An ordinary day in the life of the dancer Gregor Samsa


24. Sep - 03. Oct 2021



Teatro Quirino
Via delle Vergini, 7
00187 Roma

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The performance is born from a work around the world of Franz Kafka in which three different narrative cores intersect one another: some biographical elements of Kafka himself; the story of the central character of the Metamorphosis, Gregor Samsa; and the one of an imaginary homonymous dancer who remains a prisoner of the obsessive repetition of his performative materials in view of an imminent debut.

The work started in 2015 at Holstebro, in the Danish group's headquarters, and it is the first direction signed by Eugenio Barba outside of Odin Teatret and without his actors. A project produced directly by Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (the production branch of Odin Teatret, which has produced all the shows directed by the Master, from 1964 to the present) in collaboration with the TPE Foundation (Turin) and Gitiesse Artisti Riuniti (Naples).

After two previews in 2018 (in June at the international Naples Theatre Festival and in December at the National Theater of Tuscany, in Florence), the show debuted in 2019 at the TPE Foundation/Teatro Astra (in Turin), which co-produced the show, to then be presented at the Teatro dell'Arte-Triennale in Milan and in the University of Bologna. The show - almost always sold out - was received with great excitement by national critics.


Lorenzo Gleijeses

Dramaturgy & Direction
Eugenio Barba
Lorenzo Gleijeses
Julia Varley

Sound & Lights
Mirto Baliani

Coreographic Objects
Michele Di Stefano

Dramaturgical Consultancy
Chiara Lagani

Roberto Crea

Assistant Director
Manolo Muoio

Eugenio Barba
Geppy Gleijeses
Maria Alberta Navello
Julia Varley

Produced by
Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium
Gitiesse Artisti Riuniti
Fondazione TPE

With the support of
Centro Coreografico Körper

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Stories of Betrayals (Eugenio Barba) 
The tortuous path of creation (Julia Varley)