Romantic Disaster


director Richard Pareschi

dramaturgy Maria Alterno

original music Donato Di Trapani and Lorenzo Tomio

visuals Giulio Boato

lighting design Andrea Sanson

light assitant Cosimo Ferrigolo

audio Francesco Vitaliti

recorded voice Loris De Luna, Ian Sutton

musical contributions Laura Messina, Francesco Aprili

organization Giulia Monte

production madalena reversa with Motus

supported by Santarcangelo Festival, Short Theatre

Maria Alterno –– voice

Donato Di Trapani –– synth / audio-electronic manipulations

Richard Pareschi –– voice

Lorenzo Tomio –– guitar – violin/ audio-electronic manipulations

Romantic Disaster is an oxymoron, a romantic look at the destruction of Nature and the destroying Nature. The stage form is that of a live-set where the use of digital coexists with analog. The dramaturgy is constructed as a concept album around the dialectic between yesterday’s and today’s climate change. On the one hand, Global Cooling triggered by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 and on the other, the Global Warming we are experiencing. At the center are the children: the Fridays for Future activists and the three young English poets Keats, Byron and Shelley, who knew nothing about Tambora but saw the environment around them changing and expressed their concerns in poetry. Poetry becomes song, music, a battle cry. A Hymn to the Beauty that must not die and to the young souls who guard it.

Madalena Reversa

Madalena Reversa is an art project, created in 2016 by Maria Alterno and Richard Pareschi, that blends theater, visual arts, performance and installations. The latest projects are: Dreaming Beauty, an immersive installation (finalist at Scenario Infanzia — 2018) and Blaue Blume an installation of light and sound (semifinalist at Biennale College directors u.30 — 2019)

The emotional power, of a light, of a sound, of an object, of a body on stage have always been the elements that have attracted our attention in theater more than others. Our creations have the will to create, through a calculated combination of generating elements (lights, sounds, design) atmospheres that release a certain emotion. Our creations are located in an opaque zone between theater and visual arts, between performance and installation where the only inescapable element is dramaturgy.

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