The 35th edition of the Romaeuropa Festival in complete safety
This year, the jam-packed line-up of the 35th edition of the Romaeuropa Festival is set to delight, inspire and entertain all ages from September 18th until November 15th, in full compliance with the anti-covid measures. A dazzling array of theatre, dance, circus, art, technology and music will be showcased at 14 different venues throughout the city.
This year, part of the program is going to be hosted en plein air, with 62 events and 141 days of exhibitions, installations, conferences and courses – including national premiers, international programs and co-productions. The program will be enriched with the new activities of EXTRACT, the unprecedented online section with 40 events in national or absolute premiere specifically designed for the web, live streamings and a weekly schedule of activities organized by the festival staff.
With a strong support for Italian companies and independent artists, and an important effort to guarantee a relevant international presence – even more significant this year due to the impossibility for international artists to travel – REf20 confirms its vocation and renews its vision of the present through the multiple glances of contemporary creation, with a strong generational turnover and 70% of the scheduled artists present for the first time ever at REf!
Fabrizio Grifasi, the General and Artistic Director of the Romaeuropa Foundation, said they kept the same number of performances originally scheduled with a 10% reduction in events and a significant reduction in the capacity of the spaces, with a loss of 40,000 seats on sale. Despite this, they opted for a policy of reducing ticket prices for all shows with the intention of guaranteeing greater accessibility and sharing possibilities.
The Festival program
Sasha Waltz will kick off REF20 on September 18th, confirming her presence with the premiere of a new outdoor site-specific creation made for the festival on the footprint of her famous Dialoge. A rigorous performance with a strong improv component awaits you on the stage of Renzo Piano’s Cavea.
In this 35th edition, the Cavea and the rooms of the Auditorium Parco della Musica will be the spaces dedicated to the big names of international and contemporary music. You will see the return of Bryce Dessner together with Katia and Marielle Labèque and the Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble; the Inescapable Tour which celebrates the forty years of Wim Mertens’ career; the live for Robert Henke’s Commodore CBM 8032; the overwhelming rhythms of Andrea Belfi and the sacred music of Górecki, Penderecki and Szymanowski performed by the Polish pianist and composer Pianohooligan (Piotr Orzechowski) with the Silesian String Quartet and the High Definition Quartet on the occasion of the centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II.
Also hosted in the Cavea of the Auditorium (and in realization with Musica per Roma), the master of theater narration Ascanio Celestini meets the PMCE directed by Tonino Battista for an original rewriting of text and music by Pierino and the Wolf by Sergej Prokof’ev and Pulcinella di Stravinskij. While the Mattatoio will see the return of Fabrizio Ottaviucci with the execution of a new section of the monumental Treatise by Cornelio Cardew. In addition to these events, the music program will continue in MAXXI’s square with Anagoor and the audio-video project Mephistopheles.
The Greek director Elli Papakonstantinou brings on stage Traces of Antigone of the acclaimed playwright Christina Ouzounidis, by Fabiana Iacozzilli who in her A Huge Thing addresses the stereotypes related to being or not being a mother (in realization with Fabbrica dell’Attore – Teatro Vascello). While Martina Badiluzzi presents The Making Of Anastasia, pop lunge on the myth of Anastasia Romanov and with Rumori, a poetic concert made in dialogue with the musician Samovar (Samuele Cestola) and thought of as an answer to the days of the lockdown.
But some of the artists who have been through the various phases of the festival up to its most recent editions will also be present: Virgilio Sieni presents Solo Goldberg Variations in dialogue with the musician Andrea Rebaudengo; with Coefore Rock & Roll Enzo Cosimi transforms the myth of Oreste into a glam rock vision; Filippo Andreatta continues his journey on the relationship between natural and human landscape with 19 July 1989 – an alpine tragedy and Breaking the Ice (another co-production with MAXXI); Daniele Timpano and Elvira Frosini with the absolute debut Ottantanove deal with the legacy of the French Revolution with their usual cynicism and irony (in realization with Teatro di Roma).
The Bartolini/Baronio company’s Esercizi sull’abitare n.2 that continues its research on the concept of living and on the Roman and Lazio territory will also be at the debut, as well as Sonora Desert by Muta Imago on the relationship with time and memory in an unprecedented performative/installative format with the music of Alvin Curran (still with Teatro di Roma).
One of the much-awaited events this year is Dialoghi sulla paura, a special program of lectures curated by the actor, author and producer Francesco Siciliano with the actress and writer Francesca D’Aloja. A cycle of lectio magistralis dedicated to the never-so-current feeling of fear that, in the splendid setting of Villa Medici, where the festival was born 35 years ago, will feature five great Italian writers: Sandro Veronesi, Edoardo Albinati, Melania Mazzucco, Michela Murgia and Alessandro Piperno.
The Digitalive section continues its recognition of artistic expressions in the context of digital cultures curated by Federica Patti: a program dedicated to the most cross-over creations between electronic music, performances, videos and works in AR and VR with Lorem (curated by Re: humanism), Salò, Massimo Pupillo and Stefano Pilia, Quayola’s live visual at the Argentina Theater and the installation created by the students of MAD in “Multimedia Arts & Design” of RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts.
EXTRACT – The online REF
In between virtual and real, this year’s edition will be enriched with the new activities of EXTRACT, the unprecedented online section with 40 events in national or absolute premiere specifically designed for the web, live streamings and a weekly schedule of activities organized by the festival staff.
Sasha Waltz’s film Dialoge 9 – a video documentation of the historic performance made with Romaeuropa for the inauguration of MAXXI – will inaugurate the new section. While the English group Forced Enterteinment puts on stage Table Top Shakespeare: Quarantine Edition Of The Complete Work: all the theatrical works of the English playwright through pièce recited live and in live streaming 4 times a week for 9 weeks.
The project is presented as part of the “Being Present” UK / Italy 2020 program, which also includes the proposal by Alexander Whitley with his Chaotic Body, starting from his open source device Digital Body invention, invites the famous composer Ben Frost and the digital artists Marshmallow Laser Fest to develop a VR choreography for 3D bodies. Between avant-pop and vaporwave there is also the live concert of the avatar LaTurboAvedon in dialogue with the artist Myriam Bleau and techno rituals by Mara Oscar Cassiani.
REf20’s Community activities will also be live and online: meetings with artists created in collaboration with Rai Radio3 and Internazionale, training courses built together with the La Sapienza and Uniroma3 universities, National Dance Academy, National Academy of Dramatic Art Silvio d’Amico, Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, RUFA – Rome University of Fine Arts, Spectator’s House, IED and Naba to which a program of activities entirely dedicated to children are added, starting from the new Facebook Kids Community, interviews with REf audience with Extraordinary People, and lastly Cassette – a podcast program curated by some exponents of the Italian indie.
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. The protagonists will be Teatro del Carretto, Teatri Mobili – Compagnia Girovago & Rondella and Compagnia Dromosofista, Daniele Fior – Marco e Chiara Carminati – Locomoctavia Audiolibri, Compagnia TeatroViola and Compagnia QuattroX4.
Romaeuropa Festival 2020
From September 18 till November 15
AUDITORIUM PARCO DELLA MUSICA – MAXXI – MATTATOIO – TEATRO ARGENTINA – TEATRO BIBLIOTECA QUARTICCIOLO – TEATRO INDIA – TEATRO VASCELLO – VILLA MEDICI