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.


Performing Next: 

18 - 20 April 2018 in Holstebro, Denmark »



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

First performance: 12 September 2011 in Holstebro, Denmark.

Duration: 70 min.  (without a break)

Languages used in the performance: Danish, Spanish, English, Romanian, Chechen and Basque

The performance is not suitable for children younger than 12 years of age.


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

Places & Countries


2017: Czech Republic (Brno); Denmark (Holstebro)
2016: Cuba (Havana); Denmark (Holstebro); Italy (Albino); Romania (Sibiu)
2015: Colombia (Bogotá); Denmark (Holstebro); Hungary (Budapest); Norway (Oslo)
2014: China (Shanghai); Denmark (Holstebro, Århus); Great Britain (London); Italy (Gallipoli, Milano)
2013: Brazil (São Paulo); Denmark (Holstebro); Germany (Freiburg); Italy (Rome); Uruguay (Montevideo)
2012: Denmark (Copenhagen, Herning, Holstebro, Ringkøbing, Viborg); France (Paris); Malta (St. Julian's); Norway (Porsgrunn); Poland (Wroclaw); Romania (Cluj-Napoca); Spain (Madrid)
2011: Denmark (Holstebro); Italy (Lecce, Prato, Pontedera); Poland (Szczecin, Wroclaw)

International Festivals

Festival Divadelní Svèt Brno, Czech Republic (2017)
FITS - Sibiu International Theatre Festival, Romania (2016)
MITEM - Madách International Theatre Meeting, Budapest, Hungary (2015)
FIDAE - Festival Internacionales de Artes Escénicas, Montevideo, Uruguay (2013)
Malta Arts Festival (2012)
PIT - Porsgrunn International Theatre Festival, Porsgrunn, Norway (2012)
Festival de Otoño en primavera, Madrid, Spain (2012)
Festival Teatro Era, Pontedera, Italy (2011)
14th Theatre Meetings OKNO, Szczecin, Poland (2011)
Contemporanea Festival, Prato, Italy (2011)

Articles & Reviews


  • Europa 2031: contexto de discolución (Revista Ñ, Clarin 25.11.2011. Argentina) by Adys Gonzalez
  • La vida crónica, nueva apuesta del Odin Teatret (Revista El Picadero, Instituto Nacional del Teatro de Argentina. 09.2011) by Juan José Santillán


  • Odín: un teatro de símbolos (El Espectador, 21.03.2015) by Manuel Drezner


  • La vida crónica o yo no vi el espectáculo (Casa de las Américas - Conjunto, Revista de teatro latinoamericano 162) by Ana Woolf
  • La nieve de cualquier otro invierno. Primer trazo. Intervista con Eugenio Barba (La Ventana, Casa de las Américas, 14,10.2011) by Juan José Santillán


  • Krigsblod som håb i dråbeform (Århus Stiftstidende, 09.04.2014) by Kirsten Dahl
  • Livet er en kronisk sygdom (Arbejderen, 28.09.2012) by Gert Poder
  • Odin skaber musik i kaos (Politiken Kultur, 21.09.2012) by Monna Dithmer
  • Skæbne som sankthansurten (Frederiksborg Amts Avis Kultur, 20.09.2012) by Knud Cornelius
  • Det kroniske liv (Magasinet KBH, 19.09.2012) by Alexandra Olesen
  • Med det kroniske liv skal teater bygges (Norsk Shakespeare- og Teatertidskrift 2-3/2012) by Annelis Kuhlmann
  • Tømmerflåde med dødsdrøm (Information, 02.10.2011) by Anne Middelboe Christensen
  • En barsk affære om lidelse og tab (Holstebro Dagblad, 16.09.2011) by Knud Jakobsen


  • Eugenio Barba met en scène « La vie chronique » au Théâtre du Soleil (Un Fauteuil Pour l'Orchestre, 11.02.2012) by Dashiell Donello




  • Die Allesspieler (Der Freitag, 30.04.2014) by Thomas Irmer
  • Ein wildes, weises Märchen (Badische Zeitung, 15.06.2013) by Marion Klötzer


  • Revista el Apuntador, 1 de diciembre 2011 (Ecuador)


  • Julia Varley: «L'Odin Teatret, esperienza necessaria»( Milano, 22.10.2014) by Matteo Paoletti

  • Odin Teatret, il teatro parla tutte le lingue(Ilgiornaleoff/, 17.10.2014) by Marta Calcagno Baldini
  • Cinquanta candeline per lo storico Odin Teatret all'Elfo(, 16.10.2014) by Francesca Motta

  • “La vita cronica”: l’Odin Teatret conquista Milano(, 15.10.2014) by Marianna D'Ambra
  • Eugenio Barba: "Fantasia e rivoluzione, i 50 anni dell'Odin Teatret" (, 14.10.2014) by  Sara Chiappori
  • Intervista al maestro Eugenio Barba - Lecce (FuturaTv, 10.11.2011) by Manuela Melissano
  • “La vita cronica”a Lecce (Il Paese nuovo. L'ultima (01.11.2011) by Mauro Marino e Patrizia Capoccia
  • Il canto dell'Odin per l'Europa che verrà (la Repubblica, 09.10.2011) by Rodolfo di Giammarco
  • Variazioni antropologiche (il Manifesto, 09.10.2011) by Gianfranco Capitta
  • L'Europa e la babele dal destino segnato (Corriere della Sera, 09.10.2011) by Magda Poli
  • La Vita Cronica (l'Unità, 08.10.2011) by Maria Grazia Gregori
  • Torna l’Odin Teatret: “La vita cronica”, tra desolazione, violenza e meraviglia (Corierre di Bologna, 06.10.2011) by Massimo Marino 
  • La vita cronica dell’‘‘Odin teatret’’
    o della serendipità (Atti&Sipari 07-In Italia e nel Mondo, 10.2011) by Franco Perrelli




  • Historie, horror og håp (Klassekampen, 09.11.2015)
    by Therese Bjørneboe
  • Med og mot tidsånden (Scenekunst, 13.11.2015)
    by Chris Erichsen
  • Teater av en annen verden (Klassekampen, 14.06.2012)
    by Kjersti Juul
  • Siste vers fra Odin Teatret? (Klassekampen, 21.05.2012) by Chris Erichsen
  • Teater av en annen verden (Vårt Land, 20.06.2012) by Kjersti Juul


  • ¿Tiene el dolor un código universal? (Revista Primer Acto Cuadernos de investigación Teatral Nª 342 1/2012) by Paloma Arroyo 
  • Hielo ardiente (, 22.05.2012) by Carlos Gil Zamora
  • "Yo quería jefes de bandas, de agrupaciones de guerrilla cultural" (Artez, revista de las artes escénicas n°178, febrero 2012) by Laura Corcuera
  • Eugenio Barba, director, pedagog (Revista Hamlet, 15.10.2011) by Juan José Santillán

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Contact, tours and prices ...

Odin Teatret's repetoire includes productions with the whole ensemble (11-14 actors), productions with fewer actors, solo performances and performances/work demonstrations. 

The repertoire includes indoor and outdoor performances, shows for an audience of 50 spectators to 400 spectators, shows for a stage or black box rooms, and for spectators sitting frontally or around the space. 

Odin Teatret tours can go from the simple presence of one actor for one day to a complex simultaneous programme of pedagogical, artistic, social and research activities. 

Prices are calculated in working days (workshops, lectures, film showings, performances) and vary from 1,200 Euro (+travel and lodging) for one actor, to 11,000 Euro (+travel, lodging and cargo transport) for the whole ensemble. These prices are adjusted in accordance to the length and span of a project. Prices for multicultural productions with Odin Teatret and Theatrum Mundi performers are established for each proposal.

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