Paramythádes is an artistic project (dance, theatre and music workshops) aimed at refugee children and teenagers with the goal of offering them room for freedom, expression and creation.
Specifically, it will be developed in two camps at the north of Greece (Macedonia) during the first two weeks of August, and it is based on three disciplines of the performing arts: theatre, dance and music.
On the one hand, the workshops as well as activities of exhibition for all kinds of public will be offered. Besides, a theatre training for the rest of the community of young refugees who want to develop at a later stage the tasks of monitoring with the children we will have previously carried out will be offered.
Based on our experience as professionals of the performing arts, we want to do our bit. First of all, in person and in a direct way while we are at the camps this summer and, secondly, carrying out a training and generating documentation so as the activity can be continued beyond us.
The name of the project Paramythádes (Παραμυθάδες) is a Greek word that means “storytellers” or narrators. It is based on three disciplines: theatre, dance and music, aimed at refugee children and teenagers.
Words can heal. This is not only said by us, the people of theatre and narrators, but it is also said by the basis of psychoanalysis. Stories can help get over traumas, not only for the one who tells them but also for the one who listens to them.
Theatre is a territory that can help people get over fears and difficulties, express emotions and feelings. A symbolic game that allows us to interact with others from a protected perspective. A game where we think, feel and act without the fear of making mistakes, a rehearsal that prepares us for thinking, feeling and acting in life.
Dancing is one of the most beneficial activities for the body. Not only because of the physical exercise, but also for its positive effects on the immune system.
Music can modify our mood. We can enjoy it without the need for a translation. It goes beyond borders.
This project is aimed at refugee children and teenagers a the camps of Greece. In the humanitarian drama of the refugee people, children and teenagers are one of the most vulnerable groups. Many of them have crossed the borders leaving behind their family, home and friends, others have lost everything during the way, for this reason we think it is essential to pay them full attention.
The reason to develop this project specifically has been to be able to do something for this group of people on the basis of our capacities, skills and experience, as we are professionals of the performing arts.
Besides, as we were thinking and developing the project, one of the aspects we wanted to favour was that the project goes beyond the people who have started it. For this reason, we are preparing a pedagogical dossier and we will carry out a theatre training during the two weeks with the community of refugees so that they can continue with it.
Offering room for freedom, expression and creation to the children and teenagers who are at the refugee camps, which allows them to recover for some spaces of time from the harsh reality they are living. Offering theatre, music and dance activities that amuse them and which, in addition, help them express and face their fears, strengthen their self-esteem, which is harmed by their condition of refugees.
Giving the children and teenagers tools through gesture, music and theatre as a means of expression.
Influence the improvement of everyday life of the refugees: in a direct ways for the children and teenagers, and in an indirect way for the community of refugees.
Developing an artistic project beyond the people that have outlined it and will carry it out, so it has its own life. For this reason, we wish to:
- Offer the young population and with a university education an education or training of two weeks as volunteers with tools for them to be able to carry on the project when the team is no longer there.
- Give the possibility to other volunteers to carry on the project at a later stage beyond the ones who have prepared and started it.
ON THE GROUND
Lola Armadàs (Sabadell, 1978) – Degree in Humanities and Postgraduate course on management and production of cultural events and performances. From 2006 to 2014 she has worked at the Ramon Llull University as a responsible for different projects of cultural management (Summer University, cultural activities, Students Council and Cooperation). Linked to the world of theatre and dance since she was a child, she is a founder member of Coincidències. Currently, besides the direction of Terrats en Cultura, she is developing tasks of cultural management (artistic direction, communication, production) and teaching in the field of the performing arts in different organizations. She speaks Catalan, Spanish, English and Greek.
Pau de Nut (Barcelona, 1977) – Pau de Nut is a musician, singer, composer, actor and puppeteer. Currently, he has been on a tour for ten years with “Conciertoencanto”, a show of his own creation which mixes his facets as a singer, actor and cellist performed among other stages at the Corral de Comedias de Alcalá de Henares. Apart from collaborating with other theatre companies as TeatrodeCerca, ha has acted under the direction of Joaquín Hinojosa in the show “Voces póstumas” produced by the Teatro de la Abadía, with Tonino Guitián in “La Doña” and with Ghetto 13-26 in “Se prohibe mirar el césped” (awarded with Premio Estación Norte TAC 2014). He has directed “Mi relación con la comida” by Angèlica Liddel, with whom he collaborated in La casa de la Fuerza” (awarded with Premi Sebastià Gasch, 2011 and Premio Nacional de Literatura Dramática 2012). He speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, French and Greek.
Marc Pujol (Barcelona, 1977) – Trained in perfoming arts (performing, singing, dancing, clown, circus) at Estudi Nancy Tuñón, Scuola Int. dell’Attore Comico, Escola Memory, Escola Rogelio Rivel and Centre de dansa AREA, among others. Awarded a scholarship by the Departament de Cultura, he develops a research in the traditional arts of India and the J. Grotowski’s Theatre of Sources, specializing in theatre-dance Kathakali, yoga Iyengar and martial art Kalaripayyattu. He works as an actor with companies like Comediants, Dei Furbi, Dagoll Dagom, Obskené or the Living Theatre. He has imparted seminars at Escola Aules, Ramon Llull University, University of Valladolid and in the projects Lucy/Daphne of the European Union for the resolution of conflicts through theatre. He speaks Catalan, Spanish, Italian and English.
Alicia G. Reyero (Burgos, 1982) - Actress and director, Alicia has been using theatre as a tool of social change with people at risk of social exclusion for more than 12 years. She studied acting in Pa'tothom and Aules schools. She completed her training with Andrés Lima, the cia. Philippe Genty, Alfredo Sanzol, Roy Hart Theatre, Paco Zarzoso ... among others. In dance, with Mercedes Boronat, Pau Aràn (cia. Pina Bausch), Jordi Cortés Theatre of the Oppressed with Julian Boal, Barbara Santos, Hector Aristizabal.
She receives a CoNCA (national council for culture and arts) scolarship for the artistic project "Human Soul", researching the violence meaning through gesture. Founder of the professional companies such us: Impacta Teatre, Colectivo Amoro. She worked with Transformas Thatre Company in the Quatre Camins Prision (Barcelona) running a physical theater project with offenders.
Teaches drama workshops with young people at risk of social exclusion through the Provincial Council of Barcelona, also at PIADs women's groups and professionals interested in this tool (AADPC, CRAES, therapists, social workers ...) Co-founder of the platform Teatre de les Oprimides, who organizes the International Youth Festival SinTelón. Speaks Spanish, Catalan, English.
Manar Taljo (Barcelona, 1987) – Graduated in Drama in 2012 by Col·legi del Teatre in Barcelona, with additional studies at Eòlia, El Galliner (Girona) and Moveo (Decroux Technique). She has worked in different theatre and audiovisual projects with Pere Farran, Jordi Prat I Coll, Marc Angelet, Oscar Valsecchi and Valentina Temussi among others. She speaks Spanish, Catalan, English (high level), French (medium level) and Arabic (low level). Manar is our youngest volunteer. Her father is Syrian, and this can be very useful for us in relation to language and to the knowledge of some aspects of their culture.
Helena Tornero (Figueres, 1973) – Holder of a diploma in Tourism by the UdG and graduated in Direction and Drama by Institut del Teatre, she lived and worked in Germany, Belgium, England and Russia and on board of a cruise ship before dedicating to the theatre, first as an actress and singer and later as a dramatist and director. Some of her works are: “Submergir-se en l’aigua” (awarded with the Premi SGAE, 2007), Apatxes (awarded with the Premi de Teatre 14 d’Abril 2009), “Sota l’ombra d’un bell arbre” (Portugal, 2012), “No parlis amb estranys” (TNC, 2013), “Love & fascism” (F. T. Istambul, 2014), “DisPLACE” (Musiktheatertage Vienna, 2015), “Vingt-troisavrilmille-six-cent-seize” (Geneve, 2016), “Una conferència ballada” (Mercat de les flors, 2016) and “Fascinación” (awarded with the Premio de Teatro Lope de Vega, 2015). Teacher of theory of the theatre and writing, she has also done workshops of theatre creation with teenagers and adults in Catalonia and abroad. She speaks Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Italian and some Russian.
DIRECTING TEAM AND ADVICE:
We are lucky that we can count with the complicity and help of great professionals of the performing arts with a broad career who have voluntarily offered themselves to help carry out this project. On the one hand, offering their advice and collaboration at the time of outlining the project. And on the other hand, they are offering us rehearsal and working time in order to create the range of performances that we will offer with very basic resources.
Jorge Picó (València, 1968) – Director, dramatist, actor and theatre teacher. Graduated in English Philology by University of Valencia and in Drama by ESAD of Valencia and the École Internationale Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He is a director, author and actor in his company Ring de Teatro. His plays have been shown in Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, Théâtre Rond Point in Paris, Teatro de la Abadía de Madrid, Mostra de Mim de Sueca, Teatre Lliure, Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico, Sala Timbre 4 in Buenos Aires or the Festival Iberoamericano in Bogotá. Among his last creations are “30/40 Livingstone” with Sergi López, “Cabaret Petrificat” with Escarlata Circus and “Barfüss” for the JES Theater in Stuttgart.
Víctor Rodrigo (Barcelona) – Dancer, choreographer, dance teacher. In 1985 he obtains the CAED-Jazz certificate for the teaching of jazz dance. Trained in dance and musical theatre in Barcelona, London and New York. He is part of the Grup Estudi Anna Maleras as a dancer and choreographer. In 1987 he creates Vincles, his own dance group with which he has directed and taken part as a dancer in the performances “Mort a Venècia”, “Vaig de blues” and “No”, among others. Choreographer of the inaugural ceremony of the Jocs Special Olympics (2010, 2012 and 2014) and of different events organized by FC Barcelona. He has also worked as a choreographer in TV series like “Barcelona, ciutat neutral” (TV3, 2010) and “Una carta para Evita” (TVE, 2012) and in theatre performances like “Carmela, Lili, Amanda” (2011). Director and choreographer of the performance “Aires en moviment” (Buenos Aires, 2013). Currently, he is directing the Vocational Training of jazz dance and the pre-professional company of jazz dance at the Escola Luthier de Dansa (Barcelona). Guest teacher as a specialist on jazz dance at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and at ESART.
Ester Nadal (Andorra, 1969) – Director, actress and theatre teacher. Holder of a diploma by the Escola Internacional de Teatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, she also studied at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona and at the Col·legi del Teatre de Barcelona, where she currently teaches. From 2007 to 2012 she held the post of Artistic Director of the Escena Nacional d’Andorra. She has worked as an actress with: Jordi Mesalles (“Residuals-Alfons IV”) , Calixto Bieito (“Kasimir i Karolina”), Yvette Vigatà (“Quatre dones I el sol” and “Invents a dues veus”) and Joan Ollé (“La isla del Tesoro”). As a production assistant, she has worked with Jordi Mesalles (“En la solitud dels camps de cotó”), Calixto Bieito (“L’Amfitrió”), Georges Lavaudant (“Començaments sense fi” and “Coriolà” at the TNC and “Panorama des del pont” at Romea), Xavier Albertí (“L’home del teatre”) at Teatre Lliure and Joan Ollé (“Coral Romput”, “Soldados de Salamina”, “L’illa del tresor” and “La plaça del diamant”, among others). Some of her works as a director are: “Un tramvia anomenat design” with Pepa Plana and “Badomies o moviments musicals de cinc faules de La Fontaine” with Alba Sarraute and Sergi Claret (Escena Nacional d’Andorra). She has also staged texts of authors like Alfred Jarry, Roald Dahl, Natacha de Pontcharra, William Shakespeare, etc. Her performances have been shown in Andorra, Barcelona, Madrid and France.
Mónica Samit (Barcelona, 1972) – Singer, composer, musical director and singing teacher. Apart from a long experience as a voice and singing teacher, Mónica Samit works creating compositions, arrangements and as a musical director both for her own themes as for theatre performances: “No parlis amb estranys” (TNC, 2013), “Delikatessen Concert” (Círcol Maldà, 2014), “Dibi Dubi Dubà” for the Cia. Inspira Teatre (Mostra d’Igualada, 2016), “F.52 – Balla com si no et veiés ningú” (Cia. Dansa Jazz Luthier, 2015), “Run like a girl” (Teatre Eòlia, 2016). As a singer, she works in different groups, like the feminine vocal quartet Delikatessen and the soul band of the singer LEILA, among others. She is also the solo singer of the group CALMO.