September 10 | 11:15 pm
September 11 | 9:00 pm
La Pelanda - Teatro 1
live set / performance
national premiere
in Italian and English

€10 / €7 concession (+ €2 presale fee)

madalena reversa

Rømantic Disaster

Maria Alterno and Richard Pareschi founded the madalena reversa artistic project in 2016. The research into the emotional power of lights, sounds, objects and bodies is the basis for their compositions and atmosphere poised between theatre and visual arts.

They will debut at Short Theatre 2021 with the performance Rømantic Disaster, an oxymoron representing the irreducible complex net linking a romantic view of the nature, the observation of its power and the environmental disaster caused by human activities.

Conceived in close collaboration with musicians Donato Di Trapani and Lorenzo Tomio, as well as with film-maker Giulio Boato, Rømantic Disaster is a live set based on a dramaturgy nourished by the works of John Keats, George G. Byron and Percy B. Shelley. The poems they wrote about climate change short-circuit with the appeals of the Fridays For Future activists: the global cooling caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 mirrors the global warming we are currently witnessing. Poetry turns into music, a song, a battle cry for environmental demands.


In addition to Rømantic Disaster, Maria Alterno and Richard Pareschi of madalena reversa, will talk with the British scholar David Higgins and the activists of Fridays for Future on the occasion of the meeting Catastrophic Assemblages.

*It should be noted that in the performance there are stroboscopic lights.





voice Maria Alterno
synth / live electronics Donato Di Trapani 
voice Richard Pareschi
violin / analog devices Lorenzo Tomio Chitarra 
directed by Richard Pareschi
dramaturgy Maria Alterno
original score by Donato Di Trapani e Lorenzo Tomio
visuals Giulio Boato
light design Andrea Sanson
recorded voice Loris De Luna, Ian Sutton
artistic contribution Laura Messina, Giulia Facciolo, Francesco Aprili produzione madalena reversa con Motus
organisation Giulia Monte
with the support of Short Theatre 2021 
and of Santarcangelo Festival
finalist project at Biennale College – registi under 30
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