Iben Nagel Rasmussen talks about her father, Halfdan Rasmussen; a wild story about the skinny working class boy, who became known simply as Halfdan by all Danes. With poetry reading, songs, photos and fragments of film, Iben Nagel Rasmussen creates a collage, depicting the more unknown side of Halfdan: his childhood, being one of many children, living with his family in a two-bedroomed apartment in Christianshavn, the early youth with unemployment, political involvement during the 1930s, his period at a “højskole” (a kind of working class boarding school), a bicycle ride to Spain, while the Civil War was raging, his encounter with other young aspiring poets at the Young Artists’ Club during the German occupation, and onward to the road of recognition and fame.

HALFDANSK RAPSODI is not a children’s performance, but rather a journey into the sometimes bleak background from which his grown-up poems grew out of, richly sprinkled with peculiar, fun, off centre and characteristic rhymes, that came to be his signature.


With and by Iben Nagel Rasmussen

Technique: Pernille Abildgaard Ullmann

Language: Danish
Duration: 60 min.
Min. age: 15 years

First Performance: 29 January 2017 in Fjaltring, Denmark

Places in Denmark



2019: Løgumkloster, Ringkøbing (Denmark)
Herlev, Holstebro, Copenhagen, Viborg (Denmark)
2017: Ejsing, Fjaltring, Holstebro, Ryde, Ulfborg, Vinderup (Demmark)


Trailer - Halfdansk Rapsodi

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Odin Teatret's repetoire includes productions with the whole ensemble (11-14 actors), productions with fewer actors, solo performances and performances/work demonstrations. 

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