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'Europe: what a Passion!' is a lively music recital show about the history of European integration since World War Two. A metaphoric narrative path enhances a wide range of artistic resources (music, text and graphics, acting and dance) giving meaning to the main phases of a long, turbulent and vital love story in the perspective of a desired yet unachieved unity. Songs and texts slightly vary according to the transnational and multilingual approach of this artistic project: different versions of the play target each different audience in the European linguistic and cultural koinè.

EUROPA: CHE PASSIONE! STORIA DI UN AMORE TORMENTATO

EUROPE: WHAT A PASSION! THE TALE OF A STORMY LOVE AFFAIR

In all versions, the tale runs parallel and makes reference to videoprojected catchphrases, where the main steps of European integration are retraced. Music in particular allows the audience to recall specific atmospheres of the last seventy years up until today and brings out Paolo Barillari's talent throughout a wide range of musical styles: his enthralling performances greatly contribute to involve the audience, adding to the metaphorical suspense created by the many semiotic aspects of the narrative.

The show aims not just at giving back Europeans a knowledge about their own collective history they are rarely allowed to have, it basically calls for our emotional and individual involvement in a story we are still living and contributing to develop. The show perfectly fits with events aiming at fostering debate, participatory workshops or other communication activities. 'Europe: what a Passion!' has already reached tens of thousands of people in countless performances ranging from open air to theatrical, from artistic to educational events in seven EU countries (Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, Poland, UK). It also reached out to radio and tv audiences at regional and national level in Italy, Poland and Spain. Filmed versions of the show are also available in Italian, French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and very soon Polish too!

Other materials on the show are available in our Multimedia>>>