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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
OurFootsteps 2Picture by Unai Risueño

Leonore Boulanger+Ell Sol

LÉONORE BOULANGER (QUARTET) + ELL SOL (TRIO) at ASTAROTHEATRO
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LÉONORE BOULANGER
On their fourth album of deconstructed chanson, Léonore Boulanger and Jean- Daniel Botta, assisted by drummer and percussionist Laurent Seriès, have taken a major step up. If previous album Feigen Feigen was, by the band’s own admission, something of a puzzle then Practice Chanter could be likened to a mosaic, due to the sheer quantity and variety of sonic fragments that is somehow made to cohere in these 16 wild, wonderful tracks. But even that doesn’t quite do justice to a 3D vision that can maintain so many disparate elements in uneasy equilibrium – I suspect the cubist female portrait on the sleeve is an attempt to convey a similar idea.
www.lesaule.fr/leonoreboulanger.htm
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ELL SOL
Joan Mena is a solo artist, guitarist, multi instrumentalist, organizer, performer, improviser and multitask from Catalonia based in The Netherlands.
His groundbreaking performances push the boundaries of contemporary music with the soul and sensibility of an artist looking to connect in deeper ways with his audiences. Primarily in his native Catalan, his lyrics transcend language with penetrating melodies and a familiar but unconventional delivery.
Inspired by DIY world-touring Joan Mena presented his last work PWALUGU in 16 countries around 3 continents in the last years.
Nou Principi is his very new work, an acoustic volcano of questions and answers
performed with the percusionist Rubén Castillo and the maestro James Hewitt at viola. New begginings and other endings in a powerful set of songs.
‘’Does Catalonian balladry involve a lot of sighing, whispering, squawking and screeching? Well regardless if it does or it doesn’t we got that. Charming and very surprising show, a whole new approach to playing a guitar. ̈
Richard James Foster -The Quietus, Louder than War, Vice… (Incendiary Magazine )
https://www.ellsol.tk/
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Entrance by Donation

Our Footsteps at Podium Mozaïek

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  
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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.

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A project by AstaroTheatro, IIRE and Stichting Vrolijkheid
With the support of Academie voor Theater en Dans
Photo credits: Unai Risueño

Inter.Nos Festival at AstaroTheatro

Inter.Nos Festival at AstaroTheatro 

Friday 13 September, 20:30
The Hamlet Machine
Rudolf Watzlawik Ceschia
13 - Rudolf Watzlawik Ceschia - The Hamlet machine

Saturday 14 September, 20:30
Between Worms & Gods
Juan C. Tajes
Country: Uruguay/The Netherlands; Language: English
21 - Juan C. Tajes - Between worms & gods
Saturday 14 September, 21:30
The Things of Death
Alejandra Nettel
Country: Mexico; Language: Spanish
22 - Alejandra Nettel - The things of death
Sunday 15 September, 15:00
Video Lounge
Mariana Behoteguy Chaves
Rudolf Watzlawik Ceschia
Juan C. Tajes
Rodrigo M. Malmsten
23 - Video Lounge

AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation