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an image is a call

In February of 2020 I went to listen to Romeo Castellucci in conversation with Joe Kelleher at Roehampton University. I took some rather rough notes (which I’ve included at the bottom of this post) but I was really taken by something Castellucci said:

an image is a call … it can call you by your name. … I cannot create anything, they are already here. I combine. The images belong to everyone.

rough notes/quotes from 19 February 2020, Roehampton Theatre Department

Joe Kelleher: faith that hasn’t become dogma yet” RC talked about the chemistry of making.

It is always completely wrong to transfer philosophical thought into art. We [society] are disappointed with the artist so we turn to the artisan.

getting closer to my bones” (losing weight) we were fascinating” (not fascinated)

an image is a call … it can call you by your name. … I cannot create anything, they are already here. I combine. The images belong to everyone.

You have to make a hole in the side of an image that you can pass through. The most important thing in theatre is to hide things, not to reveal. Talking about working with animals: black hole in the fabric of the fiction”

epopteria (ancient greek): the act of seeing that produces the thing. (the word in modern greek now means overseeing”) the power of literality

electro-accoustic music — the music that manipulates the real (through recordings of the real). relationship to the real.”

our duty is to protect the strangeness of theatre … (in relation to not liking rehearsal or rehearsing actors)

working with people: I am in service to them.”

art has nothing to do with communication. I hate this word. We share something with human beings. go and see the classical art, not the contemporary. Do not read about art and dramaturgy. I am inside the painting, inside the frame … the geometry (talking about his background as a visual artist inspired by classical painting)

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