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!
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!
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…
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: www.paulalina.nl
Semira Latifi plays Laura in The Color of August, her graduation performance at the University of Prishtina in Kosovo. Co-starring Vjosa Malokaj as the painter Maria and directed by their acting class teacher Ilire Vinca.
By Anne de Loos
The Color of August tells the story of two long-lost friends, reuniting after eight years; about the ugly truths that are revealed and covered up in such tense moments. Laura ran away from a destructive heartbreak and gave up her artistic career. Maria turned out to be a successful painter but is stuck in an unhappy marriage.
It is fascinating what effect the programming of a double bill can have to the interpretation of a piece. Although The Color of August, a theatre text by Spanish playwright Paloma Perdrero, contains a multitude of subjects, the theme of hidden female desire was highlighted by the doubling with Marie Popall’s Pink Shell.
Vinca’s adaptation becomes most interesting when the women stop talking and seek for alternative ways to communicate. The attention is then drawn to the heightened sensual tension between them, a desire that hides beneath their strong words and contrasting characters. The implied romantic love that perhaps once was, is conveyed strongly in these scenes – and the spectator is left hoping for more.
Anne de Loos is a theatre and art scholar and co-founder of research collective CAS.
Interview by Evelien van der Sanden, photo by Neeltje Knaap
Dawn P. Robinson was born and raised in Germany, but has British parents and has lived in the UK for the past two years. In her msters graduation piece ‘When I think of you I think of … Dentist’, she attempts to become a ‘proper British person’ by completing a few typical British challenges. After her second performance during the ITs festival, I asked her about the idea behind the piece, her motivation as a theatre maker and her future plans.
This Tuesday IYMA presents two of the international selected graduates at the IYMA Double Date on the ITs Festival. The Swiss actress Marie Popall (26), currently a master student of Theatre and Performance at Hochschule der Künste in Bern performs her solo project Pink Shell, a short and convincing performance piece on gender roles and feminine desire. Anne de Loos spoke with her.
What has been the starting point of this project?
“I was writing about the theme of femininity and its mystification. I became particularly interested in the image of the femme fatale.
For me personally, I have been thinking a lot about issues of femininity. I never felt a struggle with being a woman. But I started to wonder: what are the presupposed images I have? What are the desires and fears I struggle to admit to?
by Hannah Woods, photo Neeltje Knaap
I might have been raised and born in England but if really “being British” means you would wear fake tan (ever) or cook a BBQ in the rain then I fail miserably. However, the international audience of When I see you gave German-born Dawn Robinson solid 8/10’s for her British challenges: a British night out (which of course just included drinking loads), a British BBQ and even tea-making as instructed by George Orwell.