"Hypnotically beautiful...a visual resonance that you find all too rarely on stage." - Financial Times (London)
With his latest creation Hey Girl!, Italian theater director Romeo Castellucci has created a piece that is epic in its themes and imagery. After seeing a group of girls waiting for a school bus one day, he envisioned and created the darkly poetic dreamscapes of Hey Girl!. The concept evolved to become a surreal peek into the hearts and lives of women. It explores the experience of all women who must face the world fearlessly each day, and considers archetypes from Joan of Arc to the girl next door. The piece is theater as art, a sensory journey that begins with a startling birth scene of the fully-formed heroine raring to go.
This banner features a scene from Hey Girl! that shows the dramatic, waxy-faced mask that is an oversized countenance of the show’s heroine. Intense imagery and powerful symbolism are a key element of Castellucci’s production and make the work intensely gripping for the audience. The show is reflective and direct as it lays out the nakedness and cruelty of the world in which his heroine moves. The dark background is the stark backdrop of the stage set – there is no clutter to distract from the drama of the spectacle and no accoutrements to aid or hinder the characters.
The other side of the banner is black with yellow and white text that reads “Fear No Art” in bold lettering and the museum’s name in white letters “Museum of Contemporary Art".
These banners were displayed around Chicago throughout 2008 to promote the Museum of Contemporary Art's Fear No Art campaign.
Founded by Claudia Castellucci, Romeo Castellucci and Chiara Guidi, Societas Raffaello Sanzio has produced some of the most exciting contemporary theater in Europe. Their work is usually non-linear, and is based more on visual imagery than linear story-telling.
Exhibition: Fear No Art
Material: Printed vinyl
Dimensions: 30" x 98"
(76.2cm x 248.9cm)
Romeo Castellucci is among the most exciting contemporary theatre directors. With his troupe, Societas Raffaelo Sanzio, he brings mysterious and illustrative works to the stage. The performances often have non-linear plots and strong, surreal imagery forcing the audience to feel as well as think. 4 banners from the group's Chicago run of Hey Girl! showcase his ability to accentuate and exaggerate details to great effect. While the first banner strikingly features the large, waxy face of the show's heroine, these banners feature Castellucci's dramatic and artistic mise-en-scene. A nude female figure is covered in metallic paint. She seems both soft and hard with her form becoming an organic suit of armor. The harshness of the bright figure emerging headless and faceless from the dark stage is accentuated by the sharp sword she wields. The head of the heroine lays on stage at her feet: "Hey Girl!" Scene.
Hanging your banner
Hanging your banner is easy – just put a few screws in the wall or ceiling and PRESTO, you’re ready to display your beautiful banner. To make it even easier, each BetterWall banner comes with a free hanging system that gives the impression that your banner is floating just an inch off the wall.
Your museum banner has one or more windslits, half-moon shaped cuts that allow the banner to withstand high wind without ripping. To prevent the windslits from curling so that they align with the rest of your banner, we will provide you with a packet of art putty to apply to the back of the windslits to keep them aligned with the rest of the banner. The putty is a non-damaging, easy-to-remove, reusable art putty that will not impact your banner or walls in any way. After some time of displaying your banner, you may find that you no longer need the putty, and it can be easily removed.
Caring for your banner
Your banner is a unique and durable piece of art. Having been displayed outside, it has weathered the elements and remained beautiful—so it can obviously take a lot of wear and tear! Slight scuffs, small smudges, or minor creases are not noticeable when the banner is hung, and are a part of the banner’s authentic appeal.
Storing your banner
When not on display, your banner can be rolled and stored in the tube provided. Always roll your banner from the bottom and place it in a cool place.