In December 2013 Odin Teatret sent this invitation to the more
than 10.000 people of its mailing list:
To you who belong to the
secret people of the Odin.
Over time I have often been asked: how has Odin Teatret
managed to remain together for fifty years? How has each person of
the group succeeded in realising that which has a personal meaning
without yielding to deception, to the changes, the demands, the
enthusiasms and the fashions of the spirit of the time?
My answer has always been: thanks to the
secret people of the Odin, our
friends. You have been one of the decisive factors for our economic
and artistic autonomy. You, our friends, have invited not only our
performances or have convinced others to do so, but you have
accomplished miracles to find money and to invent circumstances for
unimaginable adventures: the encounters of the Third Theatre's
groups, the sessions of ISTA, our pioneering International School
of Theatre Anthropology, our barters in the most unexpected places.
With your faithful presence and commitment you have reminded us of
the value of our actions in your lives.
On Sunday 22 June 2014 Odin Teatret will celebrate its
50th anniversary with CLEAR ENIGMA. It is a performance
dedicated to you who belong to the secret people.
We have created it thinking of each one of you who has accompanied
and protected us with your affection and loyalty.
We will perform CLEAR ENIGMA only once in our theatre in
Holstebro at six in the evening. It will take place after the
conclusion of the Festuge, a week of festivities happening from 14
to 22 June in which Odin Teatret , local associations, institutions
and individual citizens ally themselves to theatricalise their
community, revitalise its ties and honour its differences.
We await you, let us know if you will come.
Eugenio and all of us from Odin
845 people replied that they would like to come and join in the
Odin festivities. Due to the lack of places for the performance,
only the first 500 applicants were accepted (see list
Sunday 22 June 2014 at the end of the 9th Holstebro
Festuge (Festive Week), Odin Teatret celebrated its fiftieth
anniversary with a trilogy entitled MEASURING
If the Grain Wheat Does Not
Holstebro Lystanlæg (Park), 11:15
Odin Teatret's courtyard 9pm
A CELEBRATION LASTING 4 YEARS
Already in 2011 festivals, theatres and journals began
to commemorate in advance Odin Teatret's fiftieth anniversary with
various initiatives and projects.
GOIÂNIA, BRAZIL, 10-14 February
Special event dedicated to Odin Teatret 50th years and Theatre
Anthropology under the 9th Meeting of Actors and ..... Encontro de
Atores Criadores organised by Grupo Sonhus Teatro Ritual with Odin
Teatrt's workshops, work demonstrations, performances and master
In the period 7-18 February the Catedra Permanente Jerzy
Grotowski of the University of Unarte in Caracas will celebrate
Odin Teatret's fiftieth anniversary with a programme including 11
performances of 6 different plays, one barter, 10 work
demonstrations, 9 workshops, 7 lectures/meetings, 2 master classes,
the screening of 6 films and the presentation of their books by the
Odin director and actors.
The special issue of Studia Dramatica (1/2014 March),
Universitatis Babeş-Bolyai, is dedicated to E. Barba and Odin
Teatret's 50 years. Read the full Special Edtion here
>> PDF-format 458 pages
AARHUS, DENMARK 7-12 April
Bora Bora Dance and Visual Theatre and the Dramaturgy Institute
of the University of Århus have marked the 50th
anniversary of Odin Teatret with a week of performances, working
demonstrations, lectures and seminars. On the same occasion two new
books were presented: Bricks to Build a
Teaterlaboratorium. Odin Teatret and Chr.
Ludvigsen by Franco Perrelli (Turin University, Italy), which
stresses Chr. Ludvigsen's role in moving Odin Teatret from
Norway to Holstebro and his importance in inspiring The Danish
Ministry of Culture to pass a new theatre law. The second
book, Odin Teatret: et verdens teater, edited by Exe
Christoffersen (Århus University, Denmark) is a collection of
essays by Danish poets, artists, anthropologists, critics and
writers about their collaboration with Odin Teatret. FULL PROGRAMME
SPAIN, May 2014
The magazine PRIMER ACTO dedicate the May 2014 issue to Odin
WROCLAW, POLONIA, 1-7
To mark the Odin Teatre's 50th Anniversary, the Grotowski
Institute organises an Odin Festival, a six-day intensive
introduction to Odin Teatret's training and working methods as well
as barter and performances.
For the occasion The Grotowski Institute publish Tysiac i
jedna noc - Zwiazki Odin Teatret z Polska, a book dedicated to
Odin's 50 years.
PUGLIA, ITALY, September
SEAS OF LIFE: FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN
TO THE NORTH SEA
AN INTERNATIONAL PROJECT FOR THE 50
YEARS OF ODIN TEATRET
Planned from 9 September to 6 October
in various towns in
Carpignano and Gallipoli,
Odin Teatret from Holstebro, Denmark, will celebrate its 50
years of activity in 2014.
Founded and directed by Eugenio Barba, Odin Teatret is still
today fully operational, a testimony of the great theatre
revolution that has meaningfully accompanied the birth of a new
Eugenio Barba, an Italian, has gathered around him artists and
scholars from various European countries, making an exceptional
cultural community grow.
Author of performances that have left their mark on contemporary
Eugenio Barba is one of the most significant theoreticians for
the development of twentieth century theatre.
Barba, who was born in Brindisi and grew up in Gallipoli in
Puglia, has not forgotten his native roots, even though his theatre
activity has brought him to every corner of the world.
For all these reasons the Municipality of Gallipoli intends to
confer on him honorary citizenship in 2014. Eugenio Barba is
grateful for this recognition, but has suggested that this honour
be granted not only to him but to the whole artistic and
intellectual community of the Odin.
On this occasion, we propose to initiate a project to be
realized next year in Puglia, culminating with a two-week Odin
Festival in Gallipoli with pedagogical activities, international
encounters, initiatives in the local community and
This project, to be defined in collaboration with various places
in Puglia, would include some of Odin Teatret's most significant
performances as well as a series of artistic and intellectual
confrontations and debates bringing together personalities from the
cultures of different countries. Odin Teatret's presence would
represent a catalyst to interweave and realise ideas and proposals
coming from Puglia's creative and academic environments animated by
an identical spirit of openness and exchange.
The main collaborators and witnesses of Odin Teatret's story
would arrive from all five continents to a "European party" in the
name of culture, peace and a reciprocal exchange of knowledge.
The 50 years of Odin Teatret will be the fiftieth anniversary of
the new Europe in which dreams can still come true and hopes be
fulfilled. It is in the name of Puglia that our Region wants to
testify to its resourceful force and contribution to shape the
future, thanks to Eugenio Barba and all his compatriots who have
worked and work in Europe and in the world.
Initiative Committee: Emanuele AMORUSO
(sociologist), Raffaele COPPOLA (University professor), Egidio
Pani, (writer, theatre critic), Franco PERRELLI (University
professor), Salvatore TRAMACERE (theatre director).
On 25 January 2013 in Havana the UNEAC, Unión de Escritores y
Artistas de Cuba, bestowed on Odin Teatret the International Raquel
Revuelta Prize on the occasion of its approaching fiftieth
anniversary with the following motivation:
The Unión de Escritores y Artistas de Cuba confers on Odin
Teatret from Denmark the International Raquel Revuelta Prize with
the following motivation:
For the innovative and fecund aspects of its work introduced
into Cuban theatre since the beginnings of the 1980s; as the
only group from the 1960s in the landscape of the post avant-garde
world which is still active as an artistically alive entity;
because thanks to its generosity, dozens of actors, directors,
playwrights and Cuban scholars have for more than 25 years enjoyed
and benefitted from the best possibilities of professional
exchange; for organising tours and facilitating the sojourn of
Cuban groups in foreign countries; for the vast bibliography of
Odin Teatret's directors and actors as authors who have been
published in our country. Finally as a living symbol of
contemporary theatre renewal and, above all, because they are
ROME, ITALY 16 February - 17
Emphasising Odin Teatret's constant influence in world theatre
during almost half a century, an unusual alliance was forged in
Rome between la Fondazione Musica per Roma - Auditorium Parco della
Musica and Teatro Vascello in collaboration with the following
theatre groups and schools: Abraxa Teatro, Argot Studio, Casa dei
teatri, Centrale Preneste Teatro, Divano occidentale-orientale,
Eutheca and Teatro Potlach. The two Universities of Rome, Roma Uno
(La Sapienza) and Roma Tre also participated in the one-month long
range of activities.
The programme included 23 performances, 9 work demonstrations, 3
master classes, 7 workshops, 5 lectures, 6 barters, the screening
of videos and films and athe presentation of their books by
the Odin director and actors.
José Luís Gómez, director of Teatro La Abadía in Madrid,
took the initiative to commemorate the approaching half century
anniversary by inviting "Odin Teatret's next- to-last
performance". The Chronic Life played for two
weeks in June within the framework of the Festival de Otoño in
Primavera, and was accompanied by several workshops and a public
dialogue between José Luis Gómez and Eugenio Barba that was
published in the Italian journal "Teatro e Storia " no. 4,
The Festival of Cali (1- 24 April) was devoted almost entirely
to Odin Teatret. The programme included 19 performances of three
different plays, 9 work demonstrations, 4 workshops and 5 films on
Odin activity in Latin America.
The journal 'Memoria de teatro', also published by the Festival,
dedicated a whole issue 9. with articles and essays to the visits
and collaborations of Odin Teatret in Colombia and Latin America,
including an appendix of more than fifty letters by theatre artists
from this continent who wrote about their close ties with the