The Laboratory Spirit


30. Jan - 03. Feb 2019



Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium
Særkærparken 144
7500 Holstebro

see map


300 €

30 January - 4 February 2019
at Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark

dedicated to




Since the 1990s Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium/Odin Teatret has hosted and been responsible for various international theatre festivals amongst which the recurrent Odin Week Festival (presenting the different aspects of Odin Teatret’s work), Transit Festival (dedicated to the work of women in theatre), the Holstebro Festuge (involving the local community). From the 30th of January to the 4th of February 2019 the first NTL Theatre Festival and Meeting will be held at Odin Teatret, with workshops, work demonstrations, work-in-progress, performances and a symposium. The NTL Festival will present the work of some of the artists and groups that make up the autonomous and connected constellation of NTL long-time residents and co-productions. The 1st NTL Festival is open to 25 participants who can follow the whole programme and share time and experience with the NTL resident artists.
The NTL residents and co-productions make up the environment of a younger generation that has grown from the seeds sown in the wind by Odin Teatret. They understand theatre not only as performances in a traditional space, but as research, pedagogy, cultural incentive, networking, site specific events, involving different artistic languages, images, body, music and song as a means to create exchange and be a catalyst for contacts, relationships and collaborations within the social/cultural patchwork of the community.
The Festival is an occasion to share the NTL activities both within the NTL environment itself and with interested participants and spectators. It offers five days of intense diversity coloured by the common desire of learning from each other. The aim is to discover and discuss strategies to give inspiration and meaning to the multifaceted understanding of what theatre is for us who do it as well as for the spectators. Without forgetting the need to take position in the society we are part of.




Wednesday 30 January 2019

12.30-14.30 lunch and practical information

16:00-17:00 Introduction with Julia Varley and Per Kap Bech Jensen

17:30-18:30 THE STARRY MESSENGER, Donald Kitt (Canada/Denmark)
with Donald Kitt
directed by Tage Larsen

20:00-21:00 ROVINE DEL TEMPO, Teresa Ruggeri (Italy)
with Teresa Ruggeri
directed by Julia Varley

21:30-22:30 NIDO VACÍO, Triskel Artes Escénicas (Chile/Denmark) and Regula Teatro (Italy/Spain)
with Carolina Pizarro and Giulia Varotto
directed by Roberta Carreri



Thursday 31 January 2019

08:00-09:30 Transformations of Traditional Chinese Theatre Technique, workshop with Ding Yiteng

09:45-10:15 Path to personal training, workshop with Carolina Pizarro

10:30-12:00 Site specific adventures, lecture with Anna Stigsgaard

15:00-16:00 open rehearsal NARREVISER I NORDLYSET, Riotous Company (UK/Denmark) and Hakkehuset (Denmark)
with Karin Sjöholm and Elisabeth Klein
directed by Mia Theil Have

16:30-17:30 LA MUJER ESTA, work in progress, Ikarus Stage Arts (Chile)
with Gabriela Arancibia
directed by Carolina Pizarro

20:00-21:00 MAIDEN, DOO (Italy/Denmark)
with Alberto Guinaldo and Lide Abaigar Martinez
directed by Giuseppe L. Bonifati

21:15-22:15 PUTERI SAADONG, Masakini Theatre Company (Malaysia) 
with Sabera Shaik, and Kamrul Hussin and Susan Sarah John (musicians)
directed by Tage Larsen

22:30-23:15 THE SOUTHERN CIMBALOM, Ikarus Stage Arts (Chile)
A concert with Rodrigo Contreras



Friday 1 February 2019

08:00-09:30 The body remembers, workshop with Alice Occhiali and Valerio Peroni

09:45-11:15 Silat, workshop with Masakini Theatre Company

11:30-12:45 Menlo Park, presentation of the project by Kim Barba and Mikael Bak  

15:30-16:30 WHAT WAS MINE  
with Marije Nie (Netherland)
directed by Vilja Itkonen (Finland)

17:30-18:30 TE DUELE? Ikarus Stage Arts-Festum Theatre (Colombia)
with Yessica Alvarado and John Velasco
directed by Carolina Pizarro and Luis Alonso

20:00-21:00 ENTRENÃOLUGARES, première, Cia. Pessoal de Teatro (Brazil)
with Tatiana Horevicht and Juliana Capilé
directed by Julia Varley

21:30-22:30 QUI-ES-TU? TU ME TUES, DOO (Italy/Denmark)
with Alberto Guinaldo
directed by Giuseppe L. Bonifati


Saturday 2 February 2019

08:00-09:30 Sticks and stones, workshop with Donald Kitt

09:45-11:15 Performance techniques, workshop with Giuseppe L. Bonifati

11:30-12:30 Rhythm with feet, hands and voices, workshop with Marije Nie

15:00-16:15 Writing and creating material, workshop with Vilja Itkonen

16:30-17:15 DANISH SONGS IN FLAMENCO DRESS, Idom Landsby Laboratorium (Denmark) a concert with Kai Bredholt and Erika Sanchez

17:30-18:30 LONG NIGHTS, Alice Occhiali and Valerio Peroni (Italy)
with Alice Occhiali and Valerio Peroni
directed by Alice Occhiali and Valerio Peroni

20:30-21:15 EYES OF THE LANDSCAPE, Riotous Company (UK/Denmark)
with Nikola Kodjabashia, Tage Larsen and Mia Theil Have
directed by Mia Theil Have

22:00-23:00 TIERRA DE FUEGO, Triskel Artes Escénicas (Chile/Denmark)
with Carolina Pizarro
directed by Julia Varley


Sunday 3 February 2019

09:00-12:30 The Laboratory Spirit - Third Theatre and its Legacy, symposium introduced by Jane Turner and Patrick Campbell, with Eugenio Barba and all NTL artists

15:00-16:00 FROM AMAGAKI TO SHIBUGAKI, GEOGRAPHY OF AN APPRENTICESHIP, Triskel Artes Escénicas (Chile/Denmark), work demonstration
with Carolina Pizarro
directed by Julia Varley

16:30-17:00 EVER AFTER, KompaniTO (Norway) 
with Tamar Ohana Goksøyr and Mari Dahl Stoknes
directed by Moa Lichtenstein - Cauda

17:30-18:30 D.A.K.I.N.I. STUDIO 1, AjaRiot (Italy), open rehearsal 

with Federica Guarragi, Isadora Pei, Teresa Ruggeri, Camilla Soave
directed by Isadora Pei

20:00-21:00 TOU’O, Ding Yiteng (China)
with Ding Yiteng
directed by Ding Yiteng

21:30-22:30 SONG SUITE MANUAL FOR PRACTICAL CATS, Riotous Company (UK/Denmark)
with Nikola Kodjabashia, Mia Theil Have, and all musicians


Practical Information

Download application form here

Application Deadline: 3 December 2018

Completed application form should be sent to:
Subject: The Laboratory Spirit - NTL Festival

Confirmation: 7 December 2018

Payment Due: 14 December 2018

Fee: 300 Euro (about 2.250 DKK)

The fee covers the full programme incl. all public performances as well as shared accommodation and food.
Included in the accommodation is bed-linen and towels.

Participants should arrive on 30 January and leave on 4 February 2019.


Dedicated to



Christian Ludvigsen was a pioneer in translating Ionesco and Beckett, of whom he became a friend. With great difficulty he managed to get these authors published and staged at the small theatre Fiolteatret, founded in 1961 by him and others in Copenhagen, consecrated to the presentation of new international and Danish dramaturgy.

In 1965, Christian Ludvigsen invited Odin Teatret’s first performance to Århus, where he taught at the University and he was decisive in Odin Teatret’s move from Oslo to Holstebro in June 1966. He immediately became its dramaturg until the late 1980s. He was a guide for Odin Teatret when they emigrated to Holstebro from Norway and ignored everything about Danish theatre and cultural life. Through his prestige and contacts with the Ministry of Culture and the cultural milieu, he succeeded in having the characteristics of a theatre laboratory recognised, something that in those days was completely incomprehensible.

He put Odin Teatret in contact with well-known authors such as Ole Sarvig and Peter Seeberg, both of whom wrote plays for Odin Teatret. As a professor of the Dramaturgy Department, that he had created with Tage Hind at Århus University, he introduced a practical teaching by equipping students with a replica of a black box theatre that Eugenio Barba and he had realised as the first example in Europe.

The close link and collaboration between the Dramaturgy Department and Odin Teatret was officialised as a centre of Arhus University in 2004 with the creation of the CTLS - Centre for Theatre Laboratory Studies, located at the premises of Odin Teatret.

His knowledge was a continuous inspiration for Eugenio Barba and for Odin Teatret’s veteran actors. His friendship was a fervid support until his death in January 2019. Odin Teatret owes him a lot.

Christian Ludvigsen’s commitment to explain and support the motivations and the practice of Odin Teatret’s ground-breaking activity as a laboratory in the mid-sixties is the subject of the Italian professor Franco Perrelli’s book: Bricks to Build a Theatre Laboratory.