What’s on

What’s on

AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37
1012HG Amsterdam
www.astarotheatro.com
www.ourfootsteps.nl
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info@ourfootsteps.nl
Tel. 06 25382491

AstaroTheatro 2021

Saturday 27 November at 16:00
De Ruimte 
Distelweg 83 Amsterdam
Follow the Dolphins  by AstaroTheatro and Our Footsteps at:
Baschira presents: Zdasdat | Baschira Album Release Party

On November 27, the long-awaited “Zdasdat” album by Baschira will be released, let’s celebrate together! It will be a day full of music, stories, theatre and plenty of delicious food, at the ever so charming “De Ruimte”.

Special guests of the day:

Follow the Dolphins
A theatrical work in progress by AstaroTheatro and Our Footsteps

Picture by Melanja Palitta | Balans LaB

While getting inspired by the presence of the Zapatistas, we face lies, we witness cities falling apart and we focus our struggle on the stream of the white blood cells of humanity. But the best thing to do, as usual, is to follow the dolphins
With Ayşenur Akın, Arif Murat Gür and Roberto Bacchilega
Original text ‘The Dolphins” co-written by Mohamed S. Bah and Ayşenur Akın


Saturday 6 November
20:00 Doors Open
20:30 Start of Four Seasons
Four Seasons in a Lost Year
Four Artists in One Venue


Four Artists come together, carrying their personal and artistic history, ready to share it with the audience of AstaroTheatro.
It’s hard to say whether ‘Time present and time past’ are lost or ‘Are both perhaps present in time future’.
What’s sure is that Four Seasons in a Lost Year is a much-needed event of renewed community sharing.
We have been distant for too long, now it’s time to get closer.

Four Artists (in no particular order):
Victor Sams
Madam Bruno
Godfrey Lado
Roberto Bacchilega

One Venue:
Saturday 6 November
20:00 Doors Open.
20:30 Start of Four Seasons
AstaroTheatro
Sint Jansstraat 37 Amsterdam

Entrance by Donation

Victor Sams:
Victor Sams the singer, multi-instrumentalist was born on Statia a Caribbean island which was also called once upon a time because of its history the Golden Rock. The kamélé ngoni he plays comes from the harp family in Mali which is referred to in West Africa as the mother of harps. His musical story is rooted in a social combination of Caribbean-African music. victorsams.nl

Madam Bruno:
Madam Bruno hails from one of the most historic, cultured, creative and beautiful place on the planet, Napoli in Italy. Coming from a region so diverse and rich in culture, since a child, Madam Bruno took full advantage of her surroundings.
Her pallet of taste and inspirations is vast and matches her experience within theatrical and musical productions.
www.madambruno.com

Godfrey Lado:
From A War Child to Asylum A Refugee, from a Refugee to Assignment a medium of social cultural change and exchange.
Godfrey Lado is a multidisciplinary and a multidimensionally free soul; speaker, teller, poet, singer and a writer.

Roberto Bacchilega:
Performer and artistic director at AstaroTheatro. He presents:
The Want
An excerpt from ‘In the solitude of the cotton fields’ by Bernard-Marie Koltès
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.


Follow the Dolphins by AstaroTheatro and Our Footsteps at:
Baschira presents: Waiting for “Zdasdat”
Tuesday 28 September 
Frederik Hendrikstraat 111 Amsterdam

Picture by Melanja Palitta – Balans LaB
Three sets of music and theatre: a foretaste of “Zdasdat”, Baschira’s debut album topped with a theatrical work by AstaroTheatro and Our Footsteps.
Doors open: 20:00
Showtime: 20:30
Ticket 5 € at the door
1st set
Follow the Dolphins: a theatrical work in progress by AstaroTheatro and Our Footsteps
While waiting for the coming of the Zapatistas we face lies, we witness cities falling apart and the stream of the white blood cells of humanity. But the best thing to do, as usual, is to follow the dolphins.
Ayşenur Akın
Arif Murat Gür
Roberto Bacchilega
Original text ‘The Dolphins” co-written by Mohamed S. Bah and Aysenur Akin
2nd set
Ahead of his debut album, “Zdasdat” (Wake up), Baschira offers a foretaste of his unreleased music and a couple of folk songs.
Baschira is the project of Amsterdam-based guitarist and songwriter Davide Cristiani.
The name of the project is inspired by the story of Prospero Baschieri (Baschira), a brigand, symbol of revolt against injustice and oppression.
Davide Cristiani: Voice, Guitar
Emma Van Dobben: Accordion
Tilo Baumheier: Flute
3rd set
Acoustic guitars, accordion, flute and “dancing” drums will resonate throughout the room. Warm sounds, a vibrant and passionate blend of folk, swing, gipsy music threaded together through improvisation.
Davide Cristiani: Guitar, Voice
Tilo Baumheier: Flute
Emma Van Dobben: Accordion
Floris Van Elderen: Drums
Julia Kooreman: Bass


Week Tegen Racisme 15-19 March
Pakhuis de Zwijger
Friday 19 March, 20:30-21:30 Footsteps against racism at “Words Against Racism”
LIVE via link: https://dezwijger.nl/programma/words-against-racism

Footsteps against racism

Moments of past migrants’ lives and of current theatre and activism
From voices of dolphins guiding migrants across threatening waters to singings of protest and revolution. And also strong voices against oppression, torture and discrimination, the cry of a refugee camp and the scream to racism visible even in a colorful world map.
And now here we are, captured in our daily routine and yet still struggling as before. But now somehow knowing better how to break the boundaries of our constraints.
Footsteps Against Racism is a theatre performance created by the same migrants and refugees collective that has successfully performed Our Footsteps throughout 2019 and the beginning of 2020. Now the collective is here, ready for Week Tegen Racisme

Performers: Arif Murat Gür, Aysenur Akin, Erhan Calihan, Harun Turan, Maral Jefroudi, Maurizia Mezza, Rahila Yideaiti, Roberto Bacchilega, Zeki Barlin
Original text ‘The Dolphins” co-written by Mohamed S. Bah and Aysenur Akin

Original texts by Arif Murat Gür, Erhan Calihan, Rahila Yideaiti
Brackground scenery by Karin Schoutema

Pictures by Melanja Palitta | BalansLaB
Many thanks to IIRE International Institute for Research and Education for supporting and welcoming us
An “Our Footsteps” and “AstaroTheatro” production
(picture from our dress rehearsal)


AstaroTheatro – The New Theatre August 2020
Our Footsteps Theatre Collective is at The Babble on Babylon
Our collective presents a short performance during this event, so be there!
The Babble of Babylon at Vrij Paleis
Friday the 14th August from 19:00
Paleisstraat 107 Amsterdam
Event here
A 3 day affair reflecting Amsterdam’s creative underground from the 60’s to NOW.

Opening event: Friday the 14th August from 19:00
ingredients: live painting. poets. theatrical acts. paintbombfactory. ludieke-publieke aksie. radio. film.
all this situation- is coronaproof!
+++bar is open+++
Contributors:
Chantal Hassard
Daniel Rakish
AstaroTheatro-Our Footsteps
Koes Komo
Aja Waalwijk
Hans Plomp
Our Footsteps is a project by AstaroTheatro, IIRE and Stichting VrolijkheidBabble on Babylon


AstaroTheatro March 2020

Thursday 19 March
Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179 Amsterdam
21:00 Our Footsteps Theatre Performance

Our Footsteps at Pakhuis de Zwijger Amsterdam
Our Footsteps at ‘Week tegen racisme-festival sta op tegen racisme 2020″
Info& Reservations


Migrants’ narratives as an artistic affirmation of our human dignity and a call for political awareness

Twenty migrants/refugees artists or performers in ten languages. The result of five months of playful improvisational rehearsals, where through self-representation, migrants share stories of their journey and living in the Netherlands facing a long-lasting uncertainty after having crossed many, colonial, borders.


AstaroTheatro February 2020

Saturday 8 February
Studio/K

Timorplein 62 Amsterdam
19:00 Oriental Dinner
20:Our Footsteps Theatre Performance
Dinner Reservations: 020 – 692 04 22 // price: €5
AstaroTheatro at Studio/K


AstaroTheatro January 2020

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!

Starring: Roberto Bacchilega
Direction: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Video Teaser: Melanja Palitta / BalansLaB
Picture by Cenk Dövyap
(Entrance by Donation)


AstaroTheatro December 2019
Friday 13 December, 20:30
AstaroTheatro
Event here

A Reflection on Democracy 

Imperialism, colonial projects, free-market economic policies, union busting, war…all these things, and many more, have been justified and keep on being justified day after day under the name of Democracy.Democracy, this word that is always lauded, claimed by right-wing parties and by left-wing ones just as well. They all bring it in their name as something worth fighting for, never really mentioning what they mean by it. This word, that in reality means Power to the people is more often simply interpreted as “delegate and stop caring, go vote and then in four, five years let’s see again”.
‘Cause if we are living under the people’s rule, and therefore our own rule, why is it that there is a constant feeling of loss of autonomy and self-determination over our own lives? It comes necessary to reflect on this word, on this form of government that is so rarely practiced in full. To reflect around what Democracy even means in the first place and what we mean when we say we want a democratic system.
Who gets to be included in a democratic system and who is left out? Can a real democracy co-exist with a market-ruled capitalist system? On this evening, we are going to screen a series of interviews with contemporary thinkers, activists and common people on the concept and the implications of democracy, we hope that this will serve as a basis to reflect together on Democracy.
Screening and Open discussion
Free entrance


Thursday 5 December, 21:00
IIRE International Institute for Research and Education
Lombokstraat 40 Amsterdam

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.


Sunday 1 December, 11:15
Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden Leiden
Universiteit Leiden
Middle Easter Culture Market 2019

Our Footsteps at Rijksmuseum voor Oudheden Leiden
Migrants’ narratives as an artistic affirmation of our human dignity and a call for political awareness

Twenty migrants/refugees artists or performers in ten languages. The result of five months of playful improvisational rehearsals, where through self-representation, migrants share stories of their journey and living in the Netherlands facing a long-lasting uncertainty after having crossed many, colonial, borders.
A project by AstaroTheatro, IIRE and Stichting Vrolijkheid
www.ourfootsteps.nl


AstaroTheatro November 2019

Saturday 23 November from 19:00
NieuwLand. Pieter Nieuwlandstraat 93 Amsterdam

a Spring of People

Rojava
#riseup4rojava
collective grassroots horizontal democracy
join us in international solidarity against (geo)political oppression
a Spring of People


Saturday 2 November, 20:30
Haagse Toneelvereniging
Lange Lombardstraat 38, The Hague
(as part of the event ‘Constrained! An evening of theatre and poetry’)

AstaroTheatro
presents
‘On The Harmful Effects of Tobacco’
A theatre monologue by Anton Chekhov

Direction: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Starring: Roberto Bacchilega
Photography and Video: Melanja Palitta / BalansLaB

“It is what it is, it’s all the same to me”, Ivan’s prologue.  Is that ostensible latency the main element of Ivan Ivanovich Nyukhin, the character of the monologue “On the harmful effects of tobacco”?
The way Ivan is “moving” looks like he lost his orientation in life. There is a force inside him that makes him unmovable. He is giving a lecture on the harmful effects of tobacco though he is smoker himself.  Why?  So many unfulfilled dreams, Don Quixotic ambitions condemned to fail into the dull routine of daily life.
In our interpretation of the play there is something “new”, like the sense of hope that a new born baby is giving.  We welcome you to discover it!


Friday 8 November, 20:30
Redemption Song
Documentary Screening at AstaroTheatro 

REDEMPTION SONG
by Cristina Mantis

Finalist Premio Solinas
Supported by MIBAC. Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali
Winner of the prize RAI CINEMA
Supported by Amnesty International

REDEMPTION SONG
Synopsis
The documentary film Redemption Song sings the song of redemption that the African Cissoko, dreams for his people and his land.
Having arrived in Italy, Cissoko, a war refugee, becomes aware of the startling number of deaths caught in the wake of his Mediterranean crossing, brothers who have perished and who continue to perish at sea while taking the same migration route. At the same time he observes the extreme precariousness and subjugation, in its various forms, that his immigrant brothers often experience in Europe, where their living conditions are markedly different from what they once dreamed.
Cissoko, therefore, decides to do something to convince his young brothers to not emigrate in search of false dreams, but to act only with a free mind, aware of the risks and real difficulties awaiting them. So it is with a small video camera that he begins to film what to his eyes is alarming.  Later, upon returning to Africa, he will project the images in schools and villages, hoping to contribute to an awakening of his peopleto alert his fellow Africans of the terrible risks of this migration. Nevertheless, our refugee’s return journey soon transforms into a personal and collective reflection shared with his people.
The protagonist invites his people not only to free themselves from the “mental slavery” of the obsessive dream of reaching the West at any cost, but also urges them to reconsider the value of living in their native land, working together for its growth and fighting relentlessly for their rights. In wishing for a reversal to the diaspora, our protagonist often evokes the figure of Thomas Sankara for support. Sankara’s words “obsessed” with emancipating Africa from its colonial past-present still ring incredibly true; and, in fact, they often figure as the only solution for empowering an Africa ever fragmented by misery and wars, the resulting desperation of which continues to drive its people to undertake an uncertain and often deadly journey.
Nonetheless, despite the objective hardships of present-day African, our protagonist pushes on the accelerator of his creed. And, convinced of the need for true unity, Cissoko departs from Senegal’s Gorée Island (historic slave-trade departure point) to fly to the Brazilian quilombos where he will pay homage to the proud descendants of slaves still struggling to keep their African origins alive.
Entrance by Donation


Sunday 17 November, 20:30
The Barricade  
Voorstraat 71 Utrecht
Info Here

Our Footsteps at The Barricade
Migrants’ narratives as artistic affirmation of our human dignity and a call for political awareness

Twenty migrants/refugees artists or performers in ten languages. The result of five months of playful improvisational rehearsals, where through self-representation, migrants share stories of their journey and living in the Netherlands facing a long lasting uncertainty after having crossed many, colonial, borders.

We believe arts need to engage society; they need to represent today’s turmoil.
To this end we come together as migrants, political refugees and locals in order to create a performance: an act of theatre, poetry, music, performance art, choreography. And an act of activism, of human and political togetherness. Projects such as this one are seldom seen in the Netherlands. Hence our artistic intervention. It’s time to stop seeing the migrant as ‘problematic’ or ‘troublesome.’ It’s time to go beyond the politics of social segregation as mass distraction.
Our performance seeks to transcend the political pitfalls of discrimination and hate peculiar to our present and confused world. We want our performance to be a safe haven, a place where diversity is richness and discrimination can only vanish.


AstaroTheatro October 2019

Saturday 19 October, 21:00
Podium Mozaïek
Bos en Lommerweg 191 Amsterdam
Info & Tickets via Podium Mozaïek Website or Facebook 

Our Footsteps at Podium Mozaïek Amsterdam
Migrants’ narratives as artistic affirmation of our human dignity and a call for political awareness

Twenty migrants/refugees artists or performers in ten languages. The result of five months of playful improvisational rehearsals, where through self-representation, migrants share stories of their journey and living in the Netherlands facing a long lasting uncertainty after having crossed many, colonial, borders.

We believe arts need to engage society; they need to represent today’s turmoil.
To this end we come together as migrants, political refugees and locals in order to create a performance: an act of theatre, poetry, music, performance art, choreography. And an act of activism, of human and political togetherness. Projects such as this one are seldom seen in the Netherlands. Hence our artistic intervention. It’s time to stop seeing the migrant as ‘problematic’ or ‘troublesome.’ It’s time to go beyond the politics of social segregation as mass distraction.
Our performance seeks to transcend the political pitfalls of discrimination and hate peculiar to our present and confused world. We want our performance to be a safe haven, a place where diversity is richness and discrimination can only vanish.

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


Friday 11 October, 20:30
LÉONORE BOULANGER (QUARTET) + ELL SOL (TRIO) at ASTAROTHEATRO
LÉONORE BOULANGER
On their fourth album of deconstructed chanson, Léonore Boulanger and Jean- Daniel Botta, assisted by drummer and percussionist Laurent Seriès, have taken a major step up. If previous album Feigen Feigen was, by the band’s own admission, something of a puzzle then Practice Chanter could be likened to a mosaic, due to the sheer quantity and variety of sonic fragments that is somehow made to cohere in these 16 wild, wonderful tracks. But even that doesn’t quite do justice to a 3D vision that can maintain so many disparate elements in uneasy equilibrium – I suspect the cubist female portrait on the sleeve is an attempt to convey a similar idea.
www.lesaule.fr/leonoreboulanger.htm

ELL SOL
Joan Mena is a solo artist, guitarist, multi instrumentalist, organizer, performer, improviser and multitask from Catalonia based in The Netherlands.
His groundbreaking performances push the boundaries of contemporary music with the soul and sensibility of an artist looking to connect in deeper ways with his audiences. Primarily in his native Catalan, his lyrics transcend language with penetrating melodies and a familiar but unconventional delivery.
Inspired by DIY world-touring Joan Mena presented his last work PWALUGU in 16 countries around 3 continents in the last years.
Nou Principi is his very new work, an acoustic volcano of questions and answers
performed with the percusionist Rubén Castillo and the maestro James Hewitt at viola. New begginings and other endings in a powerful set of songs.
‘’Does Catalonian balladry involve a lot of sighing, whispering, squawking and screeching? Well regardless if it does or it doesn’t we got that. Charming and very surprising show, a whole new approach to playing a guitar. ̈
Richard James Foster -The Quietus, Louder than War, Vice… (Incendiary Magazine )
https://www.ellsol.tk/

Entrance by Donation


AstaroTheatro September 2019

Inter.Nos Festival at AstaroTheatro
*Friday 13 September, 20:30
The Hamlet Machine
Rudolf Watzlawik Ceschia

*Saturday 14 September, 20:30
Between Worms & Gods
Juan C. Tajes
Country: Uruguay/The Netherlands; Language: English

*Saturday 14 September, 21:30
The Things of Death
Alejandra Nettel
Country: Mexico; Language: Spanish
*Sunday 15 September, 15:00
Video Lounge
Mariana Behoteguy Chaves
Rudolf Watzlawik Ceschia
Juan C. Tajes
Rodrigo M. Malmsten


AstaroTheatro June 2019

Friday 28 June, 20:00
Ru Paré Community
Chris Lebeaustraat 4, Amsterdam

Our Footsteps at Ru Paré
A Theatre Performance
Migrants’ narratives as artistic affirmation of our human dignity and a call for political awareness

A project by AstaroTheatro, IIRE and Stichting Vrolijkheid
With the support of Academie voor Theater en Dans
More than 20 migrants/refugees artists or performers in 10 languages. The result of 5 months of playful improvisational rehearsals, where through self-representation, migrants share stories of their journey and living in the Netherlands facing a long lasting uncertainty after having crossed many, colonial, borders.

Our Footsteps has been successfully performed in Theater Perdu and in Academie voor Theater en Dans. Both dates were sold out as a confirmation of the urgency of this kind of theatre. At the moment Our Footsteps is an on-going project, a work in progress constantly reshaping itself to the artistic and social challenges of our times. Did you miss our previous shows? Our Footsteps will be performed again Friday 28 June, 20:00 at Ru Paré Community in Amsterdam.

Performers:
Arif Murat Gür, Ayhan Karaağaç, Ayşenur Akın, Elif İleriye Girgin, Erhan Çalıhan, Ersin Adıgül, Farzin Bapiri, Harun Turan,  Hüseyin Aykan, Iris Maria Tsagri, İsmail Atalamış, Karin Schuitema, Levent Girgin, Maral Jefroudi, Mhmod Pozan, Roberto Bacchilega, Rüzgar Gür, Savalan Ghodsi, Sayat Tekir, Sedat Kartal, Souloke Sen, Ufuk Çalımlı, Vasiliki Koutrouli, Yusuf Adam Suali, Zeki Barlin

Directed by Roberto Bacchilega in collaboration with the performers
Theatre Training: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Dramaturgy: Arif Murat Gür
Stage Movement: Ayhan Karaağaç
Project Facilitator: Maral Jefroudi
Sound Design: Levent Girgin
Production Assistant and Videoproduction: Chihiro Geuzenbroek
Promotion and Stage Photography: Unai Risueño
Graphics: Savalan Ghodsi

Info & Tickets at Ru Paré


Sunday 23 June, 20:00
AstaroTheatro hosts the screening of Paese Nostro (in Italian)


ZaLab presenta
PAESE NOSTRO
Il film che avremmo voluto mostrarvi

di Michele Aiello, Matteo Calore, Stefano Collizzolli, Andrea Segre, Sara Zavarise

Un film collettivo sull’Italia dell’accoglienza diffusa, realizzato dagli autori ZaLab nel 2016 prodotto dal Ministero degli Interni ma mai distribuito

In Italia esiste un mondo che sta aiutando la crescita del Paese, è quello degli operatori e mediatori dei progetti di accoglienza della rete SPRAR, un sistema pubblico basato sulla sinergia tra Comuni, Ministero degli Interni e associazioni. ZaLab ha voluto raccontare questo mondo, seguendo le vite, i pensieri, i sogni, le fatiche di chi ogni giorno lavora nella costruzione di un futuro complesso e necessario.
L’idea è stata proposta nel 2016 ad un bando del fondo FAMI gestito dal Ministero degli Interni. Il bando è stato vinto e il film è stato fatto. Poi però non è mai uscito, perché il Ministero, proprietario dei diritti del film, l’ha chiuso in un cassetto. Sia con Marco Minniti Ministro, sia ora con Matteo Salvini.

Ci sembra un grande errore tenere nascosto il racconto di questa Italia, ancora più oggi che sta subendo misure e voci di isolamento e segregazione.
ZaLab avrebbe voluto che Paese Nostrofosse mostrato sin dalla sua finalizzazione, a inizi 2017. Non è stato possibile. Ancora oggi non potremmo farlo, invece lo mostriamo.
Mettiamo gratuitamente a disposizione di tutti il film che qualcuno vorrebbe non farvi vedere.


AstaroTheatro January February March April May 2019

Saturday 25 May
Academie voor Theater en Dans
Jodenbreestraat 3 Amsterdam
Our Footsteps
A Theatre Performance
Migrants’ narratives as artistic affirmation of our human dignity
and a call for political awareness
A project by AstaroTheatro, IIRE and Stichting Vrolijkheid


More than 20 migrants/refugees artists or performers in 10 languages. The result of 5 months of playful improvisational rehearsals, where through self-representation, migrants share stories of their journey and living in the Netherlands facing a long lasting uncertainty after having crossed many, colonial, borders.We believe arts need to engage society; they need to represent today’s turmoil.
To this end we come together as migrants, political refugees and locals in order to create a performance: an act of theatre, poetry, music, performance art, choreography. And an act of activism, of human and political togetherness. Projects such as this one are seldom seen in the Netherlands. Hence our artistic intervention. It’s time to stop seeing the migrant as ‘problematic’ or ‘troublesome.’ It’s time to go beyond the politics of social segregation as mass distraction.
Our performance seeks to transcend the political pitfalls of discrimination and hate peculiar to our present and confused world. We want our performance to be a safe haven, a place where diversity is richness and discrimination can only vanish.
Be welcome!Performers:
Arif Murat Gür, Ayhan Karaağaç, Ayşenur Akın, Elif İleriye Girgin, Erhan Çalıhan, Ersin Adıgül, Farzin Bapiri, Fatima Hajyahya,  Hüseyin Aykan, Iris Maria Tsagri, İsmail Atalamış, Karin Schuitema, Levent Girgin, Maral Jefroudi, Mhmod Pozan, Roberto Bacchilega, Savalan Ghodsi, Sayat Tekir, Sedat Kartal, Souloke Sen, Ufuk Çalımlı, Vasiliki Koutrouli, Yusuf Adam Suali, Zeki Barlin Directed by Roberto Bacchilega in collaboration with the performers
Theatre Training: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Dramaturgy: Arif Murat Gür
Stage Movement: Ayhan Karaağaç
Sound Design: Levent Girgin
Project Facilitator: Maral Jefroudi
Production Assistant and Videoproduction: Chihiro Geuzenbroek
Promotion and Stage Photography: Unai Risueño
Graphics: Savalan GhodsiWith the support of Academie voor Theater en Dans
Many Thanks to: Tenedle (video and photography), Victor Sams (rhythm and sound training), Ersin Adıgül (Photography) and an endless number of friends, comrades and supporters who have been inspiring us during the journey to our theatre performanceTickets: Free Entrance. We welcome donations
Reservation is required via this link


Saturday 18 May
Theater Perdu
Kloveniersburgwal 86 Amsterdam
Our Footsteps
A Theatre Performance
Migrants’ narratives as artistic affirmation of our human dignity
and a call for political awareness
A project by AstaroTheatro, IIRE and Stichting Vrolijkheid

More than 20 migrants/refugees artists or performers in 10 languages. The result of 5 months of playful improvisational rehearsals, where through self-representation, migrants share stories of their journey and living in the Netherlands facing a long lasting uncertainty after having crossed many, colonial, borders.We believe arts need to engage society; they need to represent today’s turmoil.
To this end we come together as migrants, political refugees and locals in order to create a performance: an act of theatre, poetry, music, performance art, choreography. And an act of activism, of human and political togetherness. Projects such as this one are seldom seen in the Netherlands. Hence our artistic intervention. It’s time to stop seeing the migrant as ‘problematic’ or ‘troublesome.’ It’s time to go beyond the politics of social segregation as mass distraction.
Our performance seeks to transcend the political pitfalls of discrimination and hate peculiar to our present and confused world. We want our performance to be a safe haven, a place where diversity is richness and discrimination can only vanish.
Be welcome!Performers:
Arif Murat Gür, Ayhan Karaağaç, Ayşenur Akın, Elif İleriye Girgin, Erhan Çalıhan, Ersin Adıgül, Farzin Bapiri, Fatima Hajyahya,  Hüseyin Aykan, Iris Maria Tsagri, İsmail Atalamış, Karin Schuitema, Levent Girgin, Maral Jefroudi, Mhmod Pozan, Roberto Bacchilega, Savalan Ghodsi, Sayat Tekir, Sedat Kartal, Souloke Sen, Ufuk Çalımlı, Vasiliki Koutrouli, Yusuf Adam Suali, Zeki Barlin Directed by Roberto Bacchilega in collaboration with the performers
Theatre Training: Vasiliki Koutrouli
Dramaturgy: Arif Murat Gür
Stage Movement: Ayhan Karaağaç
Sound Design: Levent Girgin
Project Facilitator: Maral Jefroudi
Production Assistant and Videoproduction: Chihiro Geuzenbroek
Promotion and Stage Photography: Unai Risueño
Graphics: Savalan GhodsiWith the support of Academie voor Theater en Dans
Many Thanks to: Tenedle (video and photography), Victor Sams (rhythm and sound training), Ersin Adıgül (Photography) and an endless number of friends, comrades and supporters who have been inspiring us during the journey to our theatre performanceTickets € 10
Tickets Low Income € 5
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Friday 19 April, 20:30
Radio Vostok-2
International avant-garde project “Radio Vostok-2
with the program: ” The escape of an African from Siberia”

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 barricade@riseup.net
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.
Be welcome!

(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: info@ondaitaliana.org)


AstaroTheatro December 2018

Saturday 15 December, 20:30
Revenir

81 mins/2018
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

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.
www.killingcartisano.com


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)
The Volcanoes

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.