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Oct. 21, 2013
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Romaeuropa Festival opened (Sept. 26 – Nov. 25, 2013)
In its 28th holding in 2013, the Romaeuropa Festival (Festival director: Fabrizio Grifasi) presents a program of 41 works of theater, dance and music including 16 Italian premieres brought together under the theme of “Art reacts” to be performed at 12 venues around the city of Rome. Appearing in the opening is a recent work titled The Goldlandbergs (Italian premiere) by choreographer Emanuel Gat inspired by a composition by the now legendary pianist Glenn Gould taking its inspiration pianist’s world of sound and human relations.
Highlights of the program include Thomas Ostermeier’s production of Hedda Gabler. With the company of Schaubuhne where he serves as artistic director, Ostermeier presents a new work based on the masterpiece by Henrik Ibsen. The play The Four Seasons Restaurant directed by Romeo Castellucci is inspired by an episode from the life of the painter Mark Rothko and uses light and darkness in depicting the relationship between the artist and society. The dance work Continu choreographed by Sasha Waltz creates a poetic world with the music of Edgar Varèse, Iannis Xenakis and Claude Vivier and a troupe of 23 dancers.
Belgian artist Jan Fabre and his theater company Troubleyn perform This is theatre like it was to be expected and foreseen and The power of theatrical madness, and Fabre’s exhibition “STIGMATA actions & performance 1976-2013” displays over 30 years of his work in art.
From Africa, the young South African dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo performs a production of Swan Lake and the Nigerian guitarist Omara Bombino Moctar performs his music. Also, a newly started series designed to provide a platform for experimentation and exchange by young artists names “DNA” presents six groups from Spain, the Netherlands and Canada.
In the exhibition “Digital Life 2013” held concurrently with the festival, some 27 artists/groups display primarily multimedia installations and interactive works, and among them is the Berlin-based audio-visual artist Ryoichi Kurokawa.

Festival Outline
Romaeuropa Festival is a festival primarily of contemporary theater, dance and music held each year in Rome from September to December. It is organized by the Romaeuropa Foundation, a nonprofit organization officially recognized by the Italian government, and its predecessor is the Villa Medici Friends Association founded in 1986. The first festival was held that same year as the “Villa Medici Festival.” In lieu of its origins associated with the Villa Medici, the festival had a strong orientation as an Italian and French initiative, but in response to the trends toward diversity in contemporary arts and European unification over the ensuing years, the festival went beyond the initial Italian-French art orientation and was renamed the Romaeuropa Festival with the founding of today’s Romaeuropa Foundation in 1990. It has grown to become one of the leading international festivals of its type in Europe.
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