PERFORMANCE

When, in 2003, my mother Ester was moved to a residential care home at the age of 85, already suffering from senile dementia, I decided to complete the performance which for some time had existed as an idea and a draft - a story of her life.

In a comfortable but unfamiliar room in a residential care home, mother and daughter sit and talk. With a stubbornness bordering on the tragicomic, the same words and terms are constantly repeated. The dialogue reawakens past experiences, unrealised dreams and plans for the future, which only exists in a world of fantasy.

Physical activity is minimal but a diary from the end of the Second World War, a photo album and private film clips from half a century ago reveal different layers of Ester's life. Music and songs from a distant youth accompany pictures and texts, bringing closer historical changes which shook and marked her generation.

The story of my mother is also a reflection on becoming old in present day Denmark, about loneliness and separation.

Nobody is born old. It has been my wish to give voice to some of the fragments of my mother's life which would otherwise have been buried with her.

I am Ester's Book.

Iben Nagel Rasmussen
Holstebro, 2005.

Performing Next

August 2019 in Holstebro, Denmark

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Actors
Iben Nagel Rasmussen and
Uta Motz (Danish version) / Elena Floris (English; Italian version)

Text and Idea: Iben Nagel Rasmussen
Musical arrangement: Uta Motz and Anna Stigsgaard
Technique: Jori Snell
Film: Halfdan Rasmussen and Jan Rüsz
Photo: Jan Rüsz and Morten Stricker
Film montage: Torgeir Wethal
Scenic Arrangement: Knud Erik Knudsen
Graphics: Rina Skeel
Scenic Advisor: Eugenio Barba

First performed in 2005.

Duracion: 50 min.

Countries & Places

2018
Denmark
(Holstebro)

2017: Denmark (Holstebro)
2016: Denmark
(Holstebro)
2015: Denmark (Holstebro)
2014: Denmark (Holstebro)
2013: Denmark (Holstebro)
2012: Denmark (Holstebro)
2011: Denmark (Holstebro); Poland (Bygoszcz)
2010: Denmark (Holstebro); Italy
2009: Denmark (Holstebro); Italy; Poland
2008: Cuba (Santa Clara); Denmark (Holstebro); Malta (Valletta)
2007: Denmark (Holstebro); Italy; Norway; Poland
2006: Denmark (Holstebro)
2005: Denmark (Holstebro)

 

International Festivals

Festiwal Teatralny Inne Sytuacj, Bygoszcz, Poland (2011)
Kulturfestival Mørket, Mid- and West Jutland, Denmark (2009)
Malta Summer Arts Festival, Valletta, Malta (2008)
Festival Magdalena Sin Fronteras II, Santa Clara, Cuba (2008)

Materials for Organisers & Press

Technical Rider

Photos

Press Photos

 

Programme

Contact, tours and prices ...

Odin Teatret's repetoire includes productions with the whole ensemble (11-14 actors), productions with fewer actors, solo performances and performances/work demonstrations. 

The repertoire includes indoor and outdoor performances, shows for an audience of 50 spectators to 400 spectators, shows for a stage or black box rooms, and for spectators sitting frontally or around the space. 

Odin Teatret tours can go from the simple presence of one actor for one day to a complex simultaneous programme of pedagogical, artistic, social and research activities. 

Prices are calculated in working days (workshops, lectures, film showings, performances) and vary from 1,200 Euro (+travel and lodging) for one actor, to 11,000 Euro (+travel, lodging and cargo transport) for the whole ensemble. These prices are adjusted in accordance to the length and span of a project. Prices for multicultural productions with Odin Teatret and Theatrum Mundi performers are established for each proposal.


For further information please contact

Odin Teatret: odin@odinteatret.dk  or 
Tour Manager Anne Savage: anne.savage@odinteatret.dk