Odin Teatret's founder and long-time leader once again brings an international recognition to Denmark
Along with nine other performing artists, theatre leader and director, researcher, educator and author Eugenio Barba received the newly created Ivo Chiesa - A Life for Theatre International Award at an online ceremony on December 22nd at the Teatro Nazionale of Genova in Italy.
Eugenio Barba received the award in the category of Theatre Education, adding a new entry to the considerable collection of international awards and distinctions that Barba already has collected on his CV.
The award nomination stated: "… internationally recognised for his research in theatre art and theatre anthropology, he is one of the performing artists who has left his mark on the history of theatre in the second half of the 20th century."
The prize is named after one of the most important theatre reformers of 20th century Italian theatre, Ivo Chiesa, and was created on occasion of the 100th anniversary of his birth.
After theatre studies at Jerzy Grotowski's theatre laboratory in Wroclaw, Poland, Eugenio Barba founded Odin Teatret in Oslo in 1964. Invited by the city council, in 1966 Odin Teatret moved to Holstebro, where it has been ever since. On the 1st of January 2021, Eugenio Barba resigns after 56 years as Odin Teatret’s general director but continues to work directing its performances.
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