The Laboratory Spirit will explore the Odin Teatret ensemble laboratory experience that was developed over the last 55 years, through a three-day laboratory with master classes, training sessions, talks, performances, work demonstrations, research presentations, film screenings, and barters and exchanges in different locations in Lebanon. The laboratory will be open to the public and to practitioners from Lebanon and the Arab region.
The Laboratory Spirit intersects with parts of the Odin Week Festival programme. It lasts 3 days and offers the opportunity of a full immersion in Odin Teatret's diverse fields as a laboratory. The actors and Eugenio Barba lead the practical sessions of "The Odin Tradition" which is composed of different artistic visions, personal techniques and shared values.
Each actor gives the participants an insight into their individual training and creative approach to a performance - their actor's dramaturgy. The meetings with Eugenio Barba are a time of dialogue concerning directing, group dynamics, pedagogical research, survival strategy, intercultural performance, management and the working process of the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA).
The Laboratory Spirit programme provides an opportunity to get to know how a theatre group developed into a laboratory through the actors' individual training and performances, the specific planning of tours, the building of artistic alliances and an international network of collaboration, the strengthening of permanent bonds with the local community, the building up of a living archive making available the vast amount of documents and audio-visual material about Odin Teatret's history as well as many theatre personalities and groups from the theatre of the last fifty years.