A small white circus ring with red velvet seats. Frontier territories.

The Odin's first performance on a historical theme. A confrontation between peoples and cultures. It is as though each actor embodies a group, a tribe, a crowd of emigrants. Each action is the quintessence of an episode in history, the blueprint of a battle, an ambush, a social upheaval, a violent acculturation, a massacre whose occurrence is documented. The theme is the seduction and the slaughter which result from the clash between civilisations, as when the pioneers encountered the American Indians, the Frontier was pushed westwards, the prairies were conquered and, following the "futile" victory of Little Big Horn, the reservations became the sole salvation for the "savages". Rape and rapture: surrender to force, surrender to a vision. The pride of becoming a prostitute in the brothels of Sonora.

Photos: Roald Pay

Created between the summer of 1974 and the spring of 1976 in different phases and places: in a former tobacco repository in Carpignano, Italy; in Odin Teatret's "white room" in Holstebro; in the village schoolroom of Ollolai in the Sardinian mountains.

Actors: Roberta Carreri, Else Marie Laukvik, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Tom Fjordefalk, Tage Larsen, Torgeir Wethal

Dramaturgy and directing: Eugenio Barba

Language: English, with fragments of native American languages

Number of spectators per performance: 120

180 performances from May 1976 to June 1980 (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, Peru, Spain, Sweden, Venezuela, Yugoslavia)