Poetry on a Thursday is a regular evening event in Holstebro which gives people the opportunity of meeting contemporary Danish poets. These evenings, at which the invited poet reads his or her own poems, happen three times in the spring - February, March and April - and three times in the autumn - September, October and November - on the first Thursday of the month in question.
This event involves other activities such as musical interludes by Odin Teatret's House Orchestra as well as other musicians and orchestras, the reading of the winning poem from the Poem of the Month competition, readings from The Rubâijât by Omar Khajjâm in Farsi and other languages, the reading of a favourite poem by a well-known Holstebro personality, an essay about the poet of the evening, the sale of books of poetry and, last but not least, the serving of the Wine of the Month to the audience.
Poetry on a Thursday usually takes place at the newly restored at Knudsen's theatre on Holstebro's central pedestrian precinct. It is organised by Odin Teatret in collaboration with Holstebro Gymnasium and HF (High School), Holstebro Bibliotek (library), Holstebro Musikteatret, Arnold Busck bookshop, Holstebro Education Centre and Holstebro Kunstmuseum (Museum of Art). It enjoys the support of the Municipality of Holstebro and the Danish Arts Council and Literature Centre.
A glass of wine is included in the ticket price.
ODIN TEATRETS HUSORKESTER - (Odin Teatret's House Orchestra)
Odin Teatrets Husorkester is a musical ensemble made up of actors and other members of Odin Teatret's staff, whose repertoire of folk and rock music gives special emphasis to Danish, Brazilian and Argentinean music. Odin Teatret's Husorkester presents concerts of variable duration, from one song to a complete programme of one hour, in the different places where it is invited. The programme is at times accompanied by tango dancing for a "Tango Evening", and by poetry reading by Ulrik Skeel for evenings especially intended for Danish audiences. Odin Teatret's Husorkester is a permanent fixture at the Poetry on a Thursday evenings in Holstebro.
Odin Teatret's Husorkester musicians:
Jan Ferslev, guitar, vocals
Elena Floris, violin
Pelle Henningsen, bass guitar
Rina Skeel, vocals
Frans Winther, violin, viola
Odin Teatrets Husorkester can perform with 2-3 musicians or with the full ensemble according to the situation. It also often collaborates with other musicians and musical ensembles.