Theatre of Reciprocity, Barters and Transformations, Lecture with Kai Bredholt
Kai Bredholt was born in 1960 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He took an apprenticeship as a boat-builder. He began as a folk-musician playing in the streets and in popular cabarets.
His studies include extensive exposure to various genres of European traditional and folk music, especially those of Denmark.
He joined Odin Teatret in 1990, first as a musician/composer, later as an actor and organiser/director of barters and transformances (theatricalisation of a specific social milieu). Kai Bredholt directs street performances for theatre groups all around the world and has created particular circus performances which present actors, pets, farmers with their animals, ballet dancers on tractors and much more.
Kai Bredholt's clown figure Van Gakk performs for children both alone and in collaboration with other clowns in Denmark and abroad. He also collaborates with a local Tae Kwondo club, folkdancers and a shepherd to create theatrical situations, and with the architect Anton Ryslinge to create outdoor theatre venues, for example with ice or bales of straw. Since 1992 he has been a member of ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology) ensemble.