Romaeuropa Festival 2019 – November Calendar

Romaeuropa Festival November

Romaeuropa Festival’s November events

The last month of Romaeuropa festival has arrived, but don’t worry, the jam-packed line-up of the 34rd edition is set to delight, inspire and entertain all ages till November 24th. This month there are also numerous children’s events, held at Mattatoio Testaccio, under the umbrella REF Kids. A dazzling array of theatre, dance, circus, art, technology and music will be showcased at 20 different venues throughout the city. Hundreds of artists from 27 different countries will come together to create a kaleidoscope of expressive forms that investigates the concept of boundaries and frontiers between people. Check out the website for individual events and prices.

 

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Edison Studio
Sounds of Silences

Music
November 3, 2019
Palazzo delle Esposizioni – Sala Cinema

The Edison Studio collective, with the support of the Italian Society of Authors and Publishers (SIAE) for the SIAE project – Classici di Oggi, and with the collaboration of the Romaeuropa 2019 Festival and the support of the Cineteca di Bologna, present the closing night of Sounds of Silences 2019 – International Competition for Musical Composition for Images in Motion.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Lorenzo Ponte, Clio Saccà, Eleonora Paris, Marco Sinopoli
Can you hearT me?

Musical Theatre
November 3, 2019
Mattatoio

Can you hearT me? is the winning project of the second edition of Macerata Opera 4.0 under 35, of which Romaeuropa is a partner. Born from the encounter between the direction of Lorenzo Ponte and Clio Saccà, the music of Marco Sinopoli, the dramaturgy of Eleonora Paris, the videos of Fabio Brusadin and the choreographed movements of Filippo Porro, this work tells the story of Orfeo, a musician and son of a society consumerist who urges him to bulimically desire new objects and partners. So he conceives of an erotic relationship with Agave, a girl he meets on sexchat. This liquid vortex of desires turns him into a prisoner unable to understand the world outside of his existence.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Maria Giulia Serantoni
Underground Memoirs

Performance Art
November 3, 2019
Mattatoio

The Directorate General for the Promotion of the Country System and the Directorate General for Italians Abroad and Migration Policies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, in collaboration with the Directorate General for Live Entertainment of the Ministry of Cultural and Activities and Heritage and Romaeuropa Foundation, have launched the first edition of the ‘Premio Vivo d’Arte’, an annual competition for young artists under 35 years of age in the disciplines of contemporary theatre, music and dance, reserved for artists of Italian nationality who are permanently resident abroad. REf19 presents the winning creation.

Gyula Várnai
One of the Few Moments II

Visual Art – Exhibits
November 3, 2019
Sala Santa Rita

One of the Few Moments II is a site-specific work created by Hungarian Gyula Vàrnai for the Sala Santa Rita in Rome. The artist, known for his large-scale installations built as immersive environments, uses the architectural lines of the suggestive Roman space and alters them through the use of light. An internally illuminated model of the Sala Santa Rita oscillates and projects borders, windows, pillars and arches of light on the actual structure of the former church. Two architectures overlap, one symbolic and the other concrete, transforming the space into a phantom ship in perpetual motion.

Free Entry

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Ascanio Celestini
Barzellette

Theatre
November 5 – 17, 2019
Teatro Vittoria

Ascanio Celestini returns on stage to tell his anecdotes: stories collected by a stationmaster from obscure travelers who pass through without a trace. On this occasion, a gravedigger waits for a ‘deluxe’ corpse: an immigrant who has made a fortune abroad and who is returning home to be buried. Set within a narrative structure always open to improvisation, Celestinni’s jokes transcend worlds and cultures, describe people and trades and remind us that we can laugh at everything- especially at ourselves.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Andrea Liberovici
Helga Davis
Schallfeld Ensemble

Trilogy in Two Opera mosaico

Music
November 6, 2019
Auditorium Parco della Musica

Trilogy in Two is a contemporary work around the theme of beauty. Divided into two acts, it is inspired by three figures: Faust, symbol of invention and selfishness, Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing and embodiment of solidarity and the city of Venice, a synthesis of water and mosaics yet counterposed to the new racisms. Dominating the stage, under the direction of Liberovici, are Helga Davis (star of the last edition of Einstein on the beach by Robert Wilson and Philipp Glass) and the Schallfeld Ensemble- an international contemporary music ensemble based in Graz.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

PMCE Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble
/ Tonino Battista

Ritratto di Ivan Fedele

Music
November 7, 2019
Auditorium Parco della Musica

The PMCE, under the direction of Tonino Battista, pays homage to Ivan Fedele through 2 offerings: Thanatòseros, a lyrical piece for soprano, tenor and ensemble inspired by the “Combat of Tancredi and Chlorinda” from Torquato Tasso’s “Liberated Jerusalem”, as well as Samuel Beckett’s radio play Words and Music. In the first piece, Fedele reflects on the relationship between love and death by creating a dramatic space of enormous tension through his construction of dialogue, his treatment of voice and an energetic instrumental support. In the Beckett’s piece he investigates the relationship between word and music, with actors Nicholas Hunt and Anthony Souter in dialogue with the ensemble.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Quiet Ensemble
Primitive Primavere

Visual Arts – Exhibits
November 7-24, 2019
Sala Santa Rita

The Sala Santa Rita of Rome is transformed into part of a valley where the last few thousand fireflies remaining on the planet are trapped. These are intermittent creatures, a digital swarm built by pixels of light controlled by an algorithm, taking over the space of the former Roman church. With this work, the duo Quiet Ensemble (Bernardo Vercelli and Fabio di Salvo) continue their research into the concepts of animate and inanimate, light and dark.

Free Entry

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Riccardo Nova – Giacomo Costantini (Circo El Grito)
Dall’alto.

Kids
November 8 – 10, 2019
Teatro Vascello

Musician Riccardo Nova and Giacomo Costantini, with Quattrox4 Company and Milano Musica Festival, build a spectacle in which contemporary music and contemporary circus merge to pay homage to the theatre of Samuel Beckett. Their inspiration is in fact Act Without Words I, a piece devoid of speech in which a man lost in a desert and without means of escape tries in vain to find some water. What happens if the characters, instead of one, become seven? Musicians and circus actors animate this world like puppets and puppeteers, reinventing the universe of the Irish playwright, writer and screenwriter, to converse with an audience of young viewers.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

BigUp Circo
Zenith e Nadir

Ref Kids
November 9-10, 2019
Mattatoio

Which other artform allows us to experience the absence of balance as absolute freedom, if not the circus, with its colors and its magic? Big Up Circus transport us into magical worlds and through the body of the artists and their acrobatics they construct a series of dreamlike and playful tableaux that make us confront- in fun ways- limits, rules and difficulties.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Zonzo Compagnie
Musical Labyrinth

Theatre – National Premiere
November 9-24, 2019
Mattatoio

Zonzo Compagnie transforms the spaces of the Mattatoio into a maze of sound and noise in which the little spectators, accompanied by a guide, are invited to undertake their own personal musical adventure. 100 mechanical birds interact with the audience in the modular installation project These Birds are flying to the North by Serge Verstockt; a curious collection of electronic instruments developed at STEIM will allow the young audience to “touch” the sound and the technology. Spotter dance interactive by Chris Koolmees invites us into a multimedial world through dance.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Maria Carmela Milano
Progetto Graf

Kids, Playground
November 9-24,2019
Galleria delle Vasche

Conceived by Maria Carmela Milano, the GRAF project invites boys and girls to have fun, play and free their imagination through fabrics, colours, plasticine and other materials.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Rai porte aperte

Kids, laboratory
November 9-24, 2019
Galleria delle Vasche

Join Rai and discover the passion beyond the screen. A real television set available for young aspiring TV professionals to find out how to make a program, how a camera works or how to launch a TG service.

Free entry

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

De Stilte
Alice

Kids
November 9-10, 2019
Mattatoio

De Stilte, a Dutch dance company engaged since 1994 in the creation of children’s shows, translates the fantastic and surreal world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland into movements and music. The dance recounts the metamorphosis that Alice experiences during her journey, by offering the audience of young and old different and novel ways to interpret this cornerstone of European literature.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Les Grandes Personnes
Les Touristes

Kids
November 9, 2019
Quartiere di Testaccio, Mercato e Mattatoio

French company Les Grandes Personnes invades the spaces of Testaccio with its giant puppets that are up to 4 meters high. Built from humble materials like papier mache and inspired by the crafts of Mexico and Burkina Fasso, street art, collage and art history, these huge toys will become the protagonists of the inaugural parade of the new edition of REf Kids, in a journey inhabited by their stories and in continual dialogue with the public.

Free Entry

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Teatro delle Marionette di Ljubljana
Aquarium

Kids
November 9-10, 2019
Mattatoio – Foyer

Since 1948, the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre (national puppet theatre of Slovenia) creates shows aimed at an audience of all ages, continually reinventing its tradition. In Aquarium the space becomes a crazy chemistry laboratory in which to experiment with various ideas of narrative: creatures come to life inside a bizarre and colorful aquarium, generating amazing visuals and stimulating the children’s individual creativity.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Ottimomassimo
Once upon a time – C’era una volta

Music
November 9-24, 2019
Galleria delle Vasche

The return of events organized by Rome’s bookstore for boys and girls. Narrative journeys involving different age groups, designed as educative experiences for both adults and children, as well as hands-on workshops.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Katrièm
Valentina Pagliarani
Simone Memè

Tamì – The upside-down forest

Immersive Installation
November 9-24, 2019
Galleria delle Vasche

Performer Valentina Pagliarini and artist Simone Memè build a reverse forest: an invitation to get lost in an immersive fairytale. This interactive space changes with the passage of each child, revealing its secrets from time to time. All children participate in the creation of the work by putting into play their own imagination and identity, listening to themselves and to others- even to those who are seemingly different from us.

Free Entry

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Camilla Andreani
RE-CYCLE / RE-BROCCOLO

Music
November 9-24, 2019
Auditorium Parco della Musica

Midorj è green e propone un laboratorio che invita i bambini a riflettere sul tema del riciclo e del riuso creativo. Si possono così scoprire le perfette geometrie della natura, sezionando le verdure, utilizzandole come timbri e calcandole, per averne anche il negativo, con una speciale gomma siliconica atossica (by Reschimica). Con le verdure stesse si possono fare i colori e realizzare piccole grandi opere d’arte.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Roma Creative Contest
CineMini

Kids
November 9- 14, 2019
Galleria delle Vasche

The International Short Film Festival of Rome organized by Image Hunters, created to create a space for the promotion of young talents connected with the most important actors of Italian and foreign film production, will be the protagonist in the playground proposing a selection of short films for children

Free Entry

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Bryce Dessner
Katia e Marielle Labèque
David Chalmin

Don’t fear the light

Music
November 10, 2019
Palazzo delle Esposizioni – Sala Cinema

Born as a tribute to the masters of minimalism, Minimalist Dream House by Katia and Marielle Labèque develops as a bridge between classical contemporary and  rock music, thanks also to the presence of composer and guitarist of The National Bryce Dessner, who, alongside David Chalmin and the famous sisters, has a central part in the live performance. The result is an original creation for two pianos, two guitars and electronica. The programme includes musics from Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Timo Andres, Thom Yorke (involved for the first time in a classical composition), and the Bryce Dessner’s and David Chalmin’s compositions.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Elzbieta Sikora
Audior – Concerto per macchine acusmatiche

Music
November 12-13, 2019
Mattatoio

Audior is a concert dedicated to the composer Elzbieta Sikora and her acousmatic music, performed on the Acousmonium- an orchestra of loudspeakers used in electroacoustic music for the spatialization of sound- by the Audior Association. The composer, who studied under Pierre Schaeffer and Francois Bayle (inventor of the Acousmonium) in Paris, has some of her most celebrated work presented here: Janek Wi?niewski, Aquamarina, Rouge d’été, Paris. Gare du Nord and Axerouge V.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Aurélien Bory
Shantala Shivalingappa

aSH, pièce pour Shantala Shivalingappa

Dance
November 13-15, 2019
Auditorium Parco della Musica

With aSH, Aurelien Bory ends his trilogy of portraits of women- dancers and choreographers- in which Kaori Ito and Stéphanie Fuster have already starred. The visionary French director focuses on the rhythmic and vital energy of dancer Shantala Shivalingappa. She overlaps with the majestic figure of Shiva, as the protagonist and muse of aSH, as a goddess of creation and destruction. Shantala dances on a blanket of ashes: symbol of the cycle of death and rebirth and of a circular energy rooted in Indian cremation rites and in the vibrations of dance as a source of energy and life.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Forte Company
Theatrum Mortis

Dance
November 14, 2019
Palazzo Falconieri

Forte Company stage the death of Francesco Borromini in the form of a contemporary lyric opera based on 5 different interpretations of the tragic events that unfolded over the last evening of the great architect of Baroque Rome’s life, handed down to us from a text by his doctor and offered as a transcript of the words of Borromini himself. Did everything really happen that way? Gothic horror, sacred representation, as well as baroque and contemporary lyric opera mingle in the spaces of the Falconieri Palace- a space conceived and created by Borromini himself.

Free Entry

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Fanny & Alexander
OZ

Kida
November 15-17, 2019
Mattatoio

Fanny & Alexander tell the story of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequel, The adventures of Dorothy. Traveling to OZ, the young audience will meet the most bizarre characters of the saga, in a show inhabited by the two actresses Chiara Lagani and Consuelo Battiston and populated by the animations of illustrator Mara Cerri. An adventurous game is born, full of wonder for children and adults alike.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Officine K
Splash!

Interactive Installation
November 16-24, 2019
Mattatoio

A white carpet welcomes the young audience and immerses them in extraordinary visuals inspired by the great masters of abstract painting such as Mirò or Kandinsky. Splash! by Officine K is an artistic game, a fantastic and engaging experience between colors and abstract shapes, a space dedicated to imagination and interactivity.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Orecchio Acerbo / Else Editore
La pantera sotto il letto – laboratori di narrazione e stampa serigrafica

Kids
November 9-24, 2019
Galleria delle Vasche

The publishing house, founded and directed by Fausta Orecchio (Editorial director) and Simone Tonucci (Commercial director)-who also take care of the graphic design aspects- was born in December 2001.  Together with Else Edizioni, it offers a hands-on workshop on screen printing (serigraphy).

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Rambert Company
Merce Cunningham
Philip Selway
Gerhard Richter

Rambert event

Dance
November 17, 2019
Auditorium Parco della Musica

To celebrate 100 years from the birth of Merce Cunningham, the ballet corps of the Rambert company have created Rambert Event: a show composed of excerpts from the choreographies of Cunningham, arranged and re-staged by his former ballerina Jeannie Steele, with music composed and performed live by Radiohead’s Philip Selway, Quinta and Adem Ilhan and with set designs and costumes inspired by a series of paintings by German artist Gerhard Richter.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Giulio Boato
HsiaoPei Ku
Lucia Ronchetti

Rivale (Film-Opera)

Film Opera
November 19, 2019
Mattatoio

The clash between Tancredi and Clorinda is one of the hardest scenes in Liberated Jerusalem. The crusader and the Muslim princess fall in love on the battlefield, but decide to prolong the duel to the death: in the clash between cultures and religions, honor proves stronger than sentiment. This scene becomes the center of the libretto of Tancréde, written in 1701 by Antoine Danchet for the work of André Campra.

Free Entry

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Thomas Ostermeier
Didier Eribon
Sonia Bergamasco

Ritorno a Reims

Theatre
November 20-23, 2019
Auditorium Parco della Musica

In Returning to Reims, based on the best-selling memoir by French sociologist Didier Eribon, Thomas Ostermeier directs Sonia Bergamasco. The author recounts the death of his father and his return to his hometown and questions the political trajectory of a working class that has moved from communism to the far right of the Front National. On stage, in a recording studio, is an actress accompanied by a sound technician and rapper (Tommy Kuti), and by a director (Rosario Lisma) recording a documentary based on Eribon’s memoirs and starting to reflect on the very role of politics in the current global situation.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Jesús Rubio Gamo
Gran Bolero

Dance
November 22-23, 2019
Teatro Vascello

Ravel’s Boléro is not an untouchable monument, but something that belongs to each and every one of us. Starting from this assumption, Spanish choreographer and dancer Jesús Rubio Gamo (Madrid, class of 1982), returns to the stage with a new show inspired by Ravel’s famous score. His Bolero is a real hymn to dance and movement, a work that explores resistance and human encounters- a fight against time that leaves us broken.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Oorkaan – Percossa
The Box Brothers (I Fratelli Cassa)

Kids
November 23-24, 2019
Mattatoio

With The Box Brothers, Dutch company Oorkaan created a concert for percussion full of acrobatics and humor, dedicated to an audience from 4 years and upwards. What makes it unmissable are the four men of Percossa, who are capable of creating every possible rhythm with the most bizarre and unpredictable instruments. It is their task to interpret the story of four quarrelsome brothers and their friend Big Drum on their way to the pursuit of happiness.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Giorgio Bertolotti – Peter Forman
Juri the cosmonaut

Kids
November 23-24, 2019
Mattatoio

Juri is an intergalactic explorer and a red-nosed clown, a somewhat clumsy and lonely hero who boards his rocket to discover new planets and new forms of life. He invites the young public to join the crew of his spaceship and to embark on an extraordinary journey that brings them face to face with gravity, the moon, the stars and with our human fears and dreams.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

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Kafka e la bambola viaggiatrice

Kids
November 23-24, 2019
Mattatoio

The power of theatre and of video projections  is used to present on stage Kafka and the travelling doll (Kafka e la bambola viaggiatrice) from the eponymous book by Jordi Sierra i Fabra. Berlin. An afternoon. A park. Kafka meets a girl who is sad for losing her doll. Starting from here, the writer creates a new unusual work. It is a dialogue between two different type of humanity, a comparison between two different ages within a common experience: growing, changing, letting go.

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Giulio Boato + Shiro Takatani
Shiro Takatani. Between nature and technology

Film
November 23, 2019
Palazzo delle Esposizioni

Across Europe and Japan, this film covers over three decades of Shiro Takatani’s artistic journey through his installations, theatre and dance performances. Takatani and his collaborators (including composer Ryuichi Sakamoto) explain the driving principles behind his work where nature and people are observed through modern tools. Takatani uses technology to improve our understanding of our environment: enhancing infinitely small organisms, showing large scale galaxies, creating an interaction between performers / dancers with cameras and large screens. Carefully selected performances and installations – remarkably filmed – demonstrate the evolution of his work.

Free Entry

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Chassol
Ludi

Grand finale – Music
November 24, 2019
Auditorium Parco della Musica

With Ludi, acclaimed pianist and composer Christophe Chassol meets designer and animator Gaëtan Brizzi, who was a collaborator and screenwriter for Walt Disney, as well as Director of Animation of the Firebird Suite in the film Fantasia 2000. The project is inspired by Hermann Hesse’s novel The Glass Bead Game. Chassol, an artist internationally acclaimed for a personal aesthetic dedicated to research- on music, vocals, visuals-, once again combines piano, drums and images in a perfect balance of poetry and mystery.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Christian Fennesz,
Lillevan

Agorà

Grand finale – Music
November 24, 2019
Auditorium Parco della Musica

Christian Fennesz, hailed as the last of the romantics of experimental electronic music because of the intimate landscapes and sublime inner worlds that he is able to conjure through his music, returns here to present his latest album Agora, in collaboration with Lillevan on visuals. A new statement on what atmospheric music can sound like today, realized, as he tells us himself, after the loss of his proper recording studio, inside the small bedroom of his apartment, with just headphones and minimal equipment at hand.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Fatoumata Diawara
Live

Grand finale – Music
November 24, 2019
Auditorium Parco della Musica

Through collaborations with Damon Albarn, Herbie Hancock and Tony Allen, as well as through her voice and ability to merge tradition and pop music, she has garnered international attention: Fatoumata Diawara, a singer and actress originally from Mali, presents her album Fenfo originating in her homeland, in Burkina Faso, in Barcelona and in Paris. Statuesque, superb, elegant-as hailed by the international press- Diawara reinvents with her guitar the fast rhythms and blues melodies of Wassoulou, positions her heritage in a new era and brings a decidedly African perspective to the concept of ‘songwriter’.

Romaeuropa Festival 2019 November Calendar

Alva Noto, Ryuichi Sakamoto
Two

Grand finale – Music
November 24, 2019
Auditorium Parco della Musica

If there exist interstellar collaborations that are able to generate works of art and uncharted languages, one of them is certainly that between Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto. This duo of unstoppable experimenters returns to perform at Romaeuropa with a new performance in which piano and electronic music compete, once again, to involve the audience in an unforgettable sensory experience.

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