It is the Carnival of a foreign country, distant yet close.

The actors in this Carnival are the emissaries of a hidden people, stately, funny, grotesque, sometimes sarcastic, sometimes sorrowful. We host them in our streets and squares, in the theatres and the institutions that make us civilised.

This Carnival doesn't pretend to believe in civilization. It makes us laugh. But it is a type of laughter that confines with tears and evokes tears when least expected. The Carnival shows human and animal masks, marionettes and skulls, skeletons and rag dolls. It starts with a procession and alternates scenes with music and dances, figures like the actors of past times entering a village. They exhibit a tame bear, Harlequin, the Queen of Saba, a man-woman and Our Lady of Death who steals children just as children catch butterflies and happily torment them. There is also an old monk, solitary, haughty, sad as an inquisitor and vulgar as a corrupt saint.

"Human beings are not like this!" thinks the Hunter, who runs into this Carnival during one of his safaris.


To compose this Ode, Odin Teatret has deformed some precious scenes from its past repertoire. In other words: the actors have loved and respected it until blasphemy. Carnival.

Performing Next

19-21 March 2010 in Holstebro, Denmark »

August 2019 in Holstebro, Denmark 



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

Dramaturgy and directing
Eugenio Barba 

First performed in May 1997, Holstebro, Denmark.

Duration: 60 min. (without a break)


Countries & Places

(San Pedro de Atacama, Antofagasta)

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

Materials for Organisers & Press

Technical Rider


Press Photos



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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