Roberto Castello

INFERNO

October 12, 2024 21:00

Teatro Goldoni in Florence | IT


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Hell [Inferno] in Western culture is the place which more than others has inspired preachers, illustrators, painters, sculptors, storytellers, directors, musicians.

It is the place of atonement for moral and material faults where the wicked are punished and good triumphs over evil. It is the place of subversion and chaos in the representation of which everything can coexist. However, a depiction of evil as the undisputed kingdom of a sulphurous devil with a tail, horns and pitchfork would be hardly credible today.

Hell is here, and it may look a lot like Heaven. It is what pushes us to make every effort to be more attractive, more intelligent, more powerful, more just, stronger, smarter, more responsible, more humble, which pushes us to compete for moral, social, economic and emotional gratifications. Hell is the inevitability of desire, the condemnation of perpetual competition in search of pleasure.

Hence the idea of a tragedy in the form of comedy – seductive, pleasant, engaging, bright and fun – on the intrusiveness of the ego; both one’s own and others’.


Dancer, choreographer and teacher, Roberto Castello studied modern dance in Turin and New York. In the earliest ‘80s, he danced with Carolyn Carlson’s Teatro Danza la Fenice.
His activity as a choreographer started in 1983.
In 1984 he was one of the founders of the Italian dance company Sosta Palmizi and created some collective works including Il Cortile (Ubu Award 1986).
In 1993 he founded his new ensemble ALDES in Tuscany with which he has created experimental projects and performances ranging from dance to visual art and new technologies and many dance and theatre productions. He is also one of the founders of SPAM! Contemporary Arts Network, a choreographic production centre that organizes residencies, a multidisciplinary season, workshops, public meetings and didactic activities.
In 2017 he created the blog “93% – materials for a non-verbal politics”, a platform of opinions, discussions, and exchange of material about non-verbal language, feast, dance, and the political potential of the body and the behaviour.
In 2002 he started working on Il migliore dei mondi possibili (The best of possible worlds), Ubu Award 2003, a multi-year project in 10 sections.
In 2010 he was the choreographer for the tv format “Vieni via con me” by Fabio Fazio and the writer Roberto Saviano on Rai3 national broadcast. In 2013 he worked as a choreographer in two movie-installations by Peter Greenaway, “The Towers” and “The Dance of Death”.
In January 2019, ALDES received the Ubu Special Award 2018. At the end of 2021 Castello debuted with Inferno, which in 2022 received the UBU Award – best dance show.
Since the 80s he has held workshops and seminars. In 2005 he started the first course of “Digital Choreography” at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, where he taught until 2015.

choreography and direction: Roberto Castello
in collaboration with Alessandra Moretti
dance: Martina Auddino, Erica Bravini, Riccardo De Simone, Susannah Iheme, Michael Incarbone / Nicola Cisternino, Alessandra Moretti, Giselda Ranieri / Sara Capanna
music: Marco Zanotti in collaboration with Andrea Taravelli
fender rhodes: Paolo Pee Wee Durante
lights: Leonardo Badalassi
costumes: Desirée Costanzo
3D video project: Roberto Castello, advised by Enrico Nencini
audio mixing Stefano Giannotti
audio mastering: Jambona Lab
thanks to Mohammad Botto and Genito Molava
production ALDES in partnership with CCN de Nantes, Romaeuropa Festival, Théâtre des 13 vents CDN, Centre Dramatique National Montpellier, Palcoscenico Danza – Fondazione TPE
with the support of RESISTERE E CREARE by Fondazione Luzzati Teatro della Tosse, ARTEFICI.ResidenzeCreativeFvg / ArtistiAssociati
with the support of MIC / Direzione Generale Spettacolo, REGIONE TOSCANA / Sistema Regionale dello Spettacolo
UBU Award 2022 as best dance show

photo: Paolo Porto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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