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Odin Teatret: The Dead Brother

Year: 1993, 68 mins
Code: OD-Dead

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THE DEAD BROTHER is the performance about how performances are made at Odin Teatret. THE DEAD BROTHER describes the stages of the work, which starting from a poetic text become a "poem in space": the performance.

It presents the different stages of the process in which text, actor and director interact. It shows the first steps of how the actor creates her own stage presence to the last step in which the text, through the form and precision of the actions, acquires rhythms and density of meaning. The Spectator's energies can then dance, mentally and sensorially. The unrecognized creator in theatre is the spectator.

THE DEAD BROTHER is a work demonstration where the "miracle of fresh water" is explained with a succession of chemical formulae and then presented in the moment in which the elements can no longer be separated and explained, but only experienced.

Odin Teatret is a theatre group based in Holstebro, Denmark. It was founded by Italian theatre director Eugenio Barba in 1964. Odin Teatret is a part of NTL, Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium, which also includes the International School of Theatre Anthropology (ISTA), founded in 1979, and the Centre for Theatre Laboratory Studies (CTLS), founded in 2002. Founding Director Eugenio Barba continues to lead the company, and some of the original actors are still with the company. The current (2018) company of actors is Luis Alonso, Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Jan Ferslev, Elena Floris, Donald Kitt, Tage Larsen, Else Marie Laukvik (founding member), Caroline Pizarro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley, Frans Winther, Parvathy Baul and I Wayan Bawa. Odin Teatret has created some 74 performances, of which about 25 are still in its current repertoire. A full list of performances can be found on the company's web site. The most recent performance is The Tree, which premiered in September 2016 and is now touring world wide. Odin Teatret's publishing activities began in the 1960s with the publication of the magazine T.T.T. (Teatrets Teori og Teknikk) and Jerzy Grotowski’s book Towards a Poor Theatre, which was translated into more than fifteen languages. Today it publishes books about Odin Teatret and ISTA; videos of Odin Teatret's performances, pedagogy and training; videos of other practitioners' productions and pedagogy; music; posters; and the journal The Open Page

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