Events

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).

 

 

27 jun

European Disability Arts Festival

In Malta Door Anneke Verschave

FULL IMPRESSION VIDEO COMING SOON!

ART-is (Inclusion and Self-development of adults with learning disabilities through the ARTs, 2014-2015) is a project who has been funded with support from the European Commission (GRUNDTVIG – Lifelong Learning Programme).  

 

 

 

 

21 okt

Mijn Huis Mijn Architect 2014 in ‘The Corten House’

In Belgium Door Anneke Verschave

Every year the Order of Architects – Flemish Council organizes an edition of the open-house weekend ‘My House My Architect’.  This year the architects of DMOA opened a house called ‘The Corten House’ for visitors during a weekend in Antwerp.

700 people came by at the ‘Corten House’. Pivokio had the opportunity to shoot and make a creative video impression! Thank you owners for the hospitality! Thank you visitors for the interest! Thank you Arsenal for the use of the song Lotuk!

For more info on the project check the architects dmoa.be.

Produced, shot and edited by Anneke Verschave.

12 jul

Ghent Festivities 2014

In Belgium Door Anneke Verschave

Last year our Director of Photography was visiting Ghent, in Belgium…  She landed in the middle of one of Europe’s largest urban, cultural festivals and made a beautiful impression of ten days of cost-free music surrounded by hundreds of  activities…

So why not visit Belgium these days and come over to the 171th edition of Gentse Feesten? From 18 to 27th of July in Ghent and free of charge!

DoP, camera & editing by Yéssica Agudo.

 

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.

19 apr

Documentary: 4 Days of Optimism

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave

(CC) – English subtitles – subtítulos en Español – Nederlandse ondertiteling!

At the start of Holy Week we are proud to present you our brand new documentary ‘4 Days of Optimism’.

A short written by Anneke Verschave. Shot and edited by Emmanouel Armoutakis. Narration by Sofia Galanaki. Music by Giorgos Xylouris – Oi Kampanes tou Agiou Mina.

 

In Crete, as in the rest of Greece, Easter is a big thing… and so are the preparations for it. Thanks to Ioannis Siatitsas, professor at the University of Heraclion, we had the opportunity to film the people in Loutraki, a village situated under the Vigla pike (κορυφή Βίγλα) of the Koudouni mountain (όρος Κουδούνι), about 20 km from the city.  And with Siatitsas help also the Panagia Ierousalem Monastery opened its doors for us. The monastery’s first records dates from 1654.  It is devoted to the Holy Jerusalem. We took part in the ceremonies on Good Friday, (Paraskevi). On Easter Saturday we visited the Epanosyfis Monastery, one of the biggest monasteries on Crete. Situated about 32 kilometers from the city of Heraclion and 2 km far from Metaxochori village. The monastery is dedicated to ‘Agios Georgios’. On Sunday we took part in a very special game…  Nikolis Avramakis, one of Heraclion’s best actors, showed us how to play it… the winner will be lucky for the rest of the year!

 

We feel like telling you a story, its more than just a story, cause in this we keep the faith.

We want to make you see that story, from our mediterranean sun-kissed heart. We welcome you to our island, the Island of Crete.

When I was young my mother told me, “Come and make the eggs!” It’s something we feel to do… otherwise we just feel sad… The eggs are born to give us life but we want to colour them red, like this we start to cry for all the blood he shed…

As friday comes we need as well to prepare the church… We take the flowers we could find in nature and we prepare her very well.

I don’t know how to explain, but itís like some part of me, like a person just has passed away being part of my family.

That day the sky is always full of rain so we keep sad and cry all day. And mountains turn to black and pain, so we keep sad and cry all day.

No more music there to make us happy, we are just sad and cry all day. The next day is a total different “cry”, a cry to be so white and happy.

 So happy underneath my skin, like my soul just starts to fly… unlocked from its bones.

When the priest gives us the light, its like I keep the God right into my hands.

And because we don’t like people to betray us, we must burn Judas from our lands.

When I see the lamb like that, I donít feel bad… You know we used to steal the lamb from Turkish lords?

And itís not so bad to see the head, cause we know we must eat it just like this!

My grandfather…he told me a story. For nobody to find out the stolen smell… he used to bury and bake it under the ground,

And like that he survived well!

Anyone in this entire world will recognise in its own way, but this is a story we trust in, even until today.

 

With special thanks to Stella Liandraki, Christina Liandraki, Ioannis Siatitsas, Nikolis Avramakis, Popi Mavraki, Giorgos Mavrakis, Ioannis Manioros, Dimitris Manioros, Maria Gargeraki, Ioannis Varsamas, Ioanna Kontaxaki, Maria Kontaxaki, Eva Armpatzaki, and Korina Avramaki.

 

29 mrt

Heraklion TEI Theatre Group presents Peter Weiss’s “Marat/Sade”

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave
The essence of the play is the stark contrast between the intellectual position of the protagonists, the infamous Marquis de Sade and the ideological leader of the French Revolution, Jean-Paul Marat.
Weiss’s work is an interpretation of the events leading up to the assassination of Marat, but which is seen by Sade as a theatrical production, staged by himself and other inmates of Sarandon’s mental asylum.
The drama highlights the contrast between our sense of “us” and the “ego”, and explores the real meaning and basis of every revolution.
“It is for you to find a way, my friends,
To help good men arrive at happy ends.
You write the happy ending to the play!
There must, there must, there’s got to be a way!”
– Bertolt Brecht, The Good Person of Szechwan.
The curtain rises on Saturday March 29, with further performances on March 30 and 31, and on April 3, 4, 5 and 6 at the Marcos Karanastasis auditorium, in Heraclion, Crete. Free admission. Performances start at 21:00.
Directed by Peter Mavromatidis and Nikolis Avromakis. Teaser filmed and edited by Emmanouel Armoutakis.
19 jan

REVOLUTION

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave

Today we like to present you the Mountain bike film ‘REVOLUTION’.
This first feature-length downhill film in Greece is created by our Cretan director/ producer Emmanouel Armoutakis and includes wonderful footage from races of the 1st National Downhill Cup Open. For this Armoutakis was shooting for a whole year long on many different races on different locations in Greece!

Watch now and enjoy!

Click CC for English subtitles!