The triptych drawing on the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri had its premiere in 2008 at the Theatre Festival in Avignon and was deemed by “Le Monde” the most important cultural production of the first decade of 21st century. In the Divine Comedy Castellucci does not aim at a stage representation of the images described by Dante. Inferno attempts to show, using melancholic images, the mental state of a man at the end of 20th and the beginning of 21st century - his sadness, fears and despair; Purgatorio is a shocking picture of earthly life and the relation of the man with God; Paradiso - an installation, whose inaccessibility is experienced individually and physically. As the director says: “To read, interpret anew, spread, dig in the inside of the Divine Comedy, so that we can forget it. Absorb it through epidermis. Let it dry on me like a wet shirt.” Castellucci’s dramatic strategy rests on highlighting the violent nature of the image and appealing to emotions. The object of visualisation is not so much the meaning hidden in the text as the emotions distilled from a chosen motif, thread or word.
ROMEO CASTELLUCCI (curator of Idiom: oh man, oh machine / człowiek-maszyna) belongs to the circle of artists who define contemporary European theatre. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna where he studied panting and stage design. In 1981 he founded the Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio group in which he creates to date, combining visual arts, theatre and performance. In 2005 he curated the programme of the Theatre Biennale in Venice and in 2008 he was artiste associé, i.e. the co-creator of the Avignon Festival programme. His stage shows are presented in the most significant theatres and festivals in the world. Romeo Castellucci visited Poland for the first time for Malta Festival where in 2001 he presented his outstanding, award-winning show Genesi and in 2004 another show - Voyage au bout de la nuit.