Oda al progreso
10. October 2018
Gimnasio San Pedro de Atacama
San Pedro de Atacama,
Región de Antofagasta, Chile
Ode to Progress
Dedicated to Malika Boussouf and Susan Sontag
It is the Carnival of a foreign country, distant yet close.
The actors in this Carnival are the emissaries of a hidden people, stately, funny, grotesque, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes sorrowful. We host them in our streets and squares, in the theatres and the institutions that make us civilised.
This Carnival doesn't pretend to believe in civilization. It makes us laugh. But it is a type of laughter that confines with tears and evokes tears when least expected. The Carnival shows human and animal masks, marionettes and skulls, skeletons and rag dolls. It starts with a procession and alternates scenes with music and dances, figures like the actors of past times entering a village. They exhibit a tame bear, Harlequin, the Queen of Saba, a man-woman and Our Lady of Death who steals children just as children catch butterflies and happily torment them. There is also an old monk, solitary, haughty, sad as an inquisitor and vulgar as a corrupt saint.
"Human beings are not like this!" thinks the Hunter, who runs into this Carnival during one of his safaris.
To compose this Ode, Odin Teatret has deformed some precious scenes from its past repertoire. In other words: the actors have loved and respected it until blasphemy. Carnival.
Actors: Luis Alonso, Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Jan Ferslev, Elena Floris, Donald Kitt, Carolina Pizarro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley
Scenic space and costumes: Odin Teatret
Dramaturgy and directing: Eugenio Barba
Duration: 60 min. (without a break)
Organiser & Contact
Alejandra Rojas Pinto
Tel: +56 994719422
Juan Pablo Jacob
Tel: +56 992007626