Modern dance, contemporary opera, and fierce photography make November in Rome a month to remember.
Aterballetto’s Don Juan– From Thursday 4 to Sunday 7
The Fondazione Nazionale della Danza / Aterballetto, one of Italy’s premier contemporary dance companies, presents their latest masterpiece, Don Juan, for the first time, at Rome’s Teatro Olimpico. Choreographer Johan Inger confronts this age-old but still highly contemporary myth with an original musical score of Marc Álvarez, orchestrated by Manuel Busto. The dance becomes a magnifying glass of the individual characters, revealing in a subtle but evident way the inner world of the men and women on stage by underlining their nuances and emotions. The 16 dancers of Aterballetto tell the story of Don Juan in a single act, immersed in an indefinite stage space, curated by Curt Allen Wilmer, a labyrinth of structures that are moved on sight by the dancers themselves. Visit teatroolimpico.it for more information and tickets.
Rome Chamber Music Festival – From Sunday 21 to Thursday 25
Rome’s favorite chamber music festival returns for its 18th edition after a year of silence due to the pandemic. Well-known for combining baroque with bluegrass, tango with Mozart, and Brahms with the greatest rock and pop classics, the festival is outdoing itself this year with a stunning string of concerts over four nights. The exceptional program brings together a company of ten renowned masters and 30 talented young professionals to perform the works of Beethoven, Frank Zappa, Leonard Bernstein, three musicians who worked in creative contrast with their eras. These three modern nonconformists have enriched the musical world, each in his own unique way, with innovative compositions capable of breaking social and cultural schemes and barriers. Tickets available at www.vivaticket.com/it/biglietto/rome-chamber-music-festival/167873
Sebastião Salgado – All Month
For six years, Sebastião Salgado (b. 1944) traveled through the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, photographing the forest, rivers, mountains, and, most of all, the animals and people who live there. Amazônia, which has its world premiere at the MAXXI Museum here in Rome, presents more than 200 works that immerse the viewer in the universe of the rainforest by combining Salgado’s captivating photographs with the true sounds of that mysterious and nearly impenetrable place. The rustle of trees, the cries of animals, the singing of birds, and the roar of water as it descends from the mountaintops—all collected on site and assembled by Jean-Michel Jarre—make up the soundscape. The exhibition highlights the fragility of this ecosystem, illustrating how almost no damage has occurred in the protected areas where the aboriginal communities—the ancestral guardians of the forest—live. The show invites viewers to observe, listen to, and reflect on the Amazon’s precarious ecological situation and its relationship with humans today. maxxi.art
From Saturday 20 to Sunday 28 – Julius Caesar
For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma will be hosting a performance at full capacity. And that’s not the only first on Rome’s opera scene this month. Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli (b. 1953) presents the world premiere of his newest opera Julius Caesar at Rome’s own Teatro Costanzi. Since the start of his career in the early ‘80s, Battistelli has written nearly 20 operas, based on such wide-ranging subjects as Diderot and d’Alembert’s Encyclopaedia, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Shakespeare’s Richard III, and Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Be among the first to see his latest work, a dramatic retelling of the life and death of Rome’s most celebrated leader. More information and tickets at operaroma.it.
White – Until Sunday 21
WHITE. A Project by Barbara Duran, hosted in the Nagasawa Hall of the Ex Cartiera Latina, retraces the artist’s work from 2016 to 2021 through roughly 180 works. The exhibition is a journey into the hidden archives of contemporary artist Barbara Duran through multiple visual languages, including painting, drawing, and video. Three cycles of works have already been presented: White in Paris in 2016, Appearing through Invisible at the Torino Esposizioni also in 2016, Servae – Liquid Icons at the castle of Santa Severa in 2018. The unpublished works that make up this fourth cycle titled IS Land were created from 2018 to 2021 and are being exhibited this month for the first time ever. The exhibition is “dedicated to all those fleeing wars, injustices, torture. To women, mothers, sisters, men, brothers, children,” says the artist. “To all living beings who suffer and who have the right to live.” Via Appia Antica, 42. Tel 065126314. Open Tue–Fri, 12noon–6pm; Sat–Sun 11am–6pm, Mon by appointment only.