This year, the jam-packed line-up of the 34th edition of the Romaeuropa Festival is set to delight, inspire and entertain all ages from the 17th of September until the 24th of November. A dazzling array of theatre, dance, circus, art, technology and music will be showcased at 20 different venues throughout the city that will host more than 126 exhibitions, installations, conferences and courses – including national premiers, international programs and co-productions.
Hundreds of artists from 27 different countries will come together to create a kaleidoscope of expressive forms to represent a unique panorama: the geography of our world today. This year’s title is “Landscapes” – “a landscape to discover and to cross, between virtuality and reality and dreamlike projections of possible futures”, as Monique Veaute, President of the Romaeuropa Foundation, puts it. Travels between ancestral rituals and urban culture, between broken roots and forced migration, between global realism and artificial intelligence, to develop a fascinating and critical reading of our time.
To kick off REF19 will be Furia, an energetic, wild and edgy show which combines contemporary dance with ritualistic music of New Caledonia by the Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues (17 Sep). Nine dancers will venture on stage as if it were an unknown land in constant flux – an imaginary landscape in perpetual vibration, conversing with the reality in which we live.
From the 23rd to 25th of September, prepare for the screening of Orestes in Mosul, a film on the war against IS by Milo Rau – the acclaimed Swiss director. While The Valley is the story on the staleness of violence and of our daily apocalypses by the Flemish visual artist Hans Op de Beeck, directed by Eric Sleichim and with the Bl!ndman Ensemble sax quartet (26 – 27th Sep). And for the first time at the festival, the French director Cyril Teste brings the iconic actress Isabelle Adjani to the stage to re-interpret a cult of world cinema: Opening Night by Cassavetes (27 – 29 Sep).
The music section is also rich in events, with contemporary sounds, electronic, rock, jazz and post-world pop music. The acclaimed pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque along with Bryce Dessner from The National will present a musical program commissioned to the greatest contemporary composers, including Thom Yorke (10 Nov). While Vanessa Wagner and Murcof reinterpret some of the most important musical pages of the 20th century (20 Sep). Additionally, the music section is enriched by Diaspora, a new cycle of double concerts which sees as protagonists emerging artists who live in Europe but were forced to leave their country of origin.
A great dance program is also in store, with the Brazilian Bruno Beltrao and his Grupo De Rua for the first time at the festival (25-26 Sep). While in October and November, William Forsythe and Aurelien Bory return to REF with a new portrait dedicated to the Indian dancer Shantala Shivalingappa (30-31 Oct). Dancing Days 2019 – the section dedicated to European dance – investigates the concept of landscapes, understood as a representation of temporal worlds, of emotional journeys and of human parallelisms. Among the protagonists the visual artist Théo Mercier and the dancer Steven Michel – attributed the Dance Silver Lion 2019 – construct an ironic and ruthless criticism against the illusion of freedom and wealth proposed by the biggest commercial powers (12-13 Oct).
The Digitalive section is dedicated to digital subcultures and virtual tribes: a four-day program at the Mattatoio that sees, among others, two guest stars such as the Japanese performer and choreographer Hiroaki Umeda and the promise of international electronics Nicolas Jaar engaged in a “durational performance” alongside the Mexican dancer Stephanie Janaina (5-6 Oct). Finally, luminous and digital works are those designed by the artists Gyula Várnai and Quiet Ensemble on the architectural lines of the Sala Santa Rita in Rome (24 Oct – 3 Nov).
A true festival within a festival, Kids + Family transforms the Mattatoio into a space entirely dedicated to children and their families, building a parallel program of dance, music, theater and visual arts, talks, workshops and free games.
Of course the closing of the festival could only be a great musical event: save the date on November 24th for the grand finale at the Auditorium Parco della Musica, in co-production with Fondazione Musica per Roma. An exceptional line-up composed by Ryuichi Sakamoto alongside Alva Noto to present their Two; Christian Fennesz alongside the visuals of Lillevan in the presentation of his latest album Agorà, the pianist and composer Chassol with his Ludi and the actress and singer Fatoumata Diawara.
For the full program and more details on the upcoming events, visit: romaeuropa.net
From 17 September till 24 November
AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA – MATTATOIO – OPIFICIO ROMAEUROPA – PALAZZO FALCONIERI – PALAZZO MERULANA – PALAZZO DELLE ESPOSIZIONI – PIAZZA ORAZIO GIUSTINIANI – SALA SANTA RITA – TEATRO ARGENTINA – TEATRO BIBLIOTECA QUARTICCIOLO – TEATRO INDIA – TEATRO OLIMPICO – TEATRO VASCELLO – TEATRO VITTORIA