AstaroTheatro January February March April May 2019
Six participants of this amazing recreate the tragic and strange story of African Mosley Motanga, who in the dashing 90s of the last century stole a locomotive (with him was his friend Roma) and drove it in the winter from Irkutsk to Novosibirsk to meet with his sister.
African ancestral songs, excerpts from Gypsy, French and Siberian folklore, free jazz themes, throat singing and video-a hallucination of the main character, against which there will be dancers and musicians.
This story was listened to and watched by avant-garde fans in Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Belgorod, St. Petersburg, Irkutsk, Voronezh, Dusseldorf, Stockholm, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Berlin. In each new city, new musicians participated in the project, and this story looked new.
Musicians: Igor Titenko (tenor saxophone, trumpet, flute, vocals), Stefanie Janssen(vocals), Hernán Samá (tenor saxophone), Björk Níelsdóttir (vocals , strings), Pietro Elia Barcellona (double bass), Izabella Pacewicz (performance).
Saturday 20 April, 20:30
Reading Evening at AstaroTheatro: Work/Consume
“It was another beautiful day in the small capitalist country. Meanwhile the radio was playing a well-known tune. The rhythm was joyful, the chorus was catchy, it stuck in your head. It went like: ‘Work and consume…’.
‘Work and consume…’, said the TV.
‘Work and consume…’, was written on the newspapers.
Work, consume and… die. ” (A. Celestini)
Is work today serving any other purpose that is not the accumulation of goods and the satisfaction of a made-up need for an individualist consumption? What is the worker aiming for while performing a task that devour (at least) one third of their existence if not acquiring with money what will allow them to consume, and consequently destroy or use other goods created with the only goal to satisfy them?
Our reading night is an event where we want to get together and share some good readings about the work/consume addiction.
We believe in the importance of experiencing reading as a collective act as a form of resistance and in the empowering feeling that doing so can generate.
Do you feel like sharing a prose text, a poem or your own words with us? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The reading should be max 10 minutes long and can be in whatever language you prefer.
If you don’t feel like reading, join us anyway on Saturday 20 April at 20.30 at AstaroTheatro in Amsterdam to hear some readings about the work/consume addiction.
Saturday 6 April, 20:30
On The Harmful Effects of Tobacco
A Monologue by Anton Chekhov
“It is what it is, it’s all the same to me”, Ivan’s prologue. Is that ostensible latency the main element of Ivan Ivanovich Nyukhin, the character of the monologue “On the harmful effects of tobacco”?
The plays of Chekhov have definite intensity and the fire of action, but not in an external outline rather than in their internal structure. Under this ostensible latency and inertia of his characters, is hidden a multifarious and complex activity which is given with original virtuosity and deep knowledge of the psychical temper of every character. Possibly because these characters are mirroring his personal psychical status: the tyrant father, the solitude of his childhood, the loneliness of the boring small town where he grew up. This play is not a comedy either a drama. It is an excellent narrative of an ordinary person, a psychography given in a literary way which reflects the still and depressive life of the delusional society of Tsarist Russia.
The way Ivan is “moving” looks like he lost his orientation in life. There is a force inside him that makes him unmovable. He is giving a lecture on the harmful effects of tobacco though he is smoker himself. Why? So many unfulfilled dreams, Don Quixotic ambitions condemned to fail into the dull routine of daily life.
In our interpretation of the play there is something “new”, like the sense of hope that a new born baby is giving.
We welcome you to discover it!
Vasiliki Koutrouli – Roberto Bacchilega
Riace Project – A Performance
Migrants’ narratives as artistic affirmation of our human dignity and a call for political awareness
A project by AstaroTheatro
Artwork kindly by Visual Artist Golrokh Nafisi
We need to go beyond the banality of borders. Borders do not create anything. Borders destroy. What we want is creation, because creating is life itself. It is as fundamental as the air we breathe.
Migration is as old as mankind. Today, however, the migration has been politicised. The guardians of the borders have turned migration into a tool used to spread hate, intolerance, dissociation, social unrest and insecurity. It’s an increasingly effective way to divide people. More than the good old ‘divide et impera,’ the current form of migration is used to separating people socially and humanly.
To understand this dangerous political agenda is to see how it undermines our politics, and our humanity.
We’ve chosen to name our project Riace so as to pay homage to the Southern Italian’s town homonymous ‘Riace Model.’ That model refers to how this small town became a safe haven for hundreds of migrants by promoting an integrated way of life and sustainable coexistence with the local population.
We believe the arts need to engage society; they need to represent today’s turmoil. Moreover, we acknowledge the cathartic function of the arts, and we are aware of arts’ potential as a means of raising awareness. Words, sounds, images need to transcend the fixity of our everyday and provoke the audience into rising above the level of the given to that of the possible. Through this process, the uselessness of borders is made evident, giving way to the human necessity found in peaceful coexistence.
To this end we come together as migrants, political refugees and locals in order to create a performance: an act of theatre, poetry, music, performance art, choreography. And an act of activism, of human and political togetherness. Although most of the participants are not professional artists, their performance will be one of artistic character, containing human and political meaning. Although similar works are regularly performed in other countries, projects such as this one are seldom seen in the Netherlands. Hence our artistic intervention. It’s time to stop seeing the migrant as ‘problematic’ or ‘troublesome.’ It’s time to go beyond the politics of social segregation as mass distraction.
Our performance seeks to transcend the political pitfalls of discrimination and hate peculiar to our present and confused world. We want our performance to be a safe haven, a place where diversity is richness and discrimination can only vanish. Our performance is our Riace.
(AstaroTheatro will be dedicated to develop and rehearse this performance in the months of January, February, March and April 2019. Performances are expected from May onwards in various venues. Fell free to contact us for information, support and collaboration: email@example.com)
AstaroTheatro December 2018
Saturday 15 December, 20:30
a film by David Fedele and Kumut Imesh
Special Event: Screening and Q&A
Both David and Kumut are present during the screening and are available for Q&A
A controversial film experiment, a courageous journey and a unique collaboration between filmmaker and refugee; which is not without consequences.
For years, the stories of West African migrants and refugees have been told through the lenses of foreign journalists. Now there is a story from the inside.
Part road-trip, part memoir, part journalistic investigation, REVENIR (2018, 81mins) follows Kumut Imesh, a refugee from the Ivory Coast now living in France, as he returns to the African continent and attempts to retrace the same journey that he himself took when forced to flee civil war in his country … But this time with a camera in his hand.
Traveling alone, Kumut will be documenting his own journey; both as the main protagonist in front of the camera, as well as the person behind it, revealing the human struggle for freedom and dignity on one of the most dangerous migratory routes in the world.
Entrance by Donation
(note: all donations will be used to reimburse the travel expenses of Kumut and David)
AstaroTheatro November 2018
Saturday 24 November, 20:30
Songs of Love and Rage
by Almudena Rubio and Davide Cristiani
Almudena Rubio (Madrid) & Davide Cristiani (Bologna)
Almudena Rubio, an Amsterdam based singer, comes from Madrid but it’s when she arrived to this city that she start singing. In her concerts, accompanied by italian guitarist Davide Cristiani, poetry and popular music are melted together with songs of resistance.
Entrance by Donation
Friday 16 November, 20:30
KILLING CARTISANO is Roberta Cartisano, Italian multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and ses- sion-musician, and, marking a departure from Roberta’s previous recordings under her own name, Killing Cartisano is also Roberta’s new incarnation.
Influenced by psychedelic folk-rock, orchestral pop, cinematic funk and trip hop, her last album L’ultimo Cuore – The Last Heart, received rave reviews in her native Italy, where she was called ‘a pioneer of visiona- ry sound’. Her original song-writing is highly personal and vivid, encapsulating the term ‘emotional rock’.
On October 2018 KC has released her new single. Called ‘Sky Stolen’ the single follows hot on the heels of ‘The Drunk Man’ and ‘Let Me Go’ tracks, and is a preview to her forthcoming new album, Killing Cartisano Vol.1 to be released on 9 November.
On May 2018, leading up to the forthcoming album release, some tracks have been unleashed into the wild world: ‘The Drunk Man’ video was premiered on Folk Radio UK, ‘ Sky Stolen’ video was premiered on
Clash, ’Let Me Go’ was premiered on Backseat Mafia and its video appeared on Americana UK, while the track was broadcast on BBC Radio London.
KC produces and arranges her soundscapes at her own Broken Toys Studio. In support of her last album she embarked on a long tour, taking in more than 100 shows. As a songwriter session-musician (bass, piano, syn- th) and producer she has shared the stage with musicians such as Hugo Race (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), Marta Collica (John Parish Band), Enrico Gabrielli (P.J. Harvey) and more.
‘It’s the ‘Frisco energy of an old, short-on-melatonin, rock-girl from Southern Europe’ says Cartisano.
A hook-laden hypnotic West Coast psychedelic vibe that just sucks you in’ – FOLK RADIO UK
‘Vivid, taut, highly emotive songwriting’ – CLASH MUSIC UK
‘It’s the ‘Frisco energy of an old, short-on-melatonin, rock-girl from Southern Europe’ says Cartisano.
Friday 9 November, 20:30
Daydreams By Night
with Ramon Martensen
Remember those nights before going to sleep? When one of your parents or family members came to fuel your dreams with a beautiful fairy tale? Ramon Martensen brings back those times.
By creating an intimate setting where you can rest and calm down after a stressful day, he invites you to his inner world, where anything is possible and magic is all around. He lets the objects you bring inspire him to create stories on the spot, that only exist in that moment in time. Sometimes sweet, sometimes dark and at other moments funny or full of emotion, but always with a touch of magic. Day dream along and recapture some of your childhood wonder and inspiration.
AstaroTheatro October 2018
Friday 13 and Saturday 19 October, 20:30
On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco
by Anton Chekhov
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
Entrance by donation
Sunday 7 October, 17:00 (matinee)
A Philosophical Performance
“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
Video credits: Melanja Palitta | BalansLaB
“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
Saturday 30 September, 20:30
ACU/The Barricade, Voorstraat 71 Utrecht
Marx is Back at The Barricade
Marx is Back (A Play on History)
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.