Dedicated to Inger
The tree of History grows vigorously and dead. Around it,
child-soldiers and praying monks dance together with warlords, a
wrathful mother, and the daughter of a poet who, as a child,
dreamed of flying away with her father.
Two story-tellers introduce and comment upon characters and
events: in the Syrian desert two Yazidi monks plant a pear tree to
call back the birds that have disappeared; in Nigeria a mother
rests under the shadow of the tree of forgetfulness holding in her
arms the head of her daughter hidden in a gourd; a European warlord
explains the necessity for ethnic cleansing to an African warlord
who performs a human sacrifice to make his army of child soldiers
invulnerable before leading them into battle; a girl plays with her
dolls around the tree her father planted when she was born,
wondering how birds see the earth from the air.
The tree of History finally bends under the weight of fruit and
offers a home to the birds that are flying over the heads of the
spectators. But what kind of birds are they?
Actors: Luis Alonso, Parvathy Baul, I Wayan
Bawa, Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Elena Floris,
Donald Kitt, Carolina Pizarro, Fausto Pro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen,
Scenic space: Luca Ruzza, Odin Teatret
Lighting designer: Lucca Ruzza, OpenLab
Lighting adviser: Jesper Kongshaug
Tree conception and realisation: Giovanna
Amoroso and Istvan Zimmermann, Plastikart.
Software programming: Massimo Zomparelli
Costumes and props: Odin Teatret
Poster: Barbara Kaczmarek
Musical director: Elena Floris.
Technical director: Fausto Pro
Puppets: Niels Kristian Brinth, Fabio Butera,
Samir Muhamad, I Gusti Made Lod.
Dolls' heads: Signe Herlevsen
Photos: Rina Skeel
Dramaturg: Thomas Bredsdorff
Literary adviser: Nando Taviani
Text: Odin Teatret
Director's assistants: Elena Floris, Julia
Director: Eugenio Barba
Duration: 80 min.
The performance is not suitable for children under the age of
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First performance: Holstebro, 23
Teaterlaboratorium(Holstebro), The Grotowski
Institute/Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016
(Poland), The Hungarian National Theatre
Press - Articles
Holstebro, 20-09-2016 (Denmark)
By Rina Skeel (Rehearsal March 2016):