NOW IS TIME – LAFLIS – Living Archive Floating Islands

4-6 October 2023 – Lecce, Italy

“NOW IS TIME” – Three days of celebrations dedicated to Odin Teatret’s experience”

Almost fifty years after 1974, when a group of actors led by the director Eugenio Barba came to Salento to give life to the singular experience of a theatre “barter”, Odin Teatret’s and Eugenio Barba’s history meets Puglia again. Eugenio Barba’s decision to donate a copy of Odin Teatret’s archive and his personal archive, including his library of around 6000 volumes, to the Puglia Region was decisive.

From this decision the LAFLIS – Living Archive Floating Islands project took shape, a project on which the Puglia Region and the Fondazione Barba Varley have been working synergistically for more than two years.

To present the archive to the public, three days of sharing and study on Odin Teatret’s experience and on the LAFLIS project will be held from 4 to 6 October 2023, with a busy program of exhibitions, installations, books, films and performances.

A large group of journalists, scholars and different kind of witnesses of Odin Teatret’s extraordinary theatre and human experience will meet in Lecce to participate in the initiative entitled:

“NOW IS TIME” – Three days of celebrations dedicated to Odin Teatret’s experience

The initiative will take place at the locations of the Polo Biblio-museale of Lecce (Bernardini Library and Castromediano Museum) and at the Cantieri Teatrali Koreja.

4th October 2023

11.00 Bernardini Library, ground floor | Press conference presentation with representatives of the Institutions involved
18:30 Castromediano Museum | Screening of “In Search of Theatre” (1974) by Ludovica Ripa di Meana, presented by Nicola Savarese
20:30 Cantieri Teatrali Koreja | “Cumpanaggiu”, theatre performance by Teatro Koreja

5th October 2023    

10:00 Castromediano Museum | Presentation of Eugenio Barba’s book “My Lives in the Third Theatre. Difference, Craft, Revolt”, Franco Perrelli dialogues with the author
11:30 Castromediano Museum | Meeting “Women – Theatre – Memory” with Julia Varley and Mattea Fo
16:00 Castromediano Museum | Screening of “The Art of the Impossible” (2016) presented by the film director Elsa Kvamme
17:30 Bernardini Library, piazzetta Carducci | Teatro tascabile of Bergamo, scenes from the performance “Valse”
18:00 Bernardini Library, cloister | “Books that Fly”, opening ritual with Odin Teatret and Teatro tascabile di Bergamo and Teatro Potlach, and good-luck speeches
A seguire   Bernardini Library, first floor | “My Life with Odin Teatret”, opening of the Danish designer Peter Bysted’s exhibition with the presence of the artist.
“First stage”: visit of the LAFLIS spaces with exhibitions, installations, archives and personal library of Eugenio Barba
20:30 Biblioteca Bernardini, piazzetta Carducci | “Books of Fire”, digital installation by Stefano Di Buduo and Teatro Potlach

6 th October 2023

Tour of Salento, on Odin Teatret’s footsteps (Gallipoli – Otranto – Carpignano Salentino)

(Working with the exhibitions, September 2023)