DAY Programme 5 June


05. June 2022



Odin Teatret
Særkærparken 144
7500 Holstebro

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Aliter Ubi

Work in progress

Váli Theatre Lab, Italy/Denmark

Performers: Alice Occhiali, Valerio Peroni Director: Alice Occhiali

Voice over: Grandma Lillia, Aunt Francesca, Aunt Vilma Duration: 30 min. - Performed in Italian and English

The performative project Aliter Ubi comes from the need to rediscover a connection with one’s roots after years spent abroad, far from ‘home’. ‘Home’ is not thought as a determined physical place, but as a poetic space of daily rituals and a receptacle for sensations and memories. ‘Home’ can be a person, a perfume, an object, a song, a voice… Returning home is going back to the origin of who we are.

This first work in progress presents two characters suspended in a different world, Aliter Ubi. Voices accompany the journey of these two creatures who are animals, children, adults and old people at the same time. A starting point is an extract of The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard: “The central problem consists in asking whether, through the memories of all the houses in which we have found shelter, beyond all the houses in which we have dreamed of living, it is possible to identify an intimate and concrete essence that could be a justification of the singular value of all our images of protected intimacy.” Alice Occhiali writes that in her head Aliter Ubi looks like the Po valley, in the area of Ferrara where she was born and grew up: the vast fields, the canals, the Volano Po, covered by a slight fog and a thick blanket of frost on winter mornings. The distant voices of grandparents, peasants, artisans, partisans echo in this empty space, gently indicating the way back home.


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Alice Occhiali and Valerio Peroni are actors, directors and theatre pedagogues. They met in 2013 at a residence at Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium, Denmark. In 2016, they started an independent activity in Italy, collaborating with international theatre groups and institutions in Italy, Denmark, Germany, France, Poland, working as actors, organising and directing theatre performances, site-specific performances and workshops. Since 2019 they are back in Denmark.

VÁLI THEATRE LAB is a theatre company founded in 2019 by Alice Occhiali and Valerio Peroni, based in Holstebro (Denmark) as part of Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium. Their work focuses on the production of theatre performances and on the creation and realisation of pedagogical projects with children, teen-agers, and professional actors. Over the years they have developed collaborations in Holstebro and other European cities, with kindergartens, primary-secondary-high schools, universities, theatre schools, old people homes, and community centres.


Black Circle

Talk and demonstration
Eluda Dance Company, Denmark

BLACK CIRCLE is a corona stage pavilion developed during the pandemic by the architect Humberto Baeza and the stage artist Emilie Lund. The stage consists of a circular stage in the middle of the pavilion. The audience sits around the stage in cabins. Each cabin has its own entrance. During the first year 2020-2021, the Black Circle hosted many different artists who are challenged to interact and engage with the space. At Transit 10, Emilie Lund of Eluda Dance Company will present a short work-in-progress demonstration to exemplify the characteristics of the Black Circle.


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Halfdansk Rapsodi

Odin Teatret, Denmark

Actor and director: Iben Nagel Rasmussen

Duration: 60 min.
Performed in Danish with an English introduction

Iben Nagel Rasmussen talks about her father, Halfdan Rasmussen; a wild story about the skinny working- class boy, who became known simply as Halfdan by all Danes. With poetry reading, songs, photos and fragments of film, Iben Nagel Rasmussen creates a collage, depicting the more unknown side of Halfdan: his childhood, being one of many children, living with his family in a two-bedroomed apartment in Christianshavn, the early youth with unemployment, political involvement during the 1930s, his period at a “højskole” (a kind of boarding school), a bicycle ride to Spain, while the Civil War was raging, his encounter with other young aspiring poets at the Young Artists’ Club during the German occupation, and onward to the road of recognition and fame. Halfdansk Rapsodi is not a children’s performance, but rather a journey into the sometimes bleak background from which his grown-up poems grew out of, richly sprinkled with peculiar, fun, off centre and characteristic rhymes, that came to be his signature.




Iben Nagel Rasmussen is an actor, director, teacher and writer. She was born in 1945 in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was the first actor to join Odin Teatret after its arrival in Holstebro in 1966. In 1983 she founded, parallel with her work at Odin Teatret, the group Farfa with actors from various countries. Since 1989 she has led The Bridge of Winds, and since 1999 New Winds. Her professional experiences are presented in The Actor’s Way edited by Erik Exe Christoffersen and in the video documentary The Transparent Body edited by Claudio Coloberti. She has written three books: Brev til en veninde, Den blinde hest, Det fjerde dør.

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.


Behind the Curtain

Work demonstration Ana Woolf, Argentina

Actor: Ana Woolf Director: Julia Varley 

Duration: 55 min. - Performed in English


What is behind the curtains? The magic world of the- atre and presence; the real world of obstinate daily training, so as to be able to say “I’m here and now” on stage; the actress on her feet, wearing the shoes of her characters. This work demonstration is an invita- tion to follow the years of training necessary to ac- quire a craft, meeting the actress’s different faces. It tells about the encounter with the actress’s teachers, touching upon topics like discipline and emotions during preparation and at the moment of facing the spectators. Fragments of performances visualise the all-mysterious moment of passage from technique to stage fiction.



Ana Woolf is a teacher, actress and director, and co-founder of Magdalena 2a Generación, a Latin American Network of Women in Contemporary Arts. In 1999 Ana Woolf moved to Denmark to study with Julia Varley who directed her in two performances and a work demonstration. Ana lived in Europe for some years, also working as assistant director for Eugenio Barba. Ana returned to Argentina in 2011. She has developed a special training based on Asian techniques and Latin American rhythms, and leads workshops all around the world. As a director, she has worked with professional actors in different countries, and six of her productions are presently on tour. Ana has published articles in various theatre publications and has translated many of Odin Teatret’s books into Spanish. In 2021, Ana founded CATA, Centre of Theatre Anthropology in Argentina, an itinerant centre of the Fondazione Barba Varley. CATA’s activities for 2022 include the creation of a postgraduate degree in Theatre Anthropology.

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 organisation of ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology) and of the University of Eurasian Theatre, both directed by Eugenio Barba. Since its beginning in 1986 she has been active in The Magdalena Project. She has directed performances with Pumpenhaus Theater (Germany), Ana Woolf (Argentina), Hisako Miura (Japan), Lorenzo Gleijeses and Manolo Muoio (Italy), Gabriella Sacco (Italy), 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 Francesco 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.



Ave Maria

Odin Teatret, Denmark

Actor: Julia Varley Director: Eugenio Barba

Assistant director: Pierangelo Pompa - Text: Odin Teatret and quotes from Gonzalo Rojas and Pablo Neruda
Duration: 50 min. - Performed in English


Death feels lonely.

A ceremony for the Chilean actress María Cánepa.


Three hundred steps in few instants.

Stone skin on my head. The dead and the transparent flies - what are they? And what do I matter?

Maybe death doesn’t take everything away.


These verses by the Italian poet Antonio Verri sum up the performance. The British actress Julia Varley evokes her meeting and friendship with the Chilean actress María Cánepa. Death itself celebrates the creative fan- tasy and dedication of María, who was able to leave a trace after her departure.