Roberta Carreri, In Italian. Titivillus, Italy 2013. 250 pages, illus.
In 1973 Roberta Carreri sees My Father's House, a performance by Odin Teatret. She is 20 years old, lives in Milan, studies at university and has never involved herself in theatre. For her the performance is a revelation. One year later she decides to move to Holstebro, Denmark to become part of Odin Teatret, directed by Eugeno Barba, where she remains a member today. In this book the actress relives the most relevant aspects of her journey – from her first experience in street theatre to the discovery of Asiatic performative traditions, from pedagogical activity to the process of character creation, from meeting with artists and spectators from all over the world to the creation of the performances Judith and Salt – emphasising the importance of training and the transmission of experience, the value of improvisation, the necessity of always finding new stimuli and opportunities for apprenticeship. The text is interwoven with numerous images from performances in which Roberta Carreri has taken part, as well as an extensive photographic documentation of the work demonstration Traces in the Snow, assembled specifically for this edition. Rich in biographical notes, technical indications, personal reflections, and extracts from her work diary, Tracce is a handbook containing the professional secrets of one of the actresses most representative of Odin Teatret, as well as the tale of a life of work, research, and passion.