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    TRAVELOG 2008


    - a selection of letters, news, reactions, thoughts (both ours and those of others), experiences from Holstebro and travels abroad

    16.12.2008

    Entrevista a Eugenio Barba
    El Clarin - publicado en Buenos Aires, Argentina


    "Defender la ética del oficio"
    Por: Juan José Santillán


    A los 72, el mítico fundador del Odin, grupo que marcó tendencia en el teatro mundial, pasó por Buenos Aires. Recibió un reconocimiento, el Honoris Causa que le entregaron en el Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte (IUNA), y aceptó esta entrevista exclusiva en la que repasa su vínculo con la escena argentina.

    Italiano de origen, Eugenio Barba ha desarrollado casi toda su carrera en Dinamarca, donde el director, de 72 años, fundó el Odin Teatret en 1964. El grupo tiene su sede en Holstebro, un pequeño pueblo danés a cinco horas en tren de Copenhague. Desde aquel lugar, mediante intercambios con artistas de Asia, Latinoamérica y Europa, sus integrantes han trazado una de las experiencias teatrales más intensas e influyentes del siglo XX. De hecho, su casa es un gran centro de documentación en artes escénicas, debido también a que fundó, en 1980, la Escuela Internacional de Antropología Teatral. Andariego, viaja por el mundo y se nutre de danzas kathakali de la India, la pantomima clásica europea o la ópera china.

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    05.12.2008

    Honorary Doctorate bestowed on Eugenio Barba by the National University of the Arts (IUNA) of Buenos Aires, Argentina


    In Praise of Fire by Eugenio Barba
    My speech is like smoke and my body is the burning. I begin with this sentence in order to prevent the title of my speech - "In praise of fire" - sounding like a defense for destruction. It is intended, instead, as a celebration of transformation, and thus of resistance. The initial image is the title of a play by Deb Margolin, an American actor and playwright, a pugnacious artist who often performs alone. Her body is her stage, and "burning" becomes synonymous with being-in-life.
    For centuries the spectators have seen the actors by the flickering light of candles and gas, in an atmosphere alive with sudden and volatile shadows, far removed from the docility of our domesticated electricity. Each of us has at least once experienced a performance that has
    scorched us, reducing to ashes our idea of theatre, the actor's art and our role as
    spectator.

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    05.12.2008

    Eugenio Barba tildeles æresdoktorgrad på IUNA - Instituto Universitario Nacional de Artes
    af Ulrik Skeel


    Odin Teatrets grundlægger, teaterinstruktøren Eugenio Barba, udnævnes til æresdoktor den 5. december på IUNA - Instituto Universitario Nacional de Artes i Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    Æresdoktorgraden på IUNA tildeles Eugenio Barba for "den dybtgående og omfattende betydning af hans bidrag til teaterpædagogik, teaterforskning og teaterproduktion i Argentina og resten af verdenen i anden halvdel af det 20. og det første årti af det 21. århundrede" (uddrag fra universitetets pressemeddelelse).

    Eugenio Barba har i forvejen doktorgraden Honoris Causa fra universiteterne i Aarhus, Montréal, Bologna, Ayacucho, Havana, Warsawa og Plymouth samt Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts.


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    10.11.2008

    Breve fra Mexico

    Iben Nagel-Rasmussen - Brev til Kasia Pastuszak, Teatr Remus, Polen


    Kæreste Kasia
    Sammen med Kai ankom jeg i går her til Cuernavaca som ligger halvanden times kørsel fra Mexico City. Eller Ciudad de Mexico som det selvfølgelig hedder. Vi blev modtaget i lufthavnen af Susana Frank, en gammel veninde, skuespiller, instruktør og leder af teatergruppen La Rueca. Nu har hun grundlagt en skole med en alternativ skuespilleruddannelse på dette fantastiske sted, hvor der fra arbejdssalen er udsigt over bjergene. Hun stod og ventede sammen med en hel delegation af kvinder.

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    Iben Nagel-Rasmussen - Brev til Erik Stinus i Danmark
    EL FARO DEL VIENTO


    Kæreste Erik
    Fra det skønne, grønne, stille og lune Tepoztlan i Bjergene, er vi nu kommet til denne ualmindeligt grimme, kolde, larmende milion-by. Vi har (Kai og jeg) et seminar i et kvarter med jordveje, lave cementbygninger, fattigfolk og hunde. Seminaet begyndte i forgårs, og i dag er Kai gået igang med træningen alene, mens jeg øver teksten til ITSI-BITSI, som er på programmet om et par dage (den spanske version).

    Vi arbejder i et lille kulturhus, som man har smækket op midt i alt det grå. Den sidste dag af seminaret skal være en byttehandel.

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    10.11.2008

    Besøg af dramaturgi-studerende fra Århus Universitet


    Den 6. - 8. november har vi haft besøg af en gruppe dramaturgistuderende fra Århus Universitet, ledet af Annelis Kuhlmann, lektor, cand.mag.et art.,ph.d., Afdeling for Dramaturgi, Århus Universitet. De har fulgt vores arbejde og set skuespillernes arbejdsdemonstrationer og forestillinger. Det fulde program kan læses her under aktiviteter i november 2008.

     

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    07.11.2008

    Theatre as Interference


    Eugenio Barba - Four months of experiments on the active culture of the theatre Theatre is usually considered an art. But the theatre is also a living milieu of incorporated know-how and a collection of complex experiences. These can come into contact and constitute a motive for exchange with other people and milieus not only through the performance.
    What is a theatre without a performance?

     

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    01.11.2008

    Encuentro Internacional de Teatro Ayacucho 2008


    Melina nació al cine en un teatro por Ismael León Arias


    El año 1987 nuestra hija Melina tenía nueve años, cursaba cuarto de primaria y actuaba en el grupo teatral que dirigía Novo Miyagui en la escuela San Felipe. Un día de noviembre el profesor llegó con un notición. Mario Delgado, director de Cuatrotablas, los invitaba a participar en el Encuentro Internacional Qosqo 87, que en quince días sería montado en Urubamba. Debían perfeccionar "Uchuraccay", pieza que venían exhibiendo en circuito escolar y que expondrían durante el taller de Eugenio Barba, director del célebre Odin Teatret, de Dinamarca.

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    26.10.2008

    Many wishing to help keep the ancient Gambuh tradition alive

    Julia Varley - Warm responses to "Letter from Bali" (see below 05.10.2008)
    I have received many warm responses to the letter which I sent to theatre groups and friends who are acquainted with the work which Cristina Wistari Formaggia developed with the Balinese Desa Batuan Gambuh Ensemble (see the letter below 05.10.2008). Some suggested they would like to help economically. We all have the wish that this ensemble and school can continue so as to preserve the ancient Gambuh tradition which risks disappearing.


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    15.10.2008

    Yuyachkani preparing for the visit of Odin Teatret

    The Peruvian group Yuyachkani is preparing to host Odin Teatret in Lima in the period 17 - 21 November 2008, before the big Encuentro in Ayacucho organized by Mario Delgado and his group Cuatrotablas in the period 23-30 November 2008.

     

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    14.10.2008

    Li Yuru, Chinese Opera Singer

    Eugenio Barba - Article from The Guardian
    Li Ruru, my friend teaching at Leeds University, has sent me the obituary of her mother the great Chinese opera performer Li Yuru ...

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    08.10.2008

    Teater som kulturambassadør

     

    Ulrik Skeel - Artikel om Odin
    Det meget turnerende, internationale Odin Teatret i Holstebro er efter fem ugers gæstespilsperiode rundt i Mexico i august og september måned netop vendt hjem for en kort bemærkning, inden årets turnéplaner sender teatret videre til teaterfestivalen Festival de Otoño i Madrid. Odin Teatret har efterhånden mere end 40 års erfaring som udenlandsrejsende kulturambassadør. Derfor er teatret med sit ensemble af medarbejdere fra mange lande ...

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    09.10.2008

    Jasonites Project.1

    Following the international workshop "The Jasonite Family" which was held in Holstebro, Denmark, in the framework of the 7th Holstebro Festuge (Festive Week) in June 2008, with the aim of integrating the participants in the itinerant performance THE MARRIAGE OF MEDEA, directed by Eugenio Barba some of the "The Jasonite Familiy" participants have continued their creative work. Their first project is to take off in Torino, Italy.

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    05.10.2008

    News about the Gambuh Desa Batuan Ensemble

    Julia Varley - Letter from Bali
    All of us who knew Cristina Wistari Formaggia were worried about what would happen with the Gambuh Desa Batuan Ensemble after her death. Cristina had dedicated herself completely to this Balinese village troupe of dancers and musicians in order to save the ancient Gambuh style of dance/drama from extinction. She took care of the artistic coherence, of finding the masters to teach the children, of guaranteeing the funds to pay for rehearsals and performances.On the 2nd of October 2008 I arrived to Bali with Eugenio Barba to visit the group and see if it was possible to help them continue their work in some way. I am writing this report on my way back to Europe the 5th of October to share the news ...

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