Since its first edition in 1986, the success of REF has grown constantly and is now recognised as the most important Italian cultural festival. Both cult and trendy at the same time, the REF has given the Rome public over three decades of exemplary contemporary creativity, building up a faithful audience which continues to grow year after year.
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This year edition, the 34th under the title "Landscape", can be read as a map representing a singular panorama: our world today. Nowadays, roads allow us to travel across the planet - a symbol of the intensification of exchange in a globalised world. The map is a kind of detector. Of course, the landscape of REF is imaginary, because it rests on manifestations that, however real, are less physical than ephemeral: through the theatrical, choreographic, visual and musical works the festival captures and defines a certain ‘landscape’.
AC/E is covering the travel expenses of the Spanish guests invited to take part:
- "Gran Bolero" by Jesus Rubio Gamo. A premier in Rome an expansion of his successful Bolero, a dance show to Ravel’s Bolero that is now performed by twelve artists. In 2016, Rubio Gamo created a show for two dancers: Alberto Alonso and Clara Pampyn, of Laimperfecta, who gave life to the classical music by Ravel. The piece was shown on numerous dance festivals in Spain and was also selected for the European Aerowaves Program, Dance Across Europe 2017.But now the Madrid based choreographer expands his piece to include twelve dancers, six from Madrid and six from Barcelona, in a novel co-production of Teatro del Canal and Mercat de les Flors. After his success with minimalist pieces like Ahora que no somos tan viejos todavía and Danzas del Sur de Europa, Jesús Rubio Gamo faces his first big show where he will try to perfect his previous piece.