Living Archive and Transmission in a Theatre Laboratory

4 May 2013 to 7 May 2013
Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark

Project partner Odin Teatret hosts the third of four meetings of the international network comprising of theatre organizations The Centre for Performance Research (Wales, UK),The Grotowski Institute (Wroclaw, Poland), Odin Teatret (Holstebro, Denmark) and The Hemespheric Institute (New York, USA). The network was established with a grant awarded by the Leverhulme Trust to Principal Investigator Richard Gough to consider the history and function of laboratory theatre and assess its relevance to contemporary practice. The four initial meetings will be followed by a larger open gathering in the UK in April 2014.

The second meeting, held at The Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw, Poland in October 2012 further explored the genealogy and legacy of the laboratory tradition with presentations by Prof. Katarzyna Osińska (Institute of Slavic Studies, Polish Academy of Science, Warsaw) on the ideas and practices of Leopold Sulerzycki  and Wanda Świątkowska (Jagiellonian University, Kraków) on the theatrical experimentation of Les Kurbas. A panel discussion with contemporary Polish directors and practitioners - Tomasz Rodowicz (Theatre Association Chorea), Piotr Borowski (Studium/Tatralne), Paweł Passini (neTTheatre) and Matej Matejka (Studio Matejka) – chaired by Professor Darius Kosinski (Jagiellonian University, Kraków) began a new phase of discussion about the present position of the laboratory tradition. The artists on the panel, who are connected to the tradition either through their own contemporary work or via a historical link to a laboratory practitioner, were asked to describe: What is and what is not laboratory theatre? What are the boundaries between what is and what is not defined as laboratory work? Is there another term for work that is not focussed on the end product but on the craft of creation?

The programme at Odin Teatret entitled, ‘Living Archive and Transmission in a Theatre Laboratory’ will address the question:

What experience of a theatre laboratory can be passed on and in which form: the strategy of an archive

Programme of Events

Saturday 4th May

15.00   Richard Gough: Theatre laboratory network and living archive at CPR

16.00   Eugenio Barba: Living archive and transmission in a theatre laboratory

17.00   Questions and discussion


20.00    AVE MARIA, Odin Teatret, performance with Julia Varley


Sunday 5th May

10.00   Mirella Schino: The construction of an archive of a theatre laboratory

11.00   Monika Blige and Sylwia Fiałkiewicz: The archive at The Grotowski Institute

12.00   Questions and discussion


15.00   Annelis Kuhlmann: The living archive as a strategy for a laboratory

16.00   Iben Nagel Rasmussen: The centrality of teaching at a theatre laboratory

17.00   The transparent body, a video with Iben Nagel Rasmussen and Eugenio Barba


20.00   SALT, Odin Teatret, performance with Roberta Carreri and Jan Ferslev


Monday 6th May

10.00   Roberta Carreri and Julia Varley: Actors who write

11.00   Sergei Tcherkasski: Directing and teaching of Richard Boleslavsky and Lee Strasberg as an experience of the Stanislavsky system's development

12.00   Questions and discussion


15.00   Francesca Romana Rietti: OTA (Odin Teatret Archives)

16.00   Tatiana Chemi: Living archive as learning environment

17.00   Eugenio Barba: Afterthought


20.00   INSIDE THE SKELETON OF THE WHALE, Odin Teatret, performance with Odin Teatret Ensemble


The programme will be conducted in English.

For more information about travelling to Odin Teatret please visit:

For more information about the Laboratory Theatre Network project or to register interest in future events please email Helen Gethin, Network Coordinator at


Richard Gough - Centre for Performance Research, Wales, UK


Monika Blige and Sylwia Fiaɬkiewicz – Grotowski Institute, Wroclaw, Poland       


Mirella Schino and Francesca Romana Rietti – Odin Teatret Archives, Denmark/Italy


Sergei Tcherkasski – St Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy, Russia


Annelis Kuhlmann and Exe Christoffersen – Aarhus University, Denmark


Tatiana Chemi – Aalborg University, Denmark


Eugenio Barba, Roberta Carreri, Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Julia Varley – Odin Teatret, Denmark

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