Inside the Skeleton of the Whale

Variations over Before the Law by Franz Kafka

Kafka's short story Before the Law tells of a man from the country who, out of subjection and obedience, does not dare to pass through the Door of the Law.

Into this theme the performance weaves metaphysical and nihilistic urges, subterranean plots and black apocryphal versions of the Holy Books. Despair disguises itself as hope, and spiritual extremism assumes an appearance of mocking scepticism. The public space of the theatre turns into a paradoxical space of shared solitude.

The title refers to a verse of the Gospel according to Matthew: Our evil and adulterous generation demands a sign. But no sign will be given to us, except for the sign of Jonas. 

Performing Next:

8-9 April 2019 in Holstebro, Denmark »

August 2019 in Holstebro, Denmark »



Luis Alonso, Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Jan Ferslev, Elena Floris, Donald Kitt, Tage Larsen, Carolina Pizarro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley, Frans Winther

Directed by
Eugenio Barba

Duration: 60 min.

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Countries & Places


2017: Denmark (Holstebro); Ecuador (Loja)
2016: Denmark (Holstebro, Nykøbing Mors); France (Paris); Norway (Oslo)
2015: Denmark (Farum, Holstebro)
2014: Denmark (Holstebro, Århus); Venezuela (Caracas)
2013: China (Wuzhen); Denmark (Holstebro); Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
2012: Denmark (Roskilde, Holstebro)
2011: Colombia
2010: Romania
2008: Mexico, Peru
2007: Denmark, Malta, Italy
2005: Croatia, Great Britain, Italy, Poland
2004: Hong Kong R.O.C., Italy

International Festivals

El Festival Internacional de Artes Vivas. Loja, Ecuador (2017)
VIII Festival de Teatro de Cali, Colombia (2011)
SITF - Sibiu International Theatre Festival 17th edition, Romania (2010)
Malta Arts Festival in Valletta, Malta (2007)
Zagreb World Theatre Festival, Croatia (2005)

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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.

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