Monthly Archives: May 2018

The Volcanoes at ACU/The Barricade Utrecht

The Volcanoes
A Philosophical Performance

Sunday 10 June, 20:30
ACU/The Barricade Utrecht
Voorstraat 71 Utrecht


“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”?

“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

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

Slack Bird-Fabian Maddison-The James Bar Bowen Duo

Slack Bird-Fabian Maddison-The James Bar Bowen Duo at AstaroTheatro

Thursday 7 June, 20:30


Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation


Slack Bird is a banjo/accordion folk music duo or, depending on the occasion, a one-man band from Jyväskylä, Central Finland. This frequently touring act blends together Appalachian banjo traditions, Finnish folk music, and punk songs sung in both Finnish and English. In the upcoming spring Slack Bird hits the road across Europe once again with the release of their second album Aleta Au and brings their drony punk folk also to The Netherlands.


Fabian Maddison is a solo musician from the UK.
A multi instrumentalist Fabian combines old and new mixing traditional American old time and bluegrass with modern politics and themes in his own original songs.
As an experienced and well traveled performer with firm roots in the DIY punk and acoustic scene Fabian has toured extensively across the UK, The Netherlands, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovenia even striking out as far and Australia and Southeast Asia in 2017. This relentless touring schedule has left a well rounded musician perfectly at home on a festival stage, a packed out club or a pub or squat floor.
Fabian Maddison is more than your average solo musician, you will find more than just songs designed to please teenagers and record labels here! This is one man, a shit tonne of energy, stories of the the modern traveling man, love, corn liquor and the DIY ethos!
Grab a jar and get that foot stomping!


James Bar Bowen is an acoustic folk-punk singer-songwriter, guitarist and story-teller. He has performed his songs all over the world (as far away as New Zealand, as near to his home as his living room in the North of England). Bowen plays mostly his own self-penned songs, and also runs songwriting and performance workshops. As a political songwriter, James Bar Bowen engages with many big political issues (migration, racism, climate change, gentrification, economic injustice) as well as more personal and individual perspectives on life, love and language. He performs with passion, humour, fury and a wry smile, always seeking to engage audiences old and new. At AstaroTheatro James Bar Bowen will perform as a duo with the accodionist Sam Bell.


Adam’s Other Rib

A unique and very successful play
Back at AstaroTheatro after its latest Pisa-Italy performance

Adam’s Other Rib

Saturday 2 June, 20:30


The man dreams and the dream takes form.
The dream is a nothingness dressed in expectations and will.
Then it becomes.
Through machinery and science. Blind and obedient.
The man takes his own rib – playing God – and with his rib makes his image’s desire.
But that was the Professor’s mistake. He anchored his dream in a false fantasy.
And from love he built poison.
His undying creation sealing his mortality.

Helena: Eleftheria Vakaki
Professor Matthews: Roberto Bacchilega
Christophe: Alexander Singh
Audio, Animation and Video Support: Manuel Buonamico and Meritxell Batistti
Pictures: Tatjana Todorovic
A Ritual Movement and AstaroTheatro Production

Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation

Life Actor WorkShop

Life Actor WorkShop
How to become a LIFE ACTOR in 6 weeks
We are looking for actors!
This hands-on workshop-acting class is for beginner actors/actresses with serious intentions.
Are you someone who wants to become an actor?
Start learning now in a safe and pleasant environment where growth is encouraged and your self-esteem increased.
At AstaroTheatro in the centre of Amsterdam, you’ll find the safest and quickest way to start living the dream of the actor.  

At the end of the course we will have a real performance where your friends and family are invited to see the star you really are.
Come along and let us help you to become the best version of yourself and not only as a theatre actor. In fact this workshop will provide you valuable skills you can easily use in your life routine, discovering how to better perform you daily roles
You will work with professional actors and directors who are all teachers and mentors with decades of experience.

Workshop contents:
Body Awareness and Movement
Emotions Sound Voice Logos and Text
The Tactics of Rehearsals
Marionette handling and acting
We will also have a quick look into different methods and their history.

Workshop conducted by:
Joaquim Pedro Ferreira. Performer Actor Storyteller Director Playwright Puppetier
Alexander Singh. Actor Performer
Roberto Bacchilega. Artistic Director Actor and Performer at AstaroTheatro

Sunday 27 May, 10:00-14:00
Saturday 2 June, 10:00-14:00
Sunday 3 June, 10:00-14:00
Sunday 10 June, 10:00-14:00
Sunday 17 June, 10:00-14:00
Sunday 1 July, 17:00 (final performance)

Costs: €175 for the whole package

All workshops come with:
6 trainings, 4 hours each, total 20 hours
Writing material
Small lunch/snack
And an online portfolio/present

This workshop is in English
Let us know if you have a special request for a certain diet or are intolerant for certain foods. 

More good news: after your performance, we will add you to our database of actors/actress and from now on, you are a part of the actor community and AstaroTheatro community. This will get you more possibilities for theatre roles at AstaroTheatro and other connected theatres.

We also offer workshops for kid apprentice actors. Send us an email: and we will invite you for an introduction to meet us and see in person what we are passionate about.
All ages are welcome from 12years up.
Contact us:
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

AstaroTheatro Friday 18 May Program

AstaroTheatro Festival 2018
10 years AstaroTheatro
Theatre&Activism > Omnia Sunt Communia
AstaroTheatro, the smallest theatre in Amsterdam, has been an Artistic Ithaca for hundreds of artists over the last 10 years of its existence
An Agora of Resistance

Friday 18 May Program
Friday 18 May Program
Opening AstaroTheatro Festival 
Exhibition Opening: Teatrini by Gino Calenda di Tavani
Fantasie personali per possibili scene teatrali
Fantasy of Theatre Settings

Thea Soti
Noise Songs
thea soti_noise songs
Carlos Trafic
El Lamento
Carlos Trafic
An ironic research  inspired by Sophocles’ ANTIGONE in which King Creon, Antigone’s uncle is obsessed  with the extreme  idea that he will never die and be confronted  with his own destiny
Carlos Trafic developed  his work in avant garde groups such as Grupo Lobo (Buenos Aires) Dharma Theatre (Sao Paulo) and The Living Theatre  (New York). He performed  in the Festival of Fools with Okay Doc as well as in the Mickery Theater  (Amsterdam) led by the avant garde artist and director Ritsaert ten Cate. He has adapted the film Kabinett of Dr. Caligari for theatre and Alice Through  The Looking Glass with Rainer Mennicken.  He been a lecturer at the Otto Falckenbergschule Theatreschool (Kammerspiel  Miinchen, Germany) for the past 10 years. Recently he wrote text and performed  in two tango operas  Desvios and Signor Retorcimiento by the composer and bandoneonist Marcelo Nisinman. In 2013 Free Fringe Festival Carlos also appears  in the role of Hamm in Samuel Beckett’s EndGame at De Vondelbunker


AstaroTheatro Late at Night:
Zbigniew Maciak with Roberto Bacchilega 
A Story with a View
Z street view
A presentation of the story written in 2003 by Marian Kozlowski, titled “Lunch with Chris”. In the story an actor and a director meet to discuss a proposed off-off theatre production. The action takes place in a Central-European city, some 1.100 kilometers to the East. Using Google maps, we will try to recall the route the men took and compare the descriptions with the present view

Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation



AstaroTheatro Festival Saturday 19 May Evening Program

AstaroTheatro Festival 2018
10 years AstaroTheatro
Theatre&Activism > Omnia Sunt Communia
AstaroTheatro, the smallest theatre in Amsterdam, has been an Artistic Ithaca for hundreds of artists over the last 10 years of its existence
An Agora of Resistance

Saturday 19 May Evening Program
Saturday 19 May Evening Program

Patricia Cardona Roca & Matteo Pasquini
“Missionaries” by Mario Fratti
New Poster Missionaries

Missionaries is a short play written by Mario Fratti. Playwright, poet, writer, essayist and critic, was born in L’ Aquila on July 5, 1927. He lives in New York and his most acclaimed work is the musical “Nine”.

This production of Missionaries is directed by Noëlle Mauri actress, director and producer with a trajectory of more than 20 years in theatre, film and TV.

Missionaries is a play about the misconception of love and servitude in a religious context. A Mission in an undescribed African country where the characters beliefs clash with their actions justified by a twisted view of servitude and their vows. This extreme situation can be unfortunately easily seen in our everyday life independently of the country where you live.

Matteo Pasquini
Patricia Cardona
Assistant director:
Katerina Vira
Matteo Pasquini
Patricia Cardona

Matteo is an actor, playwright and producer. He has studied acting and theatre techniques with: F. de Lima (The Hague), Punchdrunk (London), N. Harvey (Munich) and B. Sisk (Venice). Matteo is one of the co-founders of 7MRP, an english-speaking theatre Group based in The Hague.

Patricia is a Spanish actress, singer and producer. She studied theatre and film in NYC where she performed in several productions like The Conduct of Life and Suicide Club. In Europe she has performed in The Hague, and the Fringe Festivals of Copenhagen and Frankfurt. The short film Don’t Go Too Far where she participates, has been selected for the Cannes Festival 2018. She is one of the co-founders of Leela NYC Theatre Festival

We would like to thank AATG and Mario Fratti supporting the production of Missionaries.

İmra Dinçer & Nuri Gazibeyoğlu
Ulrike’s Convicted Songs
Do we learn from our mistakes or does the history basically repeat itself? What is the boundary of expressing the desire to freedom and to a more equal life for each and every citizen? How far we can go in discussing the place of women in the society? What is the accurate definition of ‘terrorism’ and to whom the universal right of free trial applies?
We open Pandora’s Box, combining our brainstorming with some folk songs of which the prisoners of Turkey were singing during their jail time. In the course of ongoing military coups of 60’s, 70’s and 80’s; some of the university students were condemned to death, many activists were sentenced to lifetime imprisonment. Those turbulent political periods even today create their own art forms. In our journey, the convicted melodies sail on a monologue from a Dario Fo play which drags us to the fierce words and jail time of controversial German journalist Ulrike Meinhof.

Joaquim Pedro Ferreira
Recent Stories from Nowhere (storytelling)
Juan C. Tajes
Stories Around a Piano
Nov-II 161

Can a man see in the dark?
Can a balcony commit suicide?
Can a man fall in love with a doll?
Can a man love the memory of a white dress?
Can a man sometimes think he is a horse?
Can some objects feel as if they were living characters?
All that is possible in the surreal dimension of a writer’s inner world.A piano waits on stage, the pianist harasses it, fights it, seduces it. But the piano wins, because it intimidates him, like he was intimidated by his first piano teacher.
Literary theater with masks and objects, based on stories and characters created by the Uruguayan writer Felisberto Hernández (1902-1964). More Dadaist than Surrealist, adventurer of the supernatural, he is, along with Jorge Luis Borges, one of the most brilliant representatives of the “fantastic River Plate”. He was also a failed musician and pianist, playing in bars, cafes and cinemas in small cities of his country. This subject is very present in his work. His compatriot Juan Carlos Tajes, comedian, writer, singer and visual artist, dedicated this work to him where they speak the author’s piano and his double alter egos.

AstaroTheatro Late at Night:
Ell Sol, Thea Soti, Duo Hoogland/Gürkal
AstaroTheatro Music Jam Session

Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation

AstaroTheatro Festival Saturday 19 May Afternoon Program

AstaroTheatro Festival 2018
10 years AstaroTheatro
Theatre&Activism > Omnia Sunt Communia
AstaroTheatro, the smallest theatre in Amsterdam, has been an Artistic Ithaca for hundreds of artists over the last 10 years of its existence
An Agora of Resistance

Saturday 19 May Afternoon Program
Saturday 19 May Afternoon Program
Joaquim Pedro Ferreira
Master Class and An Open Conversation with Practical Exercises
Theatre Life and Education

“Why do we sacrifice so much energy to our art?
Not in order to teach others but to learn with them what our existence, our organism, our personal and repeatable experience have to give us; to learn to break down the barriers which surround us and to free ourselves from the breaks which hold us back, from the lies about ourselves which we manufacture daily for ourselves and for others; to destroy the limitations caused by our ignorance or lack of courage; in short, to fill the emptiness in us: to fulfill ourselves…art is a ripening, an evolution, an uplifting which enables us to emerge from darkness into a blaze of light.”
― Jerzy Grotowski
theater Education and life
In the modern society education has been systematized to achieve maximum results in the scientific state of mind that Western Countries achieved.
But what if this rush to teach scientific skills and arm children with the tools to become very productive in the modern world was in fact detrimental to a healthy and happy society?
We teach our children complex subjects but we don’t teach them how to deal with complex feeling and complex human problems.
In the most advanced civilization ever we are strangely unhappy.
In a civilization that offers free time and pleasures as never before we are depressed.
And yet we have a repertoire of tools that help us to achieve a safer, happier and better view of the world and ourselves. But these tools are abandoned, lost in drawers, closed in forgotten lockers.
And one of the best of all, theater is losing ground to newer and more plastic ways of finding pleasure.
Why is theatre so close to education and art and so far from the life of the vast majority of people.
That is what I want to tell you about not only with words but with meaningful exercises. 

Ell Sol
Pwalugu. Music from the WorldEll Sol17:00-18:00
Juan C. Tajes
On Travel with my Protomasks

Nov-IV 195
Juan C. Tajes plays with his masks and presents a multitude of archetypes of human expression. From the silence, from the presence, the gaze, the body, the theatrical space, a world is presented that is populated by proto-figures, of prehuman beings, of primitive organisms whose original expressions are expressed in a universal language.

Juan C. Tajes transforms into each of his masks and invites the audience to play with him in interactive participation in this celebration of expression and humor.
Duo Hoogland/Gürkal
Turkish Folk Music

Duo Hoogland/Gürkal focuses on Turkish folk music songs from different regions of Turkey. Eva Hoogland has dedicated herself to Turkish folk music singing, while Giray Gürkal, originally an improviser and guitarist, plays the saz and fretless guitar. They mostly approach the music traditionally, while sometimes also bending the music towards their own perspectives.

Silvia Terribili
Sharona 3
An interactive session exploring new forms of encounters among humans and algebric entities. Dare to meet the near future, prepare your questions, discover your inner algorithms.
Too absurd not to be taken seriously.
A  theater monologue/dialogue written and performed by Silvia Terribili
Thea Soti
Noise Songs
thea soti_noise songs

Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation