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Marianne Kjær Klausen writes about her meetings with the Magdalena Project and with the Kurdish author Yıldız Çakar, who is living in exile in Germany. One important aspect of her joining the Magdalena Project is to stay connected to the political reality of colleagues in different countries, to keep herself integrated in a world from which it is easy to become detached.

Helen invited me the the Magdalena München Season 2018, to participate in a three-month artistic residence in Munich, in Villa Waldberta, a fantastic place, a wonderful house full of so many stories. It was my first artistic residence, and also the first time that I and Ivan, my son, experienced snow – and its silence.

The inspiration

In 2006 I received an email. It was an invitation to perform in a festival in Denmark. The name of the festival was Transit festival for 2007 January. The theme was “Stories to be Told”. The mail was from the director of the Festival, Julia Varley. As I was reading the mail my heart was filled with great enthusiasm. In those years I was working on story telling with singing, dancing and painted canvas. I thought it was perfect for me to be there. I already had prepared work at my hand.

Can we still be enthusiastic today? The question seems almost indecent, in a world of noise and fury, suffocating with conflict, destruction, and all kinds of unbelievable violence. And yet...

Peut-on être encore enthousiaste aujourd'hui ? La question semble presque indécente, dans un monde de bruit et de fureur, suffoquant de conflits, destructions, et autres violences inimaginables. Et pourtant ... Français ci-dessous

What is the music of your roots? What kind of music makes you happy?
 
Music has always been part of my life, that universal language arousing the senses, soothing me and touching me, so intimate and accessible to everyone. So is a toilet. When these two important experiences are combined, they create a place fraught with communication and sensations, reviving feelings, dreams and awareness that our lives are all about encounter, passion, closeness, openness, fear, or goodness.

 

Last May, I have turned 50 years of professional life, a piece of history that is almost all of my adult life. And even if I don't think there's anything transcendental to celebrate, besides being still standing, thoughts overlap, flashes of memories; the persistence of a journey that, I see it again now, embraces four compact moments that I don't want to be overlooked by memory.

Lena and I meet at Magdalena Munich 2018. During rehearsal for "Daughter" of Jill Greenhalgh we talked a lot about our experience with asian heritages (she with chinese, and I with taiwanese one). We understand each other and wish to cooperate somewhere.

It was the month of December, the year 1999. I found the website of Magdalena. It was not a mirage; it was an oasis for me while questioning how to make feminist theatre in Istanbul. I wrote the email; I got the answer. Jill Greenhalgh replied. Then we met in Novi Sad in June 2000: The workshop, little talks, lots of energy exchange. It was the month August, the year 2000, we established our feminist theatre group, Tiyatro Boyalı Kuş (Theatre Painted Bird) in Istanbul.

At the conference Reconference: rethink, reimagine, reboot held from 10 to 12 of April 2019 in Kathmandu, Nepal, Zoe Gudović had the chance to hear many amazing women, including the great Arundhati Roy.

Zoe Gudović writes about her experiences at the Magdalena München Saison 2018 - collaborating with other Magdalena artists, living at the Villa Waldberta, and celebrating her birthday there.

Veronica Moraga and Antoineta Muñoz write about their festival Mestiza Chile and the importance of the Magdalena Project to them.

I recently had the privilege of attending the third Tantidhatri Festival, a Magdalena festival held in different locations in India since 2012. This time, from 15 to 20 January 2019, Tantidhatri was held at Rabindra Tirtha – an arts centre dedicated to the poet and philosopher Ranbindranath Tagore.

Zoe Gudović writes about her experience of creating "DISSOCIATION", a performance installation in Das KloHäuschen, a former men's public toilet in Munich, Germany, that is now a contemporary art space.

Guatemalan feminist activist Sandra Morán is interviewed by Zoe Gudović at the conference "Feminist is the Colour of the New Class Struggle", in October 2018.

Suzon Fuks shares a few thoughts following her participation in Mestiza Chile Festival 2018, organised around “Memory and Resistance”, an important theme in this tumultuous time, just after the Brazilian elections, and the rise of the extreme-right elsewhere including in Australia.

Geddy Aniksdal writes a poem to Vero and Anto of Mestiza Chile, following her experiences at the festival.

Dear Magdalenas,

Today is my last day in Santiago de Chile, I've been here for a month. Seeing the collaborations I did, I realized that the Magdalena, at times, makes the borders disappear.

This year is a big Magdalena year for me - meaning that I was invited to several Magdalena festivals. I am honored by this, and feel lucky to be part of this network of amazing artists.

Thaís Ivana de Medeiros and I had many gentle collaborations in Magdalena Munich: my recording of spoken Shakespeare for her show; some text she wrote composed into a song for her to sing;  and a story about a truth/lie from her life has become a song in our latest group song theatre show TRUTH, told in speech, song, light and movement.

"... over time I have discovered the dimension of the energy investment that is demanded of an actress to walk from one point to another with absolute awareness of each and every part of the journey in the present moment ... I’ve failed most of the times, if not all ... "

Looking out from the window of an airplane, Lyn Cunningham uses this perspective on the earth to reflect on past projects, the violence humans inflict on each other and the planet, and the strength of the Magdalena network.

"During the last years, my theatre was not involved in projects dealing with migrant issues because we really wanted to understand how can we, theatre artists, be of use to people whose only goal, once they arrive in Serbia, is to move on to the so-called countries of Western Europe. They are in transition through Serbia, although this transition sometimes could last year or two, or even more, and sometimes they try illegaly to cross the border, facing danger and very often being returned back. This time we accepted an invitation to join the project."

Having been at the first Magdalena Festival in 1986 and many since in many parts of the world, this Munich Magdalena has a very different feel, due to the Munich City supported artists’ residency scheme which gives the festival its three month shape.

It’s the middle of March and the middle of the Magdalena München Saison: six weeks behind us, six weeks ahead. Time to pause and take a breath, look back at what’s happened and gather our energies for the next stretch!

Brest Stories Guide made by theatre Kryly Khalopa was included in the top 10 of Art in Central Europe 2017.

To read more, follow the link: http://blokmagazine.com/top-10-art-in-central-and-eastern-europe-2017/

The interview with Aksana Haiko from the Belarusian theatre Kryly Khalopa for the Open Democracy. How the theatre works with the memory.

Amnesia: a key feature of Belarusian memory

This Helen Varley Jamieson sure does know how to jump in the deep end. To extend a Magdalena event for three months is no easy feat especially with limited resources and personal. My hat off to her.

We are now one week into the Magdalena München Saison 2018, and already a lot has happened! The February artists have arrived in Munich and settled into the Villa Waldberta in Feldafing, and their performances, workshops and projects are underway.

Geddy Aniksdal wishes that we may all be strong/firm with persistence - the festivals we might organize; the books we want to and will write and with the fights we may have to get funded. The new performances that we will make. The need to be together, the friendship we share. May we be strong and firm and persistent in the meetings, the exchange that has fuelled and fed us for many, many years now.

Ruby Brunton performs her poem "Afixed" and contemplates how smart, independent women can end up in abusive relationships.

November 2017 has been a busy period for The Magdalena Project: four festivals happening at the same time in Argentina, in Germany, in Italy and in Brazil.

In 2016, the theater “Kryly Khalopa” began the project Brest Stories Guide – a series of documentary audio performances in the city space.

This is the presentation of a piece I am working on with a friend - it is private and you are invited - next Wednesday 28 June 6.30 p.m. - Amsterdam @UVA/Universiteit van Amsterdam

This article is my personal journey into DaDa (/ˈdɑːdɑː/), 20th century avant-garde movement developed in reaction to WW I. Dadaists rejected the logic and aestheticism of capitalist society and maintained political affinities with the radical left.

I used to be a perfectionist. That didn´t mean that my creative work was near the level of perfection that I was demanding myself, but it meant that I blocked many creative and spontaneous ideas for fear of being wrong and not having a good standard.

Dear Magdalenas: 

I write to you from the Paris airport; I'm going to Spain, to receive the Jesús Domínguez writing prize, which they will give us for the play "Moje holka, moje holka" (My girl, my girl), written in collaboration with Itziar Pascual and dedicated to the Magdalena Project.

Discussion at Transit 2016The Transit Festival has come and gone once again. As usual the programme was packed, with early morning training and three performances most evenings, as well as workshops, work demonstrations, presentations and discussions during the day.

In 2016 is celebrated 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Theatre Kryly Khalopa started the tour of the documentary performance “Chernobyl”.
 

April 19 St. Petersburg, theatre space "Skorokhod"

April 21 Moscow, space "Fabrica"

April 25 Minsk, art space “Korpus 8”

April 29 Brest, KX Space

May 7 Kaliningrad, art space "Vorota"

 

After the performing in Minsk Aksana wrote:

Every Magdalena festival has its own unique character, determined by the people organising it and its location. The Tantidhatri festival, held first in 2012 in Pondicherry and Auroville, and this year in Bengaluru, is no exception; it floats in a magical bubble of scents, colours and joy that is gently cradled by each of the many smiling volunteers.

Report on Magdalena Montpellier by Henriette Beyer

This late summer I went for the first time to a Magdalena festival; it happened in Montpellier, based at La Bulle Bleu, a warmhearted welcoming place where handicapped and people without handicap share common spaces, work and live together, also artistically. The organisation was "fantastique", mille mercis!

Opening round, MontpellierIn late September, Magdalenas gathered in the balmy south of France for Magdalena Montpellier, a festival organised by Marion Coutarel in association with La Bulle Bleue. The festival marked the culmination of Marion's three-year residency at this arts organisation for people with disabilities.

Opening gallery: Aksana and Siarhei are on the opening of the exhibitionWe are glad to share with Magdalena that on 16 of December we’ve opened in our own space an art gallery. The first artist, who came to us, is Andrey Lyankievich.

Our website upgrade sprint is over! On Friday I waved Valentina off on her train to Holstebro, and on Saturday farewelled Agnez heading back to Brussels. The week went far too quickly ...

Today has, unfortunately, been a frustrating day at the Drupal 7 Upgrade web sprint; mainly because our server is for unknown reasons painfully slow.

 

The upgrade of this website to Drupal 7 has begun! Web Princess Valentina Tibaldi, and Web Witch Agnez Bewer, have arrived at the palace of Web Queen Helen Varley Jamieson to undertake the upgrade. As you can see, they are already hard at work.

I've been living in Munich for five years now, although most of my artistic work has still been elsewhere; but as my German slowly improves, I'm beginning to create opportunities and projects locally. Since the Magdalena Project is an important part of my life, I wondered about the possibility of organising a Magdalena festival here in Munich, whether there might be a need and desire for such a thing. But how to find out, when I'm a foreigner who doesn't speak the language very well and my networks within the local theatre and arts communities are limited?

                                         "... What good and friendly were all the people,.

After the war, were good people. We were all together ... "

From the collected stories of Vialikaye Sialo

We are very glad to share the news about the opening of our OWN SPACE! 

Theatre KH opens its own Space

In February 2015 the Royal Library in Copenhagen (the Black Diamond) will receive part of the original documents from the archives about the first fifty years of Odin Teatret's life.

A brief personal reflection to remember Margaret Cameron and to mark the end of the 49 days of the Buddhist bardo. 

 

Margaret Cameron: Falling Like a Bird 2010, Photograph by Lisa Businovski

Margaret Cameron: Falling Like a Bird 2010

August 8-10, 2014: Belovyezhskaya Puscha, Zalessie, Velikoye Selo.

On August 8-10, 2014 eco-tourist center “Zalessie” and theatre “Kryly Halopa” (Brest) organize PRYZBA-fest.

Quietude and Performance: masterclass

 

 

Hello Magdalenas, I miss you.

I've been working on this show on and off for about 6 years and at last this year we have managed to get it on it's feet and touring around the UK. It has been, and continues to be, a deeply fascinating and involving process, again now as some of those we have interviewed start to come ans see the pwrformance, and other related people turn up unexpectedly like the parents of a journalist killed working on Chechnya. The question and answer sessions have turned into riveting discussions on war and peace.

Everything has flown fast here in Cd. Juárez. By now, Carolina Pizarro, is in Santiago, Chile. A month has gone. She came to show us how it is to transform the crap into flowers. I knew it would happen, and it´s very hard to see this reaction in other people who saw in her an actress who lives to share her experience with such rigor and love to the profession. I´m in an awe. In the best way I must say. It was a tough experience. 

 

 

 

 

Magdalena Sin Fronteras:  A Women’s Theater Festival in Santa Clara, Cuba

January 8 – 18, 2014

"Women performers in Brisbane invited us to dinner and a show. On the menu was the question of women’s visibility as contributers to performance, and what followed was an eclectic after dinner Cabaret of local performance talent."

By Michelle Grant-Iramu

TRANSIT 7 _ SEEN from ABOVE

TRANSIT 7,  spectators to Seen from Above: Julia and Roberto

Zone: Aksana in Chernobyl zone

On December 7th the theatre “Kryly Khalopa” will present the documentary project “Chernobyl” on the International theatre festival “Maski” in Poznan.

on the impossible necessity of naming what we do ...

Happy Maha Padyami

A Solas has begun!

The workshops had already had their first session on Tuesday morning before the official opening, attended by many local journalists and featuring a welcome from festival director Amarantha Osario and an improvisation by the festival artists. This was followed by the traditional opening round (pictured below) where artists and participants from Albania to Japan as well as the Spanish-speaking world introduced themselves.

Calling Artists for a women in performance event, whatever

At Transit VII, I was asked to speak in the symposium as part of a sesion entitled "Giving Form: Art between Fiction and Reality". I found it very difficult to prepare for this presentation - unsure of what I could say on the topic that would be interesting or useful to the audience, wondering if I really know the difference between fiction and reality, even problematising the words "giving" and "form".

Skyline, it's up there! is a visual theater choreography of 50 minutes duration.
You'll witness a voyage; from ground to sky, from black and white to color and from tragedy till comedy.

Video

 

Thursday morning as I was arriving home from Transit 7 (an international festival of women in contemporary theatre curated by Odin Teatret actress Julia Varley), Margi Brown Ash was attending the Brisbane Festival launch at the Brisbane Powerhouse. An impressive program it would seem, but something is amiss, as she describes here in her blog.

7 Jun.     There is much to say about the exchanges and performances today. I will try to say more in the morning but I have just come from a performance by German actress Gilla Cremer. A shocking story told by an exquisite actress. In this 75-minute performance she does not move for the first 30 minutes at least.

TRANSFORMING LIFE EXPERIENCE

THROUGH PERFORMANCE

Performance Retreat led by Dr Dawn Albinger from Ladyfinger

August 14 – 18, 2013

 

Taken from my fb updates, a snapshot of the Festival so far...

 

May 31. Memoria. Achingly beautiful performance.

Not surprisingly I suppose, Transit VII has provoked a profound crisis in me. Just when I thought that I had my life figured out, I took the 'risk' of coming to the Odin to meet, exchange, and learn what I thought would be augmentations to my existing practice. I did not expect that I would start to question my entire body of work - tearing it to pieces to find anything of value worth keeping. I believe, however, that I was meant to come here at this time. That now is the right time to experience this shock to the system.

Loud stomping resounds from the theatre: the participants of Maria Porter and Raquel Carrio's workshop are giving a demonstration and this is the Suzuki part. I am missing it, to wash some clothes and write this post - it's not possible to see and do everything at Transit, we have to miss some things when the programme packs 5 performances and several presentations into each day. We don't come to Transit to sleep, that's for sure - but we do have to wash our clothes and sometimes take a pause to try and digest everything before we can take more in.

Festival de Mujeres en Escena Por La Paz

(Women on Stage for Peace Festival)

I read in an interview to the Italian actress Luisa Pasello that Grotowski described the actor’s training as something like brushing one’s teeth. A very personal moment meant for the exploration of the psycho-physical perspectives that nurture the practice of your art.

Every week we meet at Astaroth Teatro in Amsterdam to share training experiences and traditions.

Dohter, que significa filha em inglês arcaico, é o nome do work in progress que deu início ao Vértice Brasil – encontro e festival internacional de teatro feito por mulheres – que aconteceu em Floripa no decorrer da semana. Uma oficina conduzida pela diretora galesa Jill Greenhalgh durante as duas semanas anteriores ao evento e frequentada por 10 artistas catarinenses investigou o tema e criou perguntas e respostas pessoais sobre o que é ser/ter filha. Este material foi pra cena e tornou-se poesia viva.

Florianapolis is a beautiful place. It is an island connected by a bridge to mainland south Brazil. The city of Florianapolis is surrounded by water – the hills across the water on the mainland frame both city and the glorious beaches that boast to be the best in South Brazil. White dunes, waterside fish restaurants, selling oysters by the bucket load and the efficient but stressless approach to work, at which Brazilians excel, make this a very pleasant place to have been hosted for three weeks.

 



©rossella viti 2012

I am in Providence, Rhode Island, for BIARI - Brown International Advanced Research Institute. This is a gathering of about 140 researchers and thinkers, brought together for two weeks of presentations and discussions in four streams: climate change, health and HIV, population and development, and theatre and civil society. I'm in this last group, convened by Erik Ehn and Patricia Ybarra, with 24 participants hailing from nearly every corner of the globe.

 

 

 

 

Il Magfest è lieto di invitarvi alla seconda presentazione del libro:
  “Dal Magdalena Project al Magfest: un percorso sul teatro al femminile in Italia”

Secret Girl
is an exhibition by Leah Crossley on the art work she has produced out of the photographs she took during The Seven Kimgs - Secret Girl workshop given by Gabriella Sacco at the Magdalena Legacy and Challenge festival in Cardiff in 2011.

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/0985338407/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_NGxXpb1WQD11H

 

Más caras con máscaras es un manual que muestra cómo crear 22 diferentes máscaras y sus variaciones en forma precisa y meticulosa. Con 190 páginas e 772 ilustraciones este manual es un recurso invaluable para educadores, profesionales de teatro y quien quiera crear máscaras.

 

I am in Pondicherry, India for the Tantidhatri festival - the first Magdalena festival in India, organised by Parvathy Baul (with an incredible army of volunteers).

We are nearing the end of the Tantidhatri Festival already, and I haven't had time to post anything - I've been full of good intentions but like most Magdalena festivals, the schedule of overlapping performances, transport logistics, catching up with people and preparing for my performance hasn't left much time for anything else except sleeping; also it's so hot here that it's necessary to shower 2-3 times a day & wash everything I've been wearing as well.

At the link below you can find all the pictures from Magfest Torino "gener-AZIONI" taken by Monica Russo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ITALIANO

Cosa c’è dietro al sipario? Il mondo magico del teatro e della presenza, il mondo reale e ostinato del lavoro quotidiano per poter dire “sono qui e ora” sul palcoscenico: l’attrice nei suoi piedi, calzando le scarpe dei suoi personaggi.

"Dietro al sipario"

I am in Torino for Magfest! When I left Munich on Thursday morning, the first winter snow was falling - but in Torino it was a beautiful sunny day. I was met at the airport by Valentina and Christina Kyriazidi, who had just arrived from Berlin, then we had lunch with Gabriella and her parents. Gabriella and Valentina have put the festival together on almost nothing (in New Zealand we'd say "on the smell of an oily rag") and focussed on performances - 17 performances over two days and one evening - mostly by "younger" women.

We all know how difficult funding is to get, and that in the "current economic climate" it is getting harder and harder. But there are funds out there, and perhaps if we join forces and apply together we may be able to access something. As an international network, the Magdalena Project is significant and fairly unique, and our work connects into many funding organisations' priorities. We just have to find the right fund to approach and give them a good pitch.

 

Magdalena Afternoon Tea Blog

 

I thought I’d write a short blog for those who were interested but unable to attend today’s Magdalena@25 afternoon tea at my place. This is by no means a comprehensive description of the conversation that took place, but if you were one of the women who just couldn’t be there today, here’s a taste of the ground covered:

 

Once the Magdalena Norway group gets up and running, this will be a place for group members to post blogs about Magdalena Norway's activities. In the meantime, this is here as a placeholder, to show you that it can be done!

MAGDALENA LEGACY & CHALLENGE PHOTOS, CARDIFF 2011

 

Hi All,

Finally managed to sort through all of the photos from the first couple of days of the Legacy and Challenge Magdalena in August! For now, I have put every single one on a Photobucket album (the link is below). You should be able to download any of the photos, but if there are any problems I can email them directly to you, just email the link of the photograph to me. This is the same if you want any photos edited or photoshopped, as I have access to Photoshop CS4.

Here is the link to the album:

I have just come back from Istanbul, where I was attending ISEA 2011, a big electronic arts festival.

 

 

You are cordially invited to the

Magdalena Australia Australian Theatre Forum Lunch

Thursday September 15; 1 - 2 p.m.
Graffiti Room, Brisbane Powerhouse
BYO lunch to share

This is a great opportunity for those who have not been able to attend or link into the Australian Theatre Forum to come along and meet women artists who have come from around Australia, as well as connecting with our own Brisbane colleagues and friends.

Magdalena festivals are wonderful comming-together times, when women from all over the world converge for a short, intense period of performances, workshops, presentations, conversations and meals. There are reunions after many years, new encounters, and the pleasurable translation of knowing-by-email into physical meetings. But for every participant at a Magdalena festival, there are many more within the network who are not at the festival.

From today on The Magdalena Project will aslo have a Vimeo account, named: THE MAGDALENA PROJECT!

There we will all be able to upload videos from our festival!

The launch featured a presentation by Susan Bassnett, the launch of the anniversary book TheMagdalenaProject@25 - Legacy and Challenge, and the launch of the new web site, www.themagdalenaproject.org.

Following the opening we were treated to the performances "The Threat of Silence" directed by Jill Greenhalgh, and "Dream Through Your Singing Mouth" by Helen Chadwick.

How do we define professional when it comes to theatre or, more broadly, the performing arts in general?

It’s a question I’ve tussled with on many occasions and one where I find myself constantly refining and changing my answer. If we look to dictionaries, they tend to define professional as being the level or standard of competence expected of a professional, which means professional work in theatre is about the quality of the work.

In June, I went rather spontaneously to the Prague Quadrennial; i knew quite a few people who would be there, & when Suzon offered a free bed where she was staying, I decided to go. I'd never been to Prague before & the festival seemed like it would be a good time to discover it - and it was.

The theme of this year's Transit is peripheries - of all kinds, geographic, artistic, cultural, etc. in my presentation i talked about my own peripherical work, on the edge of theatre & also on the edge of digital art. i also talked about peripherals - things you attach to your computer to expand its capabilities such as a printer, web cam, external hard-drive, etc. periphical things have important roles to play in relationship to the centre(s) as well as to each other.

packed festival days continue! after giving my own presentation yesterday, as well as helping with projection for gabi's show earlier in the day & eva's show the night before, i'm having a quiet day today to upload & offload rather than try to take more in.

The festival has been going for a few days of workshops but this evening was the formal opening for the presentations and performances. I have tried to capture the essence of Julia Varley's opening address below:

I am in Holstebro, Denmark at Odin Teatret for the 6th Transit International Festival of Women's Performance. Organised by Julia Varley approximately every 3 years since 1992, the Transit Festival is a highlight of the Magdalena calendar. It's a great coming-together of women theatre makers from all over the world, for an intense period of workshops, work-in-progress showings, discussions, performances and of course a lot of great conversations over good food & drink :)