The Tree


14. - 16. Jun 2018


Thursday at 20:00 hrs.
Friday at 18:00 hrs.
Saturday at 16:00 hrs.


Cercul Militar / Sibiu Army Club
Bulevardul Victoriei 5
Sibiu 550024, Romania

see map


50 Lei

Odin Teatret's performances of THE TREE presented at Sibiu International Theatre Festival 14, 15, 16 June 2018 are dedicated to Nina Király, who recently passed away in her home in Budapest, Hungary - a beloved friend of our theatre.



Yazidi monks: Luis Alonso, Yiteng Ding*, Julia Varley
* only 14,15 and 16 June in Sibiu, Romania
European warlord: Kai Bredholt
African warlord: I Wayan Bawa
Igbo woman: Roberta Carreri
A poet's daughter: Iben Nagel Rasmussen
A poet's daughter as a young girl: Carolina Pizarro
Storytellers: Parvathy Baul, Elena Floris
Deus ex machina: Fausto Pro


The tree of History grows vigorously and dead. Around it, child-soldiers and praying monks dance together with warlords, a wrathful mother, and the daughter of a poet who, as a child, dreamed of flying away with her father.

Two story-tellers introduce and comment upon characters and events: in the Syrian desert two Yazidi monks plant a pear tree to call back the birds that have disappeared; in Nigeria a mother rests under the shadow of the tree of forgetfulness holding in her arms the head of her daughter hidden in a gourd; a European warlord explains the necessity for ethnic cleansing to an African warlord who performs a human sacrifice to make his army of child soldiers invulnerable before leading them into battle; a girl plays with her dolls around the tree her father planted when she was born, wondering how birds see the earth from the air.

The tree of History finally bends under the weight of fruit and offers a home to the birds that are flying over the heads of the spectators. But what kind of birds are they? 


Organiser, Contact & Tickets

FITS - Festival International de Teatru de la Sibiu


Produced by Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (Holstebro, Denmark), The Grotowski Institute and Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016 (Wroclaw, Poland), National Theatre (Budapest, Hungary). With the support of Holstebro Kommune, Statens Kunstfond – Projektstøtteudvalget for Scenekunst. 

The Tree - supported by:

Actors: Luis Alonso, Parvathy Baul, I Wayan Bawa, Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Elena Floris, Donald Kitt, Carolina Pizarro, Fausto Pro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley.

Scenic space: Luca Ruzza, Odin Teatret 
Lighting designer: Lucca Ruzza, OpenLab Company
Lighting adviser: Jesper Kongshaug
Tree conception and realisation: Giovanna Amoroso and Istvan Zimmermann, Plastikart
Software programming: Massimo Zomparelli
Costumes and props: Odin Teatret
Poster: Barbara Kaczmarek
Musical director: Elena Floris
Technical director: Fausto Pro
Puppets: Niels Kristian Brinth, Fabio Butera, Samir Muhamad, I Gusti Made Lod
Dolls' heads: Signe Herlevsen
Photos: Rina Skeel
Dramaturg: Thomas Bredsdorff
Literary adviser: Nando Taviani
Text: Odin Teatret
Director's assistants: Elena Floris, Julia Varley
Director: Eugenio Barba

Duration: 80 min.
The performance is not suitable for children under the age of 12

Also at the FITS ...

Book Launch and Dialogue

Book Launch and Dialogue

Eugenio Barba, Nicola Savarese and George Banu: 15 June »

FILM: The Art of the Impossible

FILM: The Art of the Impossible

A documentary by Elsa Kvamme about Eugenio Barba and the beginning of Odin Teatret: 15 June »



"The Reality of Fiction" with Eugenio Barba & Julia Varley: 16 June »