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Andersen's Dream

Based on texts by Hans Christian Andersen and the actor's improvisations
(2004 - 2011)

Andersen's Dream


Two Tracks for the Spectator

A circle of artists gathers in a garden in Denmark. It is a bright morning. They wait for a summer night when the setting sun will dance.


A friend from another continent is about to join them. With him, dreaming with open eyes, they will depart on a pilgrimage into the regions of Andersen's fairy tales. Europe is at peace, or at least their country is. Or perhaps only their garden. In that confined space, time stands still and liquefies.

It is summer, yet snow falls, and the snow becomes tainted with black. Their fantasies sail on a tenebrous dream: a vessel that transports men and women in chains. The artist feel the weight of invisible chains. Are they too enslaved?


When the pilgrimage is about to end, the open-eyed dreamers become aware that their summer's day has lasted a lifetime. The bed of dreamless sleep awaits them. Figures are coming to take them. Are they ghosts, puppets or toys? What kind of life do we live, when we stop dreaming? And which tragedy or farce does the sun dance?


Hans Christian Andersen (1805 - 1875) wrote in his diary how he dreamt he was invited by the king to travel on his ship. Panting, Andersen reached the habour but the royal vessel had already set sail. Called on board another ship, he was brutally thrown into the hold and there he realised he was part of a load of slaves.


Hans Christian Andersen's grandfather was insane and his father, a cobbler with an exacerbated sensibility, died when his son was still a child. His mother, a washerwoman, drank to keep warm while washing clothes in the river. She was considered little more than an alcoholic prostitute and died of delirium tremens in a poorhouse. Andersen kept well away from the squalor of her death. Already famous, he remained where he was, in Rome.


Since childhood, Andersen had wanted to escape from the slavery of his social condition. When only fourteen, he ran away from the poverty of his native Odense to Copenhagen, becoming a singer, ballet dancer, actor and writer. However, he never lost the anguished awareness that only through constant struggle could he break the chains of his original condition of serf, and that perhaps, in the belly of his beloved and civilised country, a people of slaves was hidden.


Dansk: ANDERSENS DRØM - Ovenstående tekst på dansk
Espanol: EL SUEÑO DE ANDERSEN - El texto anterior en español
Français: LE RÊVE D'ANDERSEN - Le texte ci-dessus en français

Italiano: IL SOGNO DI ANDERSEN - Il testo di cui sopra in italiano



Actors: Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Jan Ferslev, Elena Floris,  Donald Kitt, Tage Larsen, Augusto Omolú, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley, Frans Winther


Scenic space: Luca Ruzza, Odin Teatret

Production architect: Johannes Rauff Greisen

Lighting concept: Luca Ruzza, Knud Erik Knudsen, Odin Teatret

Light design: Jesper Kongshaug

Music: Kai Bredholt, Jan Ferslev, Frans Winther
Masks and puppets: Fabio Butera, Danio Manfredini

Artistic objects: Plastikart and Studio PkLab

Costumes: Odin Teatret

Dramaturg: Thomas Bredsdorff

Literary advisor: Nando Taviani
Assistant directors: Raúl Iaiza, Lilicherie Macgregor, Anna Stigsgaard

Dramaturgy and directing: Eugenio Barba


211 performances from October 2004 to April 2011





Dansk: Politiken Søndag 15.01.2006

Dansk: Information 17.01.2006

Dansk: Weekendavisen 20.01.2006

Español: El País 16.10.2004

Español: El Mundo 10.2004

Español: Diario de Sevilla 10.2004

Español: ABC Sevilla 10.2004



Technical Information











Odin Teatret buries Andersen in Bogotá, Colombia, 9th April 2011 - see video on YouTube








Technical Information










Andersens dream UK - kort2 75.jpg



On Tour


2011: Colombia

2010: Costa Rica, Italy

2008: Brazil and Denmark

2007: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Denmark, Serbia & Montenegro

2006: Brazil, Denmark, Italy and Taiwan

2005: Denmark, France, Italy, Poland, Spain and Serbia & Montenegro

2004: Denmark and Spain


International Festivals

Festival Internacional de las Artes in San José, Costa Rica (2010)

Festival Internacional de Rio Preto - TEXturas, Brazil (2008)

FILO - Festival Internacional de Londrina - 40th Anniversary, Brazil (2008)

International Theatre Festival MESS in Sarajevo, Bosnia Herzegovina (2007)

Bitef Festival in Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro (2005)

Festival de Otoño in Madrid, Spain (2004)



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