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Based on the short story Letter in the Wind by Antonio Tabucchi


Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark

Director: Eugenio Barba

Performed in Italian

1 hours, without breaks.

A woman’s odyssey. A woman travels from one Mediterranean island to another in search of a love lost. The ghost of her lover accompanies her on her journey, bringing her closer to an awareness of a definitive absence.

“The voice is truly mysterious. Of course, John attributed creative power to it at the start of his gospel: in the beginning was the Word, and with the word was life. Voice, life. Phonologists claim that the voice imitates the rhythms of life, because it follows the principle of breathing. Each phrase we pronounce is born, expands, stabilizes, diminishes, and dies. It breathes with us. The voice creates and the voice saves. The voice has a magical power, which was described in the oldest Greek myth, the one about Orpheus. […] The voice evokes. Ex-vocare: to call out. The voice can evoke the dead, pulling them out of darkness. […] It ‘resounds inside us’, as Kavafis said, and only we can hear it. And we don’t hear it with our ears, we hear it with our soul.

[…] There is magic to be accomplished and the Master takes the wand. […] What are the signs he is tracing in the air? There is a transformation occurring, we can feel it but it is impossible to know its nature. It is not unlike alchemy. […] Roberta Carreri, following the tracings in the air of the Master’s wand, has given my letters voice again. She has penetrated the opaque mirror of the writing. I see her: she is leaping inside a circle of gestures and words.” (excerpts from Antonio Tabacchi’s “The Voice, The Body: Reflections after a rehearsal of SALT”) 


Roberta Carreri,
Jan Ferslev


Music: Jan Ferslev
Scenic space: Antonella Diana and Odin Teatret
Costumes: Odin Teatret
Light designer: Jesper Kongshaug 
Graphics: Marco Donati
Assistant director: Raúl Iaiza
Literary adviser: Nando Taviani
Scenic adaptation and directing: Eugenio Barba
Language: Italian
Coproduction: Fondazione Pontedera Teatro, 
Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium Odin Teatret

Odin Teatret thanks Thomas Bredsdorff, Knud Erik Knudsen, Raphaëlle Doyon, Kaj Kok and Nathan Meister.

A coproduction: Fondazione Pontedera Teatro and Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium, September 2002.


Eugenio Barba

Kaszás Attila Stage
Eugenio Barba

Eugenio Barba

Born in Italy in 1936, Eugenio Barba travelled all over Europe at the age of seventeen. In 1954, he moved to Norway, where, following in the footsteps of his father, he worked as a mariner. Later, he completed a degree in French and Norwegian literature and the history of religion at the University of Oslo. He got so moved by Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s film Ashes and Diamonds that he continued his studies in Poland, where he met Jerzy Grotowski, director of Theatre of 13 Rows in Opole. This encounter exerted an extraordinary influence on him, and he became an ardent follower of the Polish director and theoretician for the rest of his life. In India, he studied Kathakali, a classical Indian dance drama which was unfamiliar in the West at the time. In 1964, he founded the Odin Theatre in Oslo, although in 1966 the theatrical company moved to the Danish municipality of Holstebro, which has been its base ever since. The Odin Theatre has brought almost eighty performances to the stage. Its members seek to foster an intercultural dialogue that is founded on diversity and to build bridges between the various social classes. Both the notion and the field of Theatre Anthropology are closely related to Barba’s oeuvre, who also founded the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA), a global network. Recently, Barba established close ties with the National Theatre in Budapest. After the resounding success of The Chronic Life, which was performed as part of MITEM in 2015, the premiere of his latest play, The Tree, was held in Budapest in the autumn of 2016. 

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Participating countries: Belgium, Estonia, Croatia, India, Lebanon, Hungary, Germany, Italy, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Tunisia, Ukraine