Marx is Back

Karl Marx
200th anniversary
And He is Back at AstaroTheatro!

Marx is Back (a Play on History)

Saturday 30 June, 20:30


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 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.

Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation


Life Actors WorkShops

AstaroTheatro organizes Life Actor WorkShops for beginners and intermediate attendees and Introduction Theatre WorkShops

Please contact us for dates, times and other details
Or check events on our Facebook-page

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

Ulrike’s Convicted Songs

Ulrike’s Convicted Songs

Saturday 23 June, 20:30

‘Ulrike’s Convicted Songs’ is on stage for the second time for the purpose of raising the same questions to a different audience.

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.

Come and share with us the magical, honest & truthful atmosphere of AstaroTheatro.
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

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Entrance by Donation 

Inter.Nos Festival Call for Artists


Intern.Nos Festival Amsterdam
A New Season of Culture in the District

Call for artists operating indoors and outdoors

14 15 16 September
21 22 23 September

Microteatro Juan C. Tajes Art Studio
Warmoesstraat 109 B

Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

Warmoesstraat District

September: the start of the new cultural season. Two venues with a long artistic past, Microteatro and AstaroTheatro will be the centre in the centre. Artists of all disciplines will operate inside Microteatro and AstaroTheatro and outdoors. And this all in the heart of Amsterdam centre: Warmoesstraat District

The Festival is a new opportunity for the District to open up even more to Amsterdam and the world, so that anyone can find a new community through culture and entertainment

Be ready for theatre, performances, music, arts, poetry and dance
The festival is an open platform for artists to produce new works or to propose already existing ones.
It also marks the beginning of the new cultural season 2018/2019. Therefore it’s a good starting point to promote performances and activities for the coming season

Theatre, music or other performances at AstaroTheatro and at Microteatro should not be longer than 30/45 minutes. The time for outdoor performances may vary

For Inter.Nos Festival we welcome street artists as well: several outdoor activities will be programmed. Particularly we plan to organise a colourful street parade in the Warmoesstraat. Short street acts, music, poetry readings, performances, windows exhibitions of poetry and art, small music acts are among the possibilities

Artist of all disciplines are now welcome to apply to Inter.Nos Festival for two weekends of creativity and free fun.
Deadline for applications 8 July

Actors, dancers, mime players, singers (lyrics & popular), acoustic musicians, street artists, burlesque, fine arts, photographers, poets, video artists, digital artists… You are all welcome.

Call for Artists Deadline: 8 July
Full Program Deadline: 15 July
All events Free!



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