WHY OTA IS A “LIVING” ARCHIVE:
OTA, developed in 2008, is an autonomous organism within the Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium, run at first by a team of experts in archival, historical and theatrical sciences. This team of collaborators comes from a wide variety of different countries and includes both young scholars and established experts within the field of artistic and theatre studies.
The collaborators and experts gather in meetings to discuss the multi-faceted character of theatre memory, its metamorphosis – its life, its underground permanence, and the different ways to transmit this for the future. Through this research, theatre memory reveals itself as a privileged field for the study of taste and emotions as well as the cultural and political unrest of an era. Thus, theatre is perceived not simply as an activity that produces performances but, also as a space for relationships where ideas can be disseminated.
Odin Teatret Archives are the historical archives of Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium - Odin Teatret and of International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA). The mission of the Archives is to preserve material about Odin Teatret’s history and Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium’s activities as well as to support and disseminate pure and applied research in the fields of Theatre Laboratory, acting theories and Third Theatre. The Archives attract visitors, students and scholars from all over the world because they store 56 years of history of a group that has changed the way of thinking about theatre. Anthropological, historical and sociological studies increasingly consider theatre as a possible access to areas of research on the human that are difficult to disclose. Some fragments of archive material are available and can be downloaded on the website odinteatretarchives.com
The catalogues are an essential guide to consult the documents, photographs and audio-visual material available at the Archives. The Archives’ inventories were written by Mirella Schino and published in Italian and English:
- Il libro degli inventari. Odin Teatret Archives, Roma, Bulzoni, 2015.
- The Odin Teatret Archives, London-New York, Routledge, 2018.