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    Koncept tváře božího syna vyvolal v Paříži skandál

    This story has yet to gain much traction in the English language press, aside from a write up in the Guardian (see here for an English language report from French national radio), but right now Paris is playing host to ongoing tête-à-tête between far-right religious fundamentalists and legendary Italian theater director Romeo Castellucci. Since October 20, Paris’s Théâtre de la Ville has presented Castellucci’s latest work, Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio (On the Concept of the Face of God). The show has been touring for a while now, and has already played both Avignon and the Barbican in London this year. The work focuses on a man caring for his dying father, and most commentators have obsessed on the father’s incontinence, which permeates the work (quite literally, the show smells like shit), leaving the son to clean up a shit-smeared floor in front of a projection of a painting of Christ with a inscrutable look on his face.

    A Christian activist holds a crucifix during a demonstration, in Paris, Thursday Oct. 27, 2011, in front of the Theatre de la ville, where the Italian director Romeo Castellucci’s play “On the Concept of the Face, Regarding the Son of God” is being performed. Christian fundamentalists protest against the play featuring the face of Christ drizzled with fake excrement. Venerdì 28 Ottobre 2011. Snímek AP Photo / Thibault Camus

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    Here below is the press release of the Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), after the incidents that happened following the representations of Romeo Castellucci’s play.

    Since its première on the 20th October, the performances of « Sur le concept du visage du fils de Dieu » by Romeo Castellucci, at the Théâtre de la Ville, have given rise to serious events.

    An organised group of fundamentalist Christians proclaiming to be linked to the Action française (a far right French movement) has been trying to prevent access to the Théâtre de la Ville by blocking its doors, attacking and threatening the public, spraying them with oil, throwing tear gas, eggs and stink bombs while their accomplices, militants of Renouveau Français (another far right movement), enter the theatre, interrupt the start of the performance, occupying the stage and presenting their battle cry, “Enough of Christianophobia!”.

    Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio (On the Concept of the Face of God). Snímek archiv

    L’AGRIF (association against anti-white and anti-christian racism) had demanded that the production be legally prohibited, but this was dismissed by the Tribunal de Grande Instance on 18 October 2011.

    The police stand every day at the entrance to the theatre and we have been obliged to call them inside several times in order to evacuate those occupying the stage, as we are careful to avoid confrontation between these invaders and a public outraged by such actions.

    The staff of the theatre is determined and effective in these distressing circumstances and despite numerous incidents and interruptions, the performances have been able to go ahead so far.

    That these groups of violent and organised individuals defending religion against a so-called “christianophobia” would be linked to religious or political movements, needs investigation. In any case, this behaviour for us is evidence of fanaticism, that enemy of freedom and the Enlightenment which France, in its most noble periods, has fought so well against. The theatre has very often been a decisive space for these struggles.

    We cannot stand by and do nothing. Such actions are serious; they show a new, clearly fascist direction. These groups of individuals hasten to automatically declare “blasphemous” productions which are not directed against believers, nor against Christianity. Theatre critics of important media, not making any mystery of their Christian faith, praised the production without reserve at its presentation in Avignon. We invite you also to read the statement by Romeo Castellucci, published in the programme distributed every night to the public, in order to understand his artistic intentions.

    We do not intend to give way to these hideous threats and the production will be maintained despite all attempts at intimidation. We invite the pubic exercise its freedom to attend. The production, co-produced by the Théâtre de la Ville, will be performed until the 30th October after which it will recommence, in the context of our partnership, at the Centquatre from 2 to 6 November.

    It is worth mentioning that the production has already been presented without any difficulty in Germany, Belgium, Norway, the UK, Spain, Russia, the Netherlands, Greece, Switzerland, Poland and Italy and that it is only in France where such demonstrations of intolerance have taken place.

    We have therefore created a support committee addressed to all people of good will– and this expression is particularly welcome – in order to defend, beyond Romeo Castellucci’s production, the freedom of expression, the freedom of artists and freedom of thought, against this new fascism.

    Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota
    Director and the staff of the Théâtre de la Ville

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    Support Committee for Freedom to Present the Romeo Castellucci’s Production at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris

    Initial signatories :

    Patrice Chéreau, theatre director
    Stéphane Hessel
    Michel Piccoli, actor
    Sylvie Testud, actor
    Sasha Waltz, choreographer, Berlin
    Arnaud Desplechin, filmmaker
    Luc Bondy, theatre director
    Jean-Michel Ribes, writer, theatre director
    Bulle Ogier, actor
    Barbet Schroeder, filmmaker
    Juliette Binoche, actor
    Elodie Bouchez, actor
    Claude Régy, theatre director
    Christophe Girard, President, Centquatre
    Joseph Melillo, Director, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York
    Stéphane Lissner, Director, la Scala, Milan
    Dominique Mercy, Director, Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
    Brigitte Jaques Wajeman, theatre director
    Jean-Claude Milner, philosopher
    Pascal Bonitzer, filmmaker
    Jacques-Alain Miller, psychanalyste
    Judith Miller, philosopher
    Marc Olivier Dupin, composer
    Peter de Caluwe, General Director, la Monnaie/De Munt, Brussels
    Christian Longchamp, Assistant Artistic Director and Director of Dramaturgy, la Monnaie/ De Munt, Brussels
    Jean-Luc Choplin, Director, Théâtre du Châtelet
    Yorgos Loukos, Director, Festival of Athens
    Simon McBurney, theatre director, UK
    José Manuel Goncalves, Director, Centquatre
    François Le Pillouer, President, SYNDEAC
    Lloyd Newson, choreographer, UK
    Anne Delbée, writer and theatre director
    Jack Ralite, former minister
    Ushio Amagatsu, choreographer, Japan
    Georges Banu, Honorary President of the International Association of Theatre Critics
    Monique Veaute, President of the Foundation RomaEuropa
    Fabrizio Grifasi, Director, RomaEuropa
    Claus Peymann, Director, Berliner Ensemble

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    Support can be sent via e-mail to the following address:

    comite-de-soutien-castellucci@theatredelaville.com

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    Další info:

    Theatre contre fanatisme soutenir Romeo Castellucci et le Theatre de la Ville

    Far right activists try to shut down theater production in Paris

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