QUARTO MOVIMENTO - performance for a single person

Stefano Romano - the performance in Tirana was realised in collaboration with Eri Çobo & Martina Dierico


Borders have become a topic on the International Agenda, a topic discussed in the parliaments of the world as well as in neighbourhood café. What appears paradoxical is perhaps the fact that the world has become smaller thanks technological discoveries and we have the feeling we’re still unprepared to the consequences of the new born societies. The so-called "invasion" of immigrants has faced, especially Europe, with its own principles necessaries to its existence as a supranational entity. The reactions in the various Member States to the arrival of these people are often linked to the possibility to overturn governments and take leadership positions, using misinformation and populism. My work starts from these reflections, using one of the belonging symbols par excellence, the national anthem. The European Union chosen as its anthem the fourth movement of Beethoven's 9th symphony (named Ode to Joy) that becomes the subject of my work, de-constructing it to reflect on topics like unity, borders and the need to rethink the Community of Nations in which we live.

Performance / video documentation