News: ACT Festival

deadline Call for Applications ACT & BE15/12/2016 By IYMA

Two deadlines are approaching, namely the call for applications of BE festival and ACT festival.

Today (15 December) is the last day you can apply for BE Festival. BE Festival takes place in July in Birmingham (UK). The Repertory Theatre is turned upside down to host a numerous amount of emerging artists from all over Europe. You can expect theatre and dance performances, but also circus performances. Thinking of applying to be part of BE 2017? Take a look through 7 year’s worth of the festival brochures and get some inspiration.

ACT Festival resides in Bilbao (Spain) and the deadline is pushed to 23 December. Always wanted to perform in Spain? This might be your chance. ACT programmes performances in different venues around the city of Bilbao



Awards for IYMA performances31/08/2016 By IYMA

It was an –awardfull- Summer for IYMA.

First Poliana Lima won the the festival prize of ACT festival with Atávico.

At BE Festival, Oliver Zahn was awarded with the ACT award for his performative essay ‘Situation with Outstretched Arm’. He’ll be presenting his piece at Act festival 2017 in Bilbao.

During the ITs Festival Bosse Provoost won ‘Het Debuut’ (The Debut) award from the performance agency Via Rudolphi for his performance ‘Moore Bacon’. With this prize, Via Rudolphi selects three performances to tour through the Netherlands. Provoost’ performance was also selected by them to perform at next years Short Theatre Festival. During Theater aan Zee in Belgium ‘Moore Bacon’ was awarded with the TAZ-KBC Jongtheaterprijs (Young Theatre Prize).

Also worthy of mentioning is our ‘ old friend’ CollectivO CineticO. They won the Jury Award for Best Young Director during MESS festival back in 2014. Now they were programmed at BE with ‘Hamlet’ and they won the International Theatre Festival MESS Prize. It all comes together!

Act Festival 2016: lucky bastards04/07/2016 By IYMA

Text by Marjolein Klare

Let’s talk a little about this amazing event called: ACT Festival.
I was one of the two Dutch lucky bastards who went to Bilbao for the exchange program at the BAI Theatre School. We arrived two weeks before the festival started and got to be involved in the preparations for the ACT festival. As black cats for example. Miauwww!

Personal storytelling with your body15/06/2016 By IYMA

A report on the workshop ‘Personal storytelling with your body’ during ACT 2016

The physical performer Igor Vrebac was born in former Yugoslavia in 1986 and lives in the Netherlands since 1994. Since he was young he developed a passion for theatre and film. He was educated at the Mime Educational program at the Dutch Academy of Arts in Amsterdam as physical performer. In 2014 he created the performance ‘Homo Sapiens.’ With this performance he was invited to ACT Festival where he won the Jury’s Prize for best Short Performance. He was invited back to show this piece, be the artists in resideny to create a new performance: ‘ Macho Macho’ and last but not least, to give a workshop on personal storytelling with your body.

During the workshop he worked with young performers on theatrical image and abstractions of your personal story. Vrebac developed a method working from impulses, physicality and imaginations. Verbal: “I’d like to stage the personality of the performer. What is it that makes you, you as a person and therefore a stage performer?”. Together with ten performers they followed his method. It was a very interesting workshop that proposed many ways to create a story.

One down, two more to go this June09/06/2016 By IYMA

The month June means lots of IYMA performances you can enjoy at one of the three IYMA festivals. ACT Festival just ended last weekend and below you can find all the winners. BE Festival and ITs Festival are coming up, with twelve artists in total supported by the IYMA network. It’s going to be a busy month but great and interesting month!


ACT Prizes

Artistic residence in Bilbao and 2000 euro.
GYNN contemporary project ACT BAD PRIZE
Performing in BAD bilbao till 2000 euro.
QUINTIJN RELOUW but that could never happen, DURI PRIZE
Performing in Theater Duri in Seul
LA BERLUE la main dans le sac, DURI PRIZE
Performing in Theater Duri in Seul
GISELDA RAINIERI give me a.. SPECIAL MENTION best direction

Congratulations and enjoy the prizes!

We’re looking for performances22/10/2015 By IYMA

Three of the IYMA partners have opened their call for applications. So go and fill out the application forms if you want to perform in Amsterdam, Birmingham or Bilbao. Looking forward to your proposals!

ITs Festival Amsterdam, June 22 – 30 2016
Click here for more info and the application form.
Deadline November 1, 2015.

BE Festival Birmingham,  June 21 – 25 2016
Click here for more info and the application form.
Deadline December 1, 2015

ACT Festival Bilbao, June 1 – 5 2016
Find more information on their website.
Deadline January 15, 2016



Blog on ACT Festival by Roberto Menéndez17/06/2015 By IYMA

ACT: four days, 15 pieces of theatre, dance and performance, a small format, two venues, a committed audience that is ready to jump on stage at any moment, an alternative atmosphere, many nudes (these modern actors love taking their clothes off), John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Rocío Jurado, whistling txistu (typical Basque flute), flamenco in Basque, 70 countries in which homosexuality is still penalized, immigrants who are waiting for their papers to have a normal life (or at least as normal as yours and mine), haggard druids, dancing Siamese sisters, trilingual presentations (English, Basque and Spanish) and on top of everything, a great flair for enjoyment.

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Between reality and imagination, a report of the ACT workshop11/06/2015 By IYMA

How does a performance about a personal theme or based on a personal experience come to life? How does an idea for a performance arise? What are the starting points? What are the possibilities? How can we make these personal feelings and thoughts tangible? Creating a performance, you start from your reality or the reality of your idea?

These are questions Mokhallad Rasem deals with in his work  He worked at the National Theatre of Iraq before the war changed the course of his life. Now he is resident director at Het Toneelhuis in Antwerp, Belgium. His career has been quite successful. He won the 2013 Young Director’s award at the Saltzburger Festspiele for Romeo & Juliet. During ACT Festival he performed ‘Waiting’, a show on the act of waiting.  Besides performing he also created a workshop voor ACT Festival 2015.

On June the fourth a group of young emerging artists came together in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa. They followed the workshop of Rasem and dealt with questions such as: How do you then seek the boundary between that reality and fantasy or imagination? How do you mix this reality with imagination to make a performance come to life?

Rasem his productions are built on the same principles as a crossword puzzle. He sees the crossword puzzle as the mind of the director containing all his thoughts, well ordered according the system of the game. This game is ingeniously constructed, with horizontal and vertical elements. The horizontal elements are the tangible, concrete elements, reality as it were. The vertical elements are the elements of the imagination.

Humor, play, bodily sensations, dreams, works of art and religious images can stimulate the power of our imagination. All these phenomena can transport us into a situation in which the self-evident world gives way to the experience of something new and surprising.
Therefore his workshop starts off with an improvisation session.

The participants were given exercises to warm up the body and to stimulate the imagination. The exercises are based on spontaneity, positivism, playfulness, daring and concentration. After which they will be asked to draw emotions and situations arising from these exercises.
Where is the balance between imagination and reality when dealing with these themes? Starting from the empty space we begin composing images. The drawings that were made in part one of the work-shop can be an inspiration to help us create these images.

The participants found the workshop very inspiring. An participant said: “I have a lot of imagination, but I can loose myself in there. As an artist I sometimes struggle to find a way out of my head to the stage and the theatre. It helped me a lot to let my imagination be artificial with a reality theme underneath” The methodology of Rasem provided the possibility for freedom and created a so called ‘no space’ which gave more peace of mind and enabled you to think of ideas around universal themes.

Workshops ACT01/06/2015 By IYMA

From June 4-6 ACT Festival Bilbao will offer some pretty exciting workshops for you to join. For example the workshop Between Imagination and Reality of the Iraqi actor Mokhallad Rasem who is currently resident director at Toneelhuis Antwerp.

Or get your head around the strategies of devising theatre during the workshop What’s the stage thinking in the bodies of the Spanish actor and director Rolanda Sanmartin.

The Germany actress and writer Ulrike Schleu unravels all the mysteries of Opera to you during the workshop The Opera – or Feelings for which there are no names while the French actor Ivan Bacciocchi will add to your corporal awareness during the workshop The Corporeal Actor. 

Interested? Read all about it here.