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City of Wroclaw

Wroclaw European Capital of Culture 2016

the Ministry of Science and Higher Education

14th – 17th June (Saturday – Wednesday)



UR- HAMLET, dir. Eugenio Barba; Odin Teatret


A performance by Eugenio Barba
based on Vita Amlethi by Saxo Grammaticus (1200 A.D.)

Music: composed and arranged by: Frans Winther; classical Balinese and Indian songs
Scenic Space: Luca Ruzza
Costumes: Jan de Neergaard and Odin Teatret
Light design: Luca Ruzza and Odin Teatret
Sound: Jørgen Lindholm
Production Director: Anne Savage
Production Assistant: Luciana Bazzo
Video and Photos: Claudio Coloberti
Poster: Luca Ruzza
Technicians: Fausto Pro, Donald Kitt, Hans Kobberø English Translation: Judy Barba
Director Assistants: Julia Varley, Cristina Wistari Formaggia, Ana Woolf, Anna Stigsgaard

Assistants and Interpreters: Pino Confessa, Milvia Terenzi (Bali), Jonah Salz (Japonia/Japan)
Administrative Director: Søren Kjems
Litterary Advisor: Nando Taviani
Dramaturgy and Director: Eugenio Barba


On stage:

Akira Matsui (Japan), Ni Wayan Sudiani, Ni Nyoman Tjandri, I Wayan Bawa, Ya-Lan Lin (Taiwan), Brigitte Cirla (France.), Augusto Omolú and Cleber da Paixão (Brazil), Annada Prasanna Pattanaik (India), Magnus Errboe (Denmark), I Ketut Buda Astra, I Ketut Lida, I Ketut Sandi, I Ketut Suwana, I Ketut Karwan, I Made Budiana, I Made Merta, I Made Renanta, I Made Suamba, I Made Suteja, I Made Lesit, I Nyoman Doble, I Nyoman Suwida, I Wayan Bawa, I Wayan Kader, I Wayan Marca, I Wayan Martawan, I Wayan Naka, I Wayan Purnawan, I Wayan Rawa, I Wayan Suamba, Ida Bagus Made Kertayasa, Ni Kadek Ariantini, Ni Luh Anik Windasari, Ni Made Partini, Ni Made Srimpi, Ni Nyoman Juniati, Ni Nyoman Tjandri, Ni Wayan Nugini, Ni Wayan Phia Widari Eka Tana, Ni Wayan Sudiani (Bali), Kai Bredholt, Roberta Carreri, Jan Ferslev, Julia Varley, Torgeir Wethal, Frans Winther (Denmark), Aeran JeongAgnieszka Masternak, Agnieszka Sosnowska (Poland), Alberto Martinez Guinaldo (Spain), Aleksandra MarzecAlessandro Curti (Italy), Alvaro Iván Hernández Rodríguez (Colombia), Ana Laura López Morales (Mexico), Andrea De San Juan Hazen (Spain), Antonello Motta (Italy), Bruna Longo (Brazil), Carlos Carmona (Mexico), Carolina Paola Balduzzi (Argentina), Christina Kyriazidi (Greece), Damian Borowiec, Dawid Gudel (Poland), Deise Nunes (Brazil), Devrim Evin (Turkey), Dominique Serena Antignano (Italy), Edyta Kutnik, Ewa Piotrowska (Poland), Felipe Vergara (Colombia), Francesca Guillén, Francisco Villicaña Maldonado (Mexico), Giuseppe Leonardo Bonifati (Italy), Isabela Paes (Brazil), Isadora Pei (Italy), Linda Cunningham (Ireland), Liza Urbanová (Czech Republic), Loren O'Dair (Great Britain), Magdalena Ptasznik, Malgorzata Gajdemska (Poland), Marcelo Gomes Miguel (Brazil), Michal Dawidowicz (Poland), Monserrat Montero Cole (Costa Rica), PawelLeszczynski, Piotr Filonowicz (Poland), Rachael Lindsay (Ireland), Roberto Aldorasi (Italy), Sofija Ristevska (Macedonia), Soon-Heng Lim (Malaysia), Stefan Adamski (Poland), Stephanos Regueros Savvides (Cypres), Steve Rice-Khan (Great Britain), Thadd McQuade (USA), Vanna KårforsWioletta Farkowska (Poland), Wout van Tongeren (The Netherlands), Yuval Dishon (Switzerland), Zofia Dworakowska.


Produced by: Odin Teatret, Grotowski Institute, Poland, Hamlet Sommer, the Municipality of Elsinor, Ravenna Festival, KIT - Copenhagen International Festival


With the support of: Danish Arts Council - Centre for Performing Arts, Kulturministeriets Provinspulje, Counties of Ringkjøbing and Frederiksborg, the Municipalities of Holstebro, Lemvig, Struer, Thyborøn/Harboøre, Thyholm, Ulfborg/Vemb and Vinderup, The Japan Foundation.



There has never been such a Hamlet yet! The cast consists of nearly 100 artists, including Odin Teatret’s actors, guests from various parts of the world, and artists of Gambuh Desa Batuan Ensemble from Bali. For this piece, Eugenio Barba has been researching various Eastern and Western cultural traditions since the 1960s.


The production is based on Vita Amlethi by Saxo Grammaticus, Denmark’s first historian (1200 A.D.). The work on Ur-Hamlet started in 2003 in Holstebro, Denmark, then continued in the International School of Theatre Anthropology in Seville (2004) and Wroclaw (2005), then on Bali island, and, in its final phase, in Ravenna. The production was designed with great precision. The actors wear original costumes, which emphasize their multicultural characters, and move amidst a labyrinth of torches that lighten up more and more new spaces. The enemy, anticipated from the outside, emerges from within – the dark underground layers of an ‘orderly’ society. As the world collapses, Hamlet proclaims the rules of the New Order.


Duration: 90 minutes (no intermission)