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On Training and Performance

Traces of an Odin Teatret Actress, 1st Edition

By Roberta Carreri

Edited by Frank Camilleri


232 pages | 150 B/W Illus.

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"Outstanding … a technical manual (for actors and directors), an historical document of importance, and a volume that is a delight to read." Ian Watson, Rutgers

"An extremely valuable personal account of Roberta Carreri’s process as an actor." Alison Hodge, Artistic Director, The Quick and the Dead

"An excellent book with a unique voice." Ben Spatz, University of Huddersfield

Roberta Carreri is one of acclaimed theatre company Odin Teatret's longest-serving actors, and the last to be trained by Eugenio Barba himself. In this book, she relives the milestones of her professional journey, including:

  • her first experiences of street theatre
  • the discovery of Asian performance traditions
  • pedagogical activities and character creation
  • encounters with artists and spectators
  • the inception of her solo performances, Judith and Salt

Interwoven with rich photographic documentation and a wealth of biographical information, this inspiring handbook reveals the professional secrets of an Odin Teatret actor as well as the story of a life of work, research, and passion.

Table of Contents


On Time and In Visibility: Training in Context – Foreword by Frank Camilleri

Preface in the Form of a Letter from Eugenio Barba

PART ONE: The Story and the Training


Milan and Some Dates

Holstebro and Carpignano Salentino

The Transmission of Experience

Exercises and Principles

Slow Motion


Introversion and Extroversion


Geronimo and Street Theatre

Sources of Inspiration

Dialogue with Tiredness


Being Decisive

Thought in Action


Individual Improvisation

Composing a Character

A Little Digression into Private Life


Meeting the Asian Masters


Notes on Improvisation

The Voice in Training and in Performance


Our Chronic Life


Photographs: A Gallery of Characters

PART TWO: The Workshop

The Dance of Intentions

PART THREE: Perspectives

A Memory Not Only For and By Itself – A Note on Methodology by Francesca Romana Rietti

Backward Steps – Epilogue by Nando Taviani

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