Monthly Archives: September 2016

Magic Poppet Theater Workshop

Magic Puppet Theater Workshop
A workshop on Table Puppets

The Table Puppets
The marionette is the mother of theater. We can imagine early men and women trying to tell a story and looking for small twigs to portrait themselves, the environment, the hunt, the prey, the dangerous carnivorous.
Then it evolved, grew stronger and diversified through all the cultures, with all the techniques possible at a given age.
The tabletop marionette appeared in different cultures at different times. In China, in Japan, in old Egypt and in Italy in the Middle Ages. Together with other techniques as the Glove Marionette and the Rod Marionette, the Table Puppets were used to perform Christian morality plays. It is believed that the word marionette originates from the little figures of the Virgin Mary, hence the word “marionette” or “Mary doll”.
The 18th century was a vital period in the development of all Italian theater, including the marionette theater. The table and rod puppets were mainly of lower-class origin, but the marionette theater, mainly the string variant was popular in aristocratic circles, as a celebration of the Age of Enlightenment. The effects, and the artful and complex construction of the puppets, the puppet theaters, and the puppet narratives, were very popular with magnificent opera plays being made with hidden singers and performed by puppets.
The 19th century spread the table marionettes to other countries, mainly the poor ones where this easy and cheap art form was preferred by the nomad artists that would perform in different cities and villages.
In Portugal it had an apogee in the first half of the 20th century with many plays written specially for this kind of theater.
It is a technique that belongs to the intimacy of art, with soft sober movements and a beauty almost expressed in static images. A painting with motion.

The Workshop
This workshop will be divided in three different moments. Construction, Manipulation and The Play Rehearsal. It will culminate with a performance for friends and family.
The Construction is done with a basic technique that allows newcomers to sculpt the different moving parts of the Marionettes in an easy and intuitive way. The students will create the character, build it and paint it to a very high standard.
The Manipulation classes will use a Awareness Through Movement technique that will teach the organic movement of the actor and the puppet to the students.
Then in a quick succession a short play will be rehearsed and props and tabletop scenery will be created for the performance that will be the culmination of the Workshop.
And in this alchemist process, the residual matter and energy will probably be art.

Magic Puppet Theater Workshop
A workshop on Table Puppets
Starting 9th of October 2016 – 11H00 to 13H00
12 lessons. € 240
For all people, 14 years old or more

More information:
Sint Jansstraat 37
1012 HG Amsterdam

Tel. 06 25382491

The Stories from Nowhere

The Stories from Nowhere
Story-telling with Joaquim Pedro Ferreira

Friday 23 September, 20:30

These are the stories from nowhere.
One day, many years ago, Joaquim discovered that many of his stories have variants every language and every place.
Since then Joaquim is collecting all the variants he can find of the same story, comparing them and crafting his own taking of these particular stories.
These stories from everywhere are now merged into a possible archetype of the Story and now they are from nowhere.
The Stories from Nowhere.
Come listen to them.
They’re aching to grab an ear.
It’s for free.
Unless you decide to have a beer…
Entrance by donation

Sint Jansstraat 37
1012 HG Amsterdam
Tel. 06 25382491

Alli Mana Pá K’eho at AstaroTheatro-Free Fringe Festival

Alli Mana Pá K’eho @ AstaroTheatro-Free Fringe Festival
Words, sounds, poetry, music, arts beyond established policies. Beyond meanings. Beyond borders.

Anna Papagiannaki Divani (Vocal Chanting-English)
Lisa Luca (Italian / Sicilian)
Vasiliki Koutrouli (Greek)
Arif Murat Gür (Turkish)
Simona Beltrami (French)
Roberto Bacchilega(Italian)
Hüseyin Şahin (Kurdish / Turkish)
Usenê Qeremani-Mehmet Çetin (Kurdish / Turkish)
Sewuşen Sewusen’s Family and Friends (Kurdish Music)

Thank you Tatjana Todorovic for these pictures. Our gratitude goes beyond borders


Alli Mana Pá K’eho

Alli Mana Pá K’eho
I do not have another mother
Friday 9th September, 20:30
alli manna poster-FFF

A multi-language word performance on poetry, time, commemoration and the art of forgetting.

“A human is alike the place he lives
alike the water, alike the soil of the place…
…alike its country…
And alike to its words”

“If I know that I have a place, just like a black stone,
a dry branch does, in this ash-colored earth” Mehmet Çetin

Anna Papagiannaki Divani (English)
Lisa Luca (Italian / Sicilian)
Vasiliki Koutrouli (Greek)
Arif Murat Gür (Turkish)
Simona Beltrami (French)
Roberto Bacchilega (Italian)
Silvia Terribili (Italian)
Hüseyin Şahin (Kurdish / Turkish)
Mehmet Çetin (Kurdish / Turkish)
Sewusen (Kurdish Music)

With poems by: T.S. Eliot, Franco Battiato, Vasilis Trikoupis, Edip Cansever, Marguerite Yourcenar, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Katerina Angelaki-Rook, Edoardo Sanguineti, Spyros Vrettos, George Orwell and own poems by: Mehmet Çetin and Hüseyin Şahin

With music by: Sewusen (Kurdish Music)

AstaroTheatro – Free Fringe Festival
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Free Entry

The Pillow Book

AstaroTheatro at Free Fringe Festival
Saturday 10th September, 20:30

by V.V. (inspired by the author Sei Shōnagon) is a book of personal observations and thoughts, confessions, music, poetry around the life of two people’s past, present and future possibilities.

An artistic composition that intends to “play” with the opposites: love – hate | build – destroy | order – disorder | freedom – prison | joy – sadness…
A composition which will be based on a “game” of creating a composition on the spot, without preparation, using: bricks, cards, stones, knots => sounds, words, gestures, colors.

Idea, artistic approach, visuals: V. Koutrouli & V. Trikoupis @ AstaroTheatro,
Saturday, September 10th during the FREE FRINGE FESTIVAL in Amsterdam

AstaroTheatro – Free Fringe Festival
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Free Entry

Zeevonk Exhibition

After the opening of the Zeevonk Exhibition during the Grand Opening of Free Fringe Festival, the works of the artist are still hanging at AstaroTheatro.
Pass by and have a look!

Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Tel. 06 25382491