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Odin Teatret: On the Two Banks of the River

Year: 1978, 56 mins
Code: OD-On

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There is martial law in the country Odin Teatret has come to. The authorities keep a sharp eye on theatre groups, who create disorder, gather crowds, because when people collect together anything can happen. In 1978 Odin Teatret traveled to Peru. The film, which shows how they managed to play their performances and come into contact with people, in spite of the restrictive conditions, is essentially about the strategy of insubordination by means of theatre. Odin Teatret is seen training in a slum, organising parades in Indian villages, performing in an Ayacucho prison and taking part in several barters. Traditional celebrations had not been forbidden. The authorities knew that fireworks were less harmful than paving stones. Some people invited Odin Teatret who agreed to perform on condition the local people accepted a barter: they should also show something of theirs.
Director: Torgeir Wethal. With English narration.

Torgeir Wethal (1947 - 2010) was an actor, teacher, film and theatre director. He was born in 1947, in Oslo, Norway. Torgeir Wethal was one of the founders of Odin Teatret in whose performances he participated since its beginning in 1964. Before joining Odin Teatret he worked as actor in amateur productions. His professional experiences are published in The Actor's Way edited by Erik Exe Christoffersen. He was in charge of the production of Odin Teatret Film and directed several films about Odin Teatret's own performances and journeys, as well as films on actor's training which include documentaries on Etienne Decroux's Corporeal Mime, Jerzy Grotowski's Teatr Laboratorium and Odin Teatret. Torgeir Wethal closely followed the project Regula contra Regulam in collaboration with Raúl Iaiza and Teatro della Madrugada (Italy) and the Grotowski Centre (Poland). In the 1990s he followed the Natascha Network of theatre groups and in 2008 and 2009 worked with Roberta Secchi as directing advisor for her performance on Lorca.

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