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    The Tree


    Friday, October 21, 2016 - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    THE GROTOWSKI INSTITUTE, WROCLAW EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2016 and THEATRE OLYMPICS presents:

     

    THE TREE

    The new Odin Teatret ensemble performance, directed by Eugenio Barba

     

    POLISH PREMIERE

    Friday, Saturday, Sunday 21, 22 and 23 October 2016 - at 20.00 hrs.

    Monday 24 October 2016 - at 21.00 hrs - and

    Tuesday 25 October 2016 - at 19.00 hrs.

    at Na Grobli Studio - The Grotowski Institute, ul. Na Grobli 30/32, 50-421 Wrocław

     

     

    Dedicated to Inger Landsted.


    The tree of History grows vigorously and dead. Around it, child-soldiers and praying monks dance together with warlords, a wrathful mother, and the daughter of a poet who, as a child, dreamed of flying away with her father.

     

    Two story-tellers introduce and comment upon characters and events: in the Syrian desert two Yazidi monks plant a pear tree to call back the birds that have disappeared; in Nigeria a mother rests under the shadow of the tree of forgetfulness holding in her arms the head of her daughter hidden in a gourd; a European warlord explains the necessity for ethnic cleansing to an African warlord who performs a human sacrifice to make his army of child soldiers invulnerable before leading them into battle; a girl plays with her dolls around the tree her father planted when she was born, wondering how birds see the earth from the air.

     

    The tree of History finally bends under the weight of fruit and offers a home to the birds that are flying over the heads of the spectators. But what kind of birds are they?

     

     

    Actors: Luis Alonso, Parvathy Baul, I Wayan Bawa, Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Donald Kitt, Elena Floris, Carolina Pizarro, Fausto Pro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley.

     

    Scenic space: Luca Ruzza, Odin Teatret

    Lighting designer: Lucca Ruzza, OpenLab Company.

    Lighting adviser: Jesper Kongshaug

    Tree conception and realisation: Giovanna Amoroso and Istvan Zimmermann, Plastikart.

    Software programming: Massimo Zomparelli

    Costumes and props: Odin Teatret

    Poster: Barbara Kaczmarek

    Musical director: Elena Floris.

    Technical director: Fausto Pro

    Puppets: Niels Kristian Brinth, Fabio Butera, Samir Muhamad, I Gusti Made Lod.

    Dolls' heads: Signe Herlevsen

    Photos: Rina Skeel

    Dramaturg: Thomas Bredsdorff

    Literary adviser: Nando Taviani

    Text: Odin Teatret

    Director's assistants: Elena Floris, Julia Varley

    Director: Eugenio Barba

     

    Duration: 75 min.

    The performance is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

     

    Production: Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (Holstebro), The Grotowski Institute/Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016 (Poland), The Hungarian National Theatre (Budapest).

     

     

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