11 > December 15, 2019

Anno Zero is a new festival of Spanish Contemporary Scene in Rome, organized by the Real Academia de España in collaboration with Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), La Pelanda – Mattatoio and Teatro India, curated by Pablo Fidalgo.

The festival is born both with the aim to collect the plurality of voices of live arts and with the vocation of continuity for the coming years. This first edition will be held between 11th and 15th of December in different locations – the Real Academia de España, La Pelanda – Mattatoio, the Teatro India, and Garbatella district, where an itinerant storywalk will take place.

The Academia de España is located on a mythical area, between Gianicolo, Villa Pamphilj and Trastevere. A hill and a scenery that define the relationship and the condition between the Academia and Rome.

The Academia survived republics, monarchies, and every kind of events. It is a symbol of resistance and a unique place that will continue to be so.

This festival of scenic arts presents several Spanish artists on the artistic scene of Rome, that seems to be emerging in the European one just these last years.

For the first time, one of the most important conceptual artists from Spain, Isidoro Valcárcel Medina, will be guest of the Academia and will create an ad hoc work.

It’s a great occasion for us to collaborate with La Pelanda – Mattatoio and the Teatro di Roma.

Following the Academia’s lines of work of the last years, we conceive this as a natural collaboration, and not just an institutional one. It also seems to be important the restoration of works which are deeply Spanish but of artists who live abroad.


Pablo Fidalgo (Vigo, 1984) is a scenic creator, a writer, and a curator of live arts.
He realized the scenic works O esado salvaxe. Espanha 1939 (2013), Habrás de ir a la Guerra que empieza hoy (2015), chosen by the newspaper Público (Portugal) as the best theatre show of the year. Together with the book Mis Padres: Romeo y Julieta (Pre-textos, 2013), these works are part of a project of research on memories about history using personal and familiar biography. In 2017, he brought on the stage Daniel Faria (Teatro Nacional Dona María II Lisbon), in 2018, Anarquismos. Por el centro de la habitación corre un río más claro, and, in 2019, his latest production Qualcosa nascerà da noi, represented in the Academia de España en Roma.