BUSTER, initiating Bros
Conception and directing: Romeo Castellucci
Music: Scott Gibbons
Dramaturg : Piersandra Di Matteo
With Men from the street
With Police Officers Luca Nava, Sergio Scarlatella
With the participation of the counter-tenor: Logan Lopez Gonzales
Assistant director : Filippo Ferraresi
Technical director : Eugenio Resta
Stage technician : Andrei Benchea
Light technician : Andrea Sanson
Sound technician : Claudio Tortorici
Costume keeper : Chiara Venturini
Stage sculptures and automations : Plastikart studio
Costume realization : Grazia Bagnaresi
Production director : Benedetta Briglia
Production manager : Giulia Colla
Promotion and distribution : Gilda Biasini
Technical headquarter team : Carmen Castellucci, Francesca Di Serio, Gionni Gardini, Caterina Soranzo
Administration: Michela Medri, Elisa Bruno, Simona Barducci
Economic consultant : Massimiliano Coli
Societas, in co-production with : Kunsten Festival des Arts Brussels; Printemps des Comédiens Montpellier 2021; LAC – LuganoArteCultura; Maillon Théâtre de Strasbourg - Scène Européenne; Temporada Alta 2021; Manège-Maubeuge Scène nationale; Le Phénix- Scène nationale
Pôle européen de création Valenciennes; MC93 Maison de la Culture de Seine-Saint-Denis; Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen; Holland Festival Amsterdam, Fondazione V-A-C, Triennale Milano Teatro, National Taichung Theater
Co-production of the Brussels version : La Monnaie/De Munt, Kanal Centre Pompidou
This new site-specific work of Romeo Castellucci is constructed on nine principles.
«01: The action requires the participation of about forty men.
02: They are not actors, but protagonists of the scene.
03: There are no rehearsals.
04: Each of them is given a policeman’s uniform and a pair of invisible headphones.
05: Each of them receives, in real time, specific individual commands.
06: Each policeman must fulfil the order received.
07: No improvisation is requested from the policemen, but the abyss of an absolute present.
08: The policeman and the actor are one and the same thing.
09: The action takes place during the night, in the city center of Brussels».
Conceived for the festival, Buster takes place on the Esplanade de la Cité administrative, between the federal police headquarters and Saint Michael and Saint Gudula Cathedral, and with the city as a background of its actions. A reflection on the law, the violence, and the comedy, on the role of actors who lend their bodies to actions that are not theirs.