Ref16 is back in town. The multi-sensory art and performance festival, running from September until December, returns for its 31st edition with a lineup you can’t refuse. Entitled Be Elsewhere, the festival showcases more than 524 artists in music, theatre, dance, contemporary circus, visual arts and new technology who push creative boundaries. The 3-month affair will host around 46 events, housed in some of the city’s most exquisite locations such as Villas Borghese, Farnesina and Medici, The MACRO’s La Pelanda,and the Baths of Diocletian among others.
The audiovisual lineup features French animation enthusiasts Stereoptik (19–23 Oct) and Rome-based electroacoustic forces Edison Studio (13 Nov), while experimental music from Holland’s Yotam Haber and the LCP Ensemble (15–16 Nov), L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres (28–29 Oct), French pianist Chassol (24 Nov), Italy’s Colapesce (20–21 Oct), and Dimartino and Fabrizio Cammarata (13 Oct) will include interpretations of everything from Chavela Vargas’ rancheras songs, to Hebrew melodies, to the best of Tom Waits. How’s that for a start?
The Baroque is explored in Ninfa in lamento by Sabina Meyer (28 Sept-1 Oct), a concert designed to interact with the amazing setting of Villa Farnesina. Meyer uses this extensive repertoire and transforms it into a perfect habitat for experimenting with contemporary languages and electronic music.
On the dance and theatre front, expect another high-caliber roster: Israeli multimeia dance gurus Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar of L-E-V Dance Company reflect on the pathology of love (27–28 Sept), Les 7 doigts de la main presents Traces – performed more than 1700 times in 25 countries and 200 cities worldwide, and winner of numerous international awards (27-30 Oct) – Liz Santoro and Pierre Godard explore themes of science and theory (28–29 Oct), Romeo Castellucci and Societas traces the origins of Western society through the Aeschylean tragedy Orestea (4-6 October) and Italy’s C&C Company presents their all-female dance project, 3Tracks4 (3 Nov). This is only a peek into the dynamic range of concepts and energies from an extensive talent list.
The categories on Art, Technology and Information only continue to delve into cerebral themes with unrivaled creativity. The lineup of distinguished talent doesn’t hold back, with appearances by acclaimed Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter (21–24 Sept), musician Ben Frost (7 Nov), and Shakespeare aficionado Guy Cassiers (8–9 Oct).
For the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Romaeuropa Festival presents one of the most original and radical works by Forced Entertainment: Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare at the Pelanda (8-16 Oct).
When it comes to celebrating Rome and art, let’s just say the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism knows best. Together with the Superintendence for the Colosseum and the archaeological centre of Rome, Roma Capitale, Rome Chambers of Commerce, this support is gifting all of us with more reason to get out on the town and do as Romans do in 2016.
Full of creative surprises, Ref16 is your best shot to roam Rome along with some 40,000+ anticipated attendees. Mark your calendars ahead.
For the full program and more details on the upcoming events, visit: www.romaeuropa.net
14 September–3 December
Teatro Argentina | Villa Farnesina | Villa Medici | Macro Testaccio – La Pelanda | Teatro Vascello | Monk Club | Auditorium Conciliazione | Teatro India | Casa del Jazz | Baths of Diocletian | Opificio Romaeuropa | Auditorium Parco della Musica
Full Price €15-€40 – Reduced €5-€25