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    THE CHRONIC LIFE


    Thursday, June 13, 2013 - Saturday, June 15, 2013

    The Odin Teatret ensemble performance:

     

    THE CHRONIC LIFE

     

    Thursday 13, Friday 14 and Saturday 15 June 2013 - at 8.00 p.m.

    The Radisson Hotel - Ballroom, St Julian's
    Triq L.V. Farrugia, St. George's Bay, St. Julian's, STJ3391

    E-Werk Freiburg e.V., Eschholzstraße 77, 79106 Freiburg, Germany

     

     

    THE CHRONIC LIFE

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

     

    CHARACTERS: a Black Madonna, the widow of a Basque fighter, a Chechen 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 action of the performance takes places simultaneously in different countries of Europe in 2031, after the third civil war.

     

    Individuals and groups with different backgrounds come together and challenge each other driven by uprooting, war, unemployment and financial crises. What happens when newcomers want to implant themselves on foreign soil and be part of a society that thinks it has solid cultural roots? What misunderstandings and discoveries arise from this confrontation? How do people live in a country at war in which soldiers become visible only when they return from afar in coffins?

     

    A boy arrives from Latin America to the feverish carnival of the civilised regions of Europe. He is searching for his father who has inexplicably disappeared. Little more than a child, he ignores what everybody knows: that life is a chronic disease from which our planet with its history is unable to free itself. Everybody knows that a thousand doors lead to freedom, and everybody nourishes this knowledge by eating without hunger and drinking without thirst. Everybody knows that they have a great past, and from this greatness each cuts out his own shred of honour and identity.

     

    They answer the foreign boy's questions, teaching him to avoid that worst of all vices - Hope. "Stop searching for your father" they whisper, while escorting him from one door to another among the wreckage of fables that they call their history.

     

    It is neither knowledge nor innocence that saves the boy. A new ignorance helps him to discover his door. Amid the bewilderment of all of us who no longer believe in the unbelievable: that just one victim is worth more than any value. More than God.

     

     

    Duration: approx. 65 min.

     

    ACTORS: Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Jan Ferslev, Elena Floris, Donald Kitt, Tage Larsen, Sofia Monsalve, Fausto Pro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley.

     

    TEXT: Ursula Andkjær Olsen and Odin Teatret  DRAMATURG: Thomas Bredsdorff  LITERARY ADVISOR: Nando Taviani  LIGHTING CONCEPT: Luca Ruzza, Knud Erik Knudsen, Odin Teatret  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




    Production:

    Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (Holstebro), Teatro de La Abadía (Madrid), 

    The Grotowski Institute (Wroclaw).



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    PRESS REVIEW

    > Badische Zeitung, Samstag 15 juni 2013 (Germany)

     

     

    The performance is presented within the framework of the EU-project:


    "CARAVAN - Artists on the Road"

    Read more about the project here >>

     

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    and more information on E-Werk >>

     

     

     

    Organiser and contact:

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    www.pakt-ev.de

     

     

     

     




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