Dedicated to Anna Politkovskaya and Natalia Estemirova.
Russian writers and human rights activists, murdered by anonymous thugs in 2006 and 2009 for their opposition to the Chechnyan conflict.


CHARACTERS: A Black Madonna, the widow of a Basque officer, a Chechnyan refugee, a Rumanian housewife, a Danish lawyer, a rock musician from the Faroe Islands, a Colombian boy searching for his father disappeared in Europe, an Italian street violinist, two mercenaries.

The Chronic Life takes place in various European countries in 2031, after the Third Civil War. Groups and individuals converge, challenging each other over their diverging dreams, disappointments and hopes. A boy from Latin America arrives, seeking his father, who has inexplicably disappeared. "Stop searching for your father" people tell him while escorting him from door to door.

The boy is not saved by knowledge or innocence. Rather, a newfound ignorance leads him to his door. All this takes place to the bewilderment of all of us, who no longer believe the unbelievable: that a single victim's life is beyond value, is worth more than God.



Actors: Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Jan Ferslev, Elena Floris, Donald Kitt, Tage Larsen, Carolina Pizarro, Fausto Pro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley

Text: Ursula Andkjær Olsen and Odin Teatret
Dramaturg: Thomas Bredsdorff
Literary advisor: Nando Taviani
Light design: Odin Teatret
Light advisor: Jesper Kongshaug
Scenic space: Odin Teatret
Scenic space advisors: Jan de Neergaard, Antonella Diana
Music: Odin Teatret, traditional and modern melodies
Costumes: Odin Teatret, Jan de Neergaard


Technical director: Fausto Pro
Assistant directors: Raúl Iaiza, Pierangelo Pompa, Ana Woolf
Dramaturgy and directing: Eugenio Barba

First performed on 12 September 2011 in Holstebro, Denmark.

Duration: 70 min.  (without a break)

Languages used in the performance: Danish, Spanish, English, Romanian, Chechen and Basque

The performance is not suitable for children younger than 12 years of age.


Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (Holstebro), Teatro de La Abadí­a (Madrid), The Grotowski Institute (Wroclaw)

Places & Countries



2019: Denmark (Holstebro); Hong Kong; Korea (Seoul); Hungary (Budapest)
2018: Denmark
2017: Czech Republic (Brno); Denmark (Holstebro)
2016: Cuba (Havana); Denmark (Holstebro); Italy (Albino); Romania (Sibiu)
2015: Colombia (Bogotá); Denmark (Holstebro); Hungary (Budapest); Norway (Oslo)
2014: China (Shanghai); Denmark (Holstebro, Århus); Great Britain (London); Italy (Gallipoli, Milano)
2013: Brazil (São Paulo); Denmark (Holstebro); Germany (Freiburg); Italy (Rome); Uruguay (Montevideo)
2012: Denmark (Copenhagen, Herning, Holstebro, Ringkøbing, Viborg); France (Paris); Malta (St. Julian's); Norway (Porsgrunn); Poland (Wroclaw); Romania (Cluj-Napoca); Spain (Madrid)
2011: Denmark (Holstebro); Italy (Lecce, Prato, Pontedera); Poland (Szczecin, Wroclaw)

International Festivals

World Cultures Festival, Hong Kong (2019)
Seoul Performing Arts Festival
- Madách International Theatre Meeting, Budapest, Hungary (2019)
Festival Divadelní Svèt Brno, Czech Republic (2017)
FITS - Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Romania (2016)
MITEM - Madách International Theatre Meeting, Budapest, Hungary (2015)
FIDAE - Festival Internacionales de Artes Escénicas, Montevideo, Uruguay (2013)
Malta Arts Festival (2012)
PIT - Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival, Porsgrunn, Norway (2012)
Festival de Otoño en primavera, Madrid, Spain (2012)
Festival Teatro Era, Pontedera, Italy (2011)
14th Theatre Meetings OKNO, Szczecin, Poland (2011)
Contemporanea Festival, Prato, Italy (2011)

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The Chronic Life

Trailer - The Chronic Life (2011)

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. 

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