Festival of International Theatre and Arts (FITA)
THEATRO TECHNIS’ Festival of International Theatre and Arts (FITA) presents theatre, songs, music, dances, poetry from over across Europe and the rest of the world.
Tuesday 3 rd November
AND THAN THE DAY CAME FOR ME: Remembering The World Of Anne Frank.
A play directed and produced by Nick Careem. Following the performance, Dr Eva Schloss will answer questions about her life during the War.
George Lee and The Blue Sky Network presents a special charity performance for the
Camden New Journal Xmas Hamper Appeal, US playwright James Still's award winning play about the children of WWII
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
'A HISTORIC NEWSREEL BROUGHT TO LIFE'
A.A.TE. Distinguished Play Award Winner!
“ A patently honest account of the struggle of Eva Schloss, step sister of Anne Frank, in a nightmare world”
It picks up where Anne Frank's Diary ends” New York Daily News
And Then They Came For Me:
Remembering The World of Anne Frank
Part oral history, part dramatic action, part direct address,
part remembrance, And Then They Came for Me
breaks new ground and has been acclaimed by
audiences and critics in productions across the United States and UK
The unique weaving of interviews with two Holocaust survivors ,
Eva Schloss, Step-sister of Anne Frank, and Ed Silverberg, Anne's
first boyfriend along with live actors recreating scenes from their past,
gives this production the power to live in the present as well as
a never-to-be-forgotten past
following the performance, Dr Eva Schloss, who was recently honoured by the United States Congress
for her campaign against extreme hate, will answer questions about her life during World
Directed and Produced by
7.30 pm, tickets £15
Wednesday 4th November
An Award winning Documentary about the Buddihist monks Protest against the Burmese Military Dictatorship in 2007
Followed by a discussion
7.30 pm, Free. Box collection
Thursday 5th November
Short Hungarian DVDs
7.30 pm, tickets £6/£4 conc.
Friday 6 th November
RITS Russian International Theatre Studio in London
“Sweet Dreams Before Dinner”
by Alexander Ostrovsky in Russian language.
7.30 pm, tickets £7.50, £5.50 conc.
Alexander Ostrovsky (1823 -1886) was one of the nineteenth-century Russia's most highly regarded playwrights, though his works are rarely performed in the West in the modern era.
Amongst Ostrovsky’s best plays are: The Forest, The Storm, The Bankrupt, Live Not As You Would Like To, Poverty Is No Crime, The Poor Bride.
Saturaday 7 th November
“I remember the wonderful moment”
by Alexander Pushkin in English language.
Is a charming tribute to a great Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin.
This dreamlike compilation of scenes picked out of Pushkin's fairy-tales and poems is led by the 'Author' himself.
We become completely immersed in the beautiful world of love, kindness and true human feelings. That might be love between a man and a woman, love for nature or for ones homeland. Pushkin's timeless poetry combined with the exotic dancing and strikingly rich directorial style makes this show a genuine gem, providing an easy introduction to stage for its young stars.
7.00 pm, tickets £7.50, £5.50 conc.
Monday 9 th November
A concert by
Monika Lidke and her band.
A celebration of life through the intimate and enchanting music of folk-jazz.
Theatro Technis presents as a part of Festival of International Theatre and Arts: A concert by Monika Lidke and her band. A celebration of life through the intimate and enchanting music of folk-jazz vocalist Monika Lidke, performing original songs from her debut album “Waking up to Beauty”. With Kristian Borring – guitar, Chris Nickolls-drums, Tim Fairhall-double bass. “A lovely album - fresh and individual. Check it out!” Sarah Ward Jazz FM (UK) “Appealing debut album” METRO
8.00pm, tickets £10, £8 conc.
Wednesday 11 th November
Ricardo García-Curbelo is an innovative performer with professional
of the stage from a very young age.
He is one of the most experienced
performers of today’s Latin American harp music. He studied the harp at
Music Academy of Villavicencio, with Luis Alberto Curvelo, his brother and
Director of the institution.
Ricardo later became Director of Dance for 3
at this academy. He studied music theory at the Music Academy Luis A.
and attended voice production classes with legendary maestro cultural
Manuel Zapata Olivella, at the National University in Bogotá.
specializes in Joropo, a music that combines poetry, with Classical,
and Jazz music. He plays the Modelo Corvado 42 string harp and the cuatro,
four strings guitar from Colombia and Venezuela. Ricardo is a unique and
dedicated artist, known and loved for his passionate, gifted way of
communicating with the public.
7.30 pm, tickets £10, £8 conc.
collective (30 min)
The brainchild of Argentinean singer songwriter Silvia Demetilla, alasVALS are a folk/fusion alternative-tango collective based in London and Buenos Aires.
The core members joining Silvia are David Aguirre –based in Argentina- who controls the programming and instrumental arrangements, violinist Natalie Sedgwick – with her beautiful and sensitive approach to the songs- and flute player Therese Bann –who describes herself as “between classical, jazz, world, ambient and anything in between as long as it's got soul” - + guest musicians.
Virtuoso percussionist and founding member Nando Gómez sadly died in 2008, but his inventive use of eclectic percussion lives on through their recordings, especially 2008's “Felicidad Equidistante”, which is dedicated to him.
Words alasVALS use to describe themselves include folk, experimental-tango and ethereal, and as they also take influence from films, their music can also be described cinematically, as soundscapes or audio landscapes.
alasVALS use an eclectic range of instruments including violin, flute, melodica, ocarina, synths, rainstick, Indian tablas and odd percussion instruments, which are then mixed with electronic samples and melodic beats. Switching between English and Spanish the lyrics have a very delicate, clear voice, suited to the poetry they sing and play. Their lyrical influences include reflections on emigration and personal poetry about "inner life".
Since 2004 alasVALS have played in different venues around London including Bolivar Hall, The Spitz, Chelsea Arts Club, The Troubadour, Novas Contemporary Urban Centre, The Electro Acoustic Club, Café Bohemia, Notting Hill Arts Club, Canning House, Inferno’s and Café 1001, to name just a few.
Another of Silvia's projects is LatinAlternativa - a network for Latin American artists in London and Sapo de otro pozo, a network for the Argentine community living in London. She has organised events to showcase artists from the network at the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton, and the Spitz music venue, Spitalfields. She is also co-presenter and producer of Aculco Radio (“Memorias de la Luna, with Sofia Buchuck”), a station based in Brixton, broadcast in Spanish. The focus of the station is Latin American music of all genres, new and old, but Silvia also particularly likes to showcase completely unknown artists that she calls "our secret music".
alasVALS have been nominated for the GSD Awards Latin American Music and Media for their song “Veo Veo”.
8.00 pm, tickets £10, £8 conc.
Andrew Crayford and Kosmos
The Kosmos, who are based in London, formed in 2005. They
developed their own unique style of 60s inspired Indie-Pop that has
them labelled as “the Most Popular Unsigned Band On Myspace” The
first single “So in Love” released via AWAL (Artists Without A Label)
has been called “the ultimate pop song” by Recordsmith, a renowned
music reviewer. It is hailed as a modern classic with its Beatle-esque
The Kosmos have just been offered record label representation by
Electric Circus Records in the U.K and will meet with other labels over
the next few weeks before signing a deal. In the meantime they have
been included on the prestigious “White” compilation CD, which is
distributed to nearly 2000 of the British Music Industry’s most
influential people, including Radio One DJs and A&R agents for all the
major labels. They have recently been featured on the CD compilation
“Dig Music Vol. 1”, released in the U.S August 2008. They have been
invited to tour the US at major arena venues in 2009. Chuck Morris of
AEG Entertainment has expressed strong interest in sponsoring the
tour following his meeting with the bands promoter in the States. The
bands notoriety on myspace has led to music video director Peter
Lippman (Lippsync Inc) offering to direct their forthcoming promo
video for “So in Love.” Peter’s credits include Bruce Springsteen,
Michael Jackson, Tom Waits and Phil Collins; the band is in very
The Kosmos have also managed to secure endorsement deals with
clothing companies Ben Sherman, Fred Perry and IKON Footwear, and
are negotiating a sponsorship deal with Vespa Piaggio Scooters. This
is considered to be remarkable considering the band is still officially
unsigned, and has managed to secure these deals without the aid of
a record label or top flight management, a sure indication of the high
quality of their music.
The band is about to release their first album “Here it Comes”,
reviewers have already called it a classic that every true music lover
“A very fine collection of songs...” “...this album is certainly value for
money. A brilliant job” (Sharon Dougan – Melody Magazine)
Thursday 12th November
An evening with a monodrama directed and performed by
“From The Heart”(30 min).
A monodrama both directed and performed by Godlewski. "As a starting point I used a scene from “The Brothers Karamazov” when Ivan is wrestling with the Devil. I’m attending to the ethical problem of the Devil’s existence - evil - evil power, showing from the perspective of the person who has been losing his faith. We see character in an extreme moment, a struggle with alter ego, leading to split personality...in dialogue with Light”.
The Bones Theatre is an artist lead is an artist led organisation founded by immigrant Polish nationality Krystian Godlewski and Kamil Adamus. We exist to support and spread, through our workshops and events, the highest possible standards for the innovative practice of Easter European theatre arts forms in the UK.
Aykolur Dance Project
(15 min).A video projection, single performer, live performance and dialogue in front of/behind of a video screen by
A video projection, single performer, live performance, and dialogue in front of/behind of a video screen by Japanese performer anti-cool.
Performance artist anti-cool was born in Kanagawa, Japan, and has presented more than 10 countries in the last 8 years. Recent group exhibitions include: Glasgow International (UK), M1 Singapore Fringe Festival at Singapore Art Museum (Singapore), CAFKA05X Industria (Canada), Cultural Studies Wien at Museum Quarter 21 and Platform Kunst for the programme of the Japan-European Union Year (Austria).
anti-cool’s works explore how people can conquer the boundaries and rules with which they surround themselves. Through communication with those present, she tries to find solutions in order to break through people’s self-imposed limits.
“The Coin Counter”
by Philipe Faria (10 min).
Highly inspired by the works of Beckett and Ionesco , “The Coin Counter” is an original piece that tells the tale of someone who is far from home and can’t find his way back, until he completes a simple quest: count some coins. But this quest turns out to be quite difficult, either due to external interventions or personal struggles that take him away from his objective.
The text was originally written in Portuguese by Philipe Faria, in Brazil, but never performed. Last year, while coursing the MA Music Theatre course on Central School of Speech and Drama, the text was translated and adapted it using musical elements. It was presented during performance workshops during the term period and received good feedback both from students and teachers.
The set of “The Coin Counter” is simple, but effective. The aim is to allow the spectators imagination to flow during the performance. Live music and singing combined with the non-realistic text creates a different form of music theatre. The music is played by the actor, on an accordion, and the piece presents elements of clowning, physical theatre and theatre of absurd.
playing on traditional Chinese instrument called “erh-hu”.
The erh-hu is a two-stringed fiddle from China, played with a bow that goes between the strings. The rough horse hair of the bow makes the strings vibrate. The strings rest on a bridge at the centre of a snakeskin drum which amplifies the sound. Simple wooden tuning pegs adjust the string tension. A loop of string around the neck changes the pitch of one of the strings.
Friday & Saturday,13th &14th November:
The Life of The Death (La vita della morte)
by Alexandra Zamba’ (Italian language with English subtitles).
“La vita della morte” is a all around performance which includes folk dances, gestures, words and movements and recreates the ancient death ceremonies in the Mediterranean area, focusing on Italy and Cyprus.
It aims to emphasize the human artistic knowledge and experience exploring the potentiality of rhythm, sound and language.
Sunday, 15th November:
Chorotheatro Omada Pende
(Dancetheatre group five) (contemporary dance).
“Once upon... every time". Choreography by Chloe Melidou, 2009. - Performing: Chloe Lelidou - "Mary's song". Choreogragraphy by Roula Kleovoulou, 2006. Performing: Chloe Melidou.
"Once upon ..every time" choreography by Chloe Melidou
"Mary's song" choreography by Roula Kleovoulou
Tuesday - Friday ,17th -21st November
THE PRE-LAST OF THE MONIKINS
a post modern Greek Aristo-funny tragedy. A monologue without a beginning and end. Produced by Theatrico Phytorio Aeeginea with Nikos Kalamo as Monikin.
Sunday 22nd November
Saturday 14 th November
“CREATIVE & AWARE BODY for ACTING”
by Depi Mavropoulou*
WORKSHOP at THEATRO TECHNIS FESTIVAL
In this workshop we will experience how we can use Reichian body psychotherapy techniques with acting so to be more creative and inspired. We will work through breathing, grounding, body awareness, movement, contact and relaxation. The aim is to become more aware about our sensations and emotions and how to use them as the basis for creativity and the truth of acting.
This is experiential workshop so bring with you comfortable and warm clothes, yoga mattress, socks.
The course is open for theatre professionals and all kinds of artists and art students and also for other people, who are interested to increase their self-knowledge, work with bodily methods and explore different ways of expression.
Amount of participants limited to 20.
Depi Mavropoulou has studied Political Sciences at the University of Law in Athens, has diploma in theatre and she has worked as an actress in Greece.
On 2001 she created “Energy Theatre” which is a combination of physical theatre and Reichian body techniques from Character Analysis and Vegetotherapy.
She teaches this method in drama schools and leads workshops in Greece, Finland and U.K.
She also cooperates with Laura Mannila (Finland) co-leading workshops, and performing “Character Portraits” based on the character analytic theory and method of W. Reich, bringing on the stage six caricature characters. She works also as a body psychotherapist.
For further information about the course and the tutor:
energy theatre / energeiako theatro @ facebook
Saturday 21st November
Exploring Greek Tragedy Thought Polish Physical Theatre.
A workshop runs by Jurek Tyndrof and Tania Batzoglou.
The workshop invites to an exploration of our body’s potential and imagination in order to bring us closer to the core of the ancient Greek myths. Drawing from selected exercises from the Polish physical training of Gardzienice, from drama and movement therapy and improvisation we aim to unlock our physical awareness and creativity. By listening and following our bodies we are enabling a deeper communication with ourselves and others. This process we will guide us to connect with the ancient myths in a more personal and meaningful way.
Jurek Tyndorf trained at the Academy for Theatre Practice Gardzienice, Poland, after that he continued working with his own theatre group. In London he facilitated workshops for students at Central School of Speech and Drama.
Tania Batzolgou is a professional actress with experience both in Greece and London. She is a qualified drama and movement therapist of the Sesame Approach and currently is undertaking a PhD at Central School of Speech and Drama focusing on actor training.
3.00 pm – 6.00 pm, entrance fee £15
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