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Sep. 21, 2014
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Romaeuropa Festival opens (Sept. 24 – Nov. 30, 2014)
In its 29th holding in 2014, the Romaeuropa Festival invites creators and performers from 19 countries to present a program of 52 works including 20 Italian premieres and five world premiere works of theater, dance and music to be performed at 15 venues around the city of Rome during the festival’s roughly two-month run. The festival director is Fabrizio Grifasi.
The festival’s opening is the collaborative work Torobaka by Akram Khan and the flamenco dancer Israel Galván. In it, the friction and resonance produced when two completely different forms of dance come together opens up new realms of physical expression.
Alain Platel presents a concert format work titled Coup fatal. With music by composer Fabrizio Cassol, performance by tenor Serge Kakudji and 15 other musicians, this work attempts to offer an approach to the culture of the Congo. The South African choreographer Dada Masilo fuses contemporary dance and African dance, ballet and flamenco into a whole new interpretation of Bizet’s Carmen. Other invited works include Israeli-born, UK-based choreographer Hofesh Shechter reinterprets ancient customs in a contemporary context with the work Sun; from Canada come the Italian premiere of Frédérick Gravel’s work Usually Beauty fails dealing with the subject of temptation. Also, director and playwright Aurélien Bory presents Plexus, with choreography and performance by overseas-based Japanese dancer artist Kaori Ito.
In a series begun in the last festival under the title “DNA” that provides talented young artists from Italy and abroad the opportunity to do experimental work in an atmosphere of exchange, the series organizer, Anna Lea Antolini, has invited participant creators from various countries including Jefta Van Dinther (Sweden), Thiago Granato (Brazil), Louise Vanneste (Belgium), Sharon Fridman (Spain) and others. Also, in the “INformazione:” program conceived as a platform for bringing the artists and audience together through workshops and talk events, ten events are planned, including “DNA pictures” for photographers and “DNA Juniors” for children.

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 initially 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. Among the Japanese artists invited to perform in the festival was Saburo Teshigawara in 2011.
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