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Around 800 proposals from 65 countries participate in ACT call 2019

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The 16th edition of ACT International Festival for Emerging Performing Artists, promises. Not only because of the thread this 2019 will be the risk, but also because we have received 778 proposals from different countries, from Georgia to South Africa going through China, which make up an overview of the most current international stage trends. This year the festival has done a qualitative leap, attaining presence in countries where it did not arrive before, and significantly increasing the number of proposals from previous years. The selection process will be very demanding, attending always, to quality and originality, and will end with the selection of a dozen of pieces that, finally, will participate in the contest.

Most of the participating companies keep being from Spain. Other countries with a strong presence in this call for proposals are Germany, Argentina, France and Italy. Besides, it is remarkable the increasing participation of Basque companies, with 26 proposals, double than the last edition.

The raising of dance proposals has been last years trend, which is maintained this year with 291 proposals of this gender. However, ACT seeks to attract performers with different escenic languages ​​and this goal has been achieved, with 116 pieces of textual Theater, 140 of performance and 81 of phisical theater or circus. The rest of the proposals have been calified as others, which means that they are mostly hybrids of several genders.

ACT International Festival for Emerging Performing Artists takes place this year from 28th of May to 1st of June in Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, Kafe Antzokia and Barakaldo Theater, with around 12 short pieces for contest and other three or four of exhibition. The program is completed with workshops and masterclasses. The 16th festival edition is shaping up as the essential evemt to openj the 2019 summer season of the international escene.

 

Masterclasses

ACT FESTIVAL 2019 MAY-MAIATZA-MAYO 29 – 1 JUNE- EKAINA-JUNIO

30 OSTEGUNA - THURSDAY - JUEVES
TEATRO BARAKALDO 09:00
MASTERCLASS - 30€

Kamera eta gorputza – Camera and body – Cámara y cuerpo

Sra. Polaroiska / Euskal Herria / 4h
 

Sra. Polaroiska aims to work using the camera and the body in search of other ways to try and understand our surroundings; approaching a subject, hovering around it, and defining certain rules for the game. Creating a laboratory where letting things get out of control, where living on the margins, on the edge, where curiosity, desire and the possibility that everything can be different, can become reality.

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sra.polaroiska

Sra. Polaroiska (Alaitz Arenzana & María Ibarretxe). Colectivo de artes escénicas y visuales.

Premio Gure Artea 2017, Mejor actividad creativa del Gobierno vasco. Premio Injuve (Ministerio de Cultura de España), Primer Premio Certamen Coreográfico de Madrid, entre otros. Su trabajo se exhibe en numerosos festivales internacionales y centros de arte como el Museo Reina Sofía, el Museo Guggenheim, el Instituto Cervantes de Estocolmo y Manchester, Nuit Blanche París, STUK Bélgica, el Festival EINCE México, el Castillo Ujazdowski Polonia, SeMa Storage South Korea, etc.

31 OSTIRALA - FRIDAY - VIERNES 
TEATRO BARAKALDO 09:00
MASTERCLASS - 30€

Alquimistas de la escena

Ricardo Iniesta / Andalucía / 4h

The actor/actress has a dilemma before him/her, or s/he lets be led by the director’s hand and becomes a brushstroke that s/he gives on the canvas of the show, or else s/he poses as another creator, together with the author and the director who invents a material that the latter sculpts and introduces into the assembly. The actor-sculptor has before her/him the challenge of investigating, of finding the philosopher’s stone, as an alchemist of the scene.

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Ricardo Iniesta

Proveniente de Madrid, tras una primera experiencia en el “teatro de agit-prop” durante el Franquismo con el grupo universitario La Guadaña, Ricardo Iniesta estuvo al frente de Lejanía Teatro desde 1979, funda en Sevilla (1983) ATALAYA, con quien ha dirigido todos sus espectáculos. Idea y crea en 1994 Territorio de Nuevos Tiempos (TNT), primer centro de investigación, pedagogía y producción teatral de carácter privado en Andalucía. Ambos han sido incluidos en la incipiente Red de Laboratorios Teatrales de Europa que agrupa en el Programa de la Unión Europea LABORATORIOS TEATRALES EUROPEOS COMO INNOVADORES CULTURALES a otros cuatro centros y compañías teatrales: Odin Teatret (Dinamarca), Teatre du Soleil (Francia), Grotowski Center (Polonia) y TTB (Italia).

 

 
MAY 30, 31 - JUNE, 1 
MENTORING 

Mentoring breakfasts 121 for ACT companies

Steve Purcell / UK

Steve Purcell is professor in Leeds Beckett University and freelance producer.

Mentoring meetings of the companies participating in ACT 2019 with professor and producer Steve Purcell in a 121 breakfast.

 

ACT 2019 Egitaraua – Program – Programa

ACT FESTIVAL 2019 MAY-MAIATZA-MAYO 29 – 1 JUNE- EKAINA-JUNIO

28 ASTEARTEA - TUESDAY - MARTES 
BILBOROCK 20:00
Previa ACT - Doan - Free - Gratis

‘LA MEMORIA DEL CUERPO: FORMAS EN EL ESPACIO-TIEMPO’

Roberto Menéndez / Euskal Herria / 60′ / Documental

 

29 ASTEAZKENA- WEDNESDAY - MIÉRCOLES
KAFE ANTZOKIA 20:00
Opening, zizka-mizkak, music - 10€

‘CONTROL FREAK’

Kulu Orr / Israel / 30′ / Live music, comedy, theatre and  physical theatre

A solo show which merges humour, live music, circus, cutting edge technology and audience interaction. The artist controls practically everything outside and inside the stage through digital accesories and with wearable computers.

Control Freak

‘THE ROSE’

Noémie Cuérel / Switzerland / 10′

We hear applause, we are in the dark, and the light fades in slowly. She enters. She is passing back and forth between these two facets and emotion of her personality until, she arrives in front of the microphone and the music starts…

The Rose

‘TRIGGER WARNING’ – ACT 2018 SARRIA AWARD PREMIO

Yang Han Bi / Korea / 20′ / Dance

Lan honen abiapuntuan Roxane Gayren Bad Feminist liburuko kontzeptuak izan ziren: asoziazionismoaren eraginei buruzkoak. Roxanek «kontuz! eduki mingarria» edo “trigger warning” delakoen mugak azaltzen dizkigu. Azpimarratu egiten du trauma bizi izan dutenek euren burua osatu beharko luketela hura gainditu ahal izateko. Horretan dago lana oinarrituta, baina «besteekiko harremanak» ditu ardatz, eta «aurre egitearen» garrantzia.

Trigger Warning

30 OSTEGUNA - THURSDAY - JUEVES 
TEATRO BARAKALDO ANTZOKIA 19:00
Contest session - 10€

‘EQUILIBRE PRECÁIRE’

Collectif Tarabiscote / France / 15′ / Performance

In Greek mythologie, Chronos is the prime God of time. In this act, he is not a divinity anymore, but a engineer, working at its own scale on a wheelwork. He oversees the proper functioning of time.

Equilibre Precáire

‘THE DOLPHIN HOTEL’

Massive Owl / UK / 30′ / Textual theatre

Sometimes a film, sometimes a performance and sometimes both. ‘The Dolphin Hotel’ visits the world of Haruki Murakami’s novel ‘Dance Dance Dance’. This show is a work-in-progress

The dolphin hotel

‘RINGWANDERUNG’

Chum-Project / Korea / 18′ / Dance

There was a time when I wanted to see hope when I was in despair, and after my resolution, my will followed. How long will you be living with such a big iron heart? Though the outlook is bleak, shouldn’t life be beautiful? We’re becoming dull ones who’ve lost their lives with low self-esteem.

Ringwanderung


30 OSTEGUNA - THURSDAY - JUEVES
KAFE ANTZOKIA 20:00 
Contest session - 10€

‘LAS 2 EN PUNTO’

As Marias / Illes Balears / 30′ / Documentary & textual theatre

Two sisters from Santiago de Compostela and from an anarchist family, Maruxa and Coralia Fandiñom fall into social marginalitzation after receiving direct abuses of power by the Francoist oppression during the Spanish Civil War. This fact changes them forever and they become two charismatic, bizarre characters remembered throughout Santiago.

Las 2 en punto

‘MOON NIGHT’

Artscenico / Germany / 10′ / Performance

‘Moon night’, the choreography, was created after decades of work with dancers and getting older himself. It was inspired by the music and the romantic poem with the same title.

moon

‘CO-PULATION’

Tetrapode / France / 20′ / Physical theatre, dance

Co-Pulation is a choreographic trio for 2 dancers and 1 human-sized puppet. The piece deals with the desire of absolute and authenticity that leads or loses each person. Our body research uses different techniques of contemporary and aerial dance as well as objects manipulations on precise rhythms.

Co-Pulation

31 OSTIRALA - FRIDAY - VIERNES
TEATRO BARAKALDO ANTZOKIA 19:00
Contest session - 10€

‘THE MAN’

Peculiar Man / Germany / 30′ / Dance & theatre

A man and a woman find themselves in a composition of images, becoming part of a story that remains to shift between reality and fiction. Surreal atmospheres arise in which the couple goes on the search for the identity of the other. The story becomes a journey through different times, showing the differences and similarities of human beings and talks about the essence of small and seemingly unimportant things in life.

The Man

‘BEAST WITHOUT BEAUTY’

Carlo Massari & C&C Company / Italy / 30′ / Dance & theatre

Yet another gaze: still cold, freezing, unmerciful on society. An irreverent, cynical study on the archetypes of human misery, the non-expressivity, the despicable cruelty of interpersonal relations. A black irony as a counterpoint to the paleness of the faces.

Beast without beauty

31 OSTIRALA - FRIDAY - VIERNES
KAFE ANTZOKIA 22:00
Contest session - 10€

‘GOOD GIRL’

Hermanas Gestring / Andalucía / 15′ / Dance

“Fatal, we are very bad” As a symphony of life we ​​present a work in small fragments, a beginning with the “I prefer not to think” as a motto, letting ourselves be carried away by the circumstances, a second part “cinnamon in branch” as an expression of power, to be masters of the now, and an indecisive ending, “Alerta 4”, with fear for not knowing if we are on the edge of the abyss.

Good girl (2)

 

‘NO ESTOY AQUÍ PARA ENTRETENEROS’

F de Asfalto / Madrid, México, Alemania / 30′ / Dance, theatre & flamenco

Free version of the Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. Sisyphus has been punished by the gods to climb every day a mountain loaded with an intense and heavy rock that, when it reaches the top, falls irremediably, and so for all eternity… Through our personal experiences as creators, we approach the myth of Sisyphus. Modern sisifos that drag their rock day by day and start from scratch at every moment.

No estoy aquí para entreteneros

‘AHORA_YA’

Amaia Bono Jiménez / Euskal Herria / 25′ / Performance & theatre

We live time in a lineal way and our lives are drawn in the world as a sucesión of paralel lines, but… where is that time? Where is that space? And… how many ways there are to call it?

Ahora_ya

1 LARUNBATA - SATURDAY - SÁBADO
ZIRKODOMOA & BIZKAIKO ANTZERKI IKASTEGIA 12:00 
Contest session & fast vermut - 10€

‘A SOLO FOR A NERVOUS SYSTEM’

Klaas Devos & Barely imaginable Beings / Belgium / 30′ / Dance

A space wherein an embodied practice explores the expressions of thought and misunderstanding through movement. An algorithmic choreography that accumulates series of neurological demands, instantaneously executed. The spectator witnesses a negotiation between the will to move and the restrictions that any form of physical freedom entails.

A solo for a nervous system

‘SONNY’

City of Women / Slovenia / 30′ / Performance

‘Sonny’ is an attempt at an anthropological research of a specific phenomenon in a performative form. It is an amazed fascination with images and stories of sworn virgins or “virginas” from the remote parts of Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo and Metohija.

sonny

‘OUTSIDE THE CLUB’

Broken Box Collective / UK / 30′ / Circus & movement

A visual expression of themes and feelings arising from the UK’s political landscape, created by three performers through technical juggling, sculpture, and movement choreography. Rhythmical and emotive circus, performed to an uplifting sound track by great British musicians.

outside the club

1 LARUNBATA - SATURDAY - SÁBADO 
GUGGENHEIM BILBAO MUSEOA 19:00
Showcase - Programa Shift Key. Red Internacional de Festivales - 10€

‘MOORE BACON’

Boose Provoost & Kobe Chielens / de polen / Belgium / 30′ / Dance

A body is torn apart and assumes impossible shapes: it stretches, contracts, and bursts apart, only to subsequently present itself to us in a new shape. Moore Bacon! constantly tricks the spectator’s eye. Every perception is an act of creation.

moore bacon!, bosse provoost & kobe chielens

moore bacon!, bosse provoost & kobe chielens

‘LÉGENDE’

Romain Beltrão Teule & Supercabras / France / 30′ / Performance

What exists / What happens in the space (-time?) between the translation and the object that it comes from / the translated object? ‘Légende’ is a project that borrows the code of the conference/lecture to speak about the above question. It takes as its starting point the study of the fictional ‘language of the birds’ and the questions that the study of this language can create. ‘Légende’ is an attempt to enter in the world of words; to play with them and to question them. What are their powers? Where do they fail? A word as an act.

Légende

1 LARUNBATA - SATURDAY - SÁBADO 
KAFE ANTZOKIA 22:00
Clossing - 10€
ARRISKUA PARTY Kafe Kovac - Doan - Free - Gratis

‘ISLA DE SIRENAS’ & ‘PIC-NIC’

Bizkaiko Antzerki Ikastegia / Euskal Herria / 25′ / 25′ / Theatre

Two works of different gender and with a anaccurate defined social message. ‘Isla de Sirenas’ deals with the theme of romantic love and mistreatment in the couple from a dreamlike and dramatic approach. ‘Pic-Nic’ talks about the nonsense of war from the theater of the absurd, a comical approach with a powerful and deafening message. Two very different pieces interpreted by the same actors and with very current messages and rigorous treatments.

isla de sirenas

‘DANCE’

Yang Han Bi / Korea / 20′ / Dance

All is vanity. As one of the doctrine of Buddhism says, the all creatures in the universe change in every moment, so it does not stay in one state. But people think it is unchanging being, we need to get rid of that wrong idea. The piece ponders about oneself living now with the regrets of the past and the dreams for the future dividing time change into the past, the present, the future.

dance

 

Festivals 4×4’s and What You See and the curator Troels Primdahl, guests in ACT Festival 2019

Troels Primdahl

Troels Primdahl

Shantí Vera

Shantí Vera

AC/E’s Program for the Internationalization of the Spanish Culture, PICE, supports ACT International Festival for Emerging Performing Artists as an space of encounter among programmers and artists, to promote internationally Spanish companies.

ACT International Festival of Emerging Performing Artists 2019 will host in its XVI edition from May 29 to June 1, Troels Primdahl, curator, choreographer and director who works in Berlin, the director of the 4×4 Festival of Mexico, Shantí Vera, and the artistic director of the What You See festival in Utrecht, Vincent Wijlhuizen. The visit of these two programmers takes place this year within the framework of the AC/E’s Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture, PICE, assistance for visitors granted by Spanish Cultural Action.

Shantí Vera is a stage director, choreographer, dancer and director of the International Festival 4×4 of Mexico, an encounter for artists, creators, managers, thinkers and researchers of performing arts and live arts. In its nine editions, the festival has had a continuous presence of Spanish companies. The presence of Shantí Vera at the festival represents an internationalization opportunity for the companies participating in the 16th edition. The main goal of his visit is try to create a tangible network between this festival and ACT, as well as creating a stable agreement for the exchange of pieces in future editions. Troels Primdahl, on the other hand, is a curator, choreographer and director who works in Berlin, where he currently works at Trauma Bar und Kino, where he develops a multidisciplinary work, ranging from performance and stage intervention in fashion to artistic installations or Dance. Troels’ career focuses on finding new ways to present and produce emerging choreographers and performance artists.

Vincent Wijlhuizen comes as artistic and financial director of the festival What You See, a performing arts competition from Utrecht, focused on gender and diversity issues. In this sense, the festival of the Netherlands fits with the proposals that ACT Festival usually schedules, so its presence can allow ACT pieces to be programmed in What You See.

During their visit to ACT Festival, they have planned several meetings with national and international programmers, as well as representatives of embassies and consulates to explore future collaborations. In addition, they will participate in the sessions of ACTmsofera, meeting spaces between cultural agents and artists who visit us.

 

 

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