Photo by Rina Skeel
The Tree: Lecce
October 4, 2017
Lecce
Cantieri Teatrali Kojera
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The Tree

Odin Teatret ensemble performance, directed by Eugenio Barba

Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Friday 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 October 2017hour tbc

at Cantieri Teatrali Koreja, via Guido Dorso 70, Lecce, Italy

Dedicated to Inger Landsted.

The tree of History grows vigorously and dead. Around it, child-soldiers and praying monks dance together with warlords, a wrathful mother, and the daughter of a poet who, as a child, dreamed of flying away with her father.

Two story-tellers introduce and comment upon characters and events: in the Syrian desert two Yazidi monks plant a pear tree to call back the birds that have disappeared; in Nigeria a mother rests under the shadow of the tree of forgetfulness holding in her arms the head of her daughter hidden in a gourd; a European warlord explains the necessity for ethnic cleansing to an African warlord who performs a human sacrifice to make his army of child soldiers invulnerable before leading them into battle; a girl plays with her dolls around the tree her father planted when she was born, wondering how birds see the earth from the air.

The tree of History finally bends under the weight of fruit and offers a home to the birds that are flying over the heads of the spectators. But what kind of birds are they?