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vox in tragoedia

Vocal emissions tests for a tragedy,
a sound event for Tragedia Endogonidia
by Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio

Chiara Guidi musical dramaturgy and vocal composition
Scott Gibbons original music and live execution
Rachel Gibbons vocal performance
Romeo Castellucci video and direction, Tragedia Endogonidia
Cristiano Carloni and Stefano Franceschetti video
Claudia Castellucci texts


Support for the MCA presentation of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio is provided in part by Istituto Italiano di Cultura Chicago. Support for Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio's U.S. tour is provided by Arts International with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Special thanks to Brian Dressel of OVT Visuals for assistance with digital video, and to Valentina Guidi, Cosetta Nicolini, and Gilda Biasini for oganization. Tragedia Endogonidia partners: Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, Festival d'Avignon, Hebbel Theater-Berlin, KunstenFestival des Arts-Bruxelles, Bergen International Festival, Les Bernardines avec le Théâtre du Gymnase-Marseille, RomaEuropa Festival, Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europein collaboration with Festival d'Automne-Paris, Le Maillon-Théâtre de Strasbourg In collaboration with Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione. With the support of: programme Culture 2000 de l'Union Européenne

"C'est de l'imprononcé que la forme prend corps. La tragédie, c'est l'art du silence."
- Romeo Castellucci


Vox in Tragoedia is a working component of Tragedia Endogonidia by Raffaello Sanzio co-founder Chiara Guidi in collaboration with the composer Scott Gibbons. More than a performance of vocal music, it is a disciplined sequel of trials, tests, and constructions whose fundamental purpose is the shaping of a series of pre-determined and precise ideas through deliberate experimentation, as opposed to the search for topic-less ideas through instinctive experimentation. The artists decidedly approach the role of hazard or instinct in the creation process as a thoroughfare toward a goal (the idea), rather than as a goal in itself.

Tragedia endogonidia is a research project on the future of tragedy carried out over a number of years by Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio. It is based above all on the possibility of constructing dramaturgy with the voice and the sound derived from it. The dramatic cycle, performed by Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, unfolds over three years in Cesena, Avignon, Berlin, Brussels, Bergen, Paris, Rome, Strasbourg, Marseille, and London.

This laboratory is in preparation of B.#03 Berlin and Br.#04 Bruxelles, and is the culmination of the artists' two-week residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Honoured on several occasions with the UBU award, Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio was singled out in 2000 for the 7th Prix Europe -Nouvelles Réalités Théâtrales by the Union of Theatres of Europe and the European Theatre Convention. Tragedia is their fourth production with the music of Scott Gibbons, following Giulio Cesare, Genesi: from the museum of sleep, and Il Combattimento. For the present, Gibbons continues the research with the Socìetas in the direction of an "organic theatre" which is constantly mutating and advancing, like an organism which explodes out of the shell of theatre to embrace new combinations of contemporary and classic art.