Romeo Castellucci

Romeo Castellucci / Cesena
“The Four Seasons Restaurant”
Paying homage to Mark Rothko in an act of refusal
German premiere

The Four Seasons Restaurant

The Four Seasons Restaurant

© Christian Berthelot

  • Length 1h 10, no interval
  • In Italian with German surtitles

Past Dates

Artist talk
25 October 2012, following the performance

Divina Commedia / Inferno
26 October 2012, 18:00, Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Cinema

It all starts with the desire to say no: when American artist Mark Rothko had completed a cycle of paintings for the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York, he decided to refuse their exhibition after a personal crisis. He saw this restaurant’s commitment as the epitome of a new bulimia of images. Nowadays, this cycle of monumental canvases forms the nucleus of the cathedralesque Tate Modern Gallery in London.
“The Four Seasons Restaurant” is a reference to Rothko’s late masterpiece: the audience is confronted by a gigantic black rectangle that hides the entire stage, accompanied by ear-splitting music and fragmentary texts – an overwhelming technical arrangement that overpowers the senses. Mass, adoration, idolatry figure alongside fundamental concepts of religion, philosophy and nihilism in director Castellucci’s work, who started out as a visual artist.
“The Four Seasons Restaurant” is part of a cycle including Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “The Minister’s Black Veil” about Reverend Hooper, whose decision to always appear in a black veil was based on a similar act of refusal. Castellucci’s production “On the Concept of Face Regarding the Son of God”, which also belongs to “The Minister’s Black Veil” cycle along with The Four Seasons Restaurant, raises similar questions about hunger, desire and torture in the face of a superior image.

Direction / stage / costumes Romeo Castellucci
Music Scott Gibbons
Assistant director Silvia Costa
Collaboration to the dramaturgy Piersandra Di Matteo
Direction of set construction Massimiliano Peyrone

Chiara Causa, Silvia Costa, Laura Dondoli, Irene Petris

A production of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio with the Théâtre National de Bretagne / Rennes in co-production with Theater der Welt 2010, deSingel international arts campus / Antwerp, The National Theatre / Oslo Norway, Barbican London and SPILL Festival of Performance, Chekhov International Theatre Festival / Moscow, Holland Festival / Amsterdam; Athens Festival, GREC 2011 Festival de Barcelona, Festival d’Avignon, International Theatre Festival DIALOG Wroclaw / Polen, BITEF (Belgrade International Theatre Festival), spielzeit'europa 2011 / Berliner Festspiele, Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Romaeuropa Festival 2011, Theatre festival SPIELART München (Spielmotor München e.V.), Le-Maillon, Théâtre de Strasbourg / Scène Européenne, TAP Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers-Scène Nationale, Peak Performances @ Montclair State-USA

The Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio is supported by Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali; Regione Emilia Romagna; Comune di Cesena