DAY Programme 3 June


03. June 2022



Odin Teatret
Særkærparken 144
7500 Holstebro

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My Stage Children

Actor and director: Else Marie Laukvik

Duration: 60 min. - Performed in English

In My Stage Children Else Marie Laukvik speaks about her life as an actress, illustrating her demonstration with film fragments from the performances: Ornitofilene, Kaspariana, Ferai, My Father’s House, Come! And the Day Will Be Ours, The Book of Dances, Anabasis, The Million, The Gospel According to Oxyrhincus and Memoria.

Else Marie writes: “I am now in my seventies and I feel it is time for me to look back in time. Creativity is like a continuous act of giving birth and all the figures that I have given life to in the theatre are my stage children that I would like to encounter and revive once more.”


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Else Marie Laukvik was born in 1944 in Oslo, Norway. Together with Eugenio Barba, she was one of the founders of Odin Teatret. In 1966, Else Marie followed the group to Holstebro, Denmark. Her experiences as an actor are published in The Actor’s Way, edited by Erik Exe Christoffersen. At the same time as she was performing with Odin Teatret, Else Marie worked as director for Teatret Marquez (Denmark), Munin Teatret (Denmark), Teatro Actores Alidos (Italy), Rogo Teatro (Italy), Associazione Culturale Teatro dell’Albero (Italy), Kabaret Wagon (Denmark), Mia & Max (UK). As an actress Else Marie has also collaborated with Teatro Tascabile di Bergamo (Italy) in 1996.

ODIN TEATRET was created in Oslo, Norway, in 1964, and moved to Holstebro, Denmark, in 1966. The Laboratory’s activities include: productions; “barters”; hosting other theatre groups and ensem- bles; teaching; publication of magazines and books; production of didactic films and videos; the sessions of ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology); collaboration with the CTLS, Centre for Theatre Laboratory Studies of the University of Århus; OTA, the living archives of Odin Teatret’s memory; community work in Holstebro and the surrounding region. Odin Teatret has so far created 79 performances, performed in 67 countries and different social contexts. Since 2009 Odin Teatret and Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium have been developing as two complementa- ry and autonomous environments, with different fields of action and collabora-tions. While Odin Teatret includes all the activities of the Odin actors directed by Eugenio Barba, Nordisk Teaterlab- oratorium comprises permanent and intermittent residences, co- produc-tions, workshops and transformances with groups and single artists who are independent from Odin Teatret, such as Ikarus Stage Arts, Riotous Company, and Váli Theatre Lab.


Flowers for Torgeir

Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium, Denmark

With and by: Roberta Carreri - Stage, video and light design: Stefano di Buduo

A Roberta Carreri & Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium co-production
Duration: 45 min. - Performed in English Roberta Carreri writes:

Can grief become a light? Can grief become a light that
illuminates one’s path in life?

Ten years ago, I lost my partner of many years, in work and in life. The loss of a dear person has two dimen- sions: grief and gratitude.

Torgeir took part in the rehearsal of The Chronic Life, up till one month before he passed away. His stage pres- ence was unique. And I have missed it since he died.

It is said that you die twice, the second is when you are forgotten. I don’t want Torgeir to be forgotten. That is why I made this homage to him.

Flowers to a great actor.
Flowers to a great person.
Flowers to Torgeir.

Torgeir was introduced to theatre when he was eight years old. He was only eleven years old when he began to earn money performing on a traditional stage. At seventeen he took part in a popular movie. This was also the time when Torgeir met Eugenio Barba and became a founding member of Odin Teatret. He was nineteen when he moved from Norway to Denmark with Eugenio Barba and the rest of Odin Teatret. Here he lived and worked until the day he died on Sunday 27 June 2010. He was 63 years old.


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Roberta Carreri is an actor, teacher, writer and organiser. She was born in 1953 in Milan, Italy. She joined Odin Teatret in 1974 during the group’s stay in Carpignano, Italy, and has since worked as an actress with the group in most of the group’s productions, in solo performances and four work demonstrations. Roberta Carreri has taken part in ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology) since its beginning in 1980. She gives workshops for actors all over the world and presents, as a work demonstration, her professional autobiography, Traces in the Snow. She organises and leads the annual international workshop Odin Week Festival in Holstebro and abroad. In 2009 she directed Rumor with Cinzia Ciaramicoli for Masakini Theatre Company (Malaysia). In 2014 The Woman Who Spat Out the Apple, with Rosa Antuña -Núcleo de Criaçao Rosa Antuña (Brazil) and in 2017 Nido Vacío, with Giulia Varotto and Carolina Pizarro. Her professional experiences are presented in The Actor’s Way, edited by Erik Exe Christoffersen. Roberta Carreri has written her own book Tracce, in which she relives her story as an actress of Odin Teatret. Her articles have been published in journals such as New Theatre Quarterly, Teatro e Storia, Máscara, The Open Page, Peripeti and Performance Research.

NORDISK TEATERLABORATORIUM creates stories for audiences locally, nationally and around the world, and aims to be as inclusive, diverse, and sustainable as possible. The artistic starting point is an interest and curiosity directed towards theatrical forms from both Western and non-Western traditions, and a desire to create a unique expression based on this meeting. It contributes to Danish performing arts with residencies, seminars, teaching activities, concerts, barter, guest performances, festivals and major international collaborations and networks, extending its reach through online activities including conferences, workshops and streaming of performances. In parallel with the expansion of its digital activities, it is part of the strategic development project, the Immersive Lab for Innovation in Theatre Making and Archive (ILITA).



Destellos en un río negro

Ikarus Stage Arts, Denmark

Actor: Gabriela Arancibia Director: Carolina Pizarro

A Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium and Ikarus Stage Arts production 
Duration: 60 min. - Performed in Spanish


The wind is blowing, hitting her face and her body.
The woman leaves her clothes behind 
and heads to the water.
She does not see anybody.

A girl fascinated by her deceased grandfather’s life finds in her childhood house a bunch of letters that he used to confiscate while he was serving in the army. These letters were written by soldiers and prisoners to their relatives, friends, lovers... and they never reached their destination. She also finds her grandmother’s notebook, where she used to write the life-stories of women who pretended to be men so as to do everything that was forbidden for them at the time. Following the traces of ink and old paper the girl embarks on a journey through generations, going through the horrors of the Chilean dictatorship but also finding hope in the stories of the women who had the courage to challenge their destiny and their time.




GabrielaArancibia (Chile) is an actress graduated from Universidad Finis Terrae in Chile in 2016. She is working permanently with Ikarus Stage Arts Ensemble directed by Carolina Pizarro and Luis Alonso. With Ikarus Stage Arts Ensemble she has completed her solo performance Destellos de un río negro, directed by Carolina Pizarro and participates in all the street performances, barters, workshops and other activities of the group. She has been an artist in residence at Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium since 2017.

Carolina Pizarro was born in 1981 in Chile. She is an actor, director and teacher and has studied several physical and vocal techniques. Fundamental pillars for her research have been the meeting with Julia Varley, and her stay in the Hindustan Kalari Sangham Temple, where she developed her knowledge of Kalaryppayyatu and Silambattam martial arts. Carolina has taught several workshops and seminars in India and in international encounters. Carolina joined Odin Teatret as an actor in October 2015, taking part in all the current ensemble performances. With Luis Alonso, Carolina directs the international project Ikarus Stage Arts founded in 2017.

IKARUS STAGE ARTS is an international ensemble based in Holstebro, Denmark, consisting of performers from 10 different countries. The group is a part of Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium and is led and directed by Carolina Pizarro and Luis Alonso, both of them actors in Odin Teatret’s ensemble. Ikarus Stage Arts’ repertoire is very diverse, including street theatre, parades, theatrical concerts and stage performances, where music and movement is at the core. The group has participated in numerous events and festivals in Europe, Asia and America, addressing all sorts of audiences. Alongside performing, Ikarus Stage Arts also works with community art and social including projects that opens up for new human encounters. Furthermore, there is Ikarus Cultural Platform, a network consisting of professional artists from around the world.

Ikarus Stage Arts: Pablo Lara, Sigrid Norheim Ørntoft, Simon Samuelsson, Francesca Tesoniero, Matias Dreva, João Silva, Gabriela Arancibia Villagra, Hui Tsyr Yang, Michelle Marie Rodríguez, Rodrigo Contreras, Zuzana Ďuríková, Gonzalo Hernandez,Gabriela Arancibia


The Castle of Holstebro

Odin Teatret, Denmark

Actor: Julia Varley - Director: Eugenio Barba

Text: Julia Varley and Eugenio Barba - Musical arrange- ment: Jan Ferslev - Lighting: Poul Østergaard, Knud Erik Knudsen - Costumes: Julia Varley, Ellen Skød

Duration: 50 min. - Performed in English


In a red room we see a woman dressed in white and a cynical old jester with a skull for a head called Mister Peanut. Two characters in one person: “If they see beard and moustache, they call it man. If they see long hair and breasts, they call it woman. But look! The soul in- side is neither man nor woman.”



Julia Varley, UK/Denmark, joined Odin Teatret in 1976. Apart from acting she is active in directing, teaching, organising and writing. Since 1990 she has been involved in the conception and organisa- tion of ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology) and of the University of Eurasian Theatre, both directed by Eugenio Bar- ba. Since its beginning in 1986 she has been active in The Magda- lena Project. She has directed performances with Pumpenhaus Theater (Germany), Ana Woolf (Argentina), Hisako Miura (Japan), Lorenzo Gleijeses and Manolo Muoio (Italy), Gabriella Sacco (It- aly), Carolina Pizarro (Chile), Marilyn Nunes (Brazil), Amaranta Osorio and Teresa García (Mexico-Spain), Teresa Ruggeri (Italy), C.ia Pessoal de Teatro (Brazil) and The Jasonites.

Julia Varley has written five books published in various languages: Wind in the West, Notes of an Odin Actress - Stones of Water, An actress and her characters, Thinking with the Feet (with Vicky Ann Cremona and Francesco Galli), Genius Loci (with Eugenio Barba and Franc- esco Galli). In 2020 she creates Fondazione Barba Varley and in 2021 Transit Next Forum. She is on the editorial board of The Open Page and Journal of Theatre Anthropology.

Eugenio Barba was born in 1936 in Italy and moved to Norway in 1954. In 1961 he went to Poland and stayed with Jerzy Grotowski for three years. In 1963 he travelled to India where he studied Kathakali. He returned to Oslo and created Odin Teatret in October 1964, directing 79 productions. In 1979 Eugenio Barba founded ISTA, International School of Theatre Anthropology, thus opening a new field of studies: Theatre Anthropology. Eugenio Barba has been awarded honorary doctorates from 13 Universities and the Sonning Prize from the University of Copenhagen. In 2020, together with Julia Varley, he has established Fondazione Barba Varley whose aim is to support people who are disadvantaged by gender, ethnicity, geograp