Marx is Back

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

‘The Volcanoes’ (work in progress)

Why did Van Gogh paint the “Sunflowers”?

“I am hearing the earth…there is always an interaction between the earth and heaven. It is as if heaven is reaching down..”

“The Volcanos” a Philosophical Performance about life potential, displacement, deconstruction, urgency…
(work in progress – stay tuned)

An AstaroTheatro and Alli Mana ǀ Poetry Performance and Theatre with
Vasiliki Koutrouli, Arif Murat Gür, Silvia Terribili, Renato Ferreira, Roberto Bacchilega

She Owl at AstaroTheatro

She Owl at AstaroTheatro
Thursday 23 November, 20:30
She Owl

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.
Entrance € 5

Madhav Agarwal at AstaroTheatro

Madhav Agarwal at AstaroTheatro
Saturday 18 November, 20:30
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 avant garde 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

James Oesi at AstaroTheatro

James Oesi at AstaroTheatro
Friday 10 November, 20:30

“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

Adam’s Other Rib @ Teatro Lux Pisa Italy

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

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

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

It’s not in English. It’s not in Italian.
It’s multilingual so we will all understand… a bit

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October, 20:30
Sunday 15 October, 16:30 (matinee)
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 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.

Entrance by Donation