2021 ︎ finalist Biennale College directors u.30 - 2020
live - set performance

director: Richard Pareschi
Maria Alterno
original music: 
Donato Di Trapani, Lorenzo Tomio
Giulio Boato
recorded voice: 
Loris De Luna, Ian Sutton
audio and video: 
Francesco Vitaliti
light design:
 Andrea Sanson
artistic contributions: 
Laura Messina, Giulia Facciolo, Francesco Aprili
Giulia Monte
madalena reversa with Motus
supported by: 
Santarcangelo Festival, Short Theatre

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Maria Alterno –– voice
Donato Di Trapani –– synth / live electronics
Richard Pareschi –– voice
Lorenzo Tomio –– guitar - violin / analog devices
Romantic Disaster is an oxymoron, a romantic gaze at the destruction of Nature and at the destructive Nature.
The stage setting is a live music performance where digital and analog coexist.
The dramaturgy develops as a concept album that revolves around the dialectic between the climate change of yesterday and climate change of today.
On the one hand the Global Cooling resulting from the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815 and on the other the Global Warming we are experiencing today.
In both cases, on the front line we find the young generations: today’s activists of Fridays for Future and the three young English poets Keats, Byron, Shelley, and the writer Mary Shelley. They knew nothing about Tambora; they only could observe the bad weather that it largely caused and the changing environment around them, and express their concerns through poetry.
In Romantic Disaster the poetries become song, music, battle cry. A Hymn to the Beauty that must not die and to the young souls who preserve it.

©Lorenza Daverio
©Claudia Pajewski