Knots. Rules to be Unhappily Happy


11. June 2022




Odin Teatret
Særkærparken 144
7500 Holstebro

see map


Kr. 120 / 60

Itínera Teatro, Italy/Mexico

Actor: Julia Filippo - Director: Else Marie Laukvik
Duration: 55 min.

Performed in English/Spanish/French


According to the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations there are about one hundred million people in the world who live in the streets. Unhappiness is painfully necessary. But what is unhappiness? Can we be sure of somebody else’s happiness or unhappiness? The performance Knots - Rules to Be Happily Unhappy compares our lives with that of Nina, an Italian woman who spent half of her life on the streets. Nina’s story meets the memories of a cheerful childhood. Her torments are connected to her past through that which in psychology are called “knots”. The performance is the space of a memory, of a moment that has changed the direction of a life, transported on a new bed every night. It’s being free, alive and present in every dark corner of the city as a transparent ghost. Through the deep knowledge of herself and an insane irony Nina will reach the mediation among these two opposite feelings. She will reach a happily unhappy life.

About the performance, Else Marie Laukvik writes: “The road, the direction, or the crossing always follow default currents. Sometimes ‘knots’ can create deviations. The crossing in the creation of this performance was beautiful. The waves were strong but not too violent and this sea in which we plunged, presented us with many delicate surprises. Sometimes we were confused and happily unhappy, other times proud and unhappily happy.”

Julia Filippo, born in Italy, is an actress, musician and teacher. Passionate about languages and cultural exchange, Julia attended performance and directing workshops, studying the Lecoq method and different techniques of physical training, vocal training and dance. She has been actress in several productions of small and large formats in Italy and Europe, touring in Europe, Middle East, India, Central and South America, Malaysia, Japan and Singapore, with companies such as Hidden Theatre, Living Theater and Pontedera Teatro, among others. As a teacher, she develops her activities in communities, with children with disabilities, grandparents, prisoners, and professional artists in different regions of the world. In 2010 she founded her own company in association with artists from Colombia and Portugal. She is a lover of travel, languages and cultures.

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.

ITÍNERA THEATRE COMPANY is an independent organisation based on diversity. It was created in 2009 in Denmark, and in 2010 established its headquarters in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2013 it opened an office in Barcelona, Spain. Its first performance, metaMORPHEOsis was created in 2010 and 2011, directed by Else Marie Laukvik. In 2012 the company toured in South America. Meanwhile, Itínera also organised theatre workshops. In 2014, Itìnera worked on Knots - Rules to Be Happily Unhappy, directed by Else Marie Laukvik, and presented at Festival of Women for Peace in 2015 and Teatro Casa de Artistas in Bogotá, Colombia. A recent project is the construction of a theatre in Mazunte, Mexico, a self-sustaining eco-construction based on the technique developed by the Earthship Biotecture Academy (USA). A self sustainable project that articulates artistic and environmental practises requires a physical space that doesn’t disturb the natural resources and that allows these goals to take shape in the life of our community.

3 - 12 June 2022

An international theatre festival for women in contemporary theatre. This year’s festival theme is
The Splendour of the Ages
Theatre - Women - Courage

The Transit Festival has existed since 1995 and it is part of The Magdalena Project, an international network of women in theatre created to enable women to produce work that more profoundly reflects their own experience. The festival is directed by Julia Varley, actress of Odin Teatret.