“Art has nothing to do with good. That’s what Baudelaire, Nietzsche, and even before them, Greek tragedy spoke about. Art does not do good deeds, but it is more like a disease, a virus, which comes to bother, rather than to comfort or confirm, so that we can feel safe(…) So, I would say that real artists are evil. I cannot express it in any other way. To me the idea of this pact is still justified and current”, says Romeo Castellucci referring to the deal with the devil made by the artist Adrian Leverkühn, the protagonist of the novel Doctor Faustus [read the whole interview].
The first performance of Doctor Faustus, an installation/concert by Romeo Castellucci, will take place tomorrow at 17h00 in the Old Slaughterhouse. The audience will have the opportunity to meet the artist on Plac Wolności on 24 June at 20h00. Romeo Castellucci, who is one of the most valued European directors will talk about his relationship with Thomas Mann’s novel. What does he find intriguing, and what bores him in it? Who is the devil tempting Adrian Leverkühn? Why does the figure of Lucifer reappear so often in Castellucci’s works?
As a part of the next week’s section devoted to the works of Thomas Mann, we also wish to invite you the opera The Magic Mountain, Marcin Masecki’s concert and other meetings on Plac Wolności.