Motivations of a German girl trying to be proper British29/06/2016 By IYMA

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.

Fragile girls and furious women in Pink Shell28/06/2016 By IYMA

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?

Does anybody know what it is to be British?27/06/2016 By IYMA

                                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.

A poetic search for identity: Kolmanskop26/06/2016 By IYMA

                                by Evelien van de Sanden, photo Boy Hazes

Eight sailor ropes hanging from the ceiling, a sewing machine on a table surrounded by more ropes and one actress: that’s all Guillem Gefaell Alsina and his crew use in the performance Kolmanskop. During the performance, Laura Tamayo Franch shares with us in Spanish, standing behind a microphone, how and when she started to question her own identity, by telling personal and metaphorical stories. Her stories become more beautiful and impressive when she starts to move around. The verbal also becomes physical and visual when she rearranges and plays with the ropes as if they represent parts of her identity.
Laura addresses several aspects: personal stories, history in general, conversations with her mother, death and the elements such as water and earth. They all represent fragments of the journey she had to take in the search for her identity. The name Kolmanskop is a reference to a ghost town in Africa that was run over by the desert. A reference that adds more depth to the performance for example about the loneliness you can come across when you question your own identity and how you sometimes must surrender to it. Parts of the text are repetitive and poetic, for example at the point when she tells us how you must let the desert look at you, to help you find your peace and truth in yourself.
There are so many aspects addressed, too many to give each aspect the attention it needs for the performance to have a tangible core or for it to become reflective. On the other hand, you could say identities are also complicated and not clear. Altogether Alsina and his crew show us that by combining the different elements of theatre, he can ‘tell’ more than a story and ‘show’ more than a picture, what makes Kolmanskop a textual and visual attractive performance.

Evelien van der Sanden works as a freelance writer and producer for several dance festivals.

The Odyssey16/06/2016 By IYMA

On the last two days of the ITs Festival (22-30 June) there will be a very special performance called The Odyssey. This performance is situated at different locations in Amsterdam and also includes a boat trip along the river the IJ. The Odyssey is a theatrical investigation, freely based on Homerian motifs. The Odyssey will be performed by eight theatre academies from all over Europe. They are part of the Platform of European Theatre Academies (PLETA). Each of the eight theatre academies tackles one of the islands of the Odyssey. This performance will bring out the special and unique traits of the different, strongly distinctive cultures from Europe. It is going to be an interesting project, so come and check it out! Interested in tickets? You can buy them here.

Personal storytelling with your body15/06/2016 By IYMA

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.

One down, two more to go this June09/06/2016 By IYMA

The month June means lots of IYMA performances you can enjoy at one of the three IYMA festivals. ACT Festival just ended last weekend and below you can find all the winners. BE Festival and ITs Festival are coming up, with twelve artists in total supported by the IYMA network. It’s going to be a busy month but great and interesting month!


ACT Prizes

Artistic residence in Bilbao and 2000 euro.
GYNN contemporary project ACT BAD PRIZE
Performing in BAD bilbao till 2000 euro.
QUINTIJN RELOUW but that could never happen, DURI PRIZE
Performing in Theater Duri in Seul
LA BERLUE la main dans le sac, DURI PRIZE
Performing in Theater Duri in Seul
GISELDA RAINIERI give me a.. SPECIAL MENTION best direction

Congratulations and enjoy the prizes!

We’re looking for performances22/10/2015 By IYMA

Three of the IYMA partners have opened their call for applications. So go and fill out the application forms if you want to perform in Amsterdam, Birmingham or Bilbao. Looking forward to your proposals!

ITs Festival Amsterdam, June 22 – 30 2016
Click here for more info and the application form.
Deadline November 1, 2015.

BE Festival Birmingham,  June 21 – 25 2016
Click here for more info and the application form.
Deadline December 1, 2015

ACT Festival Bilbao, June 1 – 5 2016
Find more information on their website.
Deadline January 15, 2016



Watching theatre from (r)home20/10/2015 By IYMA

The organization E-performance has filmed several performances during the Italian Short Theatre Festival 2015. During its tenth edition three of the IYMA performances were filmed. You can take a look via the links below. 



Second round of MESS TV16/10/2015 By IYMA

In 2014 MESS Festival started with MESS TV, giving sneaks and peaks into their international theatre program. This year the reporters were present again. Strolling through the theatre venues, grabbing the artists by the arms right after the grand applause, giving you insight. Have a peek!