Dedicated to Malika Boussouf and Susan Sontag

The performance recounts without words a story which happened all over the world.

In northern Europe lived the hidden people of elves, trolls, fairies, gnomes and fantastic animals. Our grandparents were afraid yet fascinated by them. They tried to avoid them, but often bumped into them in the darkness of the night or the mists of the day. They talked to them in whispers, were inspired by their presence and behaviour, sometimes even letting themselves be seduced.

Then Progress arrived with the dazzling brightness of clarity.


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

Dramaturgy and directing
Eugenio Barba 

Duration: 60 min. (without a break)

First performed in May 1997, Holstebro, Denmark.


Countries & Places


2019: Denmark
2018: Chile
(San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta); Denmark (Holstebro)
2017: Denmark (Holstebro)
2016: Denmark (Holstebro); Norway (Oslo)
2015: Denmark (Holstebro; Idom, Copenhagen)
2014: China (Wuzhen); Denmark (Holstebro); Italy (Gallipoli); Poland (Wroclaw)
2013: Denmark (Holstebro); Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)
2012: Brazil (Porto Alegre); Denmark (Holstebro)
2010: Denmark (Holstebro, Ringkøbing); Romania (Sibiu)
2009: Denmark (Bøvlingbjerg, Gludsted, Holstebro, Hover, Idom, Kølkær, Vemb); Tunisia (Hammamet)
2008: Denmark (Holstebro); Turkey (Adana, Istanbul)
2007: Denmark (Holstebro); Montenegro (Podgoriza)
2006: Denmark (Holstebro)
2005: Italy
2004: Italy
2003: Denmark, Germany


International Festivals

Identidades Festival Internacional de Artes escénicas en el desierto de Atacama,Chile (2018)
Wuzhen International Theatre Festival
, China (2014)
Kakiseni Arts Festival, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2013)
7º. Festival Palco Giratório Sesc Porto Alegre, Brazil (2012)
SITF - Sibiu International Theatre Festival 17th edition, Romania (2010)
Kulturfestival Mørket, Mid and West Jutland, Denmark (2009)
45th International Festival of Hammamet, Tunisia (2009)
10th International Sabanci Adana Theater Festival, Turkey (2008)
FIAT - Festival of International Alternative Theatre, Podgorica, Montenegro (2007)
360° International Theatre Meeting, Bielefeld, Germany (2003)
Kulturfestival Vinden, Bøvlingbjerg, Ejsing, Holstebro, Nr. Felding, Sevel, Ørnhøj, Denmark (2003)


Materials for Organisers & Press

Technical Rider

Photo Gallery & Trailer

Photo Gallery 

These photos can be used for free only in connection with articles, press announcements or essays about Odin Teatret's activities on tour and in Holstebro.

The mention of the photographer and the source is obligatory. The photographer's name and other information can be found underneath each photograph.

For other uses, please contact Odin Teatret or the photographer for authorisation.

Ode to Progress

Trailer - Ode to Progress (2014)

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 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

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