21 locations, 524 artists, including 524 artists, including 34 companies attending the REf for the first time, 160 days of activities including the summer preview of the festival, 46 events dedicated to contemporary creative arts, 24 of which on show in Italy for the first time ever, for a total of more than 40,000 tickets on sale: these are the stats for the 31st edition of the Romaeuropa Festival, this year entitled “Be elsewhere“, that will be animating 20 spaces in the capital from 21 September to 3 December.
After 20 years, the Romaeuropa Festival will be back this summer – from 24 June to 18 September – with a preview of the Patrimonio e Creazione (Heritage and Creativity) project conducted together with the Superintendence for the central archaeological area in Rome, presented by Minister Dario Franceschini on 28 April. The preview will include the Par tibi, Roma, nihil exhibition designed by Monique Veaute and curated by Raffaella Frascarelli, President of the Nomas Foundation, and Palamede, La Storia by Alessandro Baricco, both held in the Palatine Archaeological Area.
THE INTERNATIONAL STARS
The REf16 will be officially opened on 21 September by Hofesh Schechter, one of the most renowned international choreographers, at the Teatro Argentina during the first of the events held together with the Teatro di Roma – the Italian debut of barbarians, a fast-paced work divided into three chapters on the intimacy, passion and banality of love.
It will be followed by some of the most important names on the European and international art scene: Forced Entertainment with Shakespeare’s 36 works all packed into 8 days of 50 minute long shows, Guy Cassiers with the actors from the Toneelhuis in Antwerp and the Toneelgroep in Amsterdam directed by Ivo Van Hove in a reinterpretation of the novel Le Benevole by Jonathan Littell; Les 7 doigts de la main, with their blend of dance and contemporary circus, and Ben Frost in Music for Solaris, a musical project developed together with Brian Eno and Danìel Bjarnasonfrom the famous Solaris by Andrej Tarkovskij, performed by the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Orchestra.
MUSIC AT REf16
The same project also includes a series of contemporary music events designed to dialogue with the capital’s historical monuments: Alvin Curran, who will be centre stage at both the lake in the Villa Borghese park with the Scuola Popolare di Musica di Testaccio band, and at the historical residence of the Accademia di Francia a Roma in Villa Medici; Sabina Meyer at Villa Farnesina, the suggestive home to the Accademia dei Lincei; and Lucia Ronchetti in Aula X at the Baths of Diocletian, with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia choirdirected by Ciro Visco.
The Santa Cecilia orchestra, on the other hand, will be performing Senza Sangue by Peter Eötvös, based on the novel of the same name by Alessandro Baricco.
from 21 September to 3 December