Where and why does violence arise? With its stunning images and sound, Romeo Castellucci’s Bros shows how the most brutal violence may arise without any identifiable evil.
In this work from Castellucci, twenty-three non-professional actors play the leading role alongside three professional performers. They wear American police uniforms and receive instructions via an earpiece. All of them have signed a pact in which they agree to comply. Without knowing what will happen in advance, they perform actions not of their own choosing, without being able to foresee the consequences. This results in a hallucinatory series of shocking situations.
Castellucci is known for the indelible images in his work that stick with audiences. His great feel for beauty grates against the heavy social issues he addresses. The group of policemen in Bros are reminiscent of Buster Keaton’s Cops but are nothing to laugh about. Castellucci raises questions about violence through a series of tableaux vivants. By mixing images from pop culture, Christian iconography and mass media, he presents a razor-sharp reflection on society in the form of a fascinating trip that is part silent film, slapstick comedy and current-day imagination.
‘The artist’s task is to compose an aesthetically problematic image. The spectator’s task is to “look”, and only this verb calls upon spectators to make moral choices that question them personally.’
This performance contains scenes of violence and high sound volume.
For Bros the Holland Festival was looking for male actors. The application period has now ended.
Sat June 24 8:30 PM
Sun June 25 2:30 PM
- default from € 37
- CJP/student/scholar € 12
- series ticket from € 33,30
language & duration
Language no problem
1 hour 30 minutes (zonder pauze)