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George Banu in dialogue with Eugenio Barba
Eugenio Barba, born in 1936, is a leading figure in contemporary theatre. Director, theorist, school creator and founder of the legendary Odin Theatre (1 October 1964). His books and shows influenced generations of directors, actors and theatrologists. He is also the founder of the International School of Theatre Anthropology. The first production of the Odin Theatre, Ornitofilene, by the Norwegian author Jens Bjørneboe, was presented in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Eugenio Barba was subsequently invited by the municipality of Holstebro, a small town in North-West Denmark, to create a theatre laboratory there. To start with, they offered him an old farm and a small sum of money. Therefore, the director decided to move Odin Theatre to Holstebro. In 1979, Eugenio Barba founded ISTA, International School of Theatre Anthropology. He directed over 70 productions, some of which required up to two years of rehearsals. Among the best known productions, there are: Ferai, Min Fars Hus, Brecht's Ashes, The Gospel According to Oxyrhincus, Talabot, Kaosmos, Mythos, Andersen's Dream, Ur-Hamlet and Don Giovanni all'inferno. He also published numerous books, of which we mention: The Paper Canoe: A Guide to Theatre Anthropology, Theatre: Solitude, Craft, Revolt and Ash and Diamond Earth. He received the honoris causa title from several well known Universities (Århus, Ayacucho, Bologna, Havana, Warsaw, Plymouth, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires, Tallinn, Cluj-Napoca) and received numerous prizes and awards.