Category Archives: Theater

A La Muntagna

A La Muntagna
How artists come together inspired by resistance and international solidarity
An event of music, theatre and togetherness

It all began with a song connecting the mountains of Southern Italy to the peaks of Kurdistan by providing a common ground of resistance and solidarity.
Today this profound nexus of true international solidarity is still the main motivation for artists to come together.
Now we wish to share tales of natural life versus flashy urban consumerism. And music of course. Lots of music of love, friendship, dignity and resistance against any oppression.
Same spirit while exploring even more meaningful artistic contents. A La Muntagna is all yours again!
An AstaroTheatro and A La Muntagna Production

Event Program: 

The New Want
The Dealer is always there to remind you that ‘you must want something’ while the buyer doesn’t want play his role at all. Instead he’d rather live in the nature of the mountains where he comes from and play his bilur.
Anyway be aware that you are nothing but a consumer in a consumers’ world. Unless you don’t want The New Want.
Harun Turan: Bilur and Performance
Roberto Bacchilega: Performance

Roleda & Baschira
Roleda and Baschira are preparing the summer tour to present their new albums: Demofonia and Rîtmên Pêyvan. They will delight you with their electro-folk music, blending styles with Italian and Kurdish influences.
Roleda: voice and saz
Baschira: voice end guitar
Anže Mikulan: drums

Saturday 1 June, 20;30
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation. Cash Only

commemorating catastrophe

commemorating catastrophe
a precarious theatre performance by AstaroTheatro

Our demand of a righteous and permanent ceasefire extends worldwide where the logics of war and arms trade cynically unfold as business as usual.
Permanent displacement. Catastrophe. Ongoing nakba.
In the face of ethnic cleansing and genocide this theatre performance originates from the deep-felt desire to clear the space, to clean up any surface tainted by horror so to see the light through dust and rubble.

A nakba commemoration in the spirit of resistance through art.
Inspired by The Revolution’s Promise and The Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Occupied West Bank.
Dedicated to Mustafa Sheta General Director at The Freedom Theatre who has been brutally held in Israeli prison without trial or charge since 13th December 2023.

Wednesday 15 May, 17:00
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

Whispers of the Wild

Whispers of the Wild
Zapatista Tales of Resistance and Connection

Music, dance and spoken word originated by the universal Zapatista tales of nature, humanity and wisdom transcending borders.
A theatre performance where drops of rain meet the earth to become a river, a fish and a tree. They know all too well that real joy only lies in acknowledging the other.
This theatre performance is originated by months of communal workshops and rehearsals at AstaroTheatro in the spirit of resistance and connection.

With:
Cristina, Eva, Flor, Giusy, Maria, Mehdi, Roberto, Savalan
Music: Baschira

Saturday 11 May, 20:30 and Sunday 12 May, 19:00
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation
www.astarotheatro.com
www.ourfootsteps.nl

Trash Skeleton at AstaroTheatro

Trash Skeleton at AstaroTheatro
Saturday 20 April, 20:30
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam


Trash Skeleton (she/her) presents three unique plays written and directed by her alongside a lovely troupe of actors! 

The performance will be about an hour and fifteen minutes long with short breaks in between.

The first play is called “She’s looking up the symptoms online” and is about a woman needing to get over her ex by using a surrealist version of omegle/chatroulette. She explores her emotions and past relationship while talking to a tree, a masturbator, an anarchist who can fly and a whole lot more! 

The second play is “Replacement home” and is about an anarchist needing to find a new building to squat for her radical family about to get evicted. The play takes several fourth wall breaking turns as things go horribly wrong but maybe you can help them squat in the end?

The third play is called “Trips to the void” and is about a trans woman coming to terms with herself as she takes acid and the void inside her consumes all the people invited to trip with her. This is about chosen family and coming to terms with who you are instead of being ashamed and alone!

You can buy the scripts of the plays and unique posters made by Cor at the theater if you want to remember the show and support the troupe!

Our goal in performing is to share our love of art, politics and writing to a radical audience around the world. So we will be using any money we make during these performances to fund trips to different alternative spaces around the Netherlands and even hopefully abroad!

Theatre as Communal Experience Workshop

Theatre as Communal Experience 
Workshop at Lola Lieven
Saturday 13 April, 14:00-17:00

This theatre workshop aims to gather around the necessity of grassroots, multidisciplinary, multilingual, transcultural artistic expression based on theatre, music, singing, visual arts, voice and body performance.
We explore the basics of the performative practice: posture, movement, presence, body, the other in the space, games and the voice in many of its expressions.
Our voices engage in spoken word, text and poetry to reach the poetry performance: from poetry to theatre.
Our bodies will play roles and will accompany impros and storytelling. Our practice will originate from ourselves: memories, stories and sounds of stones and steps, images of repopulated land, memories of touching each other, smell of seaweed.

The workshops aim to build communities and commonalities with theatrical, performative pedagogies, As a cultural space of Lola Lieven, we are engaged in creating a connected neighbourhood. With this series of workshops, we would like to give space to different backgrounds of people, people with refugee, undocumented experiences, activists, artivists, elderly and young people and different identities. Racialised backgrounds have priority in the space of Lola Lieven. 

Theatre as Communal Experience is open to neighbourhood residents of Lola Lieven but also to anyone willing to participate. No artistic background is required, we only aim at creating community and awareness.

Anyone can do theatre, even actors. And theatre can be done everywhere. Even in a theatre
Augusto Boal

Lola Lieven and AstaroTheatro collaboration
More info and registration: info@ourfootsteps.nl Tel. 06 25382491
Please Note: This workshop takes place at Lola Lieve Location: Lola Lieven Rodenrijsstraat 43 Amsterdam
This session is open to everyone. Entrance is donation based

Think of Others at Moira Expo Utrecht

Think of Others at Moira Expo Utrecht

Think of Others
Iftar for Palestine
Sunday 31 March 18:30
Moira Expo
Wolvenstraat 10 Utrecht


As part of the cultural program AstaroTheatro performs poems by Mahmoud Darwish and Najawan Darwish
Think of Others
A prettier road that leads to me, to you and to those who never stop.
A road to alterity for those who won’t be evicted anymore.
A poetry performance to be found, one day. in an abandoned theatre.
Inspired by Mahmoud Darwish, Najwan Darwish and by our vagabond souls.
An AstaroTheatro Production

 

Theatre as Communal Experience at Lola Lieven (you can join us anytime!)

Theatre as Communal Experience 
Theatre as Communal Experience
Workshop at LOLA Lieven
Workshop by AstaroTheatro

You can still be part of this workshop and join us anytime!

After an inpiring start of our workshop, we encourage more participants to join us!

 

This theatre workshop aims to gather around the necessity of grassroots, multidisciplinary, multilingual, transcultural artistic expression based on theatre, music, singing, visual arts, voice and body performance.
We explore the basics of the performative practice: posture, movement, presence, body, the other in the space, games and the voice in many of its expressions.
Our voices engage in spoken word, text and poetry to reach the poetry performance: from poetry to theatre.
Our bodies will play roles and will accompany impros and storytelling. Our practice will originate from ourselves: memories, stories and sounds of stones and steps, images of repopulated land, memories of touching each other, smell of seaweed.

The workshops aim to build communities and commonalities with theatrical, performative pedagogies, As a cultural space of Lola Lieven, we are engaged in creating a connected neighbourhood. With this series of workshops, we would like to give space to different backgrounds of people, people with refugee, undocumented experiences, activists, artivists, elderly and young people and different identities. Racialised backgrounds have priority in the space of Lola Lieven.

Theatre as Communal Experience is open to neighbourhood residents of Lola Lieven but also to anyone willing to participate. No artistic background is required, we only aim at creating community and awareness.
Five Sessions of 180 minutes each

Anyone can do theatre, even actors. And theatre can be done everywhere. Even in a theatre
Augusto Boal

Languages; English, Dutch, Turkish, Italian.
***Entrance is donation based.

2 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
9 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
16 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
23 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
30 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00

Lola Lieven and AstaroTheatro collaboration
Register from: aysenur@lolalieven.nl +068777295
Please Note: This workshop takes place at Lola Lieve Location: Lola Lieven Rodenrijsstraat 43 Amsterdam

In Its Own Right at ACU Utrecht

In Its Own Right
To Multiply Voices of Palestinian Artists

To multiply the voices of Palestinian artists that believe in the importance of their practice as cultural resistance, we are echoing the stories of lives under settler colonialism. Mixed with our own reflections about political theatre as a way to reignite Palestinian cultural flame. Believing this is an act of political love and solidarity with those who need that we exercise our rights and freedom of speech to make echo of their legitimate claim to exist.
In Its Own Right is our theatrical answer to the call to join a global artistic collaboration with The Revolution’s Promise, a collaboration between Artists on the Frontline and The Freedom Theatre in Jenin.

Friday 1 March, 20:00
ACU
Voorstraat 71 Utrecht
www.acu.nl
www.astarotheatro.com
www.therevolutionspromise.com
An AstaroTheatro Production

Theatre as Communal Experience at Lola Lieven

Theatre as Communal Experience
Workshop at Lola Lieven



This theatre workshop aims to gather around the necessity of grassroots, multidisciplinary, multilingual, transcultural artistic expression based on theatre, music, singing, visual arts, voice and body performance.
We explore the basics of the performative practice: posture, movement, presence, body, the other in the space, games and the voice in many of its expressions.
Our voices engage in spoken word, text and poetry to reach the poetry performance: from poetry to theatre.
Our bodies will play roles and will accompany impros and storytelling. Our practice will originate from ourselves: memories, stories and sounds of stones and steps, images of repopulated land, memories of touching each other, smell of seaweed.
The workshops aim to build communities and commonalities with theatrical, performative pedagogies, As a cultural space of Lola Lieven, we are engaged in creating a connected neighbourhood. With this series of workshops, we would like to give space to different backgrounds of people, people with refugee, undocumented experiences, activists, artivists, elderly and young people and different identities. Racialised backgrounds have priority in the space of Lola Lieven.
Theatre as Communal Experience is open to neighbourhood residents of Lola Lieven but also to anyone willing to participate. No artistic background is required, we only aim at creating community and awareness.
Five Sessions of 180 minutes each

Anyone can do theatre, even actors. And theatre can be done everywhere. Even in a theatre
Augusto Boal

Languages; English, Dutch, Turkish, Italian.

***Entrance is donation based and participation to four sessions is necessary to be able to join the workshops.

2 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
9 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
16 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
23 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
30 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00

Lola Lieven and AstaroTheatro Collaboration
Register from: aysenur@lolalieven.nl +0687772951
Please Note: This workshop takes place at Lola Lieve Location: Lola Lieven Rodenrijsstraat 43 Amsterdam

Theatre of the Oppressed Workshops

Theatre of the Oppressed Workshops 
Hosted by AstaroTheatro


Part 1: Sunday 18th of February 12:00 – 18:00 @ AstaroTheatro, Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Part 2: Monday 19th of February 12:00 – 18:00 @ Vrankrijk, Spuistraat 216 Amsterdam

We are hosting free workshops on the theory and practice of the Theater of the Oppressed! The workshop is in English and split into two parts of each 6 hours on two seperate days. We expect everyone to join both days. There are 15 spots available, to sign up send us an email at: mensen@riseup.net Also let us know in your mail if you have any accessibility requests/questions. If you signed up and cannot make it anymore, please let us know so someone else can take your spot! For the workshop; please bring comfy clothes and lunch <333 We bring drinks and snackies.

!Some more info on what Theater of the Oppressed is!
The Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a participatory theater that fosters democratic and cooperative forms of interaction among participants. TO invites people to become “spect-actors,” capable of taking action and using theater as a rehearsal space for social transformation.  Our workshops employ a variety of processes based on Theatre of the Oppressed, developed by world-renowned theatre-maker, activist, and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Augusto Boal, to define issues, clarify objectives, build skills, and rehearse practical action.
Boal believed that “we are all theatre” because, as human beings, we can all act, watch ourselves acting, and based on what we see, change what we do. Changes in our actions can, in turn, change the world around us. Theatre of the Oppressed provides a process for testing actions which can transform the groups, communities, and social systems in which we work and live. It is a rehearsal for change.
Constructive dialogue provides the route to discovery, but words alone limit the scope of discussion and short-circuit the experiences needed to test the impact and practicality of actions. Applied Theatre uses whole-body/whole-mind activities to assist groups to clearly identify problems and actively rehearse solutions. The workshops release potential in individuals while building group cohesion and promoting positive change. Initiating more than just a dialogue, the process frees the thinking of participants and awakens their abilities to move toward agreed upon goals.

Sunday, 18 February, 2024 – 12:00 to 18:00
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam