The Trilogy of the Innocent: THE TREE


24. April 2019


17:00 hrs


Théâtre National Budapest - Salle Kaszás Attila
Bajor Gizi park 1
1095 Budapest, Hungary

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Yazidi monks: Luis Alonso, Donald Kitt, Julia Varley
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

MITEM - Madách International Theatre Meeting



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 MITEM ...

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

Second panorama: the present (2010 - 2018)
The Great Cities under the Moon
25 April 2019 - at 20:00 hrs.
Read more here

Third panorama: the future (2031)
The Chronic Life
27 April 2019 - at 17:00 hrs.
Read more here

The Art of the Impossible
27 April 2019 - at 14.00 hrs.

Read more here


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.

Read more here