Holstebro

holstenbro

45 Kms from Bovjerg- 21st and 22nd JULY 2012

The shows

 On Saturday 21st we performed the last full show of Despertamos in the park of an immigrant neighbourhood in Holstebro. Whilst we were setting up we were able to have fun with a group of children that came up onto the stage excited to take part in our warm-up. Perhaps the fact that we let them to come up before, and not just after the show, was a mistake on our part, since later, during the performance they took the liberty to continue trying to attract our attention. Apart from them, there were not many people there. Just five minutes before the performance was due to start the public started to arrive and sit on the green grass in front of the truck.

This was a very emotional show for us and not only because it was the last, but because the audience on that day were special. The actors from the Odin Theatre were there with a group of at least fifty students from their workshops; the four actors that will take over the tour next year were also there, as well as the directors and promoters of the Caravan Project, who had travelled there from Turin. The best thing was Victoria, the choreographer for Despertamos” was unable to appear at the opening of the play in Seville, however she had travelled from her home in Sweden to Holstebro with her daughter in order to see the closing of the show.

Everybody appreciated the performance and some even shared their opinions with us. One girl said that it excited her to see theatre “theatre”, with its stage and its fourth wall in the middle of the street, which reminded her of the theatre from the time of Shakespeare.

On Sunday 22nd we took part in the theatrical activities with the caravan which were organised by the Odin theatre for a boy scouts meeting festival that took place on the outskirts of the town and in which at least 30,000 boys and young people participated. We did not perform the whole show, but chose several highly dynamic parts, with the aim of repeating them for 40 minutes, since the stage was set up in an area of circulation and it is planned for them to act as a shop window. It was a very entertaining and almost surreal experience. We were able to have a laugh and enjoy ourselves, to say goodbye to each other.

The social gathering

In Holstebro, the Odin Theatre opened the doors of their centre to us and made us feel at home. They invited us to eat with them, to take part in Julia’s birthday party and in the party to mark the end of some intensive workshops that they had been holding there for two months before we arrived. We were lucky to attend several sample activities from these workshops in the street and the performance of a monologue by one of the actors from the company. They were five days of theatre, surprises and spending time with amazing people.

It was also important to share the last days of the tour and say goodbye to the caravan with just the creators of the project, since we were able to chat more thoroughly about the subject and share experiences and, thank them in person to have been able to be a part of the unforgettable (for us) Caravan Project.

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