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An Evening with the Change-Maker Theatre in Palm Festival within a Festival

An Evening with the Change-Maker Theatre in Palm Festival within a Festival

October 15 @ 7:00 pm 10:00 pm IST

Dublin Port, Alexandra Road
Dublin 1,
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A Change-Maker Theatre in Palm Festival within a Festival evening event featuring two live performances and a post-show panel discussion hosted by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality and presented by creative arts organisations from the transnational European wide project Theatre in Palm

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Marco Maccieri, director, MaMiMò Theatre Centre

Producers: MaMiMò Theatre Centre and Genoa National Theatre

Alice Giroldini, performer, MaMiMò Theatre Centre

Kaisa Kauppinen, performer, Turku

Will Eno, writer

Elena Battista, translator

Post-show speakers: Marco Maccieri, Alice Giroldini, Kaisa Kauppinen, Jean-Lorin Sterian, Johan Bandholtz, Anna Näsström, and Anja Calas

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A Change-Maker Theatre in Palm Festival within a Festival 

Featuring live performances and panel discussions from a range of creative arts organisations from across Europe

The Pumphouse, Dublin Port – Alexandra Terminal, Alexandra Rd, Dublin Port, Dublin 1

Afternoon: Art-based Workshops and Talks – 15 October 2023, 2-5pm

Evening: Performances and Post-Show Talks – 15 October 2023, 7-10pm

Smashing Times is delighted to welcome a range of innovative creative arts organisations from across Europe to Ireland for A Change-Maker Theatre in Palm Festival within a Festival featuring live performances, workshops and panel discussions. These events showcase the work of emerging and established artists and build international connections for artists working in theatre and in interdisciplinary arts practice, using the arts to support equality, human rights and diversity. The Change-Maker Theatre in Palm Festival within a Festival is held as part of the annual Dublin International Arts and Human Rights Festival running from the 13 to 22 October 2023 in Ireland.  Events take place in two parts, the first is an afternoon event of art-based workshops, live performances and talks on Sunday 15 October 2023 from 2-5pm and the second is an evening event of live performances and talks taking place on Sunday 15 October from 7 to 10pm. This series of events is hosted by Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality and presented by a range of arts  organisations from across Europe who are taking part  in the Theatre in Palm Europe-wide transnational project. 

Evening: Change-Maker Art-based Performances and Post-Show Talk

Pumphouse, Alexandra Road, Dublin Port, Dublin 1

Sunday 15 October, 7-10pm

This evening event presents two performances by Theatre in Palm organisations, Turku, Finland and MaMiMo, Italy, followed by a post-show panel discussion with the artists.

About Womankind

Live performance presented by Kaisa Kauppinen, Turku, Finland

About Womankind is a one-woman comedic non-verbal lecture about universal womanhood. What kind of presentation of women do we have these days? Is there actual equality between genders in all countries and do we have to categorize people based on femininity and masculinity? The performer uses object theatre on stage and creates absurd black comedy acts based on her own experiences categorized as a woman. It is a performance that plays with awkwardness and darkness. What kind is a womankind? Is there a certain form of how to be a woman? Hear the lecture to find out!

Lady Grey

Live performance presented by MaMiMò Theatre Centre and Genoa National Theatre, Reggio Emilia, Italy

A lonely woman on stage is waiting for the audience, to start what appears to be a conference. What happens is an attempt to tell the world about herself, starting from the memory of a task she had to carry out as a girl at school. ‘Show and Tell’ is about bringing something important and representative of yourself to the class – an object, a pet, a photo – and talk about it. The little girl takes the teacher’s task literally, bringing something surprising: herself.

LADY GREY is translated by Elena Battista, commissioned by BAM Teatro, with Alice Giroldini, directed by Marco Maccieri. Produced by MaMiMò Theatre Centre and Genoa National Theatre, presented in special agreement with United Talent Agency, courtesy of Arcadia & Ricono Srl.

Theatre in Palm

Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality are one of twelve partner organisations involved in Theatre in Palm, a large scale European platform project funded by the Creative Europe programme 2021-2027. The Theatre in Palm platform brings together twelve partners from across Europe to collaborate and co-create as part of an international,  intercultural platform supporting  artists including emerging artists, to engage in international networking and to build theatre-based skills in transnational cooperation and co-creation.

The project supports artists including emerging artists to engage in international networking and to build theatre-based skills in transnational cooperation and co-creation. The project supports artistic career development and develops and values international practice and transnational co-creation and production opportunities for artists from across Europe. 

The platform acts as an incubator for new voices from the page to the stage with a focus on professional development and a growth in  European cooperation and the visibility and circulation of European emerging artists, working across borders and beyond. The project reaches out to over  3,500 artists and supports artists to develop skills in co-creation and production and is supported by Creative Europe, Sub-programme European Platforms for the promotion of emerging artists (CREA-CULT-2021- PLAT).

The project supports Irish artists to promote and develop good practice at a European and international level and will showcase the work of Irish artists directly with audiences of over 50,000 in Ireland, thus deepening public engagement in Ireland with the work of artists working on a European and international level.  Theatre in Palm will support Irish artists in terms of skills development and the provision of resources and these aims are in line with and support the Arts Council’s ten-year strategy (2016–25), Making Great Art Work: Leading the Development of the Arts in Ireland.

Special Thanks to: States of Independence, the Aisling Programme, Creative Europe, The Arts Council Open Call, The Arts Council Co-Funding Award for Creative Europe Co-operation projects 2022, Foras na Gaeilge, ACDC.

Platform Members

The platform members are Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland (coordinator); Intercut Productions, Sweden; Fondazione E35 per la progettazine Internazionale, Italy; Smashing Times, Ireland, Lemongrass Communications, Spain; JAIT – International Theatre, Portugal; Stichting ZID, Netherlands; Cube, Greece; European Theatre and Film Institute, Belgium; THOC,  Cyprus, Homemade Culture, Romania and Oecon Group, Bulgaria. 

The objectives of the Theatre in Palm project are to:

  • Increase the visibility and the circulation of European emerging artists and works outside their own border
  • Increase access to and participation in cultural events and activities, as well as audience engagement and development
  • Support emerging artists and cultural performers to co-create, cooperate, and promote their work

The project aims to:

  • Support artists to ‘cross borders’, increasing the visibility and circulation of European artworks across borders and support them to build careers in the arts.  
  • Support artists and cultural performers to co-create by creating a platform for international cooperation and promote their work across borders 
  • Increase access to and participation in cultural events and activities for artists and audiences 


  • Enable and manage activities and showcases for project outputs and dissemination, including an interactive map of opportunities
  • Manage an on-line repository of work for the project – conducted by Turku UAS
  • Create a European Quality Label for organisations supporting emerging artists
  • Agree on and implement branding, communications and dissemination and data management and website and social media
  • Administration, reporting and financial support provided by Turku UAS, as lead organisation

For more information on Theatre in Palm, visit the project webpage.

As part of the Theatre in Palm project, Smashing Times International Centre for the Arts and Equality are delighted to host a range of artist talks, workshops and performances presented live for the annual Dublin Arts and Human Rights festival. In addition  artists and guests from all 11 partner countries taking part in the project will attend Dublin, Ireland to view the following events: 

Ø  Attend the Launch and opening of the Dublin International Arts and Human Rights Festival on Friday 13 October at 6pm

Ø  Attend a Tour of the States of Independence Exhibition on Saturday 14 October at 6.30pm

Ø  Attend a Live performance of States of Independence on Friday 13 October at 7pm

Ø  Present live performances, artist talks and workshops  on 15 October 2023 from 2-4.30pm

Ø  Present live performances and post-show talks on 15 October 2023 from 7-10pm

Artist Biographies:

Kaisa Kauppinen (b. 1992) is a Finnish theatre artist, who has two undergraduate degrees. Her background as a community educator can be seen in her work in the theatre field. Kauppinen is interested in society’s structures and how they affect people’s everyday life. She is also interested in physical theatre, varieties of plain aspects and using comedy on stage. 

Kauppinen’s last projects as an actor are related to solo performing in About Womankind and 3KYMPPINEN-monologue. Her work also includes drama classes for children, teenagers, and people with disabilities.. Kauppinen is a board member of Teatteri Valtakunta (Theatre Empire) which is a theatre that focuses on applied arts and tries to reach different marginal groups and communities via theatre and art. She has been acting in an applied theatre project about domestic violence where part of the working group were survivors of domestic violence. Now she is working with a new applied arts project in the director’s role. The new project focuses on the Finnish social welfare system, and it’s organized in collaboration with social workers and experts.

Alice Giroldini was born in Parma, where she graduated with honors in Artistic, Theater and Cinematographic Heritage. In 2014 she graduated as an actress at the School of the National Theater of Genoa and in the following years she continued her training with Cesar Brie, Cristina Pezzoli, Valerio Binasco, Michela Lucenti, Marco Lorenzi, Tomi Janezic, Paolo Antonio Simioni, Jurij Ferrini, Theodoros Terzopoulos, Marco Maccieri, Fausto Paravidino and Lucia Calamaro. In 2017 she played Cordelia in King Lear alongside Ennio Fantastichini directed by Giorgio Barberio Corsetti produced by the Teatro di Roma and the previous year she was in the Italian cast of the performance ‘Todo lo que està a mi lado’ directed by Fernando Rubio and produced by the Triennale from Milan. In 2018 she played Grushenka in The Brothers Karamazov alongside Glauco Mauri and Roberto Sturno, produced by the Mauri-Sturno Company and Teatro della Pergola. In 2021 it was directed by Davide Livermore taking part in the Coefore_Eumenides of Aeschylus produced by the National Theater of Genoa and the INDA Foundation of Syracuse. Over the years he has collaborated with other directors including Andrea Collavino, Davide Livermore, Elena Gigliotti, Marco Maccieri, Andrea Di Casa, Gianfranco Pannone, Pino Petruzzelli, taking part in various shows produced by TeatroDue in Parma, the MaMiMò Theater Center, the INDA Foundation and the National Theater of Genoa. In 2020 he founded the LeAmare company together with Fiammetta Bellone, Elena Dragonetti and Sara Cianfriglia.

Among the most important shows:

The Brothers Karamazov by F. Dostoevskij directed by M. Tarasco (Mauri-Sturno Company – Teatro della Pergola 2018/2019); Lady Grey by W. Eno directed by M. Maccieri (MaMiMò Theater Center/National Theater of Genoa); King Lear by William Shakespeare directed by G. Barberio Corsetti (Teatro Argentina in Rome 2017-2018); Todo lo que està a mi lado by F. Rubio directed by F. Rubio (Triennale Teatro dell’Arte – 2017); The fattest woman in the world by E. Aldrovandi directed by A. Ruozzi (MaMiMò Theater Center); Summer in December by C. Africa directed by A. Collavino (National Theater of Genoa – 2019); Charlie Sonata by D. Maxwell directed by Mauro Parrinello (Enchiridio Companies – 2020 – Finalist show at the Court’s Forever Young Award Ospitale); Autumn in April by C. Africa directed by Elena Gigliotti (National Theater of Genoa 2020), Coefore_Eumenidi (National Theater of Genoa – Inda Foundation of Syracuse).

Marco Maccieri graduated from the Paolo Grassi School in 2004 and founded the MaMiMò Theatre Centre which he has directed ever since. With the master Anatolij Vasiliev he graduated in the three-year school Pedagogy of the scene (UBU Prize 2012). Since 2010 he has been an acting teacher at the “Paolo Grassi” school in Milan. His research and experimentation work on the art of the actor practiced at Paolo Grassi earned him the esteem and trust of the school, which in 2015, appointed him pedagogical coordinator of the AFAM acting course. Since 2016 he has also taught acting at the Nico Pepe Academy in Udine. In 2019 he published “The invisible work of the actor” for Dino Audino Editore, the result of ten years of work done at the Paolo Grassi school. As an actor or director he has taken part in more than 50 productions in 18 years. Among the most important shows: “Troilus and Cressida” and “Lo Specchio del Diavolo directed by Luca Ronconi, (TST and Piccolo Teatro di Milano); “Cyrano di Bergerac” with Popolizio, directed by Abbado; “Othello, one more tango and it’s the last” directed by M.Navone, prod.Tieffe Menotti/MaMiMò; “Himmelweg” by Juan Mayorga directed by Marco Plini (VIE Festival E.R.T.); “Homicide House” by Emanuele Aldrovandi prod.BAM Teatro/MaMiMò; “Like the dog, I am a sociable animal, too” project by M.Navone; “Coriolano” by Shakespeare directed by Marco Plini, prod. MaMiMò; “No mercy for the referee” by Emanuele Aldrovandi directed by Marco Maccieri and Angela Ruozzi. In 2018 he directed “The little chimney sweep” by Benjamin Britten, an opera produced by the Fondazione I Teatri di Reggio Emilia. In his professional career as an actor he has worked with artists such as Anatolij Vasiliev, Luca Ronconi, Gabriele Vacis, Dominique Pitoiset, Massimo Popolizio, Massimo Navone, Daniele Abbado, Maurizio Schmidt, Antonio Fava, Maria Consagra. In 2022 he made his cinema debut with the film “Evelyne in the clouds” by A. Di Francisca.

Additional Information

MaMiMò Theatre Centre

The MaMiMò Theatre Centre is an organisation which, through continuous artistic improvement and exchange activities, constitutes a productive theatrical reference point of national importance, and a model of cultural aggregation in the area.

It has been established as a social promotion association (APS) since 2004 and since 2012 it has been supported by the Emilia Romagna Region as a show production organisation through Law 13/1999.

It manages a municipal public theatre, the Teatro Piccolo Orologio of Reggio Emilia, and over time has built a Theatre School deeply rooted in the territory which today has over 400 members of all ages and collaborations with more than 30 schools.

The association is headed by a theatre production company, recognized by the Ministry of Culture  as an innovative theatre production company in the field of experimentation (Art.13 c.3 DM 2017), which produces prose shows, children’s theatre and cultural events .

The MaMiMò Theatre Centre pays great attention to social commitment, to young people, to relationships between individuals, to the dignity of the person, and to major current issues. Great attention is paid to education, since MaMiMò believes that pedagogy combined with culture is the key to accessing a better future, and for this reason it must be a path reserved for everyone, where everyone can discover themselves and acquire more tools to nourish the imagination and understand the reality around him. Precisely for this reason, the artistic form chosen is often that of a cultured and popular theatre together, the collective act of an ensemble united by a common vision.

The Artistic Directors are Marco Maccieri and Angela Ruozzi.

Turku UAS

Turku UAS is a higher education institution of 12,000 experts, researchers, students, faculty members and teaching professionals. We create solutions for a better tomorrow – both regionally and globally. Our graduates are practice-oriented professionals with top competencies. 

As a significant regional actor, we harbour close ties to businesses and municipalities in Southwest Finland. Turku UAS is the fourth largest technical university in Finland. Students are sought after experts, with 99 % employment within five years of graduating.

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Dublin Port, Alexandra Road
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