105 minutes without intermission
Performed in Italian with Chinese subtitles.
Contains scenes of nudity.
Please note that latecomers may not be admitted into the auditorium until a suitable break in the performance. Kindly follow the instructions of the NTT staff.
Suggested for ages 15+
Elizabeth and Nathaniel are puritan farmers who want to transform America into the new Promised Land. They trust in God who promises material abundance. But self-denial, inspired by the Law of Moses, leads to ruined crops and poverty. In this work, Romeo Castellucci delves into the pages written in 1835 by French aristocrat Alexis de Tocqueville following his visit to the United States.
The link between the foundation of American political institutions and these puritan origins sheds light on the dilemma of emancipation from the law as an apprenticeship in freedom. Moreover, language, as the primary human institution, cuts across the entire performance, and so, an entire sonorous and vocal archive appears, including possessions, speaking in tongues as in American Pentecostal churches, permutations and anagrams of letters, and the Native American Ojibwe language. Democracy in America is a work on language, faith, and the ambiguous relationship between common interests and individual ambitions. It also deals with lost innocence and the collapse of values, casting a shadow across the face of American democracy.
Direction, Set Design, Lighting Design and Costume Design
Societas is an Italian experimental theater group established in 1981. Societas (society) refers to community, as although each member has his or her specialty, each aspect of each production involves all of them. This theater group has been influenced by an interesting array of art forms and cultural aspects, including rock music, poetry, comics and television. It has been known to shun conventional coherent narrative to focus on visual and auditory impact, using silence, word fragments and even animals and machines in its productions.
Freely inspired by the book by Alexis De Tocqueville
Direction, Set Design, Lighting Design and Costume Design / Romeo Castellucci
Text / Claudia Castellucci, Romeo Castellucci
Music / Scott Gibbons
Cast / Olivia Corsini, Giulia Perelli, Gloria Dorliguzzo, Evelin Facchini, Stefania Tansini, Sophia Danae Vorvila
Dance Performance / Department of Dance, National Taiwan University of Sport
Choreography freely inspired by the folk traditions of Albania, Greece, Botswana, England, Hungary, Sardinia
With choreographic interventions by Evelin Facchini, Gloria Dorliguzzo, Stefania Tansini, Sophia Danae Vorvila
Assistant director / Maria Vittoria Bellingeri
Master of rehearsals / Evelin Facchini
Costume Realisation / Grazia Bagnaresi
Stage-hands / Andrei Benchea, Pierantonio Bragagnolo, Giuliana Rienzi
Lighting board technician / Giacomo Gorini
Sound board technician / Claudio Tortorici
Costumes keeper / Elisabetta Rizzo
Production / Societas
Coproduction / deSingel International Art Campus, Wiener Festwochen, Festival Printemps des Comédiens à Montpellier, National Taichung Theater, Holland Festival Amsterdam, Schaubühne-Berlin, MC93 - Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis à Bobigny with Festival d’Automne à Paris, Le Manège - Scène nationale de Maubeuge, Teatro Arriaga Antzokia de Bilbao, São Luiz Teatro Municipal-Lisbon, Peak Performances Montclair State University (NJ-USA)
With the participation of Théâtre de Vidy-Lausanne and Athens and Epidaurus Festival.
The activity of Societas is supported by Ministero Beni e Attività Culturali, Regione Emilia Romagna, Comune di Cesena.
Well-known Italian theater director Romeo Castellucci is also an actor, producer, writer, illustrator, visual artist, choreographer, costume designer, lighting designer and sound engineer. He has been called a theater magician and diabolical artist. Often based on classical art and literary history, his works are imbued with an intense personal style and much impressive symbolic imagery, which has made him a popular festival artist. In 1981, he, along with Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi, formed Societas. Since then, they have created unique productions which rely on advanced technology but, at the same time, emphasize art and craftsmanship. Socìetas is considered one of the most representative avant-garde theater companies in Europe. Castellucci’s works are frequently invited in Festival d’Avignon. In 2008, he was invited as an associate artist of this festival and created La Divina Commedia. The French newspaper Le Monde acclaimed this work as one of the 10 most influential cultural events of the 21st century.