Characters

17 okt

Meeting People – Let’s show them what we’ve got! European Disability Arts Festival, Malta 2015

In Malta Door Anneke Verschave

Last June an amazing group of people with learning difficulties started to create a theater performance at St James Cavalier Center of Creativity in Valetta, Malta.

On the first day Belgian Director Stefan Perceval starts by saying that he wants to mix the performances of the different countries. The subject will be ‘meeting’. What does ‘meeting’ mean to you? Can anyone find an image that shows what ‘meeting’ means to you?   One participant, Aldi explains: ‘Meeting means ‘friendship to me’ ‘Okay’, asks Stefan, ‘How can we make an image of ‘friendship’? Who wants to be friends with Aldi? Several participants join in.

In the afternoon, Stefan Perceval continues to collect the raw material of the participants. Some participants have a strong idea of what they want to perform (stories, songs, poems, dance…), other participants are more shy and need a little push to perform. Stefan Perceval tries to find a way to integrate all the ideas and to involve as many participants as possible. During this afternoon, differences in points of view and some tensions emerge, also due to the tight time frame.

At the end of the first day all artists receive an official invitation to meet and greet on a garden party at the British High Commissioner’s in celebration of the Magna Carta.

The second day is the day of the show! After a morning of final rehearsals parents come up to see how the artists put all the pieces together. At the end of the day Art-is welcomes Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta.

The Disability Arts Festival is the final meeting of the two-year project called ART-is which is funded with support from the European Commission through Grundtvig Partnership under the Lifelong Learning Programme. It brings together several European partners, who are artists with learning difficulties and arts organisations from different European countries!

Directed by Stefan Perceval and Marit Stocker. Music coordination by Alex Otterlei. Tekst written by Kris De Visscher. Video directed, camera & editing by Anneke Verschave. Subtitles by Giuseppe Cardia, Alessandro Castaldo and Rοdrigo Gonzalez.

Thanks to all the organisators and participants at the festival including The Opening Doors Board, Directors and volunteers, The Opening Doors Theatre Group, The Opening Doors Dance Group,  (Joanne Butterworth, Justin Spiteri, Kevin White, Leanne Fenech, Sarah Linda Polidano, Brian Gauci, Sandra Mifsud, Nicole Cuschieri, Charlotte Stafrace, Janitha Stubbs, Anthony Attard, Lou Ghirlando, Anna Formosa, Rachel Calleja, Ilona Attard, David Borg, Veronika Stivala, Darryl Formosa, Coryse Borg, Zoe Camilleri, Stefania Cateranella, Valentina Azzopardi, Martina Georgiana, Estzer Joo, Jason Abdilla, Laura Musicat, Edward Tabone Valetta, Redeemer Chetcuti, Andrew Spiteri Debono, Caroline Bajada, Steve White, David Bezzina, Priscilla Vella, Josephe Fenech, Maryjo Abela, Daniel Micallef, Silvana Cassar, Christine Farrugia, Jean Paul Fenech, Peter Fenech, Maria Mifsud, Saviour Pace, Andria Spiteri).

The Creative Ways Partners in Spain (Ana Varela Vizcaino, Maria del Carmen Parapar Garcia, Jose Manuel Ulla Sanmiguel, Jose Vicente Otero Ferandez, Sabela Lopez Vazquez, Catuxa Pereira Cacheda),

in Germany (Axel Frund, Alexander Braun, Karin Poad, Tristan Poad, Alexander Poad, Caroline Mielke, Lia Mielke, Tanja Boklubas),

the Art-is Partners of Belgium (Evi Hermans, Els Govers, Jessica Cuyvers, Yvette Van Hees, Mariano Ranuncoli, Ben Mannaerts, Fons De Block, Marlene Stans, Anny Camps, An Verstraeten, Gerda Cox, Sara Plessers, Peter Bosmans, Alex Otterlei, Marit Stocker, Stefan Perceval, Kris Visscher),

of Finland (Sanne Tornikosti, Ossi Peuraharju, Sari Hiltunen, Niina Perander), Iceland (lfhildur Stefansdottir, Svandis Ragna Sigurdardottir, Olafur Hauksson, Sigudur Gislason, Gudlaug E Jonatansdottis, Erla Bjork Sigmundsdottis, Axel Benediktsson, Larus Sigurdsson),

of Poland (Katarzyna Diana Marek, Aleksandra Stenka, Patryk Jozwik, Marta Powlowska, Katarzyna Gontarczyk, Jadwiga Luczak),

of Spain (Rodrigo Gonzalez, Noemi Diaz, Adolfo Palacios, Jesus Diaz, Marta Cobos, Enrique Gonzales, Marcos Lazaro)

of Turkey (Umit Cevre, Erhan Ariturk, Cahit Ergun, Mahir Okay, Bayram Erkol, Fatih Ariturk, Nedim Dincklan, Selami Cetinkol, Cuneyt Canbolat, Ferhat Kokolan, Mehmet Sami Cetinkol)

and out of UK, StayUp late and Heart and Soul (Susannah Hall, Mikey Reynolds, Fraser Caygill, Berhana Wells, Daniel Wakeford, Maria Stacey, Paul Richard, Barry Wakeford, Carol Wakeford, Madeline Denny, Kate Ogden, Lizzie Moore, Mark Williams, Richard Pheonix, Catherine Dunne, Tilley Hughes and the piggie Dell, Lizzie Emeh, Wayne Taylor and Aldean Blair).

 

 

19 nov

Karagiozis and the Marionette Maker

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave / 11/19/2014

When visiting the flea market of Thissio in Athens we got impressed impressed by the plays of Yannis Liagkos, a puppeteer who creates and sells handmade marionettes for traditional Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre.
Take a minute to discover a great shadow puppet character of Greek folklore! His name is Karagiozis, and he comes from Turkish shadow plays. Karagiozis is a poor hunchbacked Greek, his right hand is always depicted as being too long, his clothes are ragged and patched, and his feet are always bare. He lives in a poor cottage with his wife Aglaia and their three sons, during the time of the Ottoman empire. Because of his poverty, Karagiozis finds mischievous and crude ways to make money and feed his family. By performing in streets, markets, hospitals, schools, clubs and camps all over Athens, Yannis Liagkos is loved by young and old for his funny small shadow theater plays. He loves to pass on this piece of Greek tradition folklore to the younger generation, the theatre of shadows, the shadows of us all! In Yannis’s shows, children are always active participants, who help him in setting up the narrative with their questions and with their voices.

Starring, Yannis Liagkos. Music by Karagiozis. Produced and directed by Anneke Verschave.

To order Karagiozis figures mail to trellogaidouri@gmail.com or call +30 697 3683639.

karagiozis-figoures.gr

 

19 nov

Karagiozis!

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave / 11/19/2014

When our Director Anneke Verschave visited Athens she run into a very old and legendary character, originating from Turkey! His name is Karagiozis… His age, more then 200 years old! He will tell us a story in a Greek shadow-puppet theatre show!

Watch this video here!

30 jul

Manolis Farm

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave / 07/30/2014

We just come back from Naxos, the biggest island in the Cyclades Archipelago! We met an amazing man, his name is Manolis… He showed us how to make the real Mizithra cheese and offered us a fantastic place to stay on his farm!

 

 

 

 

VAN HOUT (OF WOOD) Teaser from Pivokio on Vimeo.

Opening Doors speelt VAN HOUT in een regie van Stefan Perceval & Marit Stocker
Zaterdag 24 mei 2014 - 19u & Zondag 25 mei 2014 - 14u
Inkom gratis ! Cultureel Centrum Leopoldsburg
Camera & montage: Anneke Verschave

Director Stefan Perceval, of Opening Doors -- the theatre group made up of actors with learning disabilities -- doesn't like to rely on special effects. His projects start from a personality. 'Of WOOD' shows that the relationship between appearance and reality is essential. More than that, it's one of the biggest existential issues that we face today, in life as well as in theatre: to what extent do we stay true to ourselves?

In this version of the Pinocchio story, there is no room for an actual Pinocchio. Pinocchio is present in all of us. We create images and force the audience to look at those images. A creation of wood. With 'OF WOOD' the actors show you the reverse of the Medal of desire: passion.

Opening Doors works between extremes: anger and sarcasm confront irony, and passion confronts faith. Honest, touching and with an infectious enthusiasm!

19 mei

Theatre group Opening Doors presents ‘OF WOOD’

In Belgium Door Anneke Verschave
Our last project became a teaser for a theaterplay and we like to introduce you to some very talented actors!  They have learning disabilities. Their name: Opening Doors. There age: as young as they feel. They will play truly themselves!
Director Stefan Perceval, of Opening Doors — the theatre group made up of actors with learning disabilities — doesn’t like to rely on special effects.
His projects start from a personality. ‘OF WOOD’ shows that the relationship between appearance and reality is essential. More than that, it’s one of the biggest existential issues that we face today, in life as well as in theatre: to what extent do we stay true to ourselves?
In this version of the Pinocchio story, there is no room for an actual Pinocchio. Pinocchio is present in all of us. We create images and force the audience  to look at those images. A creation of wood. With ‘OF WOOD’ the actors show you the reverse of the Medal of desire: passion.
Opening Doors works between extremes: anger and sarcasm confront irony, and passion confronts faith. Honest, touching and with an infectious enthusiasm!
On Saturday May 24, 2014 at 19.00, and on Sunday May 25, 2014 at Cultureel Centrum Leopoldsburg, in Leopoldsburg, Belgium. Free admission.
Directed by Stefan Perceval and Marit Stocker. Teaser filmed and edited by Anneke Verschave.
13 mei

Theatergroep Opening Doors speelt ‘VAN HOUT’

In Belgium Door Anneke Verschave

Bij de projecten van Opening Doors – de theatergroep van cc Leopoldsburg met acteurs met een verstandelijke beperking van o.m. dagcentra ‘t Brugske en Berkenhof, streeft regisseur Stefan Perceval er naar om niets dicht te plamuren met special effects. Deze projecten moeten vertrekken vanuit een persoonlijkheid. VAN HOUT laat zien dat de verhouding tussen schijn en werkelijkheid heel relevant is. Dat is een van de grootste existentiële kwesties waar we mee te maken hebben, in dit leven maar ook in het theater. In welke mate zijn we oorspronkelijk onszelf? In deze bewerking van het Pinokkio verhaal is er geen rol voor een werkelijke Pinokkio. Pinokkio is aanwezig in ons allemaal. We scheppen beelden en dwingen de toeschouwer naar die beelden te kijken. Een schepping VAN HOUT. Met VAN HOUT tonen de acteurs de achterkant van de medaille van het verlangen: de passie. Opening Doors werkt vanuit uitersten: de woede en het sarcasme staan tegenover de ironie en de passie, tegenover het geloof… Theater door mensen met een verstandelijke beperking. Eerlijk, ontroerend, en met een aanstekelijk enthousiasme!

In een regie van Stefan Perceval en Marit Stocker. Op 24 mei en 25 mei 2014 in Cultureel Centrum Leopoldsburg. Gratis toegang. Reservaties online of via de balie.   Teaser filmed and edited by Anneke Verschave.

08 mrt

Stevan Kovacs

In Belgium Door Anneke Verschave / 03/08/2014

While filming The Balaton Gypsy Orchestra we got surprised by the arrival of another special man…

His name is Stevan. He comes from the Balkans. He will sing, play accordion and make us all dance like gypsies…

08 mrt

Janko Csonka

In Belgium Door Anneke Verschave / 03/08/2014

Another interesting character in our next video will be Janko… his age: 19… He was born in Slovakia and he plays violin like a genius…