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Odin Teatret: The Echo of Silence

Year: 1993, 73 mins
Code: OD-Ech

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THE ECHO OF SILENCE is a performance which describes the vicissitudes of the voice of an actor and the stratagems she invents to "interpret" a text. The voice of the actor and the text presented to the spectators compose the music of a performance. In theatre, which is apparently free of the codes that we know in music, the actor needs to create a labyrinth of rules, references and resistances to follow or refuse so as to achieve a personal expression and recognize her own voice.

THE ECHO OF SILENCE touches on some of the moments of this process by letting the perception of the spectator slip through the technical discipline, thus revealing the person behind the actor and the silence behind the voice.In English.

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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