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Quando Quando

AstaroTheatro hosts La Ribalta Teatro
From Pisa Italy to Amsterdam The Netherlands

a multilingual show
written, directed and performed by A. Ierardi and G. Vierda
produced by La Ribalta Teatro-The Thing

It’s not in English. It’s not in Italian.
It’s multilingual so we will all understand… a bit

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October, 20:30
Sunday 15 October, 16:30 (matinee)
The scene opens with two men united by a common and unique destiny: staging ”Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett. Confused by a confusing play, the two improvised actors approach the script with the same naiveté of two clowns playing a Greek tragedy: in the wrong place at the wrong time, but with the certainty to be in the right place at the right time.
Their big dream is to play it at Théâtre de Babylone in Paris, near the legendary Quartier Latin, where it was historically staged/played for the first time. With few resources, they prepare themselves, making their best efforts to fulfil their wish. They rehearse for days, months, years, with obstinacy and naiveté, making mistakes (a lot) and learning (a little), until the magical day: the time of their debut has come at last, however they haven’t understood anything about it. They stop playing, they get confused, they get lost in the complexity of the text that they do not yet manage to control.

Quando, Quando? is a tragicomic journey of two blunderers playing with their dreams and their fears by comparing themselves with the theatrical pair par excellence: Vladimir and Estragon.
Alberto Ierardi and Giorgio Vierda carry on their research about the meaning of the theatrical pair, that, through the staging of Quando, Quando?, is augmented through the language element: the play is indeed written in a mix of languages. By taking advantage of the inherent multilingualism of Waiting for Godot text (Beckett initially writes it in French and later on he re-translates it into English), on the stage the actors play their characters by using the following three languages: English, French and Italian, hence creating a musical score.
The challenge to create a real European grammelot intends to be an expedient to actively reflect on the use of language in our daily life and on how the same may serve, according to its declinations, as a common ground or as a source of conflict with other cultures.

La Ribalta Teatro is an Italian Company, formed by a duo, Alberto Ierardi and Giorgio Vierda, both graduated at Nico Pepe Academy in Udine. Winner of many prices in Italy, La Ribalta Teatro is giving now the birth to its fresh European Tour with Quando, Quando?
It works in Pisa at the “Teatro Lux”, where it is based. At “Teatro Lux” it creates its shows and gives many workshops for the citizens.

Entrance by Donation


‘The Great Enchantment of Timelessness (Love)’
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R. Mutt in Timelessness
The challenge of being a ‘quote’ instead of a regular theatre character was the starting point of my performer’s journey in Timelessness. The conceptual artistic statement of ‘The fountain’ by Marcel Duchamp, its Dadaistic environment, hanged above my head. Then I found my character living his own life inside the Timelessness performance. I discovered that R. Mutt in Timelessness represents another dimension comprising Marcel Duchamp’s pseudonym and yet breaking free from it. The madness, extravaganza and the cry for attention of R. Mutt. His desperation and his tenderness. And his grotesque, quasi-funny dimension. With this consciousness I could go through the creative process of bringing a provocative image, food for phantasy and inspiration, to the audience of our performance.
Roberto Bacchilega. Artistic Director and Performer at AstaroTheatro

Sept 23, 20:00
Sept 24, 14:00
Sept 24, 20:00
Theater De Camaleon
Derde Kostverlorenkade 35 Amsterdam

Saxephina Ernst – Silvia Terribili
R. Mutt – Roberto Bacchilega
Geisha Girl Dadadu – Gabriella Sacco
Topdog Fritz – Tejo Janssen
Devilcat Bellsybabble – Fleur Koswee
Shadowman – Sanne Pillipes
Miss QQ – Jade Rijswijk
Prof. Russolo

Dance, mime, act through the world’s of early 20th century art

Themis & Lombroso

Themis & Lombroso
by Bilgesu Erenus
Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam
Themis & Lombroso plays again Friday 15 September, 20:30
at AstaroTheatro Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
The performance will be in live video streaming with playwright Bilgesu Erenus in Istanbul

The Answers Inside Questions
“Why cannot Themis, the Goddess of Justice, feel safe with her Sword, her Blindfold and her Scale? Why is there blood on her Sword?
Does her Blindfold, the symbol of her neutrality, represent the indifference of today, or the addiction to Capitalism?
Can her Scale, the symbol of the fair distribution of justice, be sustained in the current global capitalist conditions?
Is she content that she has already lost her pedestal of the Goddess of Justice to the criminologist Lombroso, the inventor of innate criminal theory?
Does the belief of both Themis and Lombroso that the salvation of all humanity can only take place when the notion of Justice reaches the level of Social Justice, stem from truth or desperation?”
Bilgesu Erenus

“Ah darling, we don’t need our reproductive organs to seed the world and be seeded”
With the Gezi protest as a background, Turkish playwright and activist Bilgesu Erenus tickles the audience with a theatre play of amazing universal interest.

Themis: Silvia Terribili
Lombroso: Roberto Bacchilega
Image: Esra Sakir
Graphics: Huseyin Karadeli
Costumes: Özlem Tabar Miçooğulları
Directed by Arif Murat Gür
An AstaroTheatro and Alli Mana Group Production

Free Entrance

Pictures Festive Opening Free Fringe Festival 2017

Festive Opening Free Fringe Festival 2017 at AstaroTheatro
Pictures by Tatjana Todorovic
An amazing start to free the fringe. With:
Zoo Drawings by Molly Heady-Carroll-Exhibition and Book Launch
Enormous Face-nihilist anarchist puppet show
Tiger Harmonium
Sin Sin Collective
Het Rudie Kartel
Thank you all. So many artists, such a great audience!