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Theatre / Performance

Romeo Castellucci transforms the Orangerie into a gym: a place that Castellucci calls a ‘false’ place for the theatre. But for him the very space to fulfil the unorthodox beauty of Hölderlin’s language. Here Hölderlin’s poetry can be experienced in a different way: as practice, discipline, as work on the present.

The Italian theatre-maker Romeo Castellucci, whose highly visual theatre usually refuses stage dialogue, approaches Hölderlin’s uncompleted tragedy ‘The Death of Empedocles‘ in a staged installation.

In the gym, the audience is provisionally welcomed on mats or high-jump cushions. They see and hear a textual score that is closely linked to Hölderin’s tragedy. A company of young women play the various characters. Are they schoolgirls? Or perhaps members of some female community? Are they rehearsing the performance behind closed doors? Who are these youngsters, what do they want and what are they portraying? They must be Empedocles, the heretic who leaves the community of the city to climb Mount Etna alone and throw himself into the crater, into the fire of being.

When the audience enters this ‘false’ place, they find themselves in the middle of a theatrical act, which resembles a contest between young women who dedicate the language of poetry to the theatre.

With Laura Dondoli, Silvia Costa, Irene Petris, Alice Torriani, Evelin Facchini, Astrid Meier, Anja Becker, Greta Ipfelkofer, Laura Signoriello, Maj Britt Klenke, Marie Bochelen, Marie Zwinzscher, Marzella Regge, Silke Schuster

Director Romeo Castellucci

Co-director Silvia Costa

Language Italian with German surtitles 

Duration ca. 1h

Main Event: > Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen 2019 - all the infos
Event(s): 23.05.2019 
from 19:00 to 20:00 o'clock
from 21:00 to 22:00 o'clock

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  • An der Graft 3
  • 30167 Hannover
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