Roberto Ciulli is an authority in German theatre. His Theater an der Ruhr performs all over the world but is firmly rooted in Mülheim an der Ruhr. Ever since its foundation, the metropolitan theatre company encouraged international cooperation of artists from all kinds of backgrounds. 85-year-old Roberto Ciulli, a global citizen who emigrated from Italy in 1965, traces the intersection of cultures in all of his works. He is situated right at the thick of it, revealing clashes and dreaming of peaceful co-existence. His critically acclaimed aesthetic approach is a colourful pastiche of social commentary, clownery and popular theatre. Ciulli is a stage magician who conjures up fantastic spectacles that are both challenging and artistically satisfying. His is a theatre for the people. The Ruhrfestspiele honour this exceptional director with a special exhibition.
Clowns 2 ½
A musical-comical evening by Roberto Ciulli and Matthias Flake
There used to be a time when old age was associated with maturity, experience, wisdom and dignity. Nowadays, age is quickly connected to weakness and physical as well as mental limitations. Maybe one needs a change in perspective to perceive things differently.
In his Seven Ages speech, Shakespeare called old age “second childishness”; and who’s behaviour is more childish than a clown’s? Roberto Ciulli, an expert in the old art of clowning, explores the themes of old age and growing older with a clown’s perspective.
Petra von der Beek, Albert Bork, Matthias Flake, Dagmar Geppert, Klaus Herzog, Fabio Menéndez, Volker Roos, Rupert J. Seidl, Simone Thoma
Gralf-Edzard Habben †
01 hours 30 minutes