News: 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



Keep the village alive at Short Theatre Festival 201608/09/2016 By IYMA

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

The art attack02/07/2016 By IYMA

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…

ITs Festival 2016: Podcast The Odyssey30/06/2016 By IYMA

photo: Neeltje Knaap

The Odyssey describes the dangers that lie outside our cultural landscape. Each of the eight performing theatre academies tackles one of the islands of the Odyssey. They describe archetypal conditions that are present in many human contexts.

But what’s it actually like to be a part of such a large, international project and what different takes did the students of this project took on the refugees subject? Paula Lina spoke to several actors and directors of the Odyssey project.

Check the podcast right here.

Paula Lina is a freelance journalist and musician from Amsterdam:

Preview Short Theatre Festival05/09/2015 By IYMA

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.


A modern one man show: Kokokito from Louis Vanhaverbeke01/07/2015 By IYMA

                                by Evelien van de Sanden, photo Neeltje Knaap

At the start of the performance, we look at an empty stage, surrounded by only black curtains. Then Louis walks in, in simple sporty clothes with a beamer standard on a small trolley. On the beamer standard is electric music equipment, like a mixer, speaker and a sample machine. Nothing fancy.


Interview Nina de la Parra by Aike Jansen30/06/2015 By IYMA

photo Jochem Jurgens

The 18 years old Aike Jansen is a huge fan of English classics, theatre music, photography and art in general. She writes about all those things on the website De Pit. Next year, she’ll be off to Schotland to study English literature and theater in Glasgow. During ITs Festival Amsterdam, she met director Nina de la Parra.

Sex, love, identity. These are the themes that always reappear in the work of the 28 years old director from Amsterdam, Nina de la Parra. On Monday night, June 22, I saw HAUTNAH, her performance that was part of ITs 2015. On Tuesday morning, we met at a café and talked about what she did since finishing high school, the ‘life of a director’ but also about the superficiality of our generation. “I don’t want to spend all my time as a director sitting at a table and figuring out concepts.”

Review ‘Acrophobia’26/06/2015 By IYMA

Love Midlands Theatre visited BE FESTIVAL in Birmingham and descriped it as ‘A thrilling festival vibe right in the heart of Birmingham.’ They also wrote about IYMA performance Acrophobia. 

‘The evening’s theatre programme, performed in The STUDIO, opens with Acrophobia performed by Liv Knoche and Tobias Willasch, two incredibly talented performers who began their careers in youth circus. Using only movement and audio they convincingly portray a sweet and tender story about one woman’s journey to overcome her fear. Momentum builds, focus is never lost, and expression is well maintained. The young performers prove themselves phenomenal gymnasts as well as superb actors as the fear turns to fun.’

Read the whole review.

Review HAUTNAH by Zeynep Gündüz24/06/2015 By IYMA

photo Jochem Jurgens

Dance historian and philosophy teacher Zeynep Gündüz went to see the performance HAUTNAH of Nina de la Parra at ITs on June 22, 2015. HAUTNAH is based on the text Closer of Patrick Marber. 

‘Picture me upon your knee. Tea for two and two for tea. Just me for you and you for me alone.’ The song is sung by the stripper Alice as she teases Larry in a stripclub. Larry is the husband of the woman with whom Alice’s ex-boyfriend Dan has a relationship with. Sounds complicated? Step right into HAUTNAH to see how love in the 21st century is not rose-coloured.


Interview Play House (FR) by Zeynep Gündüz23/06/2015 By IYMA

Dance historian and philosophy teacher Zeynep Gündüz completed her PhD research on dance technology at the University of Amsterdam. She visited ITs to talk to Jimme Cloo and Marion Flament who perform their work Play House at ITs Festival Amsterdam on Thursday June 25. On top of that they follow the in-depth programme ITsINSTED for the whole week.