Odin Teatret

Odin Teatret was created in Oslo, Norway, in 1964, and moved to Holstebro (Denmark) in 1966, changing its name to Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium/Odin Teatret. In December 2022 Odin Teatret left Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium in order to continue autonomously its performances and cultural activities in Holstebro and abroad.

Today Odin Teatret’s activities include: Odin’s own productions presented on site and on tour in Denmark and abroad; cultural initiatives; encounters for theatre groups; didactic courses of various types in Denmark and abroad; publication of magazines and books; production of didactic films and videos; research into Theatre Anthropology through the sessions of the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA); productions with the multicultural Theatrum Mundi Ensemble; the TRANSIT Festival for women in theatre; and the project “Living Archive Floating Islands” in Lecce, Italy, in collaboration with Fondazione Barba Varley.

Odin Teatret’s 59 years as a laboratory have resulted in the growth of a professional and scholarly milieu characterised by cross-disciplinary projects and international collaboration. One field of research is the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA) where actors and dancers meet with scholars to compare and scrutinise the technical foundations of scenic presence. Another field of action is the Theatrum Mundi Ensemble which, since the early 1980s, presents performances with a permanent core of artists from several traditions.

Odin Teatret has so far created 81 performances directed by Eugenio Barba, performed in 65 countries and different social contexts. In the course of these experiences, a specific Odin culture has grown, founded on cultural diversity and the practice of “barter”: Odin actors present themselves through their work to a particular milieu which, in return, replies with songs, music and dances from its own local tradition. The barter is an exchange of cultural manifestations and offers not only an insight into other forms of expression, but is equally a social interaction which defies prejudices, linguistic difficulties and differences in thinking, judging and behaving.