The show is the most frequently awarded work of Romeo Castellucci. The director used Shakespeare’s drama to reflect on the art of rhetoric. Rhetoric is the man in the language: he designs himself, expresses and constructs his world in it. Rhetoric is not only the art of persuasion, but also the ability to create things and build the world using words. Paradoxically, the show belongs to the series of Castellucci’s shows in which the meaning is conveyed not by way of words, but rather by an actor’s body. The title hero is played by an old man, Mark Antony by a man who underwent tracheotomy, Brutus and Cassius by two anorexic girls. The actor in the show conveys meaning, but is also to impose himself/herself on the audience outside the system of meaning. “Individual physicality of the actor had such a direct and strong influence on the audience that many of them lost any ability to determine the relations between the body perceived by means of senses and the fictitious character, played by an actor on stage,” wrote Erika Fischer-Lichte about the Italian director’s show.
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.