Romaeuropa Festival 2018 – September Calendar

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Romaeuropa Festival’s September events

This year, the jam-packed line-up of the 33rd edition of the Romaeuropa Festival is set to delight, inspire and entertain all ages from the 19th of September until the 25th of November. A dazzling array of theatre, dance, circus, art, technology and music will be showcased at 27 different venues throughout the city. Here, we list all of the festival’s events in store for September.

Serge-Aimé Coulibaly • Rokia Traoré

African theatre dance – National premiere
September 19th – 22nd 2018
Teatro Argentina

Opening REf18 in the spirit of uniting African and Western imaginary, Kirina is a production featuring 9 dancers, 1 actor, 4 musicians, 2 singers and 40 extras, born from a collaboration between the choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly (previously a dancer for les ballets C de la B founded by Alain Platel and founder of Faso Danse Théâtre), the Malian singer, icon of world music, Rokia Traoré and the scholar and writer Felwine Sarr (librettist of the show).

Ant Hampton • Tim Etchells
The Quiet Volume

September 20th – 29th 2018
Biblioteca Enzo Tortora

Having already partaken in the Festival with his company Forced Entertainment, Englishman Tim Etchells returns with a preview that serves as the ideal bridge between Short Theatre and Romaeuropa. Created in collaboration with Ant Hampton, The Quiet Volume is a whispered and hidden performance that, involving two people at a time, seems to self-generate in the unique tension of a library.

Free entrance

Oumou Sangaré

September 22nd 2018
Auditorium Parco della Musica

Winner of a Grammy Award in 2010 and icon of international world music, Oumou Sangaré is the main interpreter of the ‘Wassoulou’ genre today, based on ancient African traditions.

Sharon Eyal • Gai Behar • L-E-V
Love Chapter II

Dance – National Premiere
September 24th – 26th 2018
Teatro Argentina

The company returns to the stage with Love Chapter II, a new exploit on the theme of love articulated in a compelling and expressive dance, capable of transmitting disruptive energy and elegantly combining electronic music, rigorous choreographic and streaks of glamour. This drama on the loving relationship, amidst sweetness and violence, pulsates like a heart wrapped in darkness and fragmented into pieces of love yet still able to reveal all its brightness during the explosion.

Agrupación Señor Serrano

Theatre video – National premiere
September 25th – 26th 2018
Auditorium Parco della Musica

With Birdie, presented during the REf17, the Catalan Agrupación Señor Serrano theatre company showed how cinema, collective imagination and media are useful instruments in interpreting reality and manipulating its narratives.With Kingdom, the company composed of Àlex Serrano, Pau Palacios and Ferran Dordal brings the myth of King Kong to life, suggesting the identification between the capitalist and patriarchal model and the famous monster born of Hollywood. In the form of a mockumentary forged in real time, Kingdom exposes the mechanisms that operate within the economic and social model of the Western world and that lead to cyclical crises.

NONE collective

from September 27th to October 7th 2018
Sala Santa Rita

More than an installation, GENESI is a collective ritual, a stimulus on the search for the connection between the individual and their spirituality. From the OM mantra to the Tibetan bells, the songs of the Mu’adhin to Gregorian chants to hypnosis techniques: the most varied and ancient meditation practices merge to create a loud crescendo that, together with the use of light, challenges the spectator by transforming them into an unconscious performer.

Free entrance


Omar Rajeh • Maqamat

Dance Music – World Premiere
September 29th – 30th 2018
Teatro Argentina

Can a city die? And with it the values, ideals, principles, history, and culture that embodied it? Would it be possible to revive its presence? For nearly 1,000 years the minaret of the Great Mosque of Aleppo soared above Syria’s largest city. A monumental portrayal of the cultural, the social, the historical and the religious, it now lies in ruins. This performance is an act of resistance against the demolition of one of the greatest and oldest cities in the world. It is an encounter between contemporary dance, visual arts, and a rich soundscape inspired by the classical musical heritage of Aleppo. A meeting that takes us into the heart of the city, questioning our position towards the act of its destruction today.


Caroline Guiela Nguyen • les Hommes Approximatifs

Theatre – National Premiere
September 29th – 30th 2018
Auditorium Parco della Musica

Marie-Antoinette is a Vietnamese woman who reached France in 1954. Written on the sign of her restaurant is ‘SAIGON’. This is the name of some 979 restaurants in the country but also that of her homeland. Here we come to speak Vietnamese or to sing songs that mourn long lost and forgotten loves in their homeland. In the restaurant are artificial flowers and neon lights, the altar dedicated to ancestors and a depiction of the Virgin Mary hanging on a wall. This is where Caroline Guiela Nguyen, the acclaimed young director of the French scene takes us together with her company, les Hommes Approximatifs. 11 actors on stage (French, French of Vietnamese origin, and Vietnamese) embody the invented voices of men and women marked by history and geography. Each meeting is helpful in sharing landscapes, faces, songs and languages that no longer exist anywhere but in their memory and the place they have built to keep it alive.

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