Tragedia Endogonidia - IV Episode > 20:30
Documentation Cesena, Avignon, Berlin > 18:00 (doors open)

“I feel that we all need the sphinx from an unnamed Tragedy. Tragedia Endogonidia will be an organism on the run, endlessly giving birth to itself …”

Romeo Castellucci.

The Italians from Cesena are establishing a considerable work site that is to touch six countries and eleven cities over a two-year period. Each Episode – a meteor – gathers the spores from the first base, Cesena, transforms them and self-generates them into others. Tragedia has for the sun the essence of the tragedy, and for its satellites the voice, light, birth, sex, brain and the economy… The fourth theatrical ‘meteor’ is appearing in Brussels, accompanied by videos of the earlier ones: Cesena, Avignon and Berlin.

Direction, Set Design, Lighting & Costumes:

Romeo Castellucci

Vocal, sound & dramatical score:

Chiara Guidi

Trajectories & writings:

Claudia Castellucci

Original Music and live execution:

Scott Gibbons


Sonia Beltran Napoles, Claudio Borghi, Ivo Bucciarelli, Claudia Castellucci, Sebastiano Castellucci, Luca Nava, Sergio Scarlatella

Video memory:

Cristiano Carloni, Stefano Franceschetti


Luca Delpia

Interpretation and realisation Costumes

Gabriella Battistini

Interpretation and realisation of lighting design:

Fabio Sajiz

Statics and dynamics:

Stephan Duve

Set realisation :

Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione Workshop

Machinistes :

Salvo Di Martina, Riccardo Maccheroni

Lighting :

Fabio Sajiz, Luciano Trebbi

Sound technician :

Marco Olivieri

Assistance :

Sonia Brunelli, Stefano Ferra & Paul Prestipino


Carmen Castelluci

Wigs :

Mario Audello/Torino

Special make-up effects :

Michele Guaschino/Torino


Gilda Biasini, Cosetta Nicolini,

Production manager :

Alessandra Vinanti


Silva Buldrini


Elisa Bruno, Massimiliano Coli, Michela Medri

Consultancy & Planning:

Thomas Consulting Group


Valentina Guidi

Translation>French (except the text by Joe Kelleher):

Jean-Louis Provoyeur

Special thanks to :

Céline Astrié, Dario Boldrini, Joe Kelleher, Savino Paradiso, Nicholas Ridout


Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (Cesena), Festival d'Avignon, Hebbel Theater (Berlin), KunstenFESTIVALdesArts (Brussel/Bruxelles), Bergen International Festival, Odéon -Théâtre de l'Europe avec/met/with le Festival d'Automne à Paris, Romaeuropa Festival, Le Maillon-Théâtre de Strasbourg, LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre), Théâtre des Bernardines avec/met/with le Théâtre du Gymnase à Marseille



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Tragedia Endogonidia is a dramatic cycle that develops along eleven separate Episodes which are linked to nine European cities.

It’s an open representation system which, in the course of three years, continuously transforms itself and shows – each time - the various stages of its own evolution. Episodes are therefore named after a space-temporal abbreviation which marks the places encountered along the route made by the Tragedy, that is the cities, and also bears the progressive number relevant to the transformation process.

The word ‘Endogonidia’ refers to those simple living beings that have, inside of them, the presence of gonads(1): this allows them to reproduce themselves unceasingly. ‘Tragedy’, on the contrary, presumes an end (of the hero). Tragedia Engonidia is like stating the infinity of the end.

The intention is to represent the tragedy by re-thinking it, here and now, in the place and at the time we are currently living. The sequence of images do not go back to any acknowledged myth, they are rather always projected in the future. In all Episodes some basic and recurrent figures stand out; themes and concepts of the tragedy, elicited from the real condition of being spectators.

The destination of Brussels, reached by the 4th Episode, introduces new figures into the humanity of the Tragedia Endogonidia. These characters are linked to the theme of time, that is not abstractly considered here, but it is embodied in the biological age of people. BR.#04 considers human life in its dimension of duration, especially questioning about the enigma of its start, its birth into the world, its initiation into language and it being swallowed by the abyss of time.

Tragedia Endogonidia also includes a Series of Films, the Diary of the movements ‘Idioma, Clima Crono’ and an Atlas of images and ideas.

The cycle, that will engage Societas Raffaello Sanzio until the end of 2004, is structured as follows:

C.#01CESENA 25th-26th January 2002

A.#02 AVIGNON 7th-16th July 2002

BR.#04 BRUXELLES/BRUSSEL/Kunsten Festival des Arts 4th-7th May 2003

BN.#05 BERGEN/International Festival Norway 22nd-25th May 2003

P.#06 PARIS/Odeon Theatre de l'Europe avec le Festival d'Automne 18th-31st October 2003

R.#07 ROMA/Romaeuropafestival 21st-30th November 2003

S.#08 STRASBOURG/Le Maillon Theatre de Strasbourg 7th-20th February 2004

L.#09 LONDON/ London International Festival of TheatreMay 2004

M.#10 MARSEILLE/Les Bernardines avec le Theatre du Gymnase September 2004

C.#11 CESENA/Societas Raffaello Sanzio October 2004

(1) Gonad: primary reproductive gland that produces reproductive cells (gametes). In males the gonads are called testes; the gonads in females are called ovaries.

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