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Theatre - Women - Milestones



Patricia Ariza (Colombia) - POEMS

Roberta Secchi - Viviana Fortunato (Italy) - SPEAKING STONES

Dijana Milosevic (Serbia and Montenegro) - STRENGHT FROM SEPARATION

Ginevra Sanguigno (Italy) - A MOVING BODY, A GROWING MIND

Graciela Ferrari - Maria Escudero (Argentina) - READY TO DRINK IN EVERY WORD

Malin Bratlie (Norway) - THE PARADE

Jill Greenhalgh (Britain) - A NECKLACE

Ermanna Montanari (Italy - HARDNESS OF STONE

Beatrice Monroy (Italy) - MARTA'S GESTURE

Aja Marneweck (South Africa) - THEATRE OF DIFFERENCE

María Sánchez (Mexico) - MORE OR LESS 300

Karolina Spaic (Serbia/The Netherlands) - AN EYE ON THE FUTURE

Josefina Baez (Dominican Rep./USA) - Verónica Moraga (Chile) - INA - STONE BY STONE

Gilly Adams (Britain) - PERFORMING WORDS

Elisa Todd (Venezuela/Brazil) - HEART TO HEART


Margaret Cameron (Argentina) - PACO PÊNA

Laura Martin - Laura Torres (Argentina) - WASTELAND

Carran Waterfield (Britain) - GODIVA RIDES TO AMERICA

Nathalie Mentha (Switzerland/Italy) - FROM CIRCUS TO STILLNESS

Maria Louisa de Zela (Peru) - MAPPING THE WAY

Janice Poon (Hong Kong) - WOMEN'S VOICES IN HONG KONG


Julie Robson (Australia) - SEDUCTIVE SOUNDS

Julia Varley (Britain/Denmark) - SEVEN BLANK NOTEBOOKS

Luigia Calcaterra - Vanna Kårfors - Tiziana Barbiero - Caterina Scotti - Simona Zanini - Silvia Baudin (Italy) - GROUP TERRITORY

Maggie Gale (Britain) - MILESTONE WOMEN

Geddy Aniksdal (Norway) - TIME TO CELEBRATE

The Open Page - OPEN LETTERS

Diana Raznovich (Argentina/Spain) - OUR MILESTONE

The Open Page - OPEN NEWS

Helen Chadwick (Britain) - IN MEMORY: VENICE MANLEY




This is the 10th issue of The Open Page. We have reached the original goal we set ourselves - to create something of substance that could leave a trace. We could stop. Yet we know it is exactly now that we must continue. We have reached our milestone, but to make this achievement really meaningful we have to continue. A milestone is visible only when you have moved on. This is clearly indicated by the articles in this issue: milestones are an integral part of a continuing process, events or experiences which take on a particular meaning only because they are part of a whole life project.


The articles in this issue explore the theme of milestones as marks in a horizontal landscape rather than a vertical one, and recurring images of water, pebbles, landmarks and necklaces remind us of the importance of details and the everyday dimension when women and theatre are combined.


Historically we recognise as milestones those events that change our perception of the past and show us a way forward in our own life experience. The founding of and the different stages in the development of the Magdalena Project are certainly milestones for each of us working on the editorial board of The Open Page, and special moments in the life of the Magdalena Project are mentioned in some of the articles.


The theme has inspired most authors to look back at their whole professional lives, to remember how they started and the first theatre experience that left a lasting mark. Many masters and performances are mentioned, creating a theatre landscape that fits into a familiar frame even if coming from countries all over the world. The big change that children bring in a woman's daily and timeless reality, the importance of family and friends, the intimate relationship to rebellion and artistic concerns, help us understand how women in theatre consider milestones to have different forms and consistencies, sometimes more similar to a river than to a rock. The flowing matter though is just as firm and unshakeable, fearless and strong as a real stone would be, and richer in vulnerability, humanity, curiosity and hope.


Some women of the past represent milestones in theatre history, and some are talked about in this issue, starting with Maria Escudero, one of the main inspirations for theatre work in Latin America. The Open Page hopes that by collecting different voices it will help create further useful references for the future: a precious assembly of blowing sand grains that have been deposited for a moment to rest on the pages of a journal; a mountain of rough gems shining brightly on the winding road of theatre practice.


Julia Varley

Holstebro, March 2005




no. 10 - March 2005


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Editorial Board:

Gilly Adams, Geddy Aniksdal, Maria Ficara, Maggie Gale,

Julia Varley

Production Coordinator:

Rina Skeel

Collaborating Editor:

Jill Greenhalgh


Marco Donati


With special thanks to:

Dos Lunas Teatro

Mariana Gonzáles Robert

Grenland Friteater

Charlotte Nightingale

Carmen Troncoso




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