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    Talking Tables

    Thursday, October 01, 2015 - Saturday, October 31, 2015



    - a journey in mask, puppetry and storytelling


    A 1 month workshop led by Deborah Hunt (Maskhunt Motions, Puerto Rico) and

    Tage Larsen (Odin Teatret)


    1 October - 1 November 2015 (arrival-departure)

    Odin Teatret, Særkærparken 144, 7500 Holstebro, Denmark


    ** See also programme of public performances at Odin Teatret in the same periode - below »


    The workshop is an intensive training and building experience with face masks and small format table top puppetry.


    In this workshop each participant will:


    Create a mask character that is the "owner" or guide to a small miniature world. This character will be able to perform individually and or as part of the overall chorus or group that the participants form together


    Create a 5-7 minute miniature puppet scene, using as a point of departure an object (a miniature wooden table).


    Each participant will receive this identical object and over the period of the workshop will create the miniature puppets and ambience/environment/scenery inspired by the object using simple and/or recycled materials. At the end of the workshop, there will be public performances, one of which at the Castle of Nørre Vosborg as part of an event the 31 October directed by Ingrid Hvass, a local storyteller. Each participant will be encouraged to consider stories of her/his own devising or stories from neighbourhoods, towns, or countries they come from.


    There will be for physical and vocal training led by both Deborah Hunt and Tage Larsen, and sessions for construction for construction led by Deborah Hunt. During the workshop there will be an exchange of one week with Danish storytellers who will participate in the final performance at Nørre Vosborg.


    For 14 participants


    The workshop lasts for one month: arrival 1 October 2015, departure 1 November 2015. A more detailed schedule of the work will be sent to the participants who apply with information about clothing. Working space at the local Centre for Art and Design will be used for the workshop, with exchange with the students.


    Language: The workshop will be conducted in English.



    DEBORAH HUNT is a mask maker, mask and object theatre performance artist, with over 40 years' experience in the creation and presentation of original theatre works. Creator of miniatures and giants. Pedagogue of puppetry and mask performance. Born in New Zealand, residing in Puerto Rico since 1990. She is co-founder and artistic director of Toporojo, a theatre company which worked in New Mexico from 1985 to 1988 and a member of the well-known research theatre group Red Mole Enterprises in New Zealand from 1976 to 1984. Then Deborah founded Maskhunt Motions, a nomadic laboratory for experimental object theatre work and persistent exponent of theatre of the futile. She is a member of The Magdalena Project, and member of the North American Commission of UNIMA. She has published Mas caras con mascaras, a manual for the construction of masks (also available in English as Masks, and Masked Faces) and Titeres, titererias y Gogmagog, a manual for puppet construction.


    TAGE LARSEN started at Odin Teatret in 1971 as a 'helping hand' and soon was accepted as an actor. He remained with Odin Teatret until 1987 when he started his own group, Yorick Teatret. In the ten years away from Odin Teatret, Tage also taught at the Nordisk Teater Skole in Århus and worked as a freelance actor with Teater La Balance and Cantabile 2. In 1997 he returned to Odin Teatret to be part of the performance Mythos. Tage Larsen worked in the following performances at Odin Teatret: My Father's House, The Book of Dances, Come! And the Day Will Be Ours, Anabasis, The Million, Ashes of Brecht, The Gospel according to Oxyrhincus, Mythos, Ode to Progress, Whispering Winds, Great Cities under the Moon, Andersen's Dream, Inside the Skeleton of the Whale, Don Giovanni all'inferno, The Marriage of Medea, The Chronic Life. He still acts and directs performances outside Odin Teatret and gives workshops for actors all over the world. He regularly creates and directs the main local performance during Holstebro Festuge (Festive Week) and has directed Madame Bovary with Anna Lica (Denmark); The Starry Messenger with Donald Kitt (Canada); Lady Swettenham with Sabera Shaik of Masakini Theatre Company (Malaysia); Sancho Panza e Non Chisciotte with Mario Barzaghi of Teatro Dell'Albero, Italy.





    Odin Teatret ensemble will be in Holstebro in the same period, which will give the participants the possibility of seeing a selection of Odin Teatret performances and work demonstrations. The participants will also have the possibility of attending meetings with Eugenio Barba.




    01.10  THE BARBEQUE, performative show with Deborah Hunt, as a welcome gift to all participants

    02.10 THE GREAT CITIES UNDER THE MOON, performance with the Odin Teatret


    03.10 THE DEAD BROTHER, work demonstration with Julia Varley

    07.10 MY STAGE CHILDREN, work demonstration with Else Marie Laukvik

    09.10 ODE TO PROGRESS, performance with the Odin Teatret Ensemble

    10.10 THE CASTLE OF HOLSTEBRO, performance with Julia Varley

    11.10 DOÑA MUSICA'S BUTTERFLIES, performance with Julia Varley

    12.10 MEMORIA, performance with Else Marie Laukvik and Frans Winther

    13.10 THE ECHO OF SILENCE, work demonstration with Julia Varley

    14.10 INSIDE THE SKELETON OF THE WHALE, performance with the Odin Teatret


    15.10 INSIDE THE SKELETON OF THE WHALE, performance with the Odin Teatret


    16.10 INSIDE THE SKELETON OF THE WHALE, performance with the Odin Teatret


    17.10 guest performance at Odin Teatret

    18.10 AVE MARIA, performance with Julia Varley

    19.10 AVE MARIA, performance with Julia Varley


    ... more information will follow.


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    must reach Odin Teatret by 14 September 2015

    A selection of participants will be made by 14 September.

    The application form below must be addressed to

    attention Tage Larsen, and marked TALKING TABLES

    donwload the application form here »




    7.500 DKK (about 1.000 Euro) for the workshop including spartan lodging in the Odin guesthouse, free access to services (kitchen, laundry and internet), use of working venues and stage equipment.

    To be paid by 18 September 2015 once you have received confirmation of selection. Participants will be requested to help with practical tasks inside the theatre, including daily cleaning.



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