Dramaturgy of Smells / Ethereal Theatre & Archive


29. January 2020




Odin Teatret
Særkærparken 144
7500 Holstebro

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Closed workshop

This showcase displays three scents contained in three glass vessels. Each scent vessel is based on one of the characters in Kunstteater’s first show Showstopper – Showman, Pheme the Aerial Artist and Tricky Tapper. 
Much like a simple narrative structure consisting of a beginning, a middle and an end, scents have a triplex pyramid structure of notes consisting of a base, a middle and a top. Similar to a narrative, these notes evolve over time if they come into contact with skin, since fat or moist produced e.g. from sweat cause the compound nature of the scents to develop.   
Working with scents can be seen as just as relevant in the creation of a theatrical character as costumes and props, or even voice and physical gestures of the performer. The volatile nature of smells when the molecules are transported into the nose of the subject e.i. the spectator and reach the receptor creates a biochemical chain reaction that links particularly to memory and provoke emotional reactions in the brain. 
In order to contain these “characteristic” scents the director Mathias Dyhr asked the visual artist Maria Bang Espersen to make a glass vessel for each of them. Through conversations and a handover of the manuscript and pictures from the rehearsals of Showstopper, Bang Espersen interpreted the three characters of the play through glass work employing an eclectic and advanced scheme of techniques to demonstrate the distinct qualities of the characters – making them very different from one another.

Notice: Please feel free to smell the top of the glass vessels to get a sense of both the interior and exterior body of the character. 

We wish to thank Danmarks Nationalbanks Jubilæumsfond for their kind support. 

Glass work: Maria Bang Espersen

Scent development and idea: Mathias Dyhr

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