Past Productions & Events

AstaroTheatro Past Productions and Events

AstaroTheatro October 2018

 

Saturday 13 October, 20:30
Friday 19 October, 20:30
On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco
by Anton Chekhov
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1902, The Harmful Effects of Tobacco.

This is the final of the six different versions of the play from 1886 to 1902 which illustrates the transformation in Chekhov’s approach to the revelation of character on stage. Older version was designed to amuse the audience with solely external comic effects. Now, the emphasis has entirely changed and replaced by a subtle psychological analysis of the inner man.
Who is this man? Who is Ivan Ivanovich Nyukhin?
A dramatic monologue which depends on inner rather than outer action of the actor. 2018, Chekhov raises the mirror in front of modern people “have a look at yourselves and see how bad and dull your lives are…Why won’t you do something to change it?”. AstaroTheatro presents the monologue of Chekhov trying to bridge the mystic world of a man and his real down to earth life.
Without being aware we are all preparing for something “big” to come, what might be that? Will it lead us to catharsis?
With Roberto Bacchilega
Staged by Vasiliki Koutrouli
Pictures by Cenk Dövyap

 

“Why have I returned? to clear my name!”
MARX IS BACK (a play on history)
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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.

Sunday 30 September, 20:00
ACU/The Barricade, Voorstraat 71 Utrecht

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Mothers of Victims
Mothers of Resistance
Screaming in silent protest their accusation to authoritarian totalitarian fascist regimes.
Witnessing with their presence that resistance to tyrannical state-sponsored oppression is possible and it’s here to stay
Asking questions that matter. What have you done to our beloved ones? Why have you tortured, murdered and made disappear the voices of dissent, the existence of the other.

From Saturday Mothers in Turkey to Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina to all of us in the world. For memory and on-going resistance

Activists, Artist, Humans of No Borders. Be together Saturday 29 October at NieuwLand Amsterdam

Saturday Mothers (Turkey) & Mothers of the Plaza De Mayo (Argentina)
Poetry… Music…Dance… Video… Theatrical Presentation…Performance…Politics

This is an event with many languages, organized by a group called ‘laatse Zaterdag’, composed of poets, writers, and artists based in Amsterdam. By organizing cultural events, we look into the state of the world, with ethical and aesthetical witnesshood. We use the language of art and culture to engage with the politics of the world. We hope to transform and collectivize our concerns. We are interested in collectivity created through these events.

This first event is about ‘disappearance murders’, specifically about Saturday Mothers/People in Turkey, but also other similar histories all over the world, like Mothers of the Plaza De Mayo in Argentina.
Saturday Mothers/People are families of disappeared and murdered people in the 90s in Turkey, who have been demonstrating every Saturday in a busy square in Istanbul, demanding an answer for disappearance of their lost ones. The demonstration has its 705th week this Saturday.
Doors open at 19:00.

 

Inter.Nos Festival
AstaroTheatro & Microteatro & Warmoesstraat District
Program Day-By-Day
All Events: Entrance by Donation


AstaroTheatro Summer

Metabasis * Metalaxis * Ypervasis _ Circle 1
(Transition * Mutation * Transcendence)
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Performance Art workshop researching the connection between:
Time, self, material and artistic actions.

Dear artists,

I would like to invite you to my workshop/practice Metabasis * Metalaxis * Ypervasis _ Circle 1 _(20 hours) _which would take place in Amsterdam @ AstaroTheatro in August.

This is not a teaching techniques/systems of theatre/ performance art workshop. It is more a collective practice which intend to inspire you devising new approaches of your personal work. It will be a combination of exercises regarding the element of time, practising materials and actions in the “now” without preparation and reflection upon that.

More specific:

Practice on specific exercises how during an action we make full use of our time – Actions and materials – Do a Self-reflection process ( observing ourselves during the process) – Sharing thoughts with the group how might this process have changed you– Repetition & decay – Practice long duration performances during the festival in September.

Time frame:
1. Saturday: 25 August @ 12:00 – 17:00
(15 m coffee break & 20 m lunch break)

2. Sunday: 26 August @ 12:00 – 17:00
(15 m coffee break & 20 m lunch break)

3. Saturday: 1 September @ 12:00 – 17:00
(15 m coffee break & 20 m lunch break)

4. Sunday: 2 September @ 12:00 – 17:00
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the group will spend some time on discussing about the possibility of creating live performances (outdoors/indoors) during the Intern.Nos Festival Amsterdam.

Further info:

* Commitment to both weekends is necessary for the process.
* Max artists: 5
* Cost of total workshop: 100 euro / person (payment in advance)
* Coffee/tea, notebook/pen and light lunch are included in the price.
* Participation to individual or collective performances during the Intern.Nos Festival Amsterdam in September (not obligatory).
* Kindly request to CONFIRM your PARTICIPATION by EMAIL (vas_koutrouli@hotmail.com) by 15th of August.

Please drop me an email for any further information you might need at: vas_koutrouli@hotmail.com. I will be more than happy to explain more.

Feel free to invite people who might be interested in to practice on it.

This event will be hosted @ AstaroTheatro offered by the artistic director/curator and performer Roberto Bacchilega.

Thank you all in advance
Warm regards,
Vasiliki Koutrouli and Roberto Bacchilega

AstaroTheatro June

Saturday 30 June, 20:30
Marx is Back (a Play on History)

Karl Marx

200th anniversary
And He is Back at AstaroTheatro!

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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.


Saturday 23 June, 20:30

Ulrike’s Convicted Songs


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‘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.
For reservations please e-mail to imra.dincer@gmail.com
Entrance by Donation 

Please contact us for dates, times and other details
info@ondaitaliana.org
astarotheatro@gmail.com
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Sunday 10 June, 20:30

ACU/The Barricade Utrecht
Voorstraat 71 Utrecht
The Volcanoes
A Philosophical Performance

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“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

 

Thursday 7 June, 20:30
Slack Bird-Fabian Maddison-The James Bar Bowen Duo at AstaroTheatro

A unique and very successful play
Back at AstaroTheatro after its latest Pisa-Italy performance
Adam’s Other Rib

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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

 



AstaroTheatro May

Friday 18, Saturday 19, Sunday 20 May
Three days of Uncontrolled Arts

AstaroTheatro Festival 2018
10 years AstaroTheatro
Theatre&Activism > Omnia Sunt Communia
AstaroTheatro 10 years festival

AstaroTheatro, the smallest theatre in Amsterdam, has been an Artistic Ithaca for hundreds of artists over the last 10 years of its existence
An Agora of Resistance

To celebrate the 10th birthday of AstaroTheatro, the festival is an open platform for artists to produce new works or propose already existing ones

AstaroTheatro Festival Program

AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37
Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation
(Festival flyer kindly by Arif Murat Gür. Festival Program flyer kindly by Tenedle)


AstaroTheatro April 2018

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 April, 20:30
Saturday 28 April, 20:30 (additional performance)
Monsieur Teste

‘Dark Reflections of an Illuminated Mind’
AstaroTheatro presents Paul Valéry's Monsieur Teste - April 2018

by Paul Valéry
Translated by Jackson Mathews
Adapted by Zbigniew Maciak
The Cast
Edmond Teste – Joost van Oosterhout
Emilia, his wife – Henrietta Bryant
Paul, his friend – Roberto Bacchilega
Priest Mosson – Alexander Singh
The Angel – Julia Landau
Puppets – Joaquim Pedro Ferreira
Sound track – Joost van Oosterhout
Stage-frame construction – Björn Gudmundson
Video & poster – Martina Gudmundson
Photos – Tatjana Todorovic
Directed by Zbigniew Maciak in collaboration with the actors and the Puppet Master
An AstaroTheatro Production
“Monsieur Teste” was introduced to the world in 1896.
In 1925 Valéry wrote:
“Coming back to Monsieur Teste… a character of this kind could not survive in reality for more than a few quarters of an hour.”
Thanks to the magic of theatre he will stay with us a while longer.

Thursday 19 April, from 19:00
The Volcanoes
A Philosophical Performance
at NieuwLand 

Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93-95, Amsterdam
www.nieuwland.cc
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“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

“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”?

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
Entrance by Donation 
 

Sunday 22 April, 17:00 (matinee)
Jordi Pelach at AstaroTheatro
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JORDI PÈLACH REVIEW
Jordi Pèlach is originally from the countryside, but his songs have a strong taste of his adoptive Barcelona. And more specifically, that vital and colorful Barcelona that springs to the most unsuspected corners, the strongholds that have not yet yielded to low cost tourism. Fine melodies that resonate with force despite its fragility. Silk melancholy and arrangements that refer to living rooms with little light, and those untimely hours in which the rigidity of the day to day gives way to reflection and, why not, the dreams. He has a voice. That voice, of serious tone and unique and untransferable finishes, that explains stories and short distances in each verse, a strange and simple poetry with strong dark/light contrasts.

THE CONCEPT OF THE CONCERT
In this concert, he will present his new songs, more skeletal than ever, sometimes asymmetrical or surprisingly short and schematic. Touching and strangely beautiful, mixing some of his finest old-fashioned tunes with articulated thoughts and some kind of a punk attitude. His concerts are an act of flow, in line with the existing energy in the room. It can be a drama or a comedy, like life itself. Here and now, are we human or not? Are we alive?
Entrance by Donation

AstaroTheatro March 2018

Saturday 17 March, 20:30
Agora of Resistence
Agora of Resistance
OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro
10 Years AstaroTheatro. Theatre&Activism > Omnia Sunt Communia
Saturday 17 March, 20:30

 A Space of Counter-Narratives
A truly independent place where we can meet outside the logics of neoliberal market and corporate mediocrity
An Agora of Resistance to stay away from oppression alienation and exploitation
(Doors open from 8 pm. First act at 8.30 pm)
Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds.
Sense, non-sense and sensation
Theatre, Music, Performances, Arts, Lounge
Entrance by Donation

Saturday 24 March, 20:30
The Volcanoes
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“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
Entrance by Donation


AstaroTheatro February 2018

Friday 2 and Saturday 3 February, 20:30
Friday 9 and Saturday 10 February, 20:30 (additional performances)
Treading the Abyss
or
Six Twenty Seven PM
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There’s a fog in your head when you tread through the abyss. There’s fog all around you.

And all the broken umbrellas in the street flapping in the wind are like dead birds.
The men who count suicides are liable to include themselves.
Loneliness is the colour of ash and feathers, and you know you have to go.
It’s almost 6.27 pm and the dark streets are filled with yellow lights and despair.
And the girl steps onto the highest roof in the city and looks down.
There’s nothing wrong with her. Nothing that a kiss couldn’t fix.

A theatre play written and directed by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira

The Stagehand: Eleftheria Vakaki
Two Heads: Roberto Bacchilega & Francis Cox
Girl: Athina Kazouri
Man: Alexander Singh
She: Athina Kazouri
He: Alexander Singh
Patient: Johan Statius Muller
Lover: Sona Prakash
Father: Johan Statius Muller
Daughter: Athina Kazouri
Youngster: Alexander Singh
Creature: Sona Prakash

Images: Belén Apaz
An AstaroTheatro and Ritual Movement Production
Entrance by Donation

Friday 16th, Saturday 17th  February, 20:30
Sunday 18th February, 17:00 (matinee)
The Volcanoes

“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

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“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”?

Stage composition: Alli Mana ǀ Poetry Performance and Theatre Group
Preparation and Stage Direction: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Text’s 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

AstaroTheatro |www.astarotheatro.com
Sint Jansstraat 37 
Amsterdam 

An AstaroTheatro and Alli Mana ǀ Poetry Performance and Theatre production
Entrance by Donation 


AstaroTheatro January 2018


Saturday 20 January, 20:30
Urgent Rebellion
OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro
Theatre&Activism > Omnia Sunt Communia
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(Doors open from 8 pm. First act at 8.30 pm)

Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds.
Sense, non-sense and sensation
Theatre, Music, Performances, Arts, Lounge

Friday 26 January, 20:30

Tenedle
Odd to Love
A Tribute to Emily Dickinson
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AstaroTheatro December 2017

Friday 8 December, 19:30
MARX IS BACK (a play on history)

“Why have I returned? to clear my name!”
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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
Amsterdam
19:30-22:00

Friday 15 December, 20:00 (doors open 19:00)
Themis & Lombroso 
at NieuwLand

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“Ah darling, we don’t need our reproductive organs to seed

the world and be seeded”
With the Gezi protest as a background, Turkish playwright and activist Bilgesu Erenus tickles the audience with a theatre play of amazing universal interest. Themes of the play include social justice, criminology and capitalism. Come and join us for a cozy friday evening at NieuwLand!
Friday 15 December
Start: 20:00
Doors open: 19:00
NieuwLand
Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93
AmsterdamThemis: Silvia Terribili 

Lombroso: Roberto Bacchilega
Translation: Anı Küsmenoğlu Tuna
Image: Esra Sakir
Graphics: Hüseyin Huseyin Karadeli
Costumes: Özlem Tabar Miçooğulları
Directed by Arif Murat Gür
An AstaroTheatro and Alli Mana Group Production
NieuwLand is a non-commercial and volunteer-run social-political centre and has a permit to sell food and drinks during her activities, for example during its Fridaynight events/activities, but is not allowed to promote its delicious vegan food or drinks, because NieuwLand is nót a horeca occasion; NieuwLand’s main activities are social, political, and sometimes cultural. Welcome and come well!



AstaroTheatro October and November 2017

Friday 13 and Saturday 14 October, 20:30
Sunday 16 October, 16:30
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
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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
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.

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

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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

Friday 10 November, 20:30
James Oesi at AstaroTheatro
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“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

Saturday 18 November, 20:30
Madhav Agarwal at AstaroTheatro
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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

Thursday 23 November, 20:30
She Owl at AstaroTheatro
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ABOUT SHE OWL’S MUSIC

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.
www.she-owl.com
Entrance € 5


FFF 2017

AstaroTheatro Productions and Events for Free Fringe Amsterdam
AstaroTheatro Ten Years!

Thursday 7 September, 20:00
*** FESTIVE OPENING OF FREE FRINGE FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM 2017
music/exhibition/book launch
AstaroTheatro kindly hosts the opening celebration of the 6th annual Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam. AstaroTheatro has been a happy home of the Free Fringe from the very start – thanks guys! Drop by for an evening of music, art & good cheer in the heart of the Wallen, with the musical stylings of

Tiger Harmonium
Sin Sin Collective
Magiekejansen

& gHSTS & gUITARS
The festival opening is combined with a very special book launch & exhibition of Zoo Drawings by Molly Heady-Carroll.
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ZOO DRAWINGS by Molly Heady-Carroll
exhibition & book launch
Molly Heady-Carroll is deeply interested in animals (reptiles in particular) and has dedicated herself to not only studying them through drawing, but also capturing their behaviour and personality through her work. Every week, Molly visits zoos, museums and farms to draw animals from life.

This exhibition showcases a selection of her animal art created over the past year. This show is also launching her new book Wekelijkse Dierentuin Tekeningen (Weekly Zoo Drawings).
When she isn’t drawing animals from life, Molly is inventing her own animals as a creature designer for games and animation. She currently lives in Bussum with her two leopard geckos, Spot & Dot, Poppy the tarantula, Laura the cat and (her favorite pet) Erik the boyfriend 😛
mollyheadycarroll.com
at FESTIVE OPENING OF FREE FRINGE FESTIVAL AMSTERDAM 
20:00//Thursday 7 September//ASTAROTHEATRO
& until 17 September

Friday 8 and 15 September, 20:30 at AstaroTheatro
Saturday 15, 16:30 at Vondelbunker, VondelPark 8a (under the bridge)
*** Themis & Lombroso
by Bilgesu Erenus

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The Answers Inside Questions
“Why cannot Themis, the Goddess of Justice, feel safe with her Sword, her Blindfold and her Scale? Why is there blood on her Sword?
Does her Blindfold, the symbol of her neutrality, represent the indifference of today, or the addiction to Capitalism?
Can her Scale, the symbol of the fair distribution of justice, be sustained in the current global capitalist conditions?
Is she content that she has already lost her pedestal of the Goddess of Justice to the criminologist Lombroso, the inventor of innate criminal theory?
Does the belief of both Themis and Lombroso that the salvation of all humanity can only take place when the notion of Justice reaches the level of Social Justice, stem from truth or desperation?”
Bilgesu Erenus
Ah darling, we don’t need our reproductive organs to seed the world and be seeded”

With the Gezi protest as a background, Turkish playwright and activist Bilgesu Erenus tickles the audience with a theatre play of amazing universal interest.

Themis: Silvia Terribili
Lombroso: Roberto Bacchilega
Image: Esra Sakir
Graphics: Huseyin Karadeli
Costumes: Ozlem Tabar Micoglu
Directed by Arif Murat Gür
An AstaroTheatro and Alli Mana Group Production

Saturday 9 September, 20:30
Sunday 10 September, 18:30
Thursday 14 September, 20:30
Sunday 17 September, 18:30
At Microteatro-Juan C. Tajes Art Studio
Warmoessstraat 109 Amsterdam
(be on time, limited amount of seats)
***!!!THE FUNNIEST COMEDY IN TOWN!!!
The Grouch
Studies in Misanthropy aka Hating Humanity is a Waste of
Time
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Based on Menander’s “Dyskolos” (‘The Misanthrope”)
First produced in Athens in 316 B.C.
Translated by Vincent Rosivach and Others
Adapted by Zbigniew Maciak

The cast:
Pan, the god – Juan C. Tajes
Getas, the slave – Joost van Oosterhout
Knemon, the misanthrope – Roberto Bacchilega
Simikhe, the woman slave – Silvia Terribili
Masks and Costumes – Juan C. Tajes
Music – Joost van Oosterhout, Juan C. Tajes and Guests
Graphics: Belen Apaz
Directed by Zbigniew Maciak in collaboration with the actors
An AstaroTheatro and TaBaJuCa Production
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This Ancient Greek comedy gives a portrait of the First Misanthrope.
In a turn of events, confronted with neighbours and the supernatural powers of the Nymphs, (who dwell in the sanctuary next-door) – this mean, troublesome man, (who hates literally all humanity), is forced to go through a well-deep, spiritual journey.

 



AstaroTheatro June 2017

Saturday 17 June AND Friday 23 June, 20:30
Adam’s Other Rib

(plays again. and again)
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Adam’s Other Rib
A Play by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira, directed by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira
Helena: Eleftheria Vakaki

Professor Matthews: Roberto Bacchilega
Christophe: Alexander Singh
Audio, Animation and Video Support: Jose Manuel Buonamico and Meritxell Batistti
A Ritual Movement and AstaroTheatro Production
Photography: Tatjana Todorovic

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.
Entrance by Donation

Friday 30 June, 20:30
Strange Stories from Nowhere
Storytelling by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira
Strange Stories
These are the Strange Stories from Nowhere. 

New strange stories from Old Decrepit Ports.
Crooked stories aching to be told.
Stories of old circus, lost forests, hidden plazas, strange creatures. 
These stories from everywhere are now merged into a possible archetype of the Story and now they are from nowhere. 
The Stories from Nowhere.
But these are the weird ones.
Told in secret.
In whispers.
And for you they come for free.
Unless you decide to have a beer or two…
Entrance by Donation



Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam 7 – 17 September 2017
NOW OPEN: Call for Proposals
Proposals from artists of all disciplines will be accepted until 1 August 2017

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The 6th Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam already includes:
The Loudest Noise Ever Made, Warp Zone Video Game Art Show, radio drama, music of all sorts, film, photography, theatre, animation from Europe & Japan.
Participating venues opens their doors to artists and audiences for 10 days of free events run by artists and volunteers at De Vondelbunker & city-wide.
AstaroTheatro is a participating venue
Send your proposal no later than 1August 2017 to samheady@hotmail.com

A Beacon in The Darkness of Corporate Mediocrity
freefringefestivalamsterdam.com



AstaroTheatro March 2017

Friday 31 March, 20:30
Saturday 1 April, 20:30
Adam’s Other Rib (plays again)
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Great pleasure and inspiring moments to perform Adam’s Other Rib last weekend.

We are grateful to the audience who enjoyed the play and felt the energy in our small and cosy theatre.
So we’ll do it again!
Adam’s Other Rib plays again Friday 31 March and Saturday 1 April, 20:30 at AstaroTheatro.
So this is your chance to see it, if you’ve missed it last time
(Tatjana Todorovic you did it again! Thank you for these marvalous pictures!)

Adam’s Other Rib
A Play by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira, directed by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira

Helena: Eleftheria Vakaki
Professor Matthews: Roberto Bacchilega
Christophe: Alexander Singh
Audio, Animation and Video Support: Jose Manuel Buonamico and Maritxell Meritxell Batistti
A Ritual Movement and AstaroTheatro Production

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.

Friday 31 March, 20:30
Saturday 1 April, 20:30
At AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
http://www.astarotheatro.com
Entrance by donation

Opening March 24th, 20:30
Also playing March 25th, 20:30′
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Helena: Eleftheria Vakaki
Professor Matthews: Roberto Bacchilega
Christophe: Alexander Singh
Audio, Animation and Video Support: Jose Manuel Buonamico and Maritxell Battisti
A Ritual Movement and AstaroTheatro Production

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.

Opening March 24th, 20:30
Also playing March 25th, 20:30
At AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by donation



AstaroTheatro January and February 2017

Sunday 29 January, 21:00
Marx is Back (@ The Barricade in Utrecht)
Marx is Back (a play on history)
@ ACU-Book Café The Barricade
Voorstraat 71 Utrecht
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“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 revolutionary ideas taken over by opportunists who, time and again, organize a new priesthood and hierarchy complete with excommunications and indexes, 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.
Marx is Back is the opening of a themed evening with open discussion. ‘How far capitalism has gone, nowadays. Ideas for resistance and the meaning of revolution in our times.’
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Before the event there will be food on donation by Taste Before You Waste – Utrecht at 19:00.

Friday 10 February, 20:30
Boekpresentatie voor het boek in samenwerking met WarTrauma Foundation
“In het kille ochtendlicht”
AstaroTheatro Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Vrijdag 10 februari
Inloop: 20.15
Einde: 22.30
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Een avond vol met muziek, dichtkunst, pitches van schrijvers, een lezing van WarTrauma Foundation (waar de royalty’s naartoe gaan) en een lezing van professor Jojada Verrips van WarTrauma Foundation

Programma
20.15 – Inloop
20.30 – Optreden van dichters
Korte pauze
21.10 – lezing WarTrauma Foundation
21.30 – Pitches van schrijvers
Korte pauze
21.40 – Boekpresentatie Jojada Verrips
22.00 – 22.30 Muzikale omlijsting van Sewusen

Thursday 16 February, 18:00
AstaroTheatro in the Pictures of Tatjana Todorovic – Exhibition Opening

The unique exhibition of Tatjana Todorovic‘s theatre pictures featuring many performers from the wide AstaroTheatro Collective
Thursday 16 February, 18:00
at PuntWG WG Plein Amsterdam
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With pictures from the following theatre plays:

Alli Mana Pá K’eho (AstaroThearo Productions and Alli Mana Productions)
Proteus by Zbigniew Maciak (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Humanimal (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Piazza del Popolo (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Words Words Words by David Ives (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Endgame by Samuel Beckett. (Sin Sin Collective Production)
Jarry Unchained (Sin Sin Collective Production)
Juan C. Tajes Productions: Between Worms and Gods, Commedia dell’Arte World Day, Minotauro Tango
Various Pictures from:
Marx is Back (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Woman with the Hammer (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Sorelle Bandiera (AstaroTheatro Productions)
Mediterranee (Art & Language and AstaroTheatro Productions)
Come and Go by Samuel Beckett (Sin Sin Collective Production)
OpenPodium (AstaroTheatro Productions)

Tatjana will exhibit photographs at PuntWG. These pictures were taken during performances at AstaroTheatro and other venues (like the Vondlbunker – During Free Fringe Festival, Juan Tajes Studio, De Nieuwe Anita etc.)

Tatjana Todorovic. Born in former Yugoslavia. Graduates in Architecture at the University of Belgrade. In 1996 moves to Rome to complete her post-graduate studies in Sustainable Interactive Design and Multimedia at Roma Tre University where she also works as Contract Professor of Visual Communication in Architecture. In 2009 moves to Amsterdam. In 2012 starts her collaboration with AstaroTheatro and is introduced into Amsterdam’s alternative performance scene. Hosts a monthly rubrica Buona Sera Signorina for Radio Onda Italiana at Salto Wereld FM.

Saturday 25 February, 19:00
Alli Mana Pá K’Eho (I Do Not Have Another Mother)
at HTIB 1e Weteringsplantsoen 2 C AMSTERDAM
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The members of Alli Mana / Poetry Performance & Theatre
found each other in their love for the power of the words in performance.

In the first production of the Alli Mana theatre company, ten performers share their stories on stage.
In ”Alli Mana Pa K’ Eho” (I Do Not Have Another Mother) in contact with poetry, commemoration and the art of forgetting, ten people (compirsing actors and actresses, play writers, musicans and poets)
set a multi-language performance exploring and questioning the boundaries of time, the need of belonging, the beauty of sung and spoken words
– all inspired and driven by a common mission:
to build a bridge.

“Man resembles the place he lives in
Resembles its water, its soil

He resembles its sky in that his tears are blue
The sea in that his glances are rough
Houses, streets and corners
How much he resembles
And the dooryards
(His heart squeezed with a well curb)
And its words”
“The Voice of Blood on my Handkerchief”
Edip Canserver (Turkish poet ~ 1928-1986)
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“Alli Mana Pa K’ Eho” (I Do Not Have Another Mother)
by Alli Mana / Poetry Performance & Theatre

Performers:
Anna Papagiannaki Divani (English)
Lisa Luca (Italian / Sicilian)
Vasiliki Koutrouli (Greek)
Arif Murat Gür (Turkish)
Simona Beltrami (French)
Roberto Bacchilega (Italian / English)
Silvia Terribili (Italian / English)
Hüseyin Şahin (Kurdish)
Mehmet Çetin (Kurdish / Turkish)
Sewusen (Kurdish Music)

With poems by: T.S. Eliot, Franco Battiato, Vasilis Trikoupis, Edip Cansever, Marguerite Yourcenar, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Katerina Angelaki-Rook, Edoardo Sanguineti and own poems by: Mehmet Çetin, Hüseyin ?ahin and Silvia Terribili
A Quelli di Astaroth > AstaroTheatro production
in collaboration with Alli Mana / Poetry Performance & Theatre.
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Saturday, 25 February, 19:00
HTIB(Turkish Workers Association in The Netherlands), Amsterdam
€10 Tickets will be available by the entrance on the day of the performance.
Back to 90s! after-party with drinks
hosting disco _ very channel from Studio85



AstaroTheatro December 2016

Friday 2 December, 20:30
Tenedle Extended

Live 2016
The best of Tenedle

Electronic Music
Songwriting
Visual Art
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Support Music Support the Arts Support Theatre
Support Indipendent and Engaged Culture
Support Tenedle Support AstaroTheatro
€ 8

Saturday 3 December at 17:00 and Sunday 11 December at 17:00 (matinees)
[P]roteus (bis) at VondelBunker
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inspired by the lost satyr play ‘Proteus’ by Aeschylus
performed 458 BC together with ‘The Oresteia’

Directed by Zbigniew Maciak in collaboration with the actors

Proteus: Roberto Bacchilega
Silenus: Juan C. Tajes
Menelaus: Roberto Genta
Echo: Eleftheria Vakaki
The Chorus of Satyrs: Joost van Oosterhout and Arif Murat Gür

Recordings: Jonathan Brown and Joost van Oosterhout
Barrels and Towers: Martina and Björn Gudmundson
Mask and Breast Plate: design by Juan C. Tajes, realized by Anna van ‘t Hoog
Poster Design: Martin Hrdina
Pictures: Tatjana Todorovic

An AstaroTheatro Production

Vondblbunker VondelPark Amsterdam
The VondelBunker entrance is located at the furthest right entrance of the bridge
Check the Facebook events:
3 December
11 December
Entrance: Free! Donation afterwards are welcome.
Door open: 16.30
Start: 17.00

Friday 9 December at Joe’s Garage
Friday 16 December at Spinhuis
Marx is Back (a Play on History)

MARX IS BACK (a play on history)
“Why have I returned? to clear my name!”

Friday 9 December, 20:30 at Joe’s Garage
Pretoriusstraat 43hs Amsterdam
Friday 16 December, 20:30 at Het Spinhuis (under the Multatuli Bridge)
Singel 165a Amsterdam
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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.

Marx is Back is the opening of a themed evening with open discussion.
‘How far nowadays capitalism has gone. Ideas for resistance and the meaning of revolution in our times’

AstaroTheatro October and November 2016

Saturday 5 November, 20:30
Docu-Film: Article 13
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” The word Refugees always brings a lot of conflicting emotions. But what is hidden behind that word? Luca Paroni wanted to know it better, and decided to start his journey around that word! It was a journey “around the world” and around a “particular world”: the one of refugees and asylum seeker in the Netherlands.

Migration has always been a human instinct.
Talal and Jalal are two migrants who went succesfully through the asylum request process in Netherlands. Maryama, from Somalia, in the Netherlands since 5 years, still didn’t get any paper. Sjoerd (PvDA party) and Sharon (SP party) are two dutch politicians.Migration influences life of migrants but also life of the so called native population. Nowaday regulation, laws, government directives define if people are entitle to enter and stay in a country and under which circumstance.
Open discussion after the film
Free Entrance

Saturday 12 November, 20:30

Alli Mana Pá K’eho at Spinhuis
Our Poetry Music Word and Body Performance goes to Spinhuis under the bridge
Beyond meanings and beyond borders
Spinhuis (under the Multatuli Bridge)
Singel 165a Amsterdam
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A multi-language word performance on poetry, time, commemoration and the art of forgetting.

“A human is alike the place he lives
alike the water, alike the soil of the place…
…alike its country…
And alike to its words”
“If I know that I have a place, just like a black stone,
a dry branch does, in this ash-colored earth” Mehmet Çetin

Anna Papagiannaki Divani (English)
Lisa Luca (Italian / Sicilian)
Vasiliki Koutrouli (Greek)
Arif Murat Gür (Turkish)
Simona Beltrami (French)
Roberto Bacchilega (English / Italian)
Silvia Terribili (Italian)
Hüseyin Şahin (Kurdish / Turkish)
Mehmet Çetin (Kurdish / Turkish)
Sewusen (Kurdish Music)

With poems by: T.S. Eliot, Franco Battiato, Vasilis Trikoupis, Edip Cansever, Marguerite Yourcenar, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Katerina Angelaki-Rook, Edoardo Sanguineti, George Orwell and own poems by: Mehmet Çetin, Hüseyin Şahin and Silvia Terribili
With music by: Sewusen (Kurdish Music)

An AstaroTheatro Production
Free Entrance

Friday 18 November, 20:30
The Secret of Music
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Music is everywhere.

What is her secret?
What makes her so omnipresent, universal and important to us?
A sounding lecture by Prof. Russolo to expose and fathom this beautiful phenomenon.
Free Entrance

Saturday 29 October, 20:30
More Stories from Nowhere

Story-Telling by Joaquim Pedro Ferreira
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These are more stories from nowhere. 
The crowds asked for more stories and more stories decided to come.
New stories aching to be told.
Joaquim is collecting all the variants he can find of the same story, comparing them and crafting his own taking of these particular stories.
These stories from everywhere are now merged into a possible archetype of the Story and now they are from nowhere.
The Stories from Nowhere.
Come listen to them.
They’re aching to grab an ear.
It’s for free.
Unless you decide to have a beer or two…

AstaroTheatro September 2016

Friday 23 September, 20:30
The Stories from Nowhere

story-telling with Joaquim Pedro Ferreira
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These are the stories from nowhere.
One day, many years ago, Joaquim discovered that many of his stories have variants every language and every place.
Since then Joaquim is collecting all the variants he can find of the same story, comparing them and crafting his own taking of these particular stories.
These stories from everywhere are now merged into a possible archetype of the Story and now they are from nowhere.
The Stories from Nowhere.
Come listen to them.
They’re aching to grab an ear.
It’s for free.
Unless you decide to have a beer…
Entrance by donation

Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam 2016
Free Fringe Festival – Program at AstaroTheatro
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Thursday 1st September, 20:30

Grand Opening Free Fringe Festival: Hellfire Club at AstaroTheatro
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20:30 Opening of Zeevonk Art Exhibition by Astrid Meijs
followed by The Hellfire Club:
Join us for a cabaret night of the Devil knows what to celebrate opening night of Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam throbbing with talent just waiting to burst out of its leotard.
With music from ghstsnguitars & Rene Paes
The Slow Stain of the World Theatre Performance & songs by Sin Sin Collective
& The Bollywood Dancers
A splendid time to be had by all! Strictly no peeking behind the curtain.

Saturday 3rd and Friday 9th September, 20:30
Alli Mana Pá K’eho
I do not have another mother
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A multi-language word performance on poetry, time, commemoration and the art of forgetting.

“A human is alike the place he lives
alike the water, alike the soil of the place…
…alike its country…
And alike to its words”

“If I know that I have a place, just like a black stone,
a dry branch does, in this ash-colored earth” Mehmet Çetin

Anna Papagiannaki Divani (English)
Lisa Luca (Italian / Sicilian)
Vasiliki Koutrouli (Greek)
Arif Murat Gür (Turkish)
Simona Beltrami (French)
Roberto Bacchilega (Italian)
Silvia Terribili (Italian)
Alexandra Zoi (Greek)
Hüseyin Şahin (Kurdish / Turkish)
Mehmet Çetin (Kurdish / Turkish)
Sewusen (Kurdish Music)

With poems by: T.S. Eliot, Franco Battiato, Vasilis Trikoupis, Edip Cansever, Marguerite Yourcenar, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Katerina Angelaki-Rook, Edoardo Sanguineti, Spyros Vrettos, George Orwell and own poems by: Mehmet Çetin, Hüseyin Şahin and Silvia Terribili
With music by: Sewusen (Kurdish Music)

Saturday 10th September, 20:30
THE PILLOW BOOK
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by V.V. (inspired by the author Sei Shōnagon) is a book of personal observations and thoughts, confessions, music, poetry around the life of two people’s past, present and future possibilities.

An artistic composition that intends to “play” with the opposites: love – hate | build – destroy | order – disorder | freedom – prison | joy – sadness…
A composition which will be based on a “game” of creating a composition on the spot, without preparation, using: bricks, cards, stones, knots => sounds, words, gestures, colors.

Idea, artistic approach, visuals: V. Koutrouli & V. Trikoupis @ AstaroTheatro,
Saturday, September 10th during the FREE FRINGE FESTIVAL in Amsterdam

AstaroTheatro – Free Fringe Festival
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
www.freefringefestivalamsterdam.com
All Events Free Entry

Friday 2nd September, 20:00
Saturday 3rd September, 14:00
[P]roteus (bis)
An AstaroTheatro Production for Free Fringe Festival 2016
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@ DE VONDELBUNKER VondelPark Amsterdam

De Vondelbunker entrance is located at the furthest right entrance of the bridge

[P]roteus (bis)
by Zbigniew Maciak
inspired by the lost play ‘Proteus’ by Aeschylus

performed 458 BC together with ‘The Oresteia’

Directed by Zbigniew Maciak in collaboration with the actors
Proteus: Roberto Bacchilega
Silenus: Juan C. Tajes
Menelaus: Roberto Genta
Echo: Elephteria Vakaki
& the Chorus of Satyrs: Joost van Oosterhout and Arif Murat Gür
Recordings: Jonathan Brown
Barrels and Towers: Martina and Björn Gudmundson
Masks and Armour: Juan C. Tajes
Poster Design: Martin Hrdina

www.freefringefestivalamsterdam.com
Free Entry

AstaroTheatro June 2016

Saturday 4th June, 20:30
S a n a t o r i u m
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Butoh performance inspired by The Fall by Albert Camus

Dance: Ezio Tangini

The performance is about the guiltiness, the one of the human soul.
“since we are all judges, we are all guilty before one another, all Christs in our cheap way, one by one crucified, always without knowing”.
Albert Camus
Entrance by donation 

Sunday 5th June, 17.00 (matinee)
Ash in the Fire
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Poetry is the language we all should speak. A common inspiration, shared passions, unconditioned love.
A poem is much more than a poem. Ash in the Fire is theatre, music, dance, total expression. It’s the fire burning inside of us. It’s a journey through human feelings.
Starting from the Turkish poems by Barış Bilgiç, a full performance is ready for the international audience, thanks to the English acting of Roberto Bacchilega, the dance of Nina Novak and the universal language of music of Onur Inel and Ata Güner.
Ash in the Fire speaks the words from our heart from Anatolia to the world.

Göğsümün göğünde, uçurtmalar uçuruyorum bide…
Kites fly in the sky of my chest

Barış Bilgiç Poems, Recitation
Roberto Bacchilega Recitation
Onur Inel Music and singing
Ata Güner Music
Nina Novak Dance, Choreography
Juan C. Tajes Masks
Özenç Hikmet Demirkan, Sharon Renee Stewart, Maria Wal Translations
Cihan Turhan/CT Studios Photography

Please note: AstaroTheatro is the smallest and most cosy theatre in Amsterdam.
Places are limited. Reservation is needed to be put on the guest list of Ash in the Fire
Contact: Roberto Bacchilega-AstaroTheatro info@ondaitaliana.org. Tel. 06 25382491
Admission: € 5 at the door

Friday 17 June, 20:30
Saturday 18 June, 20.30
ALLI MANA PÁ KEHO
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A multi-language word performance on poetry, time, commemoration and the art of forgetting.

AstaroTheatro
Friday 17 and Saturday 18 June, 20:30
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

“A human is alike the place he lives
alike the water, alike the soil of the place…
…alike its country…
And alike to its words”

“If I know that I have a place, just like a black stone,
a dry branch does, in this ash-colored earth” Mehmet Çetin

Anna Papagiannaki Divani (English)
Lisa Luca (Italian / Sicilian)
Vasiliki Koutrouli (Greek)
Arif Murat Gür (Turkish)
Simona Beltrami (French)
Roberto Bacchilega (Italian)
Silvia Terribili (Italian)
Alexandra Zoi (Greek)
Hüseyin Şahin (Kurdish / Turkish)
Mehmet Çetin (Kurdish / Turkish)
Sewusen (Kurdish Music)

With poems by: T.S. Eliot, Franco Battiato, Vasilis Trikoupis, Edip Cansever, Marguerite Yourcenar, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Katerina Angelaki-Rook, Edoardo Sanguineti, Spyros Vrettos and own poems by: Mehmet Çetin, Hüseyin Şahin and Silvia Terribili
With music by: Sewusen (Kurdish Music)

Alli Mana Pá K’eho
Entrance is by donation
Donations will support the Coordination of Social Solidarity Clinics and Pharmacies in Attika&Greece

Friday 24th June, 20.30
Shironuri 芸者 AgA Wi Ego
フィジカルシアター

Female art identity concept / physical theatre

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Entrance by donation


AstaroTheatro May 2016

Friday 6th May, 20:30
Movement 2
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Second from the serie Movement – Multidisciplinary art performance by Talasi Collective.
Talasi Collective invites artists, painters, drawers, photographers, and everyone else to come and experience art connections in our performance.
Aga will present dance and body movement.
Lidija will write stories about YOU, alive.
You are welcome to bring your own materials and tools and to DRAW our art game.
Join our creative process at AstaroTheatro.
Entrance by Donation

Saturday 14th May, 20:30
Track Club Party & The SOULution (Double Bill)
Track Club Party
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Influence by all things 80’s& strong black coffee
Loud Abrasive and Often Reflective Indie Music
Now Acoustic at AstaroTheatro
Based in Amsterdam but from Glasgow & Lisbon, the two piece band perform loud, abrasive, and often reflective indie rock which isn’t too far removed from the UK sounds of the 80s and early 90s.

The SOULution
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Soul cover band from Amsterdam:
Chelsea: vocals
Manu: keyboard
Stefano: guitar
Gaetano: bass
Federico: drums

Entrance by Donation

Saturday 21 May 20:00 and Sunday 22 May 17:00 (matinee)
Ash in the Fire
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Poetry is the language we all should speak. A common inspiration, shared passions, unconditioned love.
A poem is much more than a poem. Ash in the Fire is theatre, music, dance, total expression. It’s the fire burning inside of us. It’s a journey through human feelings.
Starting from the Turkish poems by Barış Bilgiç, a full performance is ready for the international audience, thanks to the English acting of Roberto Bacchilega, the dance of Nina Novak and the universal language of music of Onur Inel and Ata Güner.
Ash in the Fire speaks the words from our heart from Anatolia to the world.

Göğsümün göğünde, uçurtmalar uçuruyorum bide…
Kites fly in the sky of my chest

Barış Bilgiç Poems, Recitation
Roberto Bacchilega Recitation
Onur Inel Music and singing
Ata Güner Music
Nina Novak Dance, Choreography
Juan C. Tajes Masks
Özenç Hikmet Demirkan, Sharon Renee Stewart, Maria Wal Translations
Cihan Turhan/CT Studios Photography

Please note: AstaroTheatro is the smallest and most cosy theatre in Amsterdam.
Places are limited. Reservation is needed to be put on the guest list of Ash in the Fire
Contact: Roberto Bacchilega-AstaroTheatro info@ondaitaliana.org. Tel. 06 25382491
Admission: € 5 at the door


AstaroTheatro April 2016

Friday 8th and Saturday 9th April, 20:30
I Corteggiatori – Amore a colpi di poesia
(AstaroTheatro in Italian)
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anche stasera lo spettacolo sta per iniziare ma…… uno spettacolo di poesia tutto dedicato all’amore. L’atmosfera è perfetta, il pubblico desideroso di ascoltare i versi poetici più belli del ‘900.
Vito entra in scena declamando le strofe di un suo componimento, ma…Carlo piomba sul palco deciso a suicidarsi: delusione d’amore!
Saranno la poesia, l’amicizia e la complicità maschile a dissuaderlo da questo disperato proposito, insieme alla nuova consapevolezza di poter ritrovare l’amore.
E ci riuscirà soprattutto per merito delle “cinque regole del corteggiamento”, fondamento, dogma e pilastro della famigerata fama di latin lover di Vito.
In Carlo esplode una ritrovata fiducia, grazie al palcoscenico, al pubblico,ma soprattuto alle donne presenti in sala. La lezione ha inizio, tutto sembra filare per il verso giusto, senonché….
Questo l’incipit di uno spettacolo nato con il desiderio di affrontare la comicità con eleganza e puro divertimento, dove poesia e umorismo si legano perfettamentein un gioco attorale continuo e ricco di colpi di scena.
I Corteggiatori è stato selezionato per “In Scena! Italian Theater Festival New York 2014”.
Ingresso Offerta Libera. Entrance by donation

Friday 29th April, 20:30
A Time for Silence
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Carlos Trafic and Nader Farman
present
A TIME FOR SILENCE
A conference on Silence
inspired by
WHITE SPACES (Paul Auster)
A dance to be read out loud
performed by Nader Farman
directed by Carlos Trafic
“ I dedicate these words to the impossibility of finding a word equal to the silence inside me . . . “ P.Auster
This performance brings the character of Gunther Braun to lead a meditative effort, somewhat burlesque and humorous at times, on questions around silence , space , time, the possibilities and limitations of language, the real and the unreal, the mysterious and the obvious. Will Silence, the only territory that cannot be mapped, remain unexplored ? isn’t the beauty of silence simply being ?

Saturday 30th April, door open at 20:00. First act at 20:30
Rescue the Meaning! – OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro
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Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds

Crazy acts > Sense, non-sense and sensation
Music, lounge, eat&drink. Bar is open, small buffet as well
Entrance by donation


Friday 18th March, 20:00
Documentaries at AstaroTheatro
Film&Debate

STATELESS – Shousha Refugee Camp (2012)
a film by Nunzio Gringeri and Mauro Mondello
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February 15th, 2011. On the emotive waves of the tunisian and egyptian revolution hundreds of people take to the streets in Benghazi, in northeast Libya, to protest against the Muammar Gaddafi regime: this event began the struggle between Libya army loyal to Colonel Gaddafi and the rebel forces.

More than 30.000 people were killed during the 8 months civil war: the upheaval has caused a humanitarian emergency on the Tunisian border, where tens of thousands of foreign workers have fled. IOM, the International Organization for Migration estimates that 2.5 million migrant workers were in Libya before the crisis, a heavy footprint for a Libyan population of under seven million.
So begins the journey of Shousha refugees, men and women arrived at the border between Libya and Tunisia from the poorest countries in the world, escaping from poverty, war and ethnic persecution.
Shousha is an indefinite place. It is neither a village nor a city, you can’t find it on a map, you can not imagine that such forgotten place in the middle of the tunisian desert, just 9 km away from the Libyan border, hosts a tent city where thousands of people found refuge escaping from an unexpected war.
Since february 2011 up to now more than 600.000 people crossed the border between Libya and Tunisia, many of these people covered by walking, for days, the distance (130 kilometers) that separate Tripoli from the frontier post.
Today 4.000 people is still living in Shousha, persons coming from Darfur, from Eritrea, from Somalia, from Ethiopia, men and women forced to stay in the camp because their refugee status: they can’t come back in their home countries, because terrible wars are fought there, they can’t come back to Libya, they can’t stay in Tunisia. The only thing the can do is to continue resisting, waiting for the asylum application they sent to western countries, the only possibility to leave Shousha in legal way, to come back to a normal life.
Lampedusa in Berlin
a film by Mauro Mondello
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In February 2013 the Italian government declares the end of the so-called “North Africa emergency”. Thousands of refugees are left alone, without jobs, food or housing. The government offers refugees 500 Euros and a special permit to travel through the Schengen area of Europe as an incentive to leave Italy. Many of them accept this sum and continue to live in Italy homeless. Some refugees move illegally to France. A few of them decide to reach Germany and then set up a protest camp in Berlin at Oranienplatz. Lampedusa in Berlin is the story of these human beings, struggling for their lives.

Saturday 26th March, door open at 20:00. First act at 20:30
Resist! – OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro
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Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds

Crazy acts > Sense, non-sense and sensation.
Music, lounge, eat&drink. Entrance by donation

AstaroTheatro February 2016

Saturday 6th February, 20:30
Ell Sol at AstaroTheatro
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Ell Sol (Joan Mena) is a Catalan performer-singer-songwriter whose intense, 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. With songs sung primarily in his native Catalan, his lyrics transcend language with penetrating melodies and a familiar but unconventional delivery.

After more that 150 shows around Europe and West Africa and sharing stage with such an artist as Zea (The Ex) Eric Boros (Vialka) Howie Reeve or King Ayisoba (number one in Ghana) ELL SOL presents his very new work PWALUGU in Astaro Theatro this February 2016. A musical tribal trip of tendencies, explorations and rituals into an intense and acoustic set of songs.
Entrance by donation

Friday 12th Saturday 13th February, 20:30
A Time for Silence
Carlos Trafic and Nader Farman
present
A TIME FOR SILENCE
A conference on Silence
inspired by
WHITE SPACES (Paul Auster)
A dance to be read out loud
performed by Nader Farman
directed by Carlos Trafic
A Time for Silence
This performance brings the character of Gunther Braun to lead a meditative effort, somewhat burlesque and humorous at times, on questions around silence, space, time, the possibilities and limitations of language, the real and the unreal, the mysterious and the obvious. Will Silence, the only territory that cannot be mapped, remain unexplored? Isn’t the beauty of silence simply being?

Entrance € 5

Saturday 27th February, door open at 20:00. First act at 20:30
Ridiculous Boundaries – OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro
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Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds

Crazy acts > Sense, non-sense and sensation
Music, lounge, eat&drink. Bar is open, small buffet as well
Entrance by donation

AstaroTheatro January 2016

Friday 15th Saturday 16th Sunday 17th January, 11:00 – 15:00
Butoh Dance Workshop Workshop led by Ezio Tangini
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Dates: Friday 15th January 11,00 – 15,00
Saturday 16th January 11,00 – 15,00
Sunday 17th January 11,00 – 15,00

Presentation of the solos proposed by participants (session open to the public): Sunday 17th January 17,00
Costs: 80 euro for the entire workshop, 30 euro for one day

Info and registration: info@ondaitaliana.org Tel. 06 25382491
Contact:
eziotangini@gmail.com www.inbetweenbutoh.com
AstaroTheatro Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Tel. 0031 (0)6 25382491 
info@ondaitaliana.org

CONTENTS OF THE WORKSHOP:
The work investigates the nature of the stage as a condition of its determination and manifestation. Matter and time are the fundamentals.

It involves an exercise of the state of the body focused on the exhalation, to allow to develop a state of widespread occurrence, organic, non-hierarchical. Breathing and relaxation are the basis of internal awareness of the performative action.
The breathing technique is the foundation of the performative application and It determines it. The workshop is addressed to everybody.

Friday 22nd January, 20:00
Stateless on Lesvos
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A new film by Reel News about the incredible work being done on Lesvos.

This winter the refugee crisis will go into uncharted territory as tens of thousands will be stranded on Europe’s borders in sub zero temperatures and crossing a stormy Aegean Sea in flimsy dinghies. While EU leaders bicker over who is responsible, ordinary people are rising to the challenge of meeting the refugees needs.
Film&Debate

Saturday 23rd January, door open at 20:00. First act at 20:30
A Shelter for Body and Soul – OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro
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Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds

Crazy acts > Sense, non-sense and sensation.
Music, lounge, eat&drink. Entrance by donation

Friday 29th January, 20:30
AstaroTheatro outside AstaroTheatro:
Marx is Back is performed at NieuwLand Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93/95 www.nieuwland.cc
MARX IS BACK (a play on history)
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“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.

Saturday 30th January (starts late afternoon)
Odd Birth to Love Party

Party & Gift
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Tenedle Odd to Love Performance
a Tribute to Emily Dickinson
Tenedle Music and Vocals
Roberto Bacchilega Reading

AstaroTheatro December 2015

Friday 4th December, starting at 20:30
Apocalyptic Alphabet – OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro
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(Special Edition with performance from AstaroTheatro Collective Workshop: Massimiliano Pipolo, Rosy Didio, Marco Ziglioli, Alfonso Gambino, Silvia Terribili, Roberto Bacchilega)

Starting at 20:30 door open at 20:00. First act at 20:30
Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds
Crazy acts > Sense, non-sense and sensation
Music, lounge, eat&drink
Bar is open, small buffet as well

With special guests:
Jegor and Jom Semah Interactive paint and music act
Juan Tajes Joseph Alexis
Ben Whittle Voice Guitar and some Electronics
Carmelinda Gentile and Stefano Bocconi Miriam/Maria. Theatre and Music (in Italian)
Entrance by donation

Saturday 12 December, 20:30
Marx is Back at AstaroTheatro!

MARX IS BACK (a play on history)
“Why have I returned? to clear my name!”

Marx is BackAstaroTheatro 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.

AstaroTheatro November 2015

Friday 6th November, starting at 20:30
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Symptom
Dance performance
Dance Ezio Tangini. Music Salvatore Insana
The performance is about the pain of the human soul
The eradication of the body. the desire to erase the self
Somewhere Nowhere
Butoh performance
Dance Ezio Tangini
fluid matter, shapeless, magmatic, in flux, terra incognita
extended time, fluctuating, time lapse in between
Entrance by donation

Saturday 7th November, door open at 20:00. First act at 20:30
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Manifesto – OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro
Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds
Crazy acts > Sense, non-sense and sensation
Music, lounge, eat&drink. Bar is open, small buffet as well
Entrance by donation
With special guests:
Professor Russolo A pseudo-religious music-theatre ode to the thoughts, ideas and 1913 Manifesto. Performance-artist and devotee Prof. Russolo will follow in the footsteps of his famous historical predecessor and executes a 15 minute performance ritual with bass guitar, voice, live electronics (technician Roderik Maes), toaster, vacuum cleaner, blender and other inspiring instruments
Juan Carlos Tajes presents Helenikon / Juan C. Tajes 1980
A poetical theatrical declamation
Time plunges its hands into the memory, days passed, adventure, misadventure, love, miss-love. A discovering of classical Greece in the experience of Ephebic love. Love and desire, searching for a glimpse of dark eyes and the salty taste oft the tight skin of male youth
Carolina Droller Dance Performance: Prison Prism. Are you prisoner of your points of view?
AstaroTheatro Collective presents I’ll weep for happiness

Friday 13th November, 20:00
Saturday 14th November, 20:00
AstaroTheatro goes Doc
Documentaries at AstaroTheatro. Awareness through documentary films
(More info will follow)
Entrance by donation

Saturday 21st November, 20:30
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Fiore di Luna (AstaroTheatro in Italian)
Monologue and Storytelling Performed and directed by Silvia Terribili
Fiore di Luna is the story of an ex-soldier going home after one more useless war
Fiore di Luna is a story of sea
The misterious Fiore di Luna comes suddenly to help the soldier to cross the sea
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Fiore di Luna è la storia di un ex-soldato che torna a casa dopo l’ennesima inutile guerra
Fiore di Luna è una storia di mare.
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Saturday 28th November, 20:30
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SheOwl
Fiercely independent, She Owl’s music is nowadays part of the endangered species: delicate as the wind in the trees, unfamiliar as an ancient fairytale, liberating like drums around the fire and frightening as a bird of prey
Entrance € 5
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Friday 30 October, 20:30
Marx is Back

MARX IS BACK (a Play on History)
“Why have I returned? to clear my name!”

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.
AstaroTheatro Collective presents a monologue by Howard Zinn adapted and performed by Roberto Bacchilega
After the Free Fringe Festival Marx is Back again!
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Singel 165a Amsterdam
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AstaroTheatro and Free Fringe Festival 2015

Thursday 3rd September
EXHIBITION OPENING: 19:00
‘Albert Oink’ paintings by Zbigniew Maciak
Albert Oink is the pseudonym of Zbigniew Maciak, a Polish artist with a theatre background living in Amsterdam. His career started with drawing cartoons for a Polish theatrical weekly. He gradually switched from paper and ink to canvas and oil paint. For several years he portrayed mostly pigs and occasionally other animals. The hybrid forms presented in this exhibition mark a new stage in the development of his style which a Polish art critic described as “fallen aesthetics”
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BOUFFON DOUBLE BILL: from 20:00
‘Feic’ by Ciara O’Sullivan
My piece involves a type of clowning called Bouffon. Bouffon is a way of attacking a social issue by being a clown and making fun of it. Feic is an Irish verb to see. We all see things, objects, people differently. The piece involves a box , a doll and a Bouffon who combines a mock Irish nun with an image of me. There will be audience interaction and strong language. Be prepared to look at things differently!
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‘The Dictation of Life’ by Rhys McLellan
I have a problem with life at the minute. It’s a problem that seems to be worldwide, The Dictation of Life by the technology with which we surround ourselves. Be it a console, even something as simple as a car or these so called ‘android’ phones, they have an unshakable hold on us. They allow us to become more internally connected with each other but at the same time we are distancing ourselves, not just from each other but the world
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Monday 7th September
THE LAND BETWEEN (Documentary Film): 20:00
THE LAND BETWEEN offers an insight into the hidden and desperate lives of Sub-Saharan African migrants living in the mountains of northern Morocco. For most, their dream is to enter Europe by jumping a highly-militarised barrier into Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the African continent. With unique and unprecedented access, this film intimately documents the everyday life of these migrants trapped in limbo, as well as the extreme violence and constant mistreatment they face from both the Moroccan and Spanish authorities. It also explores many universal questions; including how and why people are prepared to risk everything, including their life, to leave their country, their family and friends, in search of a new and better life
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Friday 11th September
DOUBLE BILL: from 20:00
Oranges and Olive Pits
a storytelling of the Spanish Revolution with Dolan Jones and Sam Morris
As Spain erupts in civil war and revolution, two brothers tell each other stories to help explain the changing world around them. Their mythologies swiftly unravel, and when the civil war within the anti-fascist resistance tears them apart, they risk facing each other across the barricades
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The Journal by BetweenTwoHands
The Journal is a miniature object theatre performance with a tiny stage of 40 centimeters wide by 30 centimeters deep. Appropriately, this performance will take place at AstaroTheatro, Amsterdam’s Smallest Theatre! Tjin A Ton and Gosia Kazcmarek carefully manipulate dolls, odds and ends, music, torches and shadows to present the reflections of a lonesome man living in a world where objects are taking over
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Saturday 12th September
ASTAROTHEATRO DOUBLE BILL: from 20:30
Mudadus Novus
Songs and poems from the sea, from the earth and from the heart composed by Tora Mudadu and Fabio Marziali. The result is a delightful combination of original mediterranean folk music, jazz and spoken word performed in Italian, Sardinian and English
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humanimal by AstaroTheatro Collective
Presenting stories of the human condition; vanity, greed, freedom, power and empathy as found in Aesop’s animal fables. With a twist!
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AstaroTheatro Collective is present at Free Fringe Festival with three productions:

WORDS, WORDS, WORDS by David Ives Friday
4th September, 20:30 (Double Bill with Humanimal)
Saturday 12th September, 14:00
DE VONDELBUNKER VondelPark Amsterdam
De Vondelbunker entrance is located at the furthest right entrance of the bridge
The “infinite monkey theorem” hypothesizes that if a monkey is left to tap at a keyboard at random it will eventually produce a great literary work. Roberto Bacchilega, Silvia Terribili & Grainne Delaney bring to life this piece of monkey business by American playwright David Ives: a dry satirical look at the meaning of human evolution, from the perspective of a chimp.
Lighting & Sound: Massimiliano Pipolo Pictures: Tatjana Todorovic
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HUMANIMAL by AstaroTheatro Theatre Collective
Friday 4th September, 20:30 (Double Bill with Words, Words, Words)
DE VONDELBUNKER VondelPark Amsterdam
De Vondelbunker entrance is located at the furthest right entrance of the bridge
Presenting stories of the human condition; vanity, greed, freedom, power and empathy as found in Aesop’s animal fables. With a twist!
Cast: Gabriella Sacco, Silvia Terribili, Roberto Bacchilega
Lighting & Sound: Massimiliano Pipolo

MARX IS BACK (a play on history)
AstaroTheatro presents a monologue by Howard Zinn adapted and performed by Roberto Bacchilega
Wednesday 9th September, 20:30
4bid GALLERY @ OT301 (ground floor)
Overtoom 301 Amsterdam Tel: 06 17959976
Sunday 13th September, 16:30
DE VONDELBUNKER VondelPark Amsterdam
De Vondelbunker entrance is located at the furthest right entrance of the bridge
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.
Lighting & Sound: Massimiliano Pipolo
Marx is Back

AstaroTheatro June 2015

Friday 5 June at 20.30 hrs.
Last show at AstaroTheatro:
Between Worms and Gods (The Truth behind the Mask)
Juan Carlos Tajes at AstaroTheatro
The idea of God has its origin from a neuron in the human brain
A mask play by and with Juan Tajes
Entrance € 7,50. Reservations: info@ondaitaliana.org. Tel. 06 25382491
Between Worms and Gods
Saturday 13 June at 20.00 hrs.
“MÉDITERRANÉE- POËZIE VAN HET BITTERE VADERLAND”
Poets from Our Middle Sea
Een geënsceneerde voordracht
AstaroTheatro at Theater Perdu www.perdu.nl
Kloveniersburgwal 86 Amsterdam
Poëzievoordracht met gedichten uit de Middellandse zee in de oorspronkelijke taal en met vertaling. Een poëzieperformance over nostalgie en heimwee.
Over oleanders en olijfbomen.
Over passie en strijdlust, driften en temperament.
Over het briesje uit het zuiden en de Middellandse zee.
Over de charme van de goddelijke vonk tussen twee contrasterende kleurenpaletten: het felle palet van het zuiden tegen het gedempte palet van het noorden.
Spanje, Turkije, Griekenland, Italie¨.
Poetry born from the Mediterranean waters and traveling across the land from the Pillars of Hercules to Anatolia and The East. Mediterranean poetry goes beyond national borders and attempts to synchronize our consciousness. Our Middle Sea poets’ chants of love, human understanding, rebellion.
Presentation: Mario Molegraaf
Actors/Readers: JuanTajes, Muzaffer Yanik, Silvia Terribili, Gabriella Sacco, Professor Russolo, Gerry van der Linden, Dafni Petinaki, Milou Versluis, Roberto Bacchilega, Alexandra Zoi
Music: Tenedle, Sercan Milan, Prof.Russolo, Stefano Bocconi
Entrance € 7. Reservations: info@ondaitaliana.org; alexzoi@hotmail.com
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Friday 19 June at 20.00 hrs.
Radical Friends (Feature Doc – 79min)
Questioning climate politics and exploring climate activism
By environment activst Chihiro Geuzebroek
Language: Spanish English (English subtitles)
Environmental roadmovie + grassroot movement = moviement of friendship! Radical friends focus is in raising people who dare to be friendly enough to contribute to a world where good life comes first and money&greed comes last.
REVIEWS: “Amongst all the documentaries dealing with environmental activism, director Chihiro Geuzebroek has hit upon a winning formula to detail something that’s so often rendered with the sledgehammer of didacticism. First of all, she’s the subject of the film, a personal journey undertaken by a cute, plucky “little Dutch girl” (of Bolivian heritage) which, frankly, goes a long way to rendering a picture that’s not merely palatable, but includes a wealth of information in an agreeable, entertaining fashion.” (Greg Klymkiw) REVIEW FILM CORNER [CANADA]
“Radical Friends could easily have been a self-indulgent work were it not for Geuzebroek’s extreme earnestness and deep respect for Bolivia’s culture and its activists. With the help of endearing animations and a relaxed interview style, the filmmaker has created a unique film that is both informative and emotional.” (Elena Lowe) REVIEW DORKSHELF [CANADA]
More information: www.radicalfriends.com. Entrance by donation
Radical Friends
Saturday 20 June at 20.30 hrs.
“Babak-o-Doestan” (Babak and friends) at AstaroTheatro
The quintet “Babak-o-Doestan” (Babak and friends) performs original songs with influences from Jazz, Fado, Turkish and Iranian music and combines this with contemporary or classical poetry from Iranian poets like Rumi, Shamloo, Sepehri and Farrokhzad. With band members from Iran, Turkey, Canada and the Netherlands they play honest and passionate mixed music; poetic and full of nostalgia and melancholy. Babak-o-Doestan plays a special trio performance at AstaroTheatro.
Babak Amiri: guitar/singing
Minze Koopman: percussion
Heather Leslie: cello
More Information. Entrance by donation
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AstaroTheatro: Have a Great Summer!
AstaroTheatro is ready for a summer full of indipendent culture: theatre, music, movies, activity and activism. AstaroTheatro also prepars for the coming Free Fringe Festival Amsterdam 3-13 september 2015
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AstaroTheatro May 2015

Saturday May 9 at 20.30 hr.
Popolo-Tajes

Piazza del Popolo (I Will Stay-Human) 
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Warmoesstraat 109B Amsterdam
Piazza del Popolo is where we can meet again and again.
It’s the fortress from where to manifest our disagreement, our disapproval, our protest.
With poems of Tasos Leivaditis, Allen Ginsberg, Pier Paolo Pasolini, T.S. Eliot and with moments of philosophy to create total theatre. Do you remember?
Entrance € 5. Reservations: 06 25080826 / 06 25382491. Juan C. Tajes Art Studio
(Picture by Tatjana Todorovic)

Friday May 22 at 20.30 hr.
Between Worms and Gods (The Truth behind the Mask)
Juan Carlos Tajes at AstaroTheatro
The idea of God has its origin from a neuron in the human brain
A mask play by and with Juan Tajes
Entrance € 5. Reservations: info@ondaitaliana.org. Tel. 06 25382491

Saturday May 23
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Sinking in Our Middle Sea (OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro)
Where actors, musicians, artists and audience meet and share
(Doors open from 8 pm. First act at 8.30 pm.)
Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds
Crazy acts > Sense, non-sense and sensation
Music, lounge, eat&drink.
Entrance by donation

Saturday May 30 at 20.30 hr.
Mass Seduction

Mass Seduction
The music, the words and the world of Ben Whittle and Alexander Paton
“Oh yes, there’s beauty in the things we do to live”
Entrance by donation

Creative Workshops
AstaroTheatro invites you to participate in a series of Creative Workshops
Professionals in different disciplines will inspire you to one common goal: develop your human and artistic potential

Saturday May 9. 2pm-5pm
Juan Tajes

Masks and Body Expression with Juan Carlos Tajes
Basic recognizable emotions
Interpretation and analysis of the 6 primary emotions:
Fear, Rage, Sadness, Happiness, Surprise, Horror

Saturday May 16. 2pm-5pm
Character Masks with Juan Carlos Tajes
Embodying of characters
Contradictions and affinities of archetypes vs. stereotypes
female – male
old – young
the ages
Both Juan Tajes WorkShops € 10.
Info-Contact: Juan C. Tajes Art 
Studio juantajes@gmail.com; info@ondaitaliana.org

Saturday May 23. 11am-1.30pm
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Spoken voice and written words (Theatre Workshop)
with Gabriella Sacco, Roberto Bacchilega and Silvia Terribili
The world has many sounds and the body has many voices.
How can we find the connection between what we receive from the outside and what we wish to express from the inside?
Our bodies explore the surrounding space scanning its potentialities.
Just like the body, our voice has memories too.
In this workshop we will share strategies and tricks to trigger our voice into exploring its depths, its peaks and routes of expression.
We will measure our renewed vocal strength against texts of our choice and match our expression to the texture of the written words.
€ 10. Info-Contact: info@ondaitaliana.org. Tel. 06 25382491

AstaroTheatro – April 2015

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Saturday April 11
Amsterdam Loves You (OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro)
Where actors, musicians, artists and audience meet and share
(Doors open from 8 pm. First act at 8.30 pm.)
Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds
Crazy acts > Sense, non-sense and sensation
Music, lounge, eat&drink.
Entrance by donation

Friday April 24 at 20.30 hr.
Juan Carlos Tajes is at AstaroTheatro with his successfull monologue
Between Worms and Gods (The Truth behing the Mask)
The idea of God has its origin from a neuron in the human brain
A mask play by and with Juan Tajes
Entrance € 5. Reservations: info@ondaitaliana.org. Tel. 06 25382491

Saturday April 25 from 11am till 2pm
Photo Studio Portrait Workshop at AstaroTheatro
(by Tatjana Todorovic http://www.tatto.be )
Programme:
Short lecture about classic photography portrait and inherent techniques
Shooting session and continuous light workshop with a model in 3 different outfits
*Drinks and snacks included
Contact: info@tatto.be; info@ondaitaliana.org

April and May
More workshops are planned, including Voice and Body in Theatre, Rhythm and Harmony and Masks

Saturday April 25 at 20.00 hr.
The Suspended Step of the Stork
(A film by Theodoros Angelopoulos – Greece 1991)
“Being a refugee is an internal condition more than an external one” says one of the characters in the film. “We’ve passed the borders but we’re still here. How many frontiers do we have to pass to get home? Do politicians really care? Does anyone?”
“If I take one more step I am… somewhere else, or… I die”
A slow and dry meditation about inhumanity of borders
Free Entrance

A full program in March 2015 at AstaroTheatro!

jctajes worms & gods 13 03 15Friday March 13 at 20.30 hr.
Juan Carlos Tajes is back at AstaroTheatro with his monologue
Between Worms and Gods (The Truth behing the Mask)
The idea of God has its origin from a neurone in the human brain
A mask play by and with Juan Tajes
Entrance € 5. Reservations: info@ondaitaliana.org. Tel. 06 25382491

Human Mushrooms

Saturday March 21
Human Mushrooms (OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro)
Where actors, musicians, artists and audience meet and share
(Doors open from 8 pm. First act at 8.30 pm.)
Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds
Crazy acts > Sense, non-sense and sensation
Music, lounge, eat&drink.
Entrance by donation

AMSTERDAM webSaturday 28 March at 20.30 hr.
Tenedle
Italian musician and songwriter Tenedle at AstaroTheatro

Tenedle-“Vulcano in the box” A multimedia performance concert. The contemporary song by Tenedle
Dimitri Niccolai aka Tenedle, musicista fiorentino residente in Olanda, presenta con una performance-concerto l’ultimo album “Vulcano”, il quinto della carriera solista.
La performance si avvale di immagini sincronizzate con musica elettronica che si fonde con la canzone d’autore, “canzone d’autore contemporanea” come ama definire lo stesso Tenedle. Testi in italiano, computer voce e chitarra da solo e da vicino, da dentro. L’artista presenta anche alcuni brani dai precedenti dischi e dal repertorio teatrale.
Entrance € 8. 25 seats only. Reservations: info@ondaitaliana.org. Tel. 06 25382491

Saturday February 21
The Weight of Love (OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro)
Where actors, musicians, artists and audience meet and share
(Doors open from 8 pm. First act at 8.30 pm.)
Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds
Crazy acts > Sense, non-sense and sensation
Music, lounge, eat&drink. Entrance by donation

Gioco delle Maschere

Saturday 28 February at 15.00 h.
Workshop
An Introduction to the Game of Masks
Introduzione al Gioco delle Maschere
with Maestro Juan Carlos Tajes
From your face to your body expressing itself.
From a paper bag to a tragicomic mask
Dal viso al corpo. Corporalità dell’ espressione.
Da un sacchetto di carta alla maschera tragicomica
More information: 06 25382491 info@ondaitaliana.org

SyrizaSyriza (OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro)

Where actors, musicians, artists and audience meet and share
AstaroTheatro aims at creating community and awareness
Saturday January 24

(Doors open from 8 pm. First act at 8.30 pm.)

Open podium with different artists from different backgrounds
Crazy acts > Sense, non-sense and sensation
Music, lounge, eat&drink
Bar is open, small buffet as well
Entrance by donation

Small Planet Documentaries at AstaroTheatro

AstaroTheatro presents 2 documentaries by Yorgos Avgeropoulos (Small Planet). Two different movies with different stories, both sharing a fundamental issue: our personal conscience and our collective conscience. The documentaries have been generously given free of charge by Small Planet Productions for screening in AstaroTheatro. We are very thankful. A special thanks to Haris Lamprou. AstaroTheatro aims at creating community and awareness.

El_Sistema_ENSaturday 10 January at 20.30
El Sistema (saving lives)
A film by Yorgos Avgeropoulos (Small Planet Productions)
AstaroTheatro Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

One afternoon in 1975 in a garage in Caracas, Venezuela, the music professor and economist José Antonio Abreu began a crusade that seemed completely utopian. He wanted to save as many children as possible from poverty, the streets and criminality by teaching them free of charge classical music and making them members of a Classical symphony orchestra. Only 11 children came to the first rehearsal. But the seed has already been planted in the grounded, giving birth to what would later become known as El Sistema. An education system and at the same time a weapon against poverty. A tool for social change. An attempt to change the world through music. “Poverty is not only the lack of food and shelter. Poverty is to feel like you are nobody and to be deprived of an identity. It is abandonment and anonymity. Once a child receives its own instrument, it stops being poor. A child with a violin is not poor” “The culture for the poor cannot be a poor culture” Free entrance. Open debate after the film.

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Saturday 17 January at 20.30 h.
Cassandra’s Treasure (Golden Times)
A film by Yorgos Avgeropoulos (Small Planet Productions)
AstaroTheatro Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

The rights and the dignity of the people in Khalkidhiki, Greece, have been brutally suppressed by the riot police during their protest against the opening of a giant open sky gold and copper mine in the region. Huge interests, billions of Euros are playing a major role in this matter: foreign investments, exploitation, political interests, the workers and the local economy. All this happens with the ghost of the Greek economical crisis in the background. In the battle for precious minerals in Khalkidhiki the only sure loser is the environment.  Free entrance. Open debate after the film.


Faces and Moments from OpenPodium at AstaroTheatro
Faces and Moments from AstaroTheatro Events
Faces and Moments from AstaroTheatro Collective productions
(also outside AstaroTheatro)

Pictures by Tatjana Todorovic, Cihan Turan Studio, Cenk Dövyap, Melanja Palitta,
Esra Sakir, Marco Ziglioli and Lisa Luca

 

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Piazza del Popolo (I Will Stay-Human)

Pictures by Tatjana Todorovic

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