White is the Night


10. June 2022




Odin Teatret
Særkærparken 144
7500 Holstebro

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Kr. 120 / 60

Actor: Ana Woolf

Dramaturgy and director: Julia Varley
Lighting Design: Fausto Pro - Text: Ana Woolf, extracts from a story by Clarisse Lispector and poems by Alda Merini and Hilda Hilst - Music: Heitor Villa Lobos, Marianne Suner, Éléonore Bovon - Technical assistance: Giorgio Zamboni

Duration: 60 min. - Performed in English


I am in the dark, until the moon shines
and the night is white."

 “I cannot speak. I don’t find the words. They say that the problem is in the amygdala, that the amygdala are closed from fear. But I don’t know. My body is hurting me; my soul is hurting me. It is as if the water inside an immense globe pushes the walls, threatens to explode but never does. So I stay here, immobile, silent, deafened; suffocated by the saliva of my own words, which do not dare to leave my mouth. Stunned by the noise of my own silence. They say I have little birds in my mind.”

When something hurts so much we cannot speak about it, we desperately search for an escape. To set the ‘birds’ captured in our heads free, some people write poems, others attempt suicide, and others, create theatre performances.

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 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.

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.

See also: transitforum.dk