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Romaeuropa Festival 2017: Where are we now?

11 September 2017

Extract from Romaeuropa press release, September 2017

79 projects with 60 performances as well as exhibitions, installations, conferences and training courses; 174 repeat performances in 24 different locations, for a total of 57,600 tickets for sale; 7 world premieres, 32 international programmes. Now in its 32nd edition and defined by Les Echos as: "An international festival that relentlessly pushes the boundaries of art", from 20 September to 2 December Romaeuropa convenes a battalion of over three hundred artists from 32 countries.

From Sasha Waltz to Dada Masilo, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui to Jan Fabre, Jeff Mills with Tony Allen to Carl Craig with Francesco Tristano as well as Marco Paolini with Mario Brunello and Frankie hi-nrg, and The Holy Body Tattoo with Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Ascanio Celestini, CollectivO CineticO, Muta Imago, Alessandro Baricco with Dario Voltolini and Nicola Tescari, Roberto Herlitzka, Pippo Delbono alongside Alexander Balanescu, Petra Magoni, Enzo Avitabile and Piero Corso; 40 artists appearing for the first time, including Julien Gosselin, Dorothée Munyaneza, Rimini Protokoll, Agrupación Señor Serrano, She She Pop with Zeikratzer, Babilonia Teatri, Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli, Biancofango, Industria Indipendente, Dante Antonelli, Azzurra De Gregorio and Giuliano Scarpinato in addition to six orchestral ensembles: stars and new factors of contemporary   create a kaleidoscope of expressive forms and answer the question Where are we now?, the title of this new edition.

"We have formulated a question as the title for REF17 because right now, it seems the right choice for the period that we are living in", explained Fabrizio Grifasi, General Director and Artist of the Fondazione Romaeuropa presided by Monique Veaute. "The works of the artists make up a map of the present, as fragile as the house of cards that is our image this year, and no less ambitious. They go beyond aesthetic and gender categorisations into a conceptual geography that is constructed and deconstructed according to the strength of the interpretations".

Read the full press release here.