1st Edition

On Training and Performance Traces of an Odin Teatret Actress

By Roberta Carreri, Frank Camilleri Copyright 2014
    254 Pages 150 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    254 Pages 150 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    "Outstanding … a technical manual (for actors and directors), an historical document of importance, and a volume that is a delight to read."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


    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

    Photo credits


    Roberta Carreri. Edited by Frank Camilleri