Dedicated to Inger Landsted

The tree of History grows vigorously and dead. Around it, child-soldiers and praying monks dance together with warlords, a wrathful mother, and the daughter of a poet who, as a child, dreamed of flying away with her father.

Two story-tellers introduce and comment upon characters and events: in the Syrian desert two Yazidi monks plant a pear tree to call back the birds that have disappeared; in Nigeria a mother rests under the shadow of the tree of forgetfulness holding in her arms the head of her daughter hidden in a gourd; a European warlord explains the necessity for ethnic cleansing to an African warlord who performs a human sacrifice to make his army of child soldiers invulnerable before leading them into battle; a girl plays with her dolls around the tree her father planted when she was born, wondering how birds see the earth from the air.

The tree of History finally bends under the weight of fruit and offers a home to the birds that are flying over the heads of the spectators. But what kind of birds are they? 


Performing Next: 

25-27 October 2019 in Wuzhen, China »




Actors: Luis Alonso, Parvathy Baul, I Wayan Bawa, Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Elena Floris, Donald Kitt, Carolina Pizarro, Fausto Pro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley.



Scenic space: Luca Ruzza, Odin Teatret
Lighting designer: Lucca Ruzza, OpenLab Company
Lighting adviser: Jesper Kongshaug
Tree conception and realisation: Giovanna Amoroso and Istvan Zimmermann, Plastikart
Software programming: Massimo Zomparelli
Costumes and props: Odin Teatret
Barbara Kaczmarek
Musical director: Elena Floris
Technical director:
Fausto Pro
Niels Kristian Brinth, Fabio Butera, Samir Muhamad, I Gusti Made Lod
Dolls' heads: Signe Herlevsen
Photos: Rina Skeel
Dramaturg: Thomas Bredsdorff
Literary adviser: Nando Taviani
Text: Odin Teatret
Director's assistants: Elena Floris, Julia Varley
Director: Eugenio Barba 

First performed on 19 September 2016, Holstebro, Denmark.

Duration: 80 min. (without a break)

Languages used during the performance: 
Danish, Italien, English, Bengali and Balinese (without subtitles).

The performance is not suitable for children under the age of 12. 

Produced by Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (Holstebro, Denmark), The Grotowski Institute and Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016 (Wroclaw, Poland), National Theatre (Budapest, Hungary). With the support of Holstebro Kommune, Statens Kunstfond – Projektstøtteudvalget for Scenekunst. 


The Tree - supported by:


Articles & Reviews







Countries & Places


Denmark (Holstebro, Hjørring, Odense)
Italy (Rome)

2018: Denmark (Holstebro); France (Paris); Italy (Albino); Romania (Sibiu); Spain (Madrid)
2017: China (Ji'nan), Denmark (Holstebro, Valby/Storkøbenhavn, Aarhus), Iran (Tehran), Italy (Lecce)
2016: Denmark (Holstebro, Ringkøbing), Hungary (Budapest), Poland (Wroclaw) 

International Festivals

MITEM - Madách International Theatre Meeting, Budapest, Hungary (2019)
FITS - Festivalul International de Teatru de la Sibiu, Romania (2018)
The First Shandong International Small Theatre Drama Show, Ji'nan, China (2017)
Theatre Olympics - The World as a Place of Truth, Wroclaw, Poland (2016)

Materials for Organisers & Press

Technical Rider

Programme (in pdf-format)

Poster Design: Barbara Kaczmarek

Photo Gallery & Press Photos

Trailer - THE TREE



Photo Gallery & Trailer 

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.

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The Tree

Trailer - The Tree

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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