2017

AstaroTheatro December 2017

Friday 8 December, 19:30
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.

Karl Marx 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.
The doors of the event are opened from 19:30 and will close at 20:00 so be on time!
-Free entry-
Afterwards there is room for some drinks and discussion about the play.
Time and location:
The Communist Youth Movement of the Netherlands (CJB)
Haarlemmerweg 177
Amsterdam
19:30-22:00


Friday 15 December, 20:00 (doors open 19:00)
Themis & Lombroso
at NieuwLand

“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. Themes of the play include social justice, criminology and capitalism. Come and join us for a cozy friday evening at NieuwLand!
Friday 15 December
Start: 20:00
Doors open: 19:00
NieuwLand
Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93
AmsterdamThemis: Silvia Terribili

Lombroso: Roberto Bacchilega
Translation: Anı Küsmenoğlu Tuna
Image: Esra Sakir
Graphics: Hüseyin Huseyin Karadeli
Costumes: Özlem Tabar Miçooğulları
Directed by Arif Murat Gür
An AstaroTheatro and Alli Mana Group Production
NieuwLand is a non-commercial and volunteer-run social-political centre and has a permit to sell food and drinks during her activities, for example during its Fridaynight events/activities, but is not allowed to promote its delicious vegan food or drinks, because NieuwLand is nót a horeca occasion; NieuwLand’s main activities are social, political, and sometimes cultural. Welcome and come well!


AstaroTheatro October and November 2017

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October, 20:30
Sunday 16 October, 16:30
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


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
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.


Friday 27 October, 21:00
Adam’s Other Rib
AstaroTheatro @ Teatro Lux Pisa, Italy
www.teatrolux.it

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.
An AstaroTheatro Production


Friday 10 November, 20:30
James Oesi at AstaroTheatro


“A sensitive and knowlegdeable musician who has much to share and a very natural and confident performer.” Gary Karr, world renown bass soloist
“If you have a man like James Oesi, then you know it’s there, it sounds good, and the bass is a solo instrument.” Hans Haffmans, host of Dutch NPO Radio 4

“Here was a young musician of uncommon intelligence and insight, clearly destined, given the right encouragement, to contribute to the world of music not only as a player but a creative force.” Geoffrey Simon, acclaimed conductor and record producer

Since his arrival in The Netherlands in 2009, double bassist James Oesi has become a well known face in the classical and contemporary music world. As one of the few concentrating on the bass as a solo instrument, he has performed solo programmes (including works by Bach, Beethoven and Rachmaninoff, among others) in prominent venues such as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Utrecht’s TivoliVredenburg, The Oosterpoort in Groningen, Bach Festival Dordrecht, CrossLinx Festival and at festival Wonderfeel (where his concert was later named by Dutch National Public Radio 4 as one of the festival’s highlights).
Entrance by Donation


Saturday 18 November, 20:30
Madhav Agarwal at AstaroTheatro


Madhav Agarwal is a musician and producer from close to Delhi, India currently based in Den Haag, Netherlands. Trained in Hindustani (North Indian) Classical, Sufi, Jazz and Western Contemporary Experimental music, the music he makes is an amalgamation of the music cultures of the East and the West, the avantgarde and the traditional.

Keeping soul and raw energy as the common denominators, Madhav uses traditional Indian instruments (harmonium, voice, tanpura, tabla, bansuri, sitar) to create visceral sounds that belong to no time or era yet are accessible to anyone who is seeking new experience and sensation.
Entrance by Donation


Thursday 23 November, 20:30
She Owl at AstaroTheatro


ABOUT SHE OWL’S MUSIC

It’s getting harder and harder to lock She Owl in a specific genre-cage. Up till now the duo has been experimenting with dream folk in their first full-length ‘She Owl’ (2013), then with psychedelic tribal anthems in the following record ‘Animal Eye’ (2015).
Described as “an emotional journey on David Lynch’s Lost Highway, with Bat for Lashes and P.J. Harvey on the front seats”, She Owl’s “Drifters Ep” gathers powerful soundscapes and haunting ballads with a dream-pop texture, sealed and delivered by Bay Area producer George S. Rosenthal.
The EP is a soundtrack for Jolanda’s surreal dream about war and deliverance. The music of She Owl gets more majestic and punchy at once, pouring out the duo’s nomadic soul, with adventurous vocals and instrumental harmonizations. The lyrics are a definitive statement about the times we’re in: if “the war within is the war outside”, we can face our fears and joys, and we can stop pretending we are not responsible.
www.she-owl.com
Entrance € 5


AstaroTheatro Productions and Events for Free Fringe Amsterdam
AstaroTheatro Ten Years!

Thursday 7 September, 20:00
*** FESTIVE OPENING OF FREE FRINGE FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM 2017
music/exhibition/book launch
AstaroTheatro kindly hosts the opening celebration of the 6th annual Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam. AstaroTheatro has been a happy home of the Free Fringe from the very start – thanks guys! Drop by for an evening of music, art & good cheer in the heart of the Wallen, with the musical stylings of

Tiger Harmonium
Sin Sin Collective
Magiekejansen

& gHSTS & gUITARS
The festival opening is combined with a very special book launch & exhibition of Zoo Drawings by Molly Heady-Carroll.

ZOO DRAWINGS by Molly Heady-Carroll
exhibition & book launch
Molly Heady-Carroll is deeply interested in animals (reptiles in particular) and has dedicated herself to not only studying them through drawing, but also capturing their behaviour and personality through her work. Every week, Molly visits zoos, museums and farms to draw animals from life.

This exhibition showcases a selection of her animal art created over the past year. This show is also launching her new book Wekelijkse Dierentuin Tekeningen (Weekly Zoo Drawings).
When she isn’t drawing animals from life, Molly is inventing her own animals as a creature designer for games and animation. She currently lives in Bussum with her two leopard geckos, Spot & Dot, Poppy the tarantula, Laura the cat and (her favorite pet) Erik the boyfriend 😛
mollyheadycarroll.com
at FESTIVE OPENING OF FREE FRINGE FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM 
20:00//Thursday 7 September//ASTAROTHEATRO
& until 17 September

Friday 8 and 15 September, 20:30 at AstaroTheatro
Saturday 15, 16:30 at Vondelbunker, VondelPark 8a (under the bridge)
*** Themis & Lombroso
by Bilgesu Erenus


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: Ozlem Tabar Micoglu
Directed by Arif Murat Gür
An AstaroTheatro and Alli Mana Group Production

Saturday 9 September, 20:30
Sunday 10 September, 18:30
Thursday 14 September, 20:30
Sunday 17 September, 18:30
At Microteatro-Juan C. Tajes Art Studio
Warmoessstraat 109 Amsterdam
(be on time, limited amount of seats)
***!!!THE FUNNIEST COMEDY IN TOWN!!!
The Grouch
Studies in Misanthropy aka Hating Humanity is a Waste of Time

Based on Menander’s “Dyskolos” (‘The Misanthrope”)
First produced in Athens in 316 B.C.
Translated by Vincent Rosivach and Others
Adapted by Zbigniew Maciak

The cast:
Pan, the god – Juan C. Tajes
Getas, the slave – Joost van Oosterhout
Knemon, the misanthrope – Roberto Bacchilega
Simikhe, the woman slave – Silvia Terribili
Masks and Costumes – Juan C. Tajes
Music – Joost van Oosterhout, Juan C. Tajes and Guests
Graphics: Belen Apaz
Directed by Zbigniew Maciak in collaboration with the actors
An AstaroTheatro and TaBaJuCa Production
++++
This Ancient Greek comedy gives a portrait of the First Misanthrope.
In a turn of events, confronted with neighbours and the supernatural powers of the Nymphs, (who dwell in the sanctuary next-door) – this mean, troublesome man, (who hates literally all humanity), is forced to go through a well-deep, spiritual journey.


AstaroTheatro June 2017

Saturday 17 June AND Friday 23 June, 20:30
Adam’s Other Rib

(plays again. and again)

Adam’s Other Rib
A Play by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira, directed by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira
Helena: Eleftheria Vakaki
Professor Matthews: Roberto Bacchilega
Christophe: Alexander Singh
Audio, Animation and Video Support: Jose Manuel Buonamico and Meritxell Batistti
A Ritual Movement and AstaroTheatro Production
Photography: Tatjana Todorovic

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.
Entrance by Donation


Friday 30 June, 20:30
Strange Stories from Nowhere
Storytelling by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira


These are the Strange Stories from Nowhere.

New strange stories from Old Decrepit Ports.
Crooked stories aching to be told.
Stories of old circus, lost forests, hidden plazas, strange creatures.
These stories from everywhere are now merged into a possible archetype of the Story and now they are from nowhere. 
The Stories from Nowhere.
But these are the weird ones.
Told in secret.
In whispers.
And for you they come for free.
Unless you decide to have a beer or two…
Entrance by Donation


Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam 7 – 17 September 2017
NOW OPEN: Call for Proposals
Proposals from artists of all disciplines will be accepted until 1 August 2017

 

The 6th Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam already includes:
The Loudest Noise Ever Made, Warp Zone Video Game Art Show, radio drama, music of all sorts, film, photography, theatre, animation from Europe & Japan.
Participating venues opens their doors to artists and audiences for 10 days of free events run by artists and volunteers at De Vondelbunker & city-wide.
AstaroTheatro is a participating venue
Send your proposal no later than 1August 2017 to samheady@hotmail.com

A Beacon in The Darkness of Corporate Mediocrity
freefringefestivalamsterdam.com


AstaroTheatro March 2017
Friday 31 March, 20:30
Saturday 1 April, 20:30
Adam’s Other Rib (plays again)


Great pleasure and inspiring moments to perform Adam’s Other Rib last weekend.

We are grateful to the audience who enjoyed the play and felt the energy in our small and cosy theatre.
So we’ll do it again!
Adam’s Other Rib plays again Friday 31 March and Saturday 1 April, 20:30 at AstaroTheatro.
So this is your chance to see it, if you’ve missed it last time
(Tatjana Todorovic you did it again! Thank you for these marvalous pictures!)

Adam’s Other Rib
A Play by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira, directed by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira

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

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.

Friday 31 March, 20:30
Saturday 1 April, 20:30
At AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
http://www.astarotheatro.com
Entrance by donation

Opening March 24th, 20:30
Also playing March 25th, 20:30′
Adam’s Other Rib
A Play by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira, directed by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira

Helena: Eleftheria Vakaki
Professor Matthews: Roberto Bacchilega
Christophe: Alexander Singh
Audio, Animation and Video Support: Jose Manuel Buonamico and Maritxell Battisti
A Ritual Movement and AstaroTheatro Production

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.

Opening March 24th, 20:30
Also playing March 25th, 20:30
At AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by donation


AstaroTheatro January and February 2017

Sunday 29 January, 21:00
Marx is Back (@ The Barricade in Utrecht)
Marx is Back (a play on history)
@ ACU-Book Café The Barricade
Voorstraat 71 Utrecht


“Why have I returned? to clear my name!”

AstaroTheatro presents a monologue by Howard Zinn adapted and performed by Roberto Bacchilega
Karl Marx has had enough of seeing his revolutionary ideas taken over by opportunists who, time and again, organize a new priesthood and hierarchy complete with excommunications and indexes, 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.
Marx is Back is the opening of a themed evening with open discussion. ‘How far capitalism has gone, nowadays. Ideas for resistance and the meaning of revolution in our times.’
——
Before the event there will be food on donation by Taste Before You Waste – Utrecht at 19:00.


Friday 10 February, 20:30
Boekpresentatie voor het boek in samenwerking met WarTrauma Foundation
“In het kille ochtendlicht”
AstaroTheatro Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Vrijdag 10 februari
Inloop: 20.15
Einde: 22.30


Een avond vol met muziek, dichtkunst, pitches van schrijvers, een lezing van WarTrauma Foundation (waar de royalty’s naartoe gaan) en een lezing van professor Jojada Verrips van WarTrauma Foundation

Programma
20.15 – Inloop
20.30 – Optreden van dichters
Korte pauze
21.10 – lezing WarTrauma Foundation
21.30 – Pitches van schrijvers
Korte pauze
21.40 – Boekpresentatie Jojada Verrips
22.00 – 22.30 Muzikale omlijsting van Sewusen


Thursday 16 February, 18:00
AstaroTheatro in the Pictures of Tatjana Todorovic – Exhibition Opening

The unique exhibition of Tatjana Todorovic‘s theatre pictures featuring many performers from the wide AstaroTheatro Collective
Thursday 16 February, 18:00
at PuntWG WG Plein Amsterdam


With pictures from the following theatre plays:

Alli Mana Pá K’eho (AstaroThearo Productions and Alli Mana Productions)
Proteus by Zbigniew Maciak (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Humanimal (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Piazza del Popolo (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Words Words Words by David Ives (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Endgame by Samuel Beckett. (Sin Sin Collective Production)
Jarry Unchained (Sin Sin Collective Production)
Juan C. Tajes Productions: Between Worms and Gods, Commedia dell’Arte World DayMinotauro Tango
Various Pictures from:
Marx is Back (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Woman with the Hammer (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Sorelle Bandiera (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Mediterranee (Art & Language and AstaroTheatro Productions)
Come and Go by Samuel Beckett (Sin Sin Collective Production)
OpenPodium (AstaroTheatro Productions)

Tatjana will exhibit photographs at PuntWG. These pictures were taken during performances at AstaroTheatro and other venues (like the Vondlbunker – During Free Fringe Festival, Juan Tajes Studio, De Nieuwe Anita etc.)

Tatjana Todorovic. Born in former Yugoslavia. Graduates in Architecture at the University of Belgrade. In 1996 moves to Rome to complete her post-graduate studies in Sustainable Interactive Design and Multimedia at Roma Tre University where she also works as Contract Professor of Visual Communication in Architecture. In 2009 moves to Amsterdam. In 2012 starts her collaboration with AstaroTheatro and is introduced into Amsterdam’s alternative performance scene. Hosts a monthly rubrica Buona Sera Signorina for Radio Onda Italiana at Salto Wereld FM.


Saturday 25 February, 19:00
Alli Mana Pá K’Eho (I Do Not Have Another Mother)
at HTIB 1e Weteringsplantsoen 2 C AMSTERDAM


The members of Alli Mana / Poetry Performance & Theatre
found each other in their love for the power of the words in performance.

In the first production of the Alli Mana theatre company, ten performers share their stories on stage.
In ”Alli Mana Pa K’ Eho” (I Do Not Have Another Mother) in contact with poetry, commemoration and the art of forgetting, ten people (compirsing actors and actresses, play writers, musicans and poets)
set a multi-language performance exploring and questioning the boundaries of time, the need of belonging, the beauty of sung and spoken words
– all inspired and driven by a common mission:
to build a bridge.

“Man resembles the place he lives in
Resembles its water, its soil

He resembles its sky in that his tears are blue
The sea in that his glances are rough
Houses, streets and corners
How much he resembles
And the dooryards
(His heart squeezed with a well curb)
And its words”
“The Voice of Blood on my Handkerchief”
Edip Canserver (Turkish poet ~ 1928-1986)
————
“Alli Mana Pa K’ Eho” (I Do Not Have Another Mother)
by Alli Mana / Poetry Performance & Theatre

Performers:
Anna Papagiannaki Divani (English)
Lisa Luca (Italian / Sicilian)
Vasiliki Koutrouli (Greek)
Arif Murat Gür (Turkish)
Simona Beltrami (French)
Roberto Bacchilega (Italian / English)
Silvia Terribili (Italian / English)
Hüseyin Şahin (Kurdish)
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 and own poems by: Mehmet Çetin, Hüseyin ?ahin and Silvia Terribili
A Quelli di Astaroth > AstaroTheatro production
in collaboration with Alli Mana / Poetry Performance & Theatre.

Saturday, 25 February, 19:00
HTIB(Turkish Workers Association in The Netherlands), Amsterdam
€10 Tickets will be available by the entrance on the day of the performance.
Back to 90s! after-party with drinks
hosting disco _ very channel from Studio85