kelleher and Nicolas Ridout  1.32 A Conversation about Dramaturgy, Contd.  1.33 A Conversation about Dramaturgy, Contd.  1.34 From the Final Script of L.#09  1.35 On the Idea of Crescita Romeo Castellucci  1.36 Francesca and the Machines: On Crescita XIV Prato Joe Kelleher  1.37 From the Final Script of L.#09  1.38 A Theatre Dream Joe Kelleher  1.39 From Marseille Sketch  1.40 Letter to Lavinia  1.41 Asking for It Nicholas Ridout  1.42 From the Final Script of M.#10  1.43 Beware What You Wish For Nicholas Ridout  1.44 The Picture, the Place, the Drama, Us Claudia Castellucci  1.45 To Live Episodically  1.46 From a Technical Script for C.#11  1.47 On Make-Believe Nicholas Ridout  1.48 From the Final Script of C.#11  1.49 The Enchantment Joe Kelleher  Part 2: Conversations  2.1 'The Theatre is Not Out Home': A Conversation about Space, Stage and Audience  2.2 A Conversation about Dramaturgy, Contd.  2.3 A Conversation about Pretence and Illusion  2.4 A Conversation about Composition  2.5 A Conversation about Rehearsal  2.6 A Conversation about Gesture  2.7 A Conversation about the Future  Part 3: Disjecta Membra  3.1 Entries from a Notebook of Romeo Castellucci's

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Chiara Guidi, Claudia Castellucci and Romeo Castellucci are founding members of Societas Raffaello Sanzio.  Romeo is the stage designer and director; Claudia creates the choreographies; Chiara is the dramaturgical and vocal consultant.

Joe Kelleher teaches in the School of Arts at Roehampton University, London.  Nicholas Ridout is Lecturer in Performance at Queen Mary University of London. Joe and Nicholas are joint editors of Contemporary Theatres in Europe (2006).


'An exemplary study wrought from within Europe's most audacious theatre company.'Alan Read, King's College London, UK