The Marriage of Medea is the result of Odin Teatret's lasting interest in acting traditions. Odin Teatret, whose actors are of different nationalities, has since 1966 organised various working sessions and seminars on the actor's technique. It began with the research practised by Jerzy Grotowski, Etienne Decroux, Jacques Lecoq, Dario Fo, Jean-Louis Barrault, Joseph Chaikin, Judith Malina and Julian Beck.

Since the early 1970s, Odin Teatret has involved in this activity Javanese and Balinese ensembles and artists (Sardono, I Made Pasek Tempo, I Made Bandem, I Made Djimat), Japanese Noh, Kyogen, Kabuki and Shingeki theatre (Hisao and Hideo Kanze, Mannojo and Kosuke Nomura, Sawamura Sojuro, Shuji Terayama) and India's main classical forms of theatre-dance: Kathak, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Chhau and Kathakali. In addition to the chance to see these striking Asian artists performing, these seminars were an opportunity to get acquainted with the principles of their style and technical knowledge.

ISTA, International School of Theatre Anthropology, founded in 1979, broadened the scope of this research and has grown in symbiosis with Odin Teatret. ISTA is an itinerant intermittent "university" characterised by a technical exchange between regularly returning artists and scholars of different genres and nationalities. In this "performers' village", they compare and analyse the technical foundations of their styles in sessions lasting from two weeks to two months. From 1980 to 2005, fourteen ISTA sessions have taken place in Europe and Latin America. All of them ended with a Theatrum Mundi performance with musicians and performers from different cultures.

It is this tradition of Theatrum Mundi that The Marriage of Medea keeps alive. The rehearsals took place in December 2007 and April 2008 in Bali and had their final phase in Holstebro in May and June 2008.

Photos: Tommy Bay

 

Celebrated in the open air or in closed spaces

A performance by Eugenio Barba based on the myth of Medea

MEDEA: Ni Made Partini

JASON:  Tage Larsen

CLOTHO: Julia Varley

DIONYSOS: Augusto Omolú

MEDEA'S FATHER: I Wayan Bawa

THE PRIEST: Cristina Wistari Formaggia