Almost fifty years after 1974, when a group of actors led by the director Eugenio Barba came to Salento to give life to the singular experience of a theatre “barter”, Odin Teatret’s and Eugenio Barba’s history meets Puglia again. Eugenio Barba’s decision to donate a copy of Odin Teatret’s archive and his personal archive, including his library of around 6000 volumes, to the Puglia Region was decisive.
From this decision the LAFLIS – Living Archive Floating Islands project took shape, a project on which the Puglia Region and the Fondazione Barba Varley have been working synergistically for more than two years.
To present the archive to the public, three days of sharing and study on Odin Teatret’s experience and on the LAFLIS project will be held from 4 to 6 October 2023, with a busy program of exhibitions, installations, books, films and performances.
A large group of journalists, scholars and different kind of witnesses of Odin Teatret’s extraordinary theatre and human experience will meet in Lecce to participate in the initiative entitled: “NOW IS TIME” – Three days of celebrations dedicated to Odin Teatret’s experience. The initiative will take place at the locations of the Polo Biblio-museale of Lecce (Bernardini Library and Castromediano Museum) and at the Cantieri Teatrali Koreja.
We therefore extend our warmest invitation to you to participate in this important moment for the city of Lecce, for Puglia and for international theatre and art culture. The detailed program of the initiative is here in English and Italian.