In 2011, Eugenio Barba asked Aesop Studio to follow Odin Teatret’s “Holstebro Festuge” with film cameras. We filmed every event of the Festival and produced a video for each day.
Now, for the 50th anniversary of Odin Teatret, Eugenio asked me to reedit my videos and make a movie out of it.
Started in 1989 in order to celebrate Odin Teatret’s 25th anniversary, Holstebro Festuge mingles local official institutions and grassroots organisations together with foreign artists and theatre groups in a theatrical process which lasts nine days and nights. It takes place every third year with Odin Teatret as the main artistic motor and coordinator.
What makes Holstebro Festuge special is that the inhabitants are not only the audience, but they participate actively through their work and recreational interests. The basic idea is to bring together various local milieus which do not normally interact, establishing collaborations and mutual innovative projects that are surprising and may be seen as expressions of organised performance. Sports clubs, cultural and educational institutions, churches and their parishioners, ethnic and religious minorities, the military, business and commercial associations, hospitals and care homes – more than 100 milieus participate in a multitude of inter-related activities within a theatrical framework created by Odin Teatret and guest artists.