The Chronic Life


31. Oct - 03. Nov 2019


Studio Theatre
20:00 (Thur*- Frid - Sat)
15:00 (Sun)
* Thursday's performance is followed by a Meet-the-artist session


Hong Kong Cultural Centre
10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong

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Dedicated to Anna Politkovskaya and Natalia Estemirova
Russian writers and human rights activists, murdered by anonymous thugs in 2006 and 2009 for their opposition to the Chechnyan conflict.

CHARACTERS: a Black Madonna, the widow of a Basque officer, a Chechnyan refugee, a Rumanian housewife, a Danish lawyer, a rock musician from the Faroe Islands, a Colombian boy searching for his father disappeared in Europe, an Italian street violinist, two mercenaries.

The Chronic Life takes place in various European countries in 2031, after the Third Civil War. Groups and individuals converge, challenging each other over their diverging dreams, disappointments and hopes. A boy from Latin America arrives, seeking his father, who has inexplicably disappeared. "Stop searching for your father" people tell him while escorting him from door to door.

The boy is not saved by knowledge or innocence. Rather, a newfound ignorance leads him to his door. All this takes place to the bewilderment of all of us, who no longer believe the unbelievable: that a single victim's life is beyond value, is worth more than God.

Organiser, Contact & Tickets

The World Cultures Festival
Hong Kong


Actors: Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Jan Ferslev, Elena Floris, Donald Kitt, Tage Larsen, Carolina Pizarro, Fausto Pro, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley.

Text: Ursula Andkjær Olsen and Odin Teatret
Dramaturg: Thomas Bredsdorff
Literary advisor: Nando Taviani
Light design: Odin Teatret
Light advisor: Jesper Kongshaug
Scenic space: Odin Teatret
Scenic space advisors: Jan de Neergaard, Antonella Diana
Music: Odin Teatret, traditional and modern melodies
Costumes: Odin Teatret, Jan de Neergaard
Technical Director: Fausto Pro
Assistant Directors: Raúl Iaiza, Pierangelo Pompa, Ana Woolf
Dramaturgy and Directing: Eugenio Barba

Languages: Danish, Spanish, English, Romanian, Chechen and Basque
Duration: 70 min. (without a break)

* This performance is not suitable for children under the age of 12.

Production: Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (Holstebro), Teatro de La Abadía (Madrid), The Grotowski Institute (Wroclaw)

Also at the World Cultures Festival...

Thinking in Actions,
Masterclass with Eugenio Barba and Julia Varley

Tuesday 29th October 2019

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The Dance of Intentions,
Masterclass with Roberta Carreri

Wednesday 30th October 2019

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Meet the Artist Session
- after the performance "The Chronic Life"

Thursday 31 October 2019 

See above