Monsieur Teste (additional performance)

Monsieur Teste
“Dark Reflections of an Illuminated Mind”
Saturday 28 April, 20:30
(Additional Performance)

AstaroTheatro presents Paul Valéry's Monsieur Teste - April 2018
By Paul Valéry
Translated by Jackson Mathews
Adapted by Zbigniew Maciak

The Cast
Edmond Teste – Joost van Oosterhout
Emilia, his wife – Henrietta Bryant
Paul, his friend – Roberto Bacchilega
Priest Mosson – Alexander Singh
The Angel – Julia Landau

Puppets – Joaquim Pedro Ferreira
Sound track – Joost van Oosterhout
Stage-frame construction – Björn Gudmundson
Video & poster – Martina Gudmundson
Photos – Tatjana Todorovic

Directed by Zbigniew Maciak in collaboration with the actors and the Puppet Master

An AstaroTheatro Production

“Monsieur Teste” was introduced to the world in 1896.
In 1925 Valéry wrote:
“Coming back to Monsieur Teste… a character of this kind could not survive in reality for more than a few quarters of an hour.”
Thanks to the magic of theatre he will stay with us a while longer.

Monsieur Teste is coming!

Monsieur Teste is coming to town!
An unique production with surrealistic images, puppets and intriguing acting. Here some picture from rehearsals

Monsieur Teste
‘Dark Reflections of an Illuminated Mind’

 by Paul Valéry
Translated by Jackson Mathews
Adapted by Zbigniew Maciak
 
Friday 13 and Saturday 14, 20:30
 
The Cast
Edmond Teste – Joost van Oosterhout
Emilia, his wife – Henrietta Bryant
Paul, his friend – Roberto Bacchilega
Priest Mosson – Alexander Singh
The Angel – Julia Landau
 
Puppets – Joaquim Pedro Ferreira
Sound track – Joost van Oosterhout
Stage-frame construction – Björn Gudmundson
Video & poster – Martina Gudmundson
Photos – Tatjana Todorovic
 
Directed by Zbigniew Maciak in collaboration with the actors and the Puppet Master
An AstaroTheatro Production
 
“Monsieur Teste” was introduced to the world in 1896.
In 1925 Valéry wrote:
“Coming back to Monsieur Teste… a character of this kind could not survive in reality for more than a few quarters of an hour.”
Thanks to the magic of theatre he will stay with us a while longer.
 

Entrance by Donation

The Volcanoes at NieuwLand

The Volcanoes
A Philosophical Performance
at NieuwLand 

Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93-95, Amsterdam
www.nieuwland.cc
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“I am hearing the earth…there is always an interaction between the earth and heaven.
It is as if heaven is reaching down…”
Van Gogh

“The Volcanoes” are current Odysseus’s who are wandering around, displaced and destroyed. They are souls who are “carrying” the confusion, the illusions and the chaos of humanity… they are down there, feeling the cutoff of the true soul.

“The Volcanoes” is a philosophical performance which attempts to connect the “broken” parts of cosmos. Illusions, blindness and chaos are the “broken parts” that keep the humanity in darkness. They would like to bring back the light, to restore…to reconnect…who is ready to take this “journey”?

Stage composition: Alli Mana ǀ Poetry Performance and Theatre Group
Preparation and Stage Direction: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Text composition: Alli Mana ǀ Poetry Performance and Theatre Group
Performers: Roberto Bacchilega, Arif Murat Gür, Vasiliki Koutrouli, Silvia Terribili
Music composition | impro | on stage: Renato Ferreira
Photo credits: Tatjana Todorovic

“The Volcanoes” performance is inspired and initiated by a theatre play by Arif Murat Gür

An AstaroTheatro and Alli Mana ǀ Poetry Performance and Theatre production
Entrance by Donation 

Jordi Pelach at AstaroTheatro

Jordi Pelach at AstaroTheatro
Sunday 22 April, 17:00 (matinee)
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JORDI PÈLACH REVIEW

Jordi Pèlach is originally from the countryside, but his songs have a strong taste of his adoptive Barcelona. And more specifically, that vital and colorful Barcelona that springs to the most unsuspected corners, the strongholds that have not yet yielded to low cost tourism. Fine melodies that resonate with force despite its fragility. Silk melancholy and arrangements that refer to living rooms with little light, and those untimely hours in which the rigidity of the day to day gives way to reflection and, why not, the dreams. He has a voice. That voice, of serious tone and unique and untransferable finishes, that explains stories and short distances in each verse, a strange and simple poetry with strong dark/light contrasts.

Pèlach is a singular character, and it had become clear after two self-edited demos and a his album “La cambra Freda, 2015” (The cold room), recorded with a pop-rock band, surprising for his iconoclasts ways, some dark psychedelic mood, and a weird sense of humor mixed with touching melodies and lyrics. He dispenses with impostures and sings as he speaks, as he lives. That’s why his work is frank and sincere. Folk and pop are impregnated with Mediterranean essences, where Nick Drake, Bonnie Prince Billy, Bon Iver or Townes Van Zandt drink some gipsy wine in the Barceloneta beaches at winter.

After his first album, he was pointed as one of the most promising characters in the Catalan scene for the local press. He doesn’t seems impressed about that. He spend the last two years playing once a month in a private club in the city center, or doing couch concerts for friends, also composing music for short independent movies. Not using social media anymore, for artistic and ethical reasons. He’s not looking outside but inside, inside himself which maybe means inside human nature.

THE CONCEPT OF THE CONCERT

In this concert, he will present his new songs, more skeletal than ever, sometimes asymmetrical or surprisingly short and schematic. Touching and strangely beautiful, mixing some of his finest old-fashioned tunes with articulated thoughts and some kind of a punk attitude. His concerts are an act of flow, in line with the existing energy in the room. It can be a drama or a comedy, like life itself. Here and now, are we human or not? Are we alive?

“Ningú estima el carter” (Nobody loves the postman) is the provisional title of the new album, which reveals a personal story, full of masks and reflections on otherness. The beauty and the combat of being genuine: you may lose, but hey: what a trip. Amsterdam will be the starting point of it all.

Entrance by Donation

Monsieur Teste

AstaroTheatro presents Paul Valéry's Monsieur Teste - April 2018

Monsieur Teste
‘Dark Reflections of an Illuminated Mind’

 by Paul Valéry
Translated by Jackson Mathews
Adapted by Zbigniew Maciak
Friday 13 and Saturday 14, 20:30
 
The Cast
Edmond Teste – Joost van Oosterhout
Emilia, his wife – Henrietta Bryant
Paul, his friend – Roberto Bacchilega
Priest Mosson – Alexander Singh
The Angel – Julia Landau
 
Puppets – Joaquim Pedro Ferreira
Sound track – Joost van Oosterhout
Stage-frame construction – Björn Gudmundson
Video & poster – Martina Gudmundson
Photos – Tatjana Todorovic
 
Directed by Zbigniew Maciak in collaboration with the actors and the Puppet Master
 
An AstaroTheatro Production
 
“Monsieur Teste” was introduced to the world in 1896.
In 1925 Valéry wrote:
“Coming back to Monsieur Teste… a character of this kind could not survive in reality for more than a few quarters of an hour.”
Thanks to the magic of theatre he will stay with us a while longer.

AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

Entrance by Donation