ACT Festival 201705/06/2017 By IYMA

From June 7 & untill June 10 Bilbao will once again host a variety of international performing artists with their short pieces.The organization of ACT Festival created a beautifull programm with performances from Iran, North Korea, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Lithuania and of course from Spain!

Every night you can see different performances and starting in the early morning you can join one of the master classes. Please make sure to visit ACTMOSFERA where you can meet other visitors, the artists and discuss the performances and provide feedback.

For the full program, please visit the ACT Festival website.

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



Best of BE20/10/2016 By IYMA

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.

MESS TV 201610/10/2016 By IYMA

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.

Biscuit; or how to make theatre more inclusive09/10/2016 By IYMA

At MESS Festival Jess Thom performed the performance ‘Backstage in Biscuitland’. She is a writer, artist and part time super hero. Jess Thom co-founded Touretteshero in 2010 as a creative response to her experience of having Tourette’s syndrome.

Jess has had tics since she was a child but wasn’t diagnosed until she was in her twenties. Touretteshero is about reclaiming the most frequently misunderstood condition on the planet, challenging people to think differently, and building a more inclusive society. For IYMA she created a workshop and together with young artists of MESS they encountered and tried to tackle the subject. Together they explored a wide range of issues on how to make theater more accessible. Not only about Tourettes, but also on the so-called ‘Relaxed Performance’, physical accessibility and the ‘ Social Model’ of disability. In the video you can see one of the IYMA bloggers interview her right after given the workshop.


Moving Mountains in Brussels30/09/2016 By IYMA

This weekend the new project of Jimme Cloo and Marion Flament will premiere in Brussels during Nuit Blanche.

Cloo & Flament finished their studies in scenography at the institute ENSAD in Paris. They worked together for numerous times. In 2015 they performed for IYMA at the ITs Festival with their performance ‘Play House’. They are interested in finding ways to open a discussion about how spectacular an everyday life actually is; how common things can sometimes feel choreographed.

Online dance performances of Short Theatre29/09/2016 By IYMA

This September the eleventh edition of Short Theatre took place. There were several IYMA performances programmed at the festival of emerging choreographers. Although theatre is transient. The organization E-performance gave it an after life. So sit back and enjoy the performances of Marco Da Silva Ferreira, Marco D’Agostin and Radoan Mriziga via the links.

My ‘Short’ Experiences13/09/2016 By IYMA


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.

Igor Vrebac wins Amsterdam Fringe13/09/2016 By IYMA

Igor Vrebac wins the Dioraphte Best of Amsterdam Fringe Award.

During the final ceremony of the Amsterdam Fringe Festival IYMA artist Igor Vrebac was awarded for his ‘tempting, cool and ambitous’, but also ‘ grand and saddening’ performance. During ACT 2016, only three months ago, Vrebac was the artist in residence of ACT festival. In 2015 he was awarded with this residency after he won the ACT festival prize with his performance Homo Sapiens. In Bilboa he worked on the piece ‘Macho Macho’, a physical performance on masculinity which he developed more over the Summer and won the Fringe Festival with.

The award entails the sum of 5000 euros to develop an international tour. IYMA is looking forward to see his performance travel abroad!

Review of Hu(r)mano10/09/2016 By 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.