Ester's Book

date

13. June 2019

time

16:45

location

Odin Teatret
Særkærparken 144
7500 Holstebro
Denmark

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Ticket

Kr. 120 / 60

When, in 2003, my mother Ester was moved to a residential care home at the age of 85 already suffering from senile dementia, I decided to complete the performance which for some time had existed as an idea and a draft - a story of her life.

In a comfortable but unfamiliar room in a residential care home, mother and daughter sit and talk. With a stubbornness bordering on the tragicomic, the same words and terms are constantly repeated. The dialogue reawakens past experiences, unrealised dreams and plans for the future, which only exists in a world of fantasy.

Physical activity is minimal but a diary from the end of the Second World War, a photo album and private film clips from half a century ago reveal different layers of Ester's life. Music and songs from a distant youth accompany pictures and texts, bringing closer historical changes which shook and marked her generation.

The story of my mother is also a reflection on becoming old in present day Denmark, about loneliness and separation.

Nobody is born old. It has been my wish to give voice to some of the fragments of my mother's life which would otherwise have been buried with her.

"I am Ester's Book."

On Stage: Iben Nagel Rasmussen and Uta Motz 

Text and Idea: Iben Nagel Rasmussen
Musical arrangement: Uta Motz and Anna Stigsgaard
Technique: Jori Snell
Film: Halfdan Rasmussen and Jan Rüsz
Photo: Jan Rüsz and Morten Stricker
Film montage: Torgeir Wethal
Scenic arrangement: Knud Erik Knudsen
Graphics: Rina Skeel
Scenic advisor: Eugenio Barba

Duration: 50 min. (without a break)
Language: Danish

Read more about the performance here »

Poster: Rina Skeel (2006)

Poster: Rina Skeel (2006)

TICKETS 

DKK 120 / 60 for students; Pensioners; groups of 10+

Reservation of tickets: tel. +45 9742 4777
Mon - Fri between 9.00 -15.00 hrs.
Email: odin@odinteatret.dk

Reserved tickets must be picked up no later than 15 min. before the performance begins.

 

This performance is presented as part of the 9th TRANSIT FESTIVAL hosted at Odin Teatret. 

TRANSIT FESTIVAL 12 - 23 June 2019

An international theatre festival for women in contemporary theatre. This year’s festival theme is Hope in Action, during which 56 performances, 6 workshops and two art exhibitions will be presented by more than 75 artists from 5 continents.

The Transit Festival has existed since 1995 and it is part of The Magdalena Project, an international network of women in theatre created to enable women to produce work that more profoundly reflects their own experience. The festival is directed by Julia Varley, actress of Odin Teatret.

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