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Dec. 9, 2015
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Romaeuropa Festival celebrates its 30th year (Sept. 23 – Dec. 8, 2015)
Amid the perponderance of small-scale festivals in Italy, the Romaeuropa Festival stands out as one of the rare large-scale comprehensive festivals. Held every year in Rome, the festival celebrates its 30th holding this year with a program of 48 works of theater, dance, contemporary circus, fine arts, technology and music to be performed in 14 venues over a 76-day schedule. The director is Monique Veaute, who has served as festival manager, general manager, etc., since the inaugural year 1986. The artistic director is Fabrizio Grifasi.
The theme of this year’s festival is “RiCreazione” (ReCreation) and artist from 20 countries will be presenting the results of their efforts at re-creation. For the opening, director Robert Lepage presented his production of a work titled 887. Based on Lepages memories of his childhood living at #887 Rue Murray in Montreal, the work creates a multiple-voice story of the nation and personal memories.
Other works include Maguy Marin’s re-production of May B that now classic piece inspired by the works of Samuel Beckett, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s later works Vortex Temporum and Verkärte Nacht, Jan Fabre’s 24-hour play Mount Olympus, Romeo Castellucci’s Juliu Caesar and Schwanengesang D477 (Canto del Cign), and more momentous works will be presented in commemoration of the festival’s 30th year.

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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