Don Giovanni in Hell is a performance by Odin Teatret in two acts, directed by Eugenio Barba. In it, Don Giovanni wanders on the bottom of the sea, in the belly of sea-wrecks, among splintered pieces of the statues that made history. Odin Teatret confronts the apparent outdatedness of a classical work. It is a heretical evaluation, deeply respectful of tradition and yet at the same time engaged in struggling against it. In this direct confrontation, recognised and rejected values of the past shake off their dust, with a joy that surprises and a ferocity that troubles.

Don Giovanni doesn't believe in hell. After death, "we will roll on the bottom of the sea among stones and shells. Fish will eat us". While awaiting the minute leviathans that will annihilate them, the fugitive libertine, the Guest of Stone, the seduced women, the defrauded servant and the disenchanted lover reciprocally lacerate themselves,  casting a last glance at the spectators.

 

Photos: Tommy Bay

Actors: Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Jan Ferslev, Tage Larsen, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Mia Theil Have, Julia Varley, Frans Winther

Musicians: Annada Prasanna Pattanaik, Ensemble Midtvest: Peter Kirstein, Ida Lorenzen, Charlotte Norholt, Malin Nyström, Laura Ponti, Sanna Ripatti, Erik Sandberg, Jonathan Slaatto and Svante Wik

Scenic space: Jan de Neergaard and Odin Teatret
Costumes: Jan de Neergaard, Lena Bjerregaard and Odin Teatret
Lights: Jesper Kongshaug and Fausto Pro
Text: Odin Teatret
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Musical arrangement: Raúl Iaiza together with Frans Winther
Assistant director: Raúl Iaiza
Litterary advisor: Nando Taviani
Dramaturgy and directing: Eugenio Barba
Odin Teatret would like to thank: Donald Kitt, Trine S.P. Krog and Pierangelo Pompa

Produced by Ravenna Festival and Odin Teatret/Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium