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Odin Teatret: Theatre in a New Century brings information and analysis of this influential group up to date by drawing on fresh research, a focus on Odin Teatret's latest work and developments, and direct access to company and its members. The Odin's contemporary productions since 2000 are discussed, including The Chronic Life, Andersen's Dream and Salt. The book offers a reassessment of Odin's legendary actor training, now very different from previous studies. Odin Teatret's recent emphasis on community work is discussed for the first time, including developments in 'barter' activities and a detailed description of the 'Festuge' in its home town. Barba's intercultural practice is assessed alongside two major Theatrum Mundi productions, Ur-Hamlet and The Marriage of Medea. Lavishly illustrated, Odin Teatret: Theatre in a New Century considers the work and legacy of this vital theatre group, and will appeal to the theatre scholar and maker, spectator and student.


Description

Odin Teatret: Theatre in a New Century brings information and analysis of this influential group up to date by drawing on fresh research, a focus on Odin Teatret's latest work and developments, and direct access to company and its members. The Odin's contemporary productions since 2000 are discussed, including The Chronic Life, Andersen's Dream and Salt. The book offers a reassessment of Odin's legendary actor training, now very different from previous studies. Odin Teatret's recent emphasis on community work is discussed for the first time, including developments in 'barter' activities and a detailed description of the 'Festuge' in its home town. Barba's intercultural practice is assessed alongside two major Theatrum Mundi productions, Ur-Hamlet and The Marriage of Medea. Lavishly illustrated, Odin Teatret: Theatre in a New Century considers the work and legacy of this vital theatre group, and will appeal to the theatre scholar and maker, spectator and student.


Reviews

'Odin Teatret: Theatre in a New Century combines history and analysis seamlessly in a timely study of Eugenio Barba and the Odin Teatret's current work. Ledger's research provides a wealth of unique insights into Barba's work. He engages devised theatre practice and theory as a means of better understanding his dramaturgical methods, for example. He also provides the first comprehensive discussion of Barba's large scale Theatrum Mundi productions in English through the dual lenses of Barba's production history and his intercultural research. He offers a rethinking of the Odin's Barter and Festuge activities as social rather than aesthetic activities; and he provides the first detailed descriptions and discussions of the Odin's Festuge activities in English.' - Ian Watson, Professor of Theatre and Chair, Department of Arts, Culture and Media, Rutgers University-Newark, USA
 
'Considering the significance and longevity of Odin's work, Ledger's documentation of almost fifty years, charting its birth, middle age, and more intensely its senior citizenship in theatre history is timely, exhaustive, and accessible. Ledger suggests a thought-provoking application of the company's relevance in the twenty-first century through notions of community, re cycling, site-specificity and process-based performance, giving a comprehensive account of Odin's proliferating pedagogical work.' - Carran Waterfield, New Theatre Quarterly


Contents

Introduction
Burning the House: Paradigms of Practice
'A Privileged Universe': Training at the Odin Teatret
Performances
Odin Teatret in the Community: Barter and Festuge
Intercultural Theatre
Faces of the Future
Bibliography
Index


Authors

ADAM J. LEDGER is Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, UK and taught previously at the University of Hull and University College Cork, Ireland. His has research interests in acting, directing and theatre-making, and has published on performance practice. He has led performance projects internationally.