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Holstebro, Wroclaw, Malta


Icarus Publishing Enterprise


Considering that 50% of all books in translation worldwide are from English while only 6% are translated into English, Odin Teatret (Denmark), The Grotowski Institute (Poland) and Theatre Arts Researching the Foundations (Malta) have created Icarus Publishing Enterprise whose purpose is to present in English texts by artists and scholars about the practice and vision of theatre as a laboratory.


Icarus was the name of a schooner that in 1697 sailed from Civitavecchia with a cargo destined for a Venetian merchant resident in the international trading port of Smyrna. Its mythological name was intended paradoxically as a bringer of good luck to ward off shipwrecks. In its hold, the small vessel also carried a luxurious curtain never used before, a few painted scenes and a number of scripts and musical scores from a theatre erected in Rome by Queen Cristina of Sweden and torn down on the order of Pope Clement X.


Similar to that schooner, Icarus Publishing Enterprise wants to ferry into an international dimension writings of theatre artists and scholars who, despite their value, risk a limited circulation because of the language in which they have been written.


We know by experience that theatre studies are effective only if they succeed in piercing the wrappings of academic commonplaces and inspire those wishing to do theatre. In the books that Icarus Publishing Enterprise will translate and publish, in addition to a knowledge of the past, seeds of future occurrences are hidden. Many think that the theatre has no future. This may be so. But one thing is certain: in the future there will surely be something that we are unable to imagine now, but that will be called theatre.


Odin Teatret (Holstebro)

The Grotowski Institute (Wroclaw)
Theatre Arts Researching the Foundations (Malta)



To be published in June 2018


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The Odin Teatret Archives presents collections from the archives of one of the foremost reference points in global theatre.

Letters, notes, work diaries, articles and a wealth of photographs all chart the daily activity that underpins the life of Odin Teatret, telling the adventurous, complex stories which have produced the pioneering work that defines Odin's laboratory approach to theatre. Odin Teatret have been at the forefront of theatrical innovation for over fifty years, devising new strategies for actor training, knowledge sharing, performance making, theatrical alliances and ways of creating and encountering audiences. Their extraordinary work has pushed boundaries between Western and Eastern theatre; between process and performance; and between different theatre networks across the world.

In this unique volume, Mirella Schino brings together a never before seen collection of source materials which reveal the social, political and artistic questions facing not just one ground-breaking company, but everyone who tries to make a life in the theatre.


Mirella Schino

teaches theatre history at the University of Roma 3, Italy. She is director of the journal Teatro e Storia. In 2008, she  founded the Odin Teatret Archives. She specialises in nineteenth-century acting, the twentieth-century theatrical revolution, and ensemble theatre in Europe since the 1960s. Some of her books are: Il Teatro di Eleonora Duse (1992, 2008); Il crocevia del Ponte d'Era. Storie e voci di una generazione teatrale. 1974-1995 (1996); La nascita della regia teatrale (2003); Alchemists of the Stage. Theatre Laboratories in Europe (2009); Racconti del Grande Attore (2016); The Odin Teatret Archives (2017).

Current Titles




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Sergei Tcherakasski

Stanislavsky and Yoga

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Marco de Marinis

Etienne Decroux and His Theatre Laboratory

Eugenio Barba

The Moon Rises from the Ganges

My Journey through Asian Acting Techniques




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Zbigniew Osiński

Jerzy Grotowski's

Journeys to the East

Franco Ruffini

Theatre and Boxing.

The Actor Who Flies



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Nicola Savarese

Eurasian Theatre. Drama and Performance
from Classical Antiquity to the Present

Ingemar Lindh

Stepping Stones



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Mirella Schino

Alchemists of the Stage

- Theatre Laboratories in Europe

Ludwik Flaszen

Grotowski & Company


Current Titles »




- Icarus publications available in Spanish and Portuguese>>


Where to buy Icarus books:


Odin Teatret's Webshop »


Books can also be ordered though Icarus' other partners or Amazon

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