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Eugenio Barba
Lorenzo Gleijeses
Julia Varley
Una giornata qualunque del danzatore Gregorio Samsa

24-27 JAN 2019

Full ticket: 22 euros (ATM concession 16,50 euros)
Reduced ticket (under 30/over 65/groups): 16 euros
Student ticket: 11 euros
The performance is part of the subscription Invito a Teatro
Thursday – Saturday 8 pm
Sunday 4 pm
Running time 60'
Triennale Teatro dell'Arte
Eugenio Barba, one of the icons of contemporary theatre, presents his first performance directed outside Odin Teatret.

“One of the artists that has influenced the most and left a mark on the international scene.“ La Repubblica

One more protagonist of the section dedicated to the Grand Masters is Eugenio Barba who signs his first performance out of Odin Teatret (international company of which he is the founder and director), together with Lorenzo Gleijeses and Odin’s historic actress Julia Varley.
The artistic staff is also composed by Mirto Baliani with his live music, Michele Di Stefano for choreography and Chiara Lagani, as consulting dramaturg.
A project inspired by Franz Kafka’s work in which three different narratives intersect: some biographic elements of the writer himself; the incidents befalling Gregor Samsa, the central character of The Metamorphosis; those befalling an imaginary dancer with the same name who, in a claustrophobic reality, remains prisoner of an obsessive repetition of his own performative material.


Eugenio Barba is an Italian theatre director, founder and director of Odin Teatret. He is internationally regarded as a leading figure of contemporary theatre. He is the winner of the prestigious Premio Sonning (also attributed, among others, to Leonard Bernstein, Bertrand Russell, Niels Bohr and Karl Popper) and one of the greatest European intellectuals. Known as a student and friend of Jerzy Grotowski, he is considered, along Peter Brook, as the last living Wstern master. During his fifty-year long journey at Odin Teatret, Barba has modified the concept, initiated by the Polish director, of working with the actor through a theatre practice which prompts the actor to come into contact with his internal search. 

Lorenzo Gleijeses made his debut in theatre in 1991 besides his father Geppy and Regina Bianchi. From 2000 to 2004 he came into contact with various types of theatrical practices while working with numerous international masters such as Lindsay Kemp, Eimuntas Nekrosius, Yoshi Oida, Eugenio Barba, Jerzy Grotowski’s Workcenter, Augusto Omolù, and Michele Di Stefano/mk. Since 2001 he became a student of Julia Varley at Odin Teatret. Together they created the performance Gertrude’s son for which he received the Ubu Award in 2006 for New Actor and was nominated for the Olympics of Theatre, a prize awarded by Premi E.T.I., for Best Emerging Actor. His works have been presented in some of the most famous national theatres and festivals. He has conducted workshops and laboratories in various universities and theatre centers such as DAMS in Bologna and Turin, the Teatro di Roma, the Mercadante Teatro Stabile of Naples, and the Teatro Stabile of Calabria. From 2009 to 2011 he was the founder and artistic director of Quirino Revolution MAD, an international festival which opened the historic Quirino theatre of Rome to theatrical experimentation and to the research of new ways of performative expression.

Julia Varley has been the iconic actress of Odin Teatret since 1976. Apart from acting she is active in directing, teaching, organizing and writing. With Odin Teatret, she teaches in schools and universities and has synthesized her experience in four work demonstrations: The Echo of Silence, The Dead Brother, Text, Action, Relations, and The Flying Carpet. Since 1990 she has been involved in the conception and organization of ISTA (International School of Theatre Anthropology) and of the University of Eurasian Theatre, both directed by Eugenio Barba. Since its beginning in 1986 she has been active in The Magdalena Project, a network of women in contemporary theatre. In connection with Odin Teatret’s intercultural productions and Holstebro Festuge, Julia has started an ongoing pedagogical collaboration with groups of young actors both in Denmark and abroad. She has worked as assistant director for the films Anabasis and On the Two Banks of the River, and for the production of the film Come! And the Day Will Be Ours. Julia Varley has written two books: Wind in the West – a novel by a theatre character (Odin Teatret Forlag, Denmark) and Notes of an Odin Actress – Stones of Water (Ubulibri). Her articles and essays have been published in journals such as The Mime Journal, New Theatre Quarterly, Teatro e Storia, Conjunto, Lapis, The Open Page, Performance Research, Teatro XXI and Máscara.


with: Lorenzo Gleijeses
direction and dramaturgy: Eugenio Barba, Lorenzo Gleijeses and Julia Varley
sound and lights: Mirto Baliani
off voices: Eugenio Barba, Geppy Gleijeses, Maria Alberta Navello, Julia Varley
assistant director: Manolo Muoio
dramaturgical advice: Chiara Lagani
stage: Roberto Crea
choreographic objects: created through a meeting with Michele di Stefano during the project 58° Parallelo Nord
videomaker: FRANA Videoprod
production: TPE Teatro Piemonte Europa, Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium and Gitiesse Artisti Riuniti
photo © Tommaso Le Pera

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