(Vol. 5): Grotowski, Brook, Barba
(ed. Paul Allain)
BOOK PRESENTATION AT ODIN TEATRET
Tuesday 19 March 2019
This short talk by Adam J. Ledger (University of Birmingham, UK) and Annelis Kuhlmann (Aarhus University, Denmark) offers a reflection on their collaborative attempt to write about Eugenio Barba’s artistic practice as a director. Embracing Barba’s occasionally paradoxical approaches, the authors’ non-chronological, rhizomatic account foregrounds rehearsal and performance of The Tree (2016), which further provides a shape to capture the various ‘branches’ of his work since 1964. The writers introduce how they embraced the ‘tree’ as a distinctive model to deconstruct the performance-in-process, and to map a ‘living archive’ within a multicultural theatre laboratory tradition. Kuhlmann and Ledger reflect on their digression into trees in order to write in a radically spatial way, and the sheer practicality of two academics writing the same piece. Their collaboration of over two years resulted in a substantial book section on Barba in vol. 5 of Great European Stage Directors: Grotowski, Brook, Barba (ed. Paul Allain), part of a major series published by Bloomsbury Methuen. Please join us ‘under the tree’, where we would like to thank Odin Teatret for its support.