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
This week Best of BE starts its tour in Spain. Every year several performances from BE Festival are chosen to tour through Spain and the UK. This year all the selected performances are part of the IYMA network.
Three performances from Italy and Germany will visit several cities in Spain. Reload, the latest performance by Teatro Sotterraneo, which had its world premiere at BE Festival shows a series of stage interruptions. They will analyse the feeling triggered by something ending prematurely, inspired by Samuel Beckett’s philosophy of the benefits of failure.
Since a couple of years MESS Festival creates ‘ MESS TV’. In case you want to look back at where you have been, or maybe you couldn’t make it to the festival. Just sit down and MESS brings the theatre to you. Below you can see some of the reports young aspiring journalists have made of performances selected for IYMA.
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.
by Itxasos San Juan
Marco D’Agostin is a performer and choreographer who will perform at Short Theatre festival’s eleventh edition with his his performance “Everything is O.K”. Itxasos San Juan sat down with him at the Macro Museum in Rome to ask him about his performance and the themes he is interested in.
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!
It’s difficult to cross that common street without glancing at the crowded entrance and lots of green banners around it. The Compagnie Theatre (a festival main place) absorbs not only the drama students or theatre enthusiast but also an accidental pedestrian in Amsterdam, for whom a smell of artistic journey could be more fascinating than smoking…
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.
At festival Theater aan Zee, the performance Kokokito won the Circuit X Award! This means that the performance will be shown all over Belgium in 2016.
From the jury report:
‘In Kokokito Vanhaverbeke creates a whole world with sounds and objects. Departing from his own search for an artistic form more and more layers of meaning are touched upon as the performance progresses. In particular, the relationship between sound and meaning becomes central. The excellent timing and strong musicality of the performer stood out, (more…)