Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Danmark
Director: Eugenio Barba
Performed in Danish, Italien, English, Bengali and Balinese, without subtitles.
1 hours 20 minutes.
The Trilogy of the Innocent
The Innocence of War and of Its Victimsga
Trilogy - First landscape: the past (1990-2000)
A land abandoned by birds
At the heart of the space, ancestrally bound to life, the tree of History grows vigorously and dead. The characters gravitate around this vegetal cathedral, alive yet extinct. Warlords, with their armies of child soldiers, sow death and chaos. Monks plant a pear tree in the Syrian desert, hoping that the absent birds will return. The daughter of a poet evokes her childhood dream to fly together with her father. A Nigerian mother flees hiding the head of her daughter in a gourd.
As customary in Odin Teatret’s performances, different languages and behaviours mingle, confronting each other. Actors from Bali, Canada, Chile, Denmark, India, Italy and England give life to a rite evoking mythical situations and historical facts.
In the faint light of the final scene, a Liberian and a Serbian warlord - real historical characters - fraternise. Twittering birds announce their return in a landscape that recalls Chateaubriand’s words: forests were there before civilisations, deserts followed civilisations.
The tree of History finally bends under the weight of fruit and offers a home to the birds that are flying over the heads of the spectators. But what kind of birds are they?
Luis Alonso, Parvathy Baul, I Wayan Bawa, Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Donald Kitt, Elena Floris, Carolina Pizarro, Fausto Pro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley
Scenic space and Lighting designer: Luca Ruzza, OpenLab Company, Odin Teatret
Tree conception and realisation: Giovanna Amoroso and Istvan Zimmermann, Plastikart
Software programming: Massimo Zomparelli
Costumes and props: Odin Teatre
Musical director: Elena Floris
Technical director: Fausto Pro
Puppets: Niels Kristian Brinth, Fabio Butera, Samir Muhamad, I Gusti Made Lod
Dolls' heads: Signe Herlevsen
Dramaturge: Thomas Bredsdorff
Literary adviser: Nando Taviani
Text: Odin Teatre
Director's assistants: Elena Floris, Julia Varley