The Trilogy of the Innocent: The Chronic Life


27. April 2019




Théâtre National Budapest
Bajor Gizi park 1
1095 Budapest, Hungary

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Dedicated to Anna Politkovskaya and Natalia Estemirova
Russian writers and human rights activists, murdered by anonymous thugs in 2006 and 2009 for their opposition to the Chechnyan conflict.

CHARACTERS: a Black Madonna, the widow of a Basque officer, a Chechnyan refugee, a Rumanian housewife, a Danish lawyer, a rock musician from the Faroe Islands, a Colombian boy searching for his father disappeared in Europe, an Italian street violinist, two mercenaries.

The Chronic Life takes place in various European countries in 2031, after the Third Civil War. Groups and individuals converge, challenging each other over their diverging dreams, disappointments and hopes. A boy from Latin America arrives, seeking his father, who has inexplicably disappeared. "Stop searching for your father" people tell him while escorting him from door to door.

The boy is not saved by knowledge or innocence. Rather, a newfound ignorance leads him to his door. All this takes place to the bewilderment of all of us, who no longer believe the unbelievable: that a single victim's life is beyond value, is worth more than God.

Organiser, Contact & Tickets

MITEM - Madách International Theatre Meeting


Actors: Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Jan Ferslev, Elena Floris, Donald Kitt, Tage Larsen, Carolina Pizarro, Fausto Pro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley.

Text: Ursula Andkjær Olsen and Odin Teatret
Dramaturg: Thomas Bredsdorff
Literary advisor: Nando Taviani
Light design: Odin Teatret
Light advisor: Jesper Kongshaug
Scenic space: Odin Teatret
Scenic space advisors: Jan de Neergaard, Antonella Diana
Music: Odin Teatret, traditional and modern melodies
Costumes: Odin Teatret, Jan de Neergaard
Technical Director: Fausto Pro
Assistant Directors: Raúl Iaiza, Pierangelo Pompa, Ana Woolf
Dramaturgy and Directing: Eugenio Barba

Languages: Danish, Spanish, English, Romanian, Chechen and Basque
Duration: 70 min. (without a break)

* This performance is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Production: Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (Holstebro), Teatro de La Abadía (Madrid), The Grotowski Institute (Wroclaw)

Also at MITEM …

The performance THE CHRONIC LIFE is presented as part of The Trilogy of the Innocent - Three panoramas on the recent past, the present and a near future:

First panorama: the past (1990-2000)
The Tree
24 April 2019 - at 17:00 hrs
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Second panorama: the present (2010 - 2018)
The Great Cities under the Moon
25 April 2019 - at 20:00 hrs.
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FILM The Art of the Impossible
27 April 2019 - at 14.00 hrs.

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The Hungarian edition of the book The Secret Art of the Performer by Eugenio Barba and Nicola Savarese: 
Táncoló energia - A színész titkos művészete
27 April 2019 - at 16:00 hrs.

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