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AstaroTheatro 2024

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

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


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

Event Program: 

The New Want
The Dealer is always there to remind you that ‘you must want something’ while the buyer doesn’t want play his role at all. Instead he’d rather live in the nature of the mountains where he comes from and play his bilur.

Anyway be aware that you are nothing but a consumer in a consumers’ world. Unless you don’t want The New Want.
Harun Turan: Bilur and Performance
Roberto Bacchilega: Performance


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


commemorating catastrophe
a precarious theatre performance by AstaroTheatro
Wednesday 15 May, 17:00
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

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

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


Saturday 11 May, 20:30 and Sunday 12 May, 19:00
Whispers of the Wild
Zapatista Tales of Resistance and Connection

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

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

AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation
www.astarotheatro.com

www.ourfootsteps.nl


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Think of Others at Moira Expo Utrecht


Think of Others

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

As part of the cultural program AstaroTheatro performs poems by Mahmoud Darwish and Najawan Darwish

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


In Its Own Right at ACU Utrecht
In Its Own Right

To Multiply Voices of Palestinian Artists
Friday 1 March, 20:00

ACU
Voorstraat 71 Utrecht

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


Theatre as Communal Experience
Workshop at Lola Lieven
2 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
9 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
16 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
23 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
30 March Saturday 14:00 – 17:00
Please Note: This workshop takes place at Lola Lieve Location: Lola Lieven Rodenrijsstraat 43 Amsterdam 

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

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

Languages; English, Dutch, Turkish, Italian.

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

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


Theatre of the Oppressed Workshops
Hosted by AstaroTheatro
Sunday, 18 February, 2024 – 12:00 to 18:00
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam


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

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

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


In Its Own Right at Joe’s Garage
In Its Own Right
To Multiply Voices of Palestinian Artists
Friday 16 January, 20:00
Joe’s Garage
Pretoriusstraat 43 Amsterdam
www.joesgarage.nl
www.astarotheatro.com
www.therevolutionspromise.com
An AstaroTheatro Production

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


Whispers of the Wild – A Theatre Performance
Zapatista Tales of Resistance and Connection
Friday 9 and Saturday 10 February, 20:00
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation


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

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


AstaroTheatro 2023

In Its Own Right at IIRE
To Multiply Voices of Palestinian Artists
IIRE International Institute for Research and Education
15 December, 20:00
Lombokstraat 40 Amsterdam
www.iire.org
www.astarotheatro.com
www.therevolutionspromise.com
An AstaroTheatro Production
Entrance by Donation
To multiply the voices of Palestinian artists that believe in the importance of their practice as cultural resistance, we are echoing the stories of lives under settler colonialism. Mixed with our
own reflections about political theatre as a way to reignite Palestinian cultural flame. Believing
this is an act of political love and solidarity with those who need that we exercise our rights and
freedom of speech to make echo of their legitimate claim to exist.
In Its Own Right is our theatrical answer to the call to join a global artistic collaboration with The Revolution’s Promise, a collaboration between Artists on the Frontline and The Freedom Theatre in Jenin.

In Its Own Right
AstaroTheatro
Saturday 25 November, 20:30
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation
www.therevoltionspromise.com

To multiply the voices of Palestinian artists that believe in the importance of their practice as cultural resistance, we are echoing the stories of lives under settler colonialism. Mixed with our own reflections about political theatre as a way to reignite Palestinian cultural flame. Believing this is an act of political love and solidarity with those who need that we exercise our rights and freedom of speech to make echo of their legitimate claim to exist.

In Its Own Right is our theatrical answer to the call to join a global artistic collaboration with The Revolution’s Promise, a collaboration between Artists on the Frontline and The Freedom Theatre in Jenin


“FÁBULAS, CUENTOS Y CANCIONES PARA ALEGRAR LOS CORAZONES” (Spanish speaking event)
Grupo Arlequín y los Juglares 
Medellín – Colombia


Kipseli Quintet at AstaroTheatro
Saturday 18 November, 20:30
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation. Cash Only

 


Kypseli Quintet
is an ensemble of classical music that aims to present unique music programs by re-exploring old gems and working with new upcoming composers. The ensemble is a mix of wind and string instruments, this gives us a variety of colors which we wish to showcase as much as possible with our own arrangements and to reflect that in our programs with a variety of works in contrasting styles!

The inspiration behind the program is to touch different moments in time with works from different time periods.Starting from the 17th century with the “Old Hungarian Dances” and carving a line to modernity. Along the way we dive into different styles from Elliot Carter’s embellished neoclassicism to Gershwin’s “third wave” jazz-infused playfulness!It’s a program we put our heart into and really believe the audience will enjoy.


The Want
An Evening of Theatre and Talks
Friday 17 November, 20:00
Joe’s Garage
Pretoriusstraat 43, Amsterdam
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam


We perform a short excerpt from ‘In the solitude of the cotton fields’ by Bernard-Marie Koltès where our dramaturgical analysis underlines the consumerism and the commodification in society.
We sit together and we engage in an open conversation about the topics highlighted by the theatre performance: from commodification to war from environmental disaster to autonomous communities, from the manipulation of love to anything we would like to discuss.
Because The Dealer is always there to remind you that ‘you must want something’. So be aware that you are nothing but a consumer in a consumers’ world. Unless you don’t want The Want.

Harun Turan: Bilur
Roberto Bacchilega: Performance
An AstaroTheatro and A La Muntagna Production


Rebetiko Against the Machine at AstaroTheatro
Saturday 4 November, 20:30
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance is by Donation. Cash Only

Rebetiko Against the Machine at AstaroTheatro
Dear Friends,
on Saturday 4/11 we are back at @AstaroTheatro one of our favourite spots in Amsterdam!
This time we will play some sets of original music from each one of us !
Rebetiko influences and rock elements melding together through our intimate acoustic sound is what you can expect!

We might play some Rebetiko tunes as well if there is time!

Guitar/Vocals : Ilias Konstantinidis
Baglama/Bouzouki/Vocals : Argyris Papadimitriou
Bouzouki/Vocals : Giannis Leloudas 


DIT BEN IK. THIS IS ME.
Friday 27 and Saturday 28, 20:30
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
AstaroTheatro is Amsterdam’s smallest theatre.
Reservations are strongly encouraged to secure our audience a seat:
info@ourfootsteps.nl
Entrance by donation. Cash Only


Pranay is a Polish actor and in 2021 moved to Amsterdam.
Brought his dreams with him as other immigrants before him.
Dreams sometimes need a time to come true – so he waits, he still believes.
But time is running out – this year he turns 40.
Maybe it is already too late, maybe everything has been decided.
So he builds his own theatre from cardboard and stages his life.
What ghosts from the past haunt this stage?

Pranay’s dramedy is a mixture of puppet theatre, storytelling, stand-up and ritual.
The show deals with issues of identity, being an immigrant, gay and an artist.

Pranay Pawlicki graduated from Academy of Theatre Arts in Poland.
Dit ben ik is his 3rd solo show, 2nd in English


The Want
An Evening of Theatre and Talks
Saturday 14 October, 20;30
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation. Cash Only


We perform a short excerpt from ‘In the solitude of the cotton fields’ by Bernard-Marie Koltès where our dramaturgical analysis underlines the consumerism and the commodification in society.

We sit together and we engage in an open conversation about the topics highlighted by the theatre performance: from commodification to war from environmental disaster to autonomous communities, from the manipulation of love to anything we would like to discuss.
Because The Dealer is always there to remind you that ‘you must want something’. So be aware that you are nothing but a consumer in a consumers’ world. Unless you don’t want The Want.

Harun Turan: Bilur
Roberto Bacchilega: Performance
An AstaroTheatro and A La Muntagna Production


Foreign Sound
Saturday 23 September, 20:30
AstaroTheatro 
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam
Entrance by Donation
Foreign Sound – A Harmonious Celebration of Music and Culture


“Foreign Sound” by Fernando Oliveira is more than just a concert; it’s a powerful testament to the harmonious blend of nations, cultures, and traditions. This captivating performance is dedicated to celebrating Brazil’s iconic music styles, including Bossa Nova, Samba, and international reinterpretations, showcasing the universal power of musical expression.

At its heart, “Foreign Sound” finds its rhythm deeply rooted in Samba, enriched with the sophistication of Jazz influences, creating a mesmerizing and layered experience for the audience. Bossa Nova, popularized by the legendary João Gilberto in the late 1950s, takes center stage, captivating hearts worldwide with its melodic charm.

Fernando Oliveira, the driving force behind this project, presents his original compositions that celebrate the essence of Brazilian music. From Bossa Nova to Samba and Brazilian Popular Music (MPB), the performance is enriched by rhythmic drums and dance-infused beats. The infusion of soul, jazz, and pop adds a contemporary flair to the traditional, resulting in a unique and modern musical journey.

“Foreign Sound” invites you to step into a world that transcends boundaries, celebrating the universal language of music. It’s a triumph both musically and politically, showcasing the harmonious exchange of cultures and traditions.

Join us for this theatrical experience, where music becomes a bridge between nations and a testament to the enduring power of artistry and expression.

Guitar & Voice Fernando Oliveira
Bass Raalf Martinez
Drums Felipe Duarte


Saturday 24 June,20:00
AstaroTheatro
Rebetiko Against The machine at AstaroTheatro

AstaroTheatro is very happy to host again these amazing musicians!
A fantastic way to close our unique cultural season!