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tragedia endogonidia

music and sonic events from
Tragedia endogonidia
by Romeo Castellucci
a Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio production


Romeo Castellucci direction, scenography, lights and costumes
Chiara Guidi musical dramaturgy and vocal composition
Scott Gibbons original music and live execution
Claudia Castellucci movement

The Guardian (UK):
"Scott Gibbons' music creates a sense of unease with its rumbles, pops and screams that feels as if it is happening inside your own head."

London International Festival of Theatre:
"To encounter Castellucci's theatrical forms, especially as they are inflected in the Tragedia episodes by Scott Gibbons' remarkable electronic music processed out of the human voice, is to feel yourself face to face with some sort of alien life form, which is, at the same time, profoundly and frighteningly familiar."


Tragedia Endogonidia partners: Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Festival d'Avignon, Hebbel Theater-Berlin, KunstenFestival des Arts-Bruxelles, Bergen International Festival, Les Bernardines avec le Théâtre du Gymnase-Marseille, RomaEuropa Festival, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe in collaboration with Festival d'Automne-Paris, Le Maillon-Théâtre de Strasbourg In collaboration with Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione. With the support of: programme Culture 2000 de l'Union Européenne

Photo credit: Luca Del Pia.

"Imagine something which resembles madrigals for spacecrafts"
- Romeo Castellucci


Tragedia endogonidia is a research project on the future of tragedy carried out over a number of years by Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio. Each stage will end with a new form, pushing back the limits of sound and image in the act of theatre. As always with Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, the performance takes place in a space of grandiose and moving pictural beauty. From stage to stage, the project grows constantly, moving, evolving and changing like a living organism. In each place, the idea of tragedy is sown, spreading from one spectator to another. The Socìetas comes back once more to ideas which have been forgotten by and are almost dormant in, humanity. The company seems to be situated on the edge of the unmentionable. They speak to us from there. From a forgotten time, from a distant edge of the world, from a future. Calling on everyone to awaken and to dream, to join the voyage towards new emotions. It is from there that they knock at the door of intimacy and call for attention from the brain and from the flesh. Romeo Castellucci's visionary, erudite and sublime wanderings leave no-one unmoved.

For a complete calendar of episodes, please click here.

Other activities surround this project: Crescite are tendrils of thought and action that continue to extend into smaller, sometimes less formal, spaces. Vox in Tragoedia, an open laboratory, disclosed the research process for the Tragedia series to a small public audience. Video Memories of each Tragedia Episode are being created by the award-winning video artists Cristiano Carloni and Stefano Franceschetti with musical arrangements by Scott Gibbons. There is also an Atlas Room; a constellation of images, sounds and reference points that have inspired Tragedia Endogonidia.

Honoured on several occasions with the UBU award, Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio was singled out in 2000 for the 7th Prix Europe -Nouvelles Réalités Théâtrales by the Union of Theatres of Europe and the European Theatre Convention. Tragedia is their fourth production with the music of Scott Gibbons, following Giulio Cesare, Genesi: from the museum of sleep, and Il Combattimento. For the present, Gibbons continues the research with the Socìetas in the direction of an "organic theatre" which is constantly mutating and advancing, like an organism which explodes out of the shell of theatre to embrace new combinations of contemporary and classic art.