La Generalissima is the second of 4 books that accompany the Comune di Bologna's e la volpe disse al corvo project - Corso di Linguistica Generale, edited by Romeo Castellucci and Piersandra Di Matteo, Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio.
La Generalissima accompanies the play ‘Uso umano di esseri umani. Un esercizio in lingua Generalissima’, which is on from 14 to 16 February 2014 at the Ex Ospedale dei Bastardini in Bologna. The action – which is based iconographically on Giotto’s The Raising of Lazarus - uses la Generalissima, an artificial language created in 1985 by the Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, based on creoles and Ramon Lull’s ‘Ars Magna’, which was based on numerology. Carefully formulated by Claudia Castellucci based on four-hundred comprehensive terms, la Generalissima proceeds to even more abstract levels – from the most common, to the purest, which is made up of only four words – through each of which, it is possible to communicate. The scene which sees the Lord go towards Lazarus’s body, while family members are covering their noses due to the rotting stench, is recreated according to these combinatorial principles. The atonal light from the sun that passes through the enormous space at the Ex Ospedale dei Bastardini prepares the audience for a contemplation of a profound transformation.
Romeo Castellucci was born in 1960 in Cesena. He graduated in Painting and Set Design from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In 1981 he founded Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, together with Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi,. His works have been presented in over fifty countries, and produced by the most prestigious theatres and festivals in the world. He has received numerous international awards and honours, the recent awarding of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale is the most recent important recognition of his artistic career. raffaellosanzio.org