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One of the most influential and controversial theatre directors in Europe is back at the Holland Festival. Romeo Castellucci is known for his radical visual language and his performances’ grand decors. Democracy in America is inspired by Alexis de Tocqueville's treatise (1835), in which the French philosopher examined America's vibrant young democracy. Castellucci places his work in the time that precedes politics. He traces the origin of a forgotten rite, of theatre’s primary function: to be the necessary and obscure mirror image of the arena for political struggle, and reflect all layers and forms of society. A performance that is not intended to be political, but polemic.