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Ode to Progress


(1997)

Ode to Progress

 

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.

 

Actors: Luis AlonsoKai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Jan Ferslev, Elena Floris, Donald Kitt, Carolina Pizarro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley

 

Scenic space and costumes: Odin Teatret

 

Dramaturgy and directing: Eugenio Barba

 

First performance: Holstebro, May 1997

 

 

Above text in other languages


Dansk:
ODE TIL FREMSKRIDTET

ItalianoODE AL PROGRESSO

 

 

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Dansk: Holstebro Dagblad. 03.02.1990 af Frede Stengaard

 

 

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2016: Denmark (Holstebro); Norway (Oslo)

2015: Denmark (Holstebro; Idom); Norway (Oslo)

2014: China (Wuzhen); Denmark (Holstebro); Italy (Gallipoli); Poland (Wroclaw)

2013: Denmark (Holstebro); Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur)

2012: Brazil (Porto Alegre); Denmark (Holstebro)

2010: Romania

2009: Denmark, Tunisia

2008: Turkey

2007: Montenegro

2005: Italy

2004: Italy

2003: Denmark, Germany

 

 

International Festivals

 

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 in Podgorica, Montenegro (2007)

360° International Theatre Meeting in Bielefeld, Germany (2003)

Kulturfestival Vinden in Bøvlingbjerg, Ejsing, Holstebro, Nr. Felding, Sevel, Ørnhøj, Denmark (2003)

 

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