The Myth and the Dream
This summer, the Ostia Antica Festival makes its return as a whole host of theatrical, dance and musical spectacles play out in the magical setting of Ostia Antica’s Parco Archeologico.
This year’s edition of the festival is entitled ll Mito e il Sogno (The Myth and the Dream) and has the balance of tradition and innovation at its core. Following the theatrical tradition, this season’s shows will take place in the ancient, outdoor Teatro Romano for the month of July. Besides its incredible history and longevity, the ruin makes an ideal setting thanks to its great acoustics. The prestige of this theatre will be matched by a rich selection of Italian and international artistic culture that will take to the stage.
This spectacular event kicked off on 30 June with La Nascita di Roma (The Birth of Rome). The contemporary culture of the Eternal City today of course carries with it the great weight of the past. Ancient theatre is making its comeback as La Nascita di Roma offered a reconstruction of the very beginning with an array of archaeological discoveries, testimonials and classical Roman and Greek texts, all brought to life by narrator Andrea Carandini. But if you missed it, no worries: the calendar is bursting with an eclectic roster of artists. See Devendra Banhart (11 July), Pink Floyd Legend (21 July), the ballet version of Bizet’s Carmen starring prima ballerina Eleonora Abbagnato, French musical duo Air (24 July), the Incanto Quartet’s Show Opera Meets Pop (26 July), Carmina Burana (27 July), the Paolo Fresu Quartet (28 July), Marco Masini (29 July), and Moni Ovadia (30 July).
As if all of this wasn’t enough, from 3 August to 5 September, the festival will continue in a different direction with L’Arena Cinema, showing projections of films, both brand-new and great classics.
Ostia Antica Festival 2017
Until 30 July (Il Mito e Il Sogno)
From 3 August-5 September (L’Arena Cinema)
Viale dei Romagnoli, 717, Ostia Antica
T. 06 68134748