The performance – whose title refers to the refusal by Rothko of a contract – expresses the artist’s loneliness as an action severing the social contract. As in an overturned rebellion, he erects and comes to terms with a complex symbolic system, then tears it to pieces. What is left is a representation which appears as such. There is nothing behind it, as in the dodecaphonic crash of a black hole, where matter bends under its own weight and denies itself. The performance consists of a series of subordinates which, advancing from their motionless point, reveal – in the arc of a curve with no return – the gradual collapsing of the image. What we are seeing is the bright trail of the object bidding farewell to our gaze.
The Four Seasons Restaurant.
It is the name of a real restaurant on 54th Street in New York.
This name is linked to the story of Mark Rothko.
In 1958 the restaurant asked this artist to do some paintings for the large walls of its rooms. Rothko painted several pictures that were some of the most intense of his life – huge, in dark colours tending toward black. While painting these pictures, however,Rothko was having deep doubts and reached a different level of conscience in relation to the purpose his painting served, to this place and its customers, whom he began to consider bourgeois and superficial, to the point of wanting to do:
‐ something that will ruin the appetite of every son‐of‐a‐bitch who ever eats in that room!
Subsequently he reached the even more extreme decision of not giving any of the paintings to the restaurant – today these canvasses are mostly kept at the Tate Modern.
The performance alludes to Rothko’s experience, although it contains no narrative reference to it. The title in actual fact refers to hunger. Hunger which is not related to any food and constitutes the demand of a being. The painter’s decision draws the orbit of absence, an absence like one of those orbits which were considered curves without return.
ROMEO CASTELLUCCI was born in 1960 in Cesena, Italy. He graduated with a degree in painting and scenography from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. In 1981, jointly with Claudia Castellucci and Chiara Guidi, he founded Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio. Since then he has produced numerous plays in the role of author, director and creator of scenes, lights, sound and costumes.He is known all over the world as an author of theater based on the totality of the arts, aimed at creating an integral perception; he has also written various essays on the theory of directing plays, which trace the development of his type of theater. His plays are regularly invited and produced by the most prestigious theaters and festivals all over