DAY Programme 6 June


06. June 2022



Odin Teatret
Særkærparken 144
7500 Holstebro

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The Splendour of the Ages


Festival Opening with Julia Varley and Gilly Adams, Patricia Ariza, Viviana Bovino, Jill Greenhalgh, Ya-Ling Peng


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Mit stille hjem (MY Quiet House)


Holstebro Dansekompagni, Denmark

Excerpt dancers: Kateryna Kuznetsova, Yekatery- na Bysheva, Oleksandra Maksimchuk
Staging and choreography: David C. Price and Ma- rie Brolin-Tani
Duration: 10 min.


At Transit 10 Holstebro Dansekompagni will present an excerpt from Mit stille hjem, directed and choreographed by David C. Price and Marie Brolin-Tani.

Mit stille hjem pays homage to the Ukrainian woman through three personal stories danced by three Ukrainian dancers. Together with six other female dancers from Holstebro Dansekompagni and guest dan- cers, they present a historical and far too contemporary image of the condition of being at war. A story where powerlessness, struggle and love are at the centre, but also a performance where strength and community between women, both close by and global and across generations, gives hope for a brighter future.

In the night between 23 and 24 February, Russia goes to war with Ukraine. Millions of women and children flee their homeland, leaving families, partners, friends. The life they knew and who they were is a thing of the past. Three of these women are dancers Kateryna Kuznetsova, Yekateryna Bysheva and Oleksandra Maksimchuk. In response to the horrors of war and a desire to help, Holstebro Dansekompagni hired the three talented dancers and helped them out of Ukraine in March 2022. Together with Holstebro Dansekompagni and several other female dancers of several generations, they created the performance Mit stille hjem, based on the Ukrainian poem by Lina Kostenko.



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Marie Brolin-Tani (Sweden) is the Artistic Director of Holstebro Dansekompagni. She studied at Balettakademien in Stockholm, at the London School of Contemporary Dance and Centre de Danse du Marais, Paris. Marie worked as a dancer in Den Jyske Opera (1982-1984) and Aarhus Teater (1984-1987) and then she began her work as a choreographer. In 1992 she started MBT Danseteater in Aarhus, Denmark and this company became one of the leading dance companies in Denmark. Several of Marie’s choreographies has been nominated for the Danish prize Reumert. Marie is a member of the Scandinavian House in Budapest, Hungary.


HOLSTEBRO DANSEKOMPAGNI started out in 2013 with 6 handpicked professional European dancers, who were at the beginning of their career, but expanded in October 2014 to eight dancers, because it was needed for the performance Push and later 7even. In 2016, the company premiered Carmina Burrana with talented dancers from the Danish Talent Academy and from the Royal Ballet School in Holstebro, and a young woman in a wheelchair, who has the leading part of this performance. In 2021 Holstebro Dansekompagni changed name from Black Box Dance Company.

MIT STILLE HJEM cast and choreography: Kateryna Kuznetsova, Yekateryna Bysheva, Oleksandra Maksimchuk, Amalie Stitz, Nikoline Due, Caroline Rodrigues, Lene Bonde, Emilija Rudzite, Marie Brolin-Tani - Staging and choreography: David C. Price and Marie Brolin-Tani - Choreographic assistance: Paulina Šmatláková - New composition and sound design: Søren Vestergaard - Costume design: Åsa Gjerstad - Lighting design: Kim Glud - Dramaturgy: Rikke Frigast Hansen - Concept, idea and producer: David C. Price


The Deaf Man's House

Odin Teatret, Denmark

Actors: Else Marie Laukvik, Rina Skeel, Ulrik Skeel Director: Eugenio Barba

Text: Else Marie Laukvik, Eugenio Barba - Scenography: Else Marie Laukvik, Rina Skeel - Set design consultant: Jan de Neergaard - Assistant director: Rina Skeel
Duration: 60 min. - Performed in English


We are in Bordeaux, in the house of a deaf man, Francisco Goya. It is the last night of his life. His lover for more than thirty years, the lively Leocadia Zorilla, unleashes her imagination and her memories.

Francisco José de Goya (1746-1828) is considered the most important Spanish painter and engraver of the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. Goya’s life unfolded during the political upheavals in Europe at the end of the 18th century, in the Age of Reason and Romanticism, the Inquisition and the French Revolution. He lived in a world of eroticism, exile and physical mutilation due to the total deafness that struck him at the age of forty-six. During his long career, he was a committed commentator and chronicler of his era. He died in exile in Bordeaux, in France.

The Deaf Man’s House is a theatre performance- capriccio about the biography and works of the Spanish painter Francisco Goya. Themes from his biography and paintings are transformed by the art of the actor into a flow of physical decadence and creative vitality, greed for prestige, squandering of wealth, selfishness, inventiveness, passion and frivolity. It is Goya’s young lover who describes her life with the great artist. Her images, memories and comments conjure up the mystery of Art whose cruel truth walks mockingly over the dead.


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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.

Rina Skeel, Argentina/Denmark, begins her collaboration with Odin Teatret in 1986. At Odin Teatret she has worked as tour manager, photographer, light and sound technician, assistant to Eugenio Barba for performances, publications and translation, archive, exhibitions, producer for ISTA and Holstebro Festuge. She is editor for The Tradition of ISTA and works as designer for books, programmes and the annual journals The Open Page and Journal of Theatre Anthropology. Rina Skeel sings in different music groups and in various theatre performances.


Ulrik Skeel is a poet, actor and producer. He has been working at Odin Teatret since 1969, first as an actor and then in the administration. In 1985 he took responsibilities in the cultural life of Holstebro collaborating with different cultural and social institutions for permanent alliances, resulting in Holstebro Festuge. Since 2005, he has organised with Frans Winther Poesi på en torsdag, poetry evenings held once a month in Holstebro. Ulrik Skeel gives readings of his own poetry.


A Character That Cannot Die

Odin Teatret, Denmark

Actor: Julia Varley - Director: Eugenio Barba

Film: Claudio Coloberti
Duration: 60 min. - Performed in English

A biography of Mr Peanut

Dedicated to Marco Donati, Mette Jensen and Velda Noli

Death presents Mr Peanut, the character that for fifty years has participated in many of Odin Teatret’s performances. Mr Peanut reveals her/his secret: s/he cannot die, only change form. S/he enacts a flow of mutations through dances, poems, photos and films evoking meetings, travels, adventures and landscapes of a long life. A Character that Cannot Die imagines and materialises births, adventures, deaths and resurrections of Mr Peanut, the character with a skull head, who has participated for over fifty years in Odin Teatret’s performances, often as a protagonist. The performance is a love declaration by the actress to the character she has given life to. In noisy streets and silent rooms Julia Varley reveals to us Mr Peanut’s many grotesque, tragic, but also lively incarnations during his journey on this planet. Theatre scenes, dances and film extracts alternate to evoke events from the past and imagine a future reality that awaits us. The essence of this reality is a dance of opposites in which pain and absence include tenderness, poetry and regeneration. In the film, video and photos from Odin Teatret Archives by: Tommy Bay, Fiora Bemporad, Claudio Coloberti, Exe Christoffersen, Chiara Crupi, Tony D’Urso, John Dinesen, Francesco Galli, Edgar House, Torben Huss, Else Marie Laukvik, Egidio Luisi, Jan Rüsz, Rina Skeel, Peter Sykes, Torgeir Wethal



Julia Varley 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 Univer- sity of Eurasian Theatre, both directed by Eugenio Barba. Since its beginning in 1986 she has been active in The Magdalena Pro- ject. She has directed performances with Pumpenhaus Theater (Germany), Ana Woolf (Argentina), Hisako Miura (Japan), Lorenzo Gleijeses and Manolo Muoio (Italy), Gabriella Sacco (Italy), Caro- lina 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.


Liberate Rame

Filomena Campus, Italy/UK

Performer and director: Filomena Campus

Soundtracks: Steve Lodder
Duration: 50 minutes - Performed in English and Italian

a performance/presentation about Franca Rame

In 2021 Filomena Campus devised a jazz-theatre duo project, To Be Franca, with pianist and composer Ste- ve Lodder, in collaboration with Fondazione Fo Rame. This project is part of her ongoing PhD at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, which investigates how the work and legacy of Italian perfor- mance-maker, author, political activist, and archivist Franca Rame (1926-2013) contribute to create contem- porary feminist performance-making practice.

Filomena Campus’s solo performance/presenta- tion, created for Transit Festival, fuses adaptations of scenes from To be Franca, intertwined with elements of her research inspired by Italian feminist theorist Adri- ana Cavarero. Vocal improvisations, arrangements of Fo/Rame’s songs and new compositions by Lodder and Campus, are interspersed with extracts from Rame’s texts, interviews, and a letter she wrote few months be- fore her death, which represents her surreal dialogue with a star fallen from the sky. This presentation aims at providing new insights into this multifaceted talent- ed artist, celebrating and acknowledging Franca Rame on her own right, as well as for the work she created together with her partner, the Nobel Prize-winning the- atre practitioner Dario Fo.

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Filomena Campus is an internationally renowned jazz vocalist, whose diverse influences range from modern literature, theatre and art to the culture of her native Sardinia. In 2010 she founded the Filomena Campus Quartet with whom she has released the CD Jester of Jazz and performs regularly at London jazz venues such at the PizzaEx- press Jazz Club, Ronnie Scott’s and the Vortex. Filomena is actively involved in the world of theatre as the Artistic Director of Theatralia, an international collective of performers and artists whose works combine literature, physical theatre, performance art, digital art with live music. Since 2003 Filomena has been working as visiting univer- sity lecturer at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Filomena is currently working on a production about Franca Rame.


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