Marx is Back at IIRE

MARX IS BACK (a play on history)
“Why have I returned? to clear my name!”

AstaroTheatro presents a monologue by Howard Zinn adapted and performed by Roberto Bacchilega
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Thursday 5 December, 21:00
IIRE International Institute for Research and Education
Lombokstraat 40 Amsterdam

Karl Marx has had enough of seeing his revolution taken over by opportunists organizing each time a new priesthood and a new hierarchy, with excommunications and indexes, with inquisitions and firing squads. He is disgusted by media declaring him dead again and again. Karl Marx is back to remind us that his ideas are more alive than ever. He revisits memories of his courageous life and revolutionary theories. We learn about his family, his struggles and the boils on his arse.

Our Footsteps at Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden Leiden

Our Footsteps
Migrants’ narratives as an artistic affirmation of our human dignity and a call for political awareness

Sunday 1 December, 11:15
Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden Leiden
Universiteit Leiden
Middle Easter Culture Market 2019
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Twenty migrants/refugees artists or performers in ten languages. The result of five months of playful improvisational rehearsals, where through self-representation, migrants share stories of their journey and living in the Netherlands facing a long-lasting uncertainty after having crossed many, colonial, borders.

We believe arts need to engage society; they need to represent today’s turmoil. To this end we come together as migrants, political refugees and locals in order to create a performance: an act of theatre, poetry, music, performance art, choreography. And an act of activism, of human and political togetherness. Projects such as this one are seldom seen in the Netherlands. Hence our artistic intervention. It’s time to stop seeing the migrant as ‘problematic’ or ‘troublesome.’ It’s time to go beyond the politics of social segregation as a mass distraction.

Our performance seeks to transcend the political pitfalls of discrimination and hate peculiar to our present and confused world. We want our performance to be a safe haven, a place where diversity is richness and discrimination can only vanish.

A project by AstaroTheatro, IIRE and Stichting Vrolijkheid
www.ourfootsteps.nl

Our Footsteps at The Barricade

Our Footsteps at The Barricade
Migrants’ narratives as artistic affirmation of our human dignity and a call for political awareness

Sunday 17 November, 20:30
The Barricade  
Voorstraat 71 Utrecht
Info Here

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Twenty migrants/refugees artists or performers in ten languages. The result of five months of playful improvisational rehearsals, where through self-representation, migrants share stories of their journey and living in the Netherlands facing a long lasting uncertainty after having crossed many, colonial, borders.

We believe arts need to engage society; they need to represent today’s turmoil.
To this end we come together as migrants, political refugees and locals in order to create a performance: an act of theatre, poetry, music, performance art, choreography. And an act of activism, of human and political togetherness. Projects such as this one are seldom seen in the Netherlands. Hence our artistic intervention. It’s time to stop seeing the migrant as ‘problematic’ or ‘troublesome.’ It’s time to go beyond the politics of social segregation as mass distraction.
Our performance seeks to transcend the political pitfalls of discrimination and hate peculiar to our present and confused world. We want our performance to be a safe haven, a place where diversity is richness and discrimination can only vanish.

On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco in The Hague

AstaroTheatro
presents
‘On The Harmful Effects of Tobacco’
A theatre monologue by Anton Chekhov

Direction: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Starring: Roberto Bacchilega
Photography and Video: Melanja Palitta / BalansLaB

Saturday 2 November, 20:30
Haagse Toneelvereniging
Lange Lombardstraat 38, The Hague
(as part of the event ‘Constrained! An evening of theatre and poetry’)

“It is what it is, it’s all the same to me”, Ivan’s prologue.  Is that ostensible latency the main element of Ivan Ivanovich Nyukhin, the character of the monologue “On the harmful effects of tobacco”?
The way Ivan is “moving” looks like he lost his orientation in life. There is a force inside him that makes him unmovable. He is giving a lecture on the harmful effects of tobacco though he is smoker himself.  Why?  So many unfulfilled dreams, Don Quixotic ambitions condemned to fail into the dull routine of daily life.
In our interpretation of the play there is something “new”, like the sense of hope that a new born baby is giving.  We welcome you to discover it!

 

Redemption Song

Redemption Song
Documentary Screening at AstaroTheatro 
Poster Redemption Song
Friday 8 November, 20:30

REDEMPTION SONG
by Cristina Mantis

Finalist Premio Solinas
Supported by MIBAC. Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
Winner of the prize RAI CINEMA
Supported by Amnesty International

REDEMPTION SONG
Synopsis
The documentary film Redemption Song sings the song of redemption that the African Cissoko, dreams for his people and his land.
Having arrived in Italy, Cissoko, a war refugee, becomes aware of the startling number of deaths caught in the wake of his Mediterranean crossing, brothers who have perished and who continue to perish at sea while taking the same migration route. At the same time he observes the extreme precariousness and subjugation, in its various forms, that his immigrant brothers often experience in Europe, where their living conditions are markedly different from what they once dreamed.
Cissoko, therefore, decides to do something to convince his young brothers to not emigrate in search of false dreams, but to act only with a free mind, aware of the risks and real difficulties awaiting them. So it is with a small video camera that he begins to film what to his eyes is alarming.  Later, upon returning to Africa, he will project the images in schools and villages, hoping to contribute to an awakening of his peopleto alert his fellow Africans of the terrible risks of this migration. Nevertheless, our refugee’s return journey soon transforms into a personal and collective reflection shared with his people.
The protagonist invites his people not only to free themselves from the “mental slavery” of the obsessive dream of reaching the West at any cost, but also urges them to reconsider the value of living in their native land, working together for its growth and fighting relentlessly for their rights. In wishing for a reversal to the diaspora, our protagonist often evokes the figure of Thomas Sankara for support. Sankara’s words “obsessed” with emancipating Africa from its colonial past-present still ring incredibly true; and, in fact, they often figure as the only solution for empowering an Africa ever fragmented by misery and wars, the resulting desperation of which continues to drive its people to undertake an uncertain and often deadly journey.
Nonetheless, despite the objective hardships of present-day African, our protagonist pushes on the accelerator of his creed. And, convinced of the need for true unity, Cissoko departs from Senegal’s Gorée Island (historic slave-trade departure point) to fly to the Brazilian quilombos where he will pay homage to the proud descendants of slaves still struggling to keep their African origins alive.
Entrance by Donation

 

 

 

Our Footsteps at Podium Mozaïek Amsterdam

Our Footsteps at Podium Mozaïek Amsterdam
Migrants’ narratives as artistic affirmation of our human dignity and a call for political awareness

Saturday 19 October, 21:00
Podium Mozaïek
Bos en Lommerweg 191 Amsterdam
Info & Tickets via Podium Mozaïek Website or Facebook
(This Theatre Performance is Language No Problem)
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Twenty migrants/refugees artists or performers in ten languages. The result of five months of playful improvisational rehearsals, where through self-representation, migrants share stories of their journey and living in the Netherlands facing a long lasting uncertainty after having crossed many, colonial, borders.

We believe arts need to engage society; they need to represent today’s turmoil.
To this end we come together as migrants, political refugees and locals in order to create a performance: an act of theatre, poetry, music, performance art, choreography. And an act of activism, of human and political togetherness. Projects such as this one are seldom seen in the Netherlands. Hence our artistic intervention. It’s time to stop seeing the migrant as ‘problematic’ or ‘troublesome.’ It’s time to go beyond the politics of social segregation as mass distraction.
Our performance seeks to transcend the political pitfalls of discrimination and hate peculiar to our present and confused world. We want our performance to be a safe haven, a place where diversity is richness and discrimination can only vanish.

Performers:
Amin Pazhavand, Arif Murat Gür, Ayhan Karaagac, Aysenur Akin, Demet Temel, Elif Ileriye Girgin, Erhan Calihan, Ersin Agigul, Farzin Bapiri, Harun Turan, Iris Maria Tsagri, Ismail Atalamis, Levent Girgin, Maral Jefroudi, Roberto Bacchilega, Rüzgar Gür, Savalan Ghodsi, Sayat Tekir, Sedat Kartal, Sila Kaymak, Ufuk Calimli, Zeki Barlin 

Directed by Roberto Bacchilega in collaboration with the Performers
Theatre Training: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Dramaturgy: Arif Murat Gür
Stage Movement: Ayhan Karaagac
Video Art: Farhad Vilkiji
Project Facilitator: Maral Jefroudi
Sound Design: Levent Girgin
Production Assistant and Videoproduction: Chihiro Geuzenbroek
Promotion and Stage Photography: Unai Risueño
Live Technical Support: Cyrus Esfandiari
Graphics: Savalan Ghodsi

A project by AstaroTheatro, IIRE and Stichting Vrolijkheid
With the support of Academie voor Theater en Dans
Many Thanks to: Tenedle (video and photography), Victor Sams (rhythm and sound training), Masood Banozadeh (video teaser and documentation) and an endless number of friends, comrades and supporters who have been inspiring us during the journey to our theatre performance
https://ourfootsteps.nl
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