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The 40 members of the Odin Teatret came from eleven countries and four continents. In The Chronic Life by Odin Teatret, thus, each actor uses all different languages. Even though various languages are used, the performance has no subtitles for the audiences. Instead, it aims to show the sincerity of the work by awakening senses of the audiences. The audiences follow the performance towards the end to encounter all the unexpected incidents.Synopsis
In 2031, after the Third World War, people from different backgrounds who have lost their job and faced an economic crisis gather together in a city of Europe. A boy from Latin America is looking for his father who suddenly disappeared. The boy overlooks the well-known truth that our world and history are comparable to an incurable, chronic disease. Telling the boy to stop looking for his father, people advise him not to have ‘hope’, which is the greatest despair, paradoxically.
theater which was published in all over the world, such as Italy, France, the US and Denmark.
In 1964, Barba gathered the young people who had not been able to enter the National Theater School and founded the Odin Teatret. Afterward, Barba produced about 77 works for almost 50 years, with the multi-cultural group Theatrum Mundi Ensemble.
In 1979, Barba established the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA) and pioneered a new filed of theatrical studies which is called, ‘theatre anthropology.’ Since then, he has served as an adviser for major periodicals specializing in the theater.
His representative publications include The Paper Canoe, Theatre: Solitude, Craft, Revolt and The Secret Art of the Performer (written in English in collaboration with Nicola Savarese). In 1980, he won the Danish Academy Award.
He has also been awarded honorary doctorates from universities in Denmark, Peru and Italy.
Dramaturgy and Directing by ｜ Eugenio Barba
Text ｜ Ursula Andkjær Olsen, Odin Teatret
Dramaturg ｜ Thomas Bredsdorff
Literary Advisor ｜ Nando Taviani
Light Design and Advisor ｜ Jesper Kongshaug, Odin Teatret
Scenic Design and Advisor ｜Jan de Neergaard, Antonella Diana, Odin Teatret
Music ｜ Odin Teatret, traditional and modern melodies
Costumes ｜ Odin Teatret, Jan de Neergaard
Technical Director ｜ Fausto Pro
Assistant Director ｜ Raúl Iaiza, Pierangelo Pompa, Ana Woolf
Cast ｜ Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Jan Ferslev, Elena Floris, Donald Kitt, Tage Larsen, Carolina Pizarro, Fausto Pro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley
Odin Teatret was founded in 1964 with young performers who had not enter the National Theater School. As it moved from Oslo, Norway to Holstebro, Denmark in 1966, it was renamed as Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium-Odin Teatret. The Company is currently composed of about 40 members from 11 countries and four continents. In addition to producing performances, they actively expand their activities: networking for theater companies, hosting theater companies and ensembles, organization of the Odin Week Festival and publication.