Our young reporter Itxasos San Juan interviewed and reviewed some of the IYMA works, but she also wrote down her experiences of the festival in general:
This year I had the opportunity to go to Rome, this amazing and historical city has, since 11 editions, a festival called “Short Theatre Festival” and this year’s name was Keep the village alive.
By Itxasos San Juan
The performance “HURMANO” is created by the Portugese choreographer and dancer Marco Da Silva Ferreira. Hu(r)mano is part of Portuguese Young Artists 2015. The performance was shown during the eleventh edition of Short Theatre Festival in Testaccio Rome.
Do you know that moment in which you see a performance and feel as if you were inside? That happened to me when I was watching this piece. A piece of movement that speaks to the human being, that inevitably makes you identify with some of the things that they are doing, and even more when there are four persons on the scene.
It is a piece that doesn’t matter in which perspective you see it, you will understand it and will perceive it perfectly. The dancers use the whole stage, from the back and the front, right and left and forming parallel lines.
It goes from less to more and that makes you want to keep on watching it and when they reach a climax, you want to dance with them. Silences and repetitive music are alternated to show what we normally do in our life; the daily life of human beings.
This year, Short Theatre 11th edition is inspired to the concept of space, its arrangement and possible perspectives. Man perceives space as intrinsically precise because at the same time it belongs and eludes him, it is complicated and controversial, it is limitless and it crosses all borders. In this light four IYMA performances are programmed.
IYMA at Short will kick of this Friday with the performance of Marco Da Silva Ferreira. He will elevate us into a dimension of collective human urban movement. Performer and choreographer Marco D’Agostin shows ‘Everything is OK’, an experiment on the tiredness of looking at something on Saturday the tenth. Radouan Mriziga approaches dance from an architectural perspective on Sunday with his piece ‘3600′. It’s not over for IYMA, on September 17 Michele Rizzo presents ‘Higher’, a performance inspired and based on the experience of club dancing.
Photo of the performance ‘3600’ from artist Radouan Mriziga
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!
In the frame of the exchange between Young Cultural Professionals, producer Duncan Ballantyne from BE festival (Birmingham, UK) visited partner festival Short Theatre in Rome and shares his impressions.
´A former slaughterhouse in the south west inner zone of Rome isn’t an obvious home for a ten day alternative arts festival. But take a quick glance at the programme of the tenth edition of the Short Theatre Festival and it all becomes rather fitting. Any type of venue in the conventional sense would be simply inadequate to house such a startling and ambitious programme of performance. Indeed, any type of strap line description to summarise the huge variety of creation, narration and celebration on offer would be equally misplaced.