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Our Footsteps Press Release

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

A project by AstaroTheatro, IIRE and Stichting Vrolijkheid
With the support of Academie voor Theater en Dans

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Pictures by Unai Risueño

More than 20 migrants/refugees artists or performers in 10 languages. The result of 5 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.

Our Footsteps has been successfully performed in Theater Perdu, in Academie voor Theater en Dans and in Ru Paré in Amsterdam. All three dates were sold out as a confirmation of the urgency of this kind of theatre. At the moment Our Footsteps is an on-going project, a work in progress constantly reshaping itself to the artistic and social challenges of our times. 

We believe the arts need to engage society; they need to represent today’s turmoil. Moreover, we acknowledge the cathartic function of the arts, and we are aware of arts’ potential as a means of raising awareness. Words, sounds, images need to transcend the fixity of our everyday and provoke the audience into rising above the level of the given to that of the possible. Through this process, the uselessness of borders is made evident, giving way to the human necessity found in peaceful coexistence.
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. Although most of the participants are not professional artists, their performance attains the level of full artistic dignity. 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.

Testimonials:
Maria Mavridou (dancer, choreographer): “You were all wonderful!! Very touched to be there”
Tenedle Dimitri Niccolai (composer, musician): “What a beautiful performance, rhythm and emotions in perfect harmony, excellent choreography and acting for a very strong important message”
Herman Pieterson: “It was amazing. Great performance, beautiful scenes just using patterns of movements by the whole cast”

Performers:
Arif Murat Gür, Ayhan Karaağaç, Ayşenur Akın, Elif İleriye Girgin, Erhan Çalıhan, Ersin Adıgül, Farzin Bapiri, Harun Turan,  Hüseyin Aykan, Iris Maria Tsagri, İsmail Atalamış, Karin Schuitema, Levent Girgin, Maral Jefroudi, Mhmod Pozan, Roberto Bacchilega, Rüzgar Gür, Savalan Ghodsi, Sayat Tekir, Sedat Kartal, Souloke Sen, Ufuk Çalımlı, Vasiliki Koutrouli, Yusuf Adam Suali, Zeki Barlin 

Directed by Roberto Bacchilega in collaboration with the performers
Theatre Training: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Dramaturgy: Arif Murat Gür
Stage Movement: Ayhan Karaağaç
Project Facilitator: Maral Jefroudi
Sound Design: Levent Girgin
Production Assistant and Videoproduction: Chihiro Geuzenbroek
Promotion and Stage Photography: Unai Risueño
Graphics: Savalan Ghodsi

Contact: AstaroTheatro. Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam.
http://www.astarotheatro.com. Tel. 06 25382491. Email: info@ondaitaliana.org
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Paese Nostro

AstaroTheatro hosts the screening of Paese Nostro (in Italian)
Sunday 23 June, 20:00
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ZaLab presenta
PAESE NOSTRO
Il film che avremmo voluto mostrarvi

di Michele Aiello, Matteo Calore, Stefano Collizzolli, Andrea Segre, Sara Zavarise

 Un film collettivo sull’Italia dell’accoglienza diffusa, realizzato dagli autori ZaLab nel 2016 prodotto dal Ministero degli Interni ma mai distribuito

 In Italia esiste un mondo che sta aiutando la crescita del Paese, è quello degli operatori e mediatori dei progetti di accoglienza della rete SPRAR, un sistema pubblico basato sulla sinergia tra Comuni, Ministero degli Interni e associazioni. ZaLab ha voluto raccontare questo mondo, seguendo le vite, i pensieri, i sogni, le fatiche di chi ogni giorno lavora nella costruzione di un futuro complesso e necessario.
L’idea è stata proposta nel 2016 ad un bando del fondo FAMI gestito dal Ministero degli Interni. Il bando è stato vinto e il film è stato fatto. Poi però non è mai uscito, perché il Ministero, proprietario dei diritti del film, l’ha chiuso in un cassetto. Sia con Marco Minniti Ministro, sia ora con Matteo Salvini.
Ci sembra un grande errore tenere nascosto il racconto di questa Italia, ancora più oggi che sta subendo misure e voci di isolamento e segregazione.
ZaLab avrebbe voluto che Paese Nostrofosse mostrato sin dalla sua finalizzazione, a inizi 2017. Non è stato possibile. Ancora oggi non potremmo farlo, invece lo mostriamo.
Mettiamo gratuitamente a disposizione di tutti il film che qualcuno vorrebbe non farvi vedere.

Our Footsteps at Academie voor Theater en Kunst

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

 

Did you miss our sold out premiere? Here we perform again!
Saturday 25 May, 20:00
Academie voor Theater en Dans Jodenbreestraat 3, Amsterdam

Tickets: Free Entrance. We welcome donations
Reservation is required via this link

Our Footsteps-Our Premiere

Our Footsteps – Our Premiere – Our Pictures
A Theatre Performance
Migrants’ narratives as artistic affirmation of our human dignity
and a call for political awareness

Did you miss our sold out premiere? Here we perform again!
Saturday 25 May, 20:00
Academie voor Theater en Dans
Jodenbreestraat 3, Amsterdam

More than 20 migrants/refugees artists or performers in 10 languages. The result of 5 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.

Tickets: Free Entrance. We welcome donations
Reservation is required via the following link (check the Academie voor Theater en Dans website)

Images of ‘Our Footsteps’

Images of ‘Our Footsteps’
‘Our Footsteps’

A Theatre Performance
Migrants’ narratives as artistic affirmation of our human dignity
and a call for political awareness

Saturday 18 May, 20:30
Theater Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86 Amsterdam

A project by AstaroTheatro, IIRE and Stichting Vrolijkheid
Pictures by Unai Risueño

More than 20 migrants/refugees artists or performers in 10 languages. The result of 5 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.

Be welcome!

Performers:
Arif Murat Gür, Ayhan Karaağaç, Ayşenur Akın, Elif İleriye Girgin, Erhan Çalıhan, Ersin Adıgül, Farzin Bapiri, Fatima Hajyahya,  Hüseyin Aykan, Iris Maria Tsagri, İsmail Atalamış, Karin Schuitema, Levent Girgin, Maral Jefroudi, Mhmod Pozan, Roberto Bacchilega, Savalan Ghodsi, Sayat Tekir, Sedat Kartal, Souloke Sen, Ufuk Çalımlı, Vasiliki Koutrouli, Yusuf Adam Suali, Zeki Barlin 

Directed by Roberto Bacchilega in collaboration with the performers
Theatre Training: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Dramaturgy: Arif Murat Gür
Stage Movement: Ayhan Karaağaç
Sound Design: Levent Girgin
Project Facilitator: Maral Jefroudi
Production Assistant and Videoproduction: Chihiro Geuzenbroek
Promotion and Stage Photography: Unai Risueño
Graphics: Savalan Ghodsi

With the support of Academie voor Theater en Dans
Many Thanks to: Tenedle (video and photography), Victor Sams (rhythm and sound training), Ersin Adıgül (Photography) and an endless number of friends, comrades and supporters who have been inspiring us during the journey to our theatre performance

Tickets € 10
Tickets Low Income € 5
Please make your reservation: info@ondaitaliana.org
Your name will be on the guest list
Payment: cash at the theatre’s foyer or on AstaroTheatro account. More details when you send us your reservation

Our Footsteps – The teaser

“Our steps” – The making of “Our footsteps”
Our Footsteps – A Theatre Performance on Migrants’ Narratives
as artistic affirmation of our human dignity
and a call for political awareness
This video is a meaningful document of our creative process

Saturday 18 May, 20:30
Theater Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86 Amsterdam
Reservations: info@ondaitaliana.org

Our Footsteps

Our Footsteps

A Theatre Performance

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

Saturday 18 May, 20:30
Theater Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86 Amsterdam

A project by AstaroTheatro, IIRE and Stichting Vrolijkheid
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More than 20 migrants/refugees artists or performers in 10 languages. The result of 5 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.

Be welcome!

Performers:
Arif Murat Gür, Ayhan Karaağaç, Ayşenur Akın, Elif İleriye Girgin, Erhan Çalıhan, Ersin Adıgül, Farzin Bapiri, Fatima Hajyahya,  Hüseyin Aykan, Iris Maria Tsagri, İsmail Atalamış, Karin Schuitema, Levent Girgin, Maral Jefroudi, Mhmod Pozan, Roberto Bacchilega, Savalan Ghodsi, Sayat Tekir, Sedat Kartal, Souloke Sen, Ufuk Çalımlı, Vasiliki Koutrouli, Yusuf Adam Suali, Zeki Barlin 

Directed by Roberto Bacchilega in collaboration with the performers
Theatre Training: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Dramaturgy: Arif Murat Gür
Stage Movement: Ayhan Karaağaç
Sound Design: Levent Girgin
Project Facilitator: Maral Jefroudi
Production Assistant and Videoproduction: Chihiro Geuzenbroek
Promotion and Stage Photography: Unai Risueño
Graphics: Savalan Ghodsi

With the support of Academie voor Theater en Dans
Many Thanks to: Tenedle (video and photography), Victor Sams (rhythm and sound training), Ersin Adıgül (Photography) and an endless number of friends, comrades and supporters who have been inspiring us during the journey to our theatre performance

Tickets € 10
Tickets Low Income € 5
Please make your reservation: info@ondaitaliana.org
Your name will be on the guest list
Payment: cash at the theatre’s foyer or on AstaroTheatro account. More details when you send us your reservation
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