13 September, 2018 by Gilberto Icle | 0 comments


The BJPS is accepting until November 15, 2018 submissions of unpublished papers within the scope of the general topic ODIN TEATRET, 55 YEARS.


Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença





The Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies [Revista Brasileira de Estudos da Presença], an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal that does not charge any submission or publication fees, is accepting until November 15, 2018 submissions of unpublished papers within the scope of the general topic ODIN TEATRET, 55 YEARS.


Countless theorists and professionals from around the world have been interested in Odin Teatret’s trajectory over the past five decades. This issue of the journal will be focused on contributions from a new generation of researchers, aiming to bring to light questions currently being raised for the performing arts field by Odin Teatret.


Odin Teatret was formed in 1964 in Oslo, Norway before establishing itself in Holstebro, Denmark in 1966. For this group, which will celebrate its 55th anniversary in 2019, theater was the basic means to explore the world in its aesthetic, social, political and anthropological dimensions.


Since its early years, Odin has developed multiple approaches to the theatrical and the work of a performer. Thus, the group did not limit itself to the creation and performance of spectacles, but also organized conferences, meetings, seminars, exchanges, film shoots and film showings. It developed a significant editorial practice that contributed to the construction of a solid relationship with the academic world. All of these activities allowed the group to weave a network of international contacts.


Furthermore, some Odin actors felt the need to explore over the course of their careers other centers of interest and develop new work groups, which themselves created supplemental sub-networks. Beginning in 1984, Eugenio Barba opened the Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium (NTL) to activities external to Odin Teatret with the aim of  protecting the existence of the group, ensuring its longevity and respecting the personal demands of the actors,. Thus, the Inter-Scandinavian Theater Laboratory for the Art of the Actor incorporates ISTA (International School of Theater Anthropology), the Odin Teatrets Forlag editing house and the Odin Teatret Film producer and distributor, in addition to independent projects of Odin’s members, among them the groups Farfa, Le Pont des vents, Basho, The Canada Project and Magdalena Project.


The creation of a training practice of its own, thanks to the contributions of international performers and pedagogues, the theorization of Theater Anthropology (1979), and the implementation of research and pedagogy projects like ISTA (1980), are some of Odin’s many achievements that attracted the interest of several people from the theater field and provided occasions for them to gather. What’s more, Odin’s community structure, social calling, artisanal focus, longevity, interest in ritual, and attention to archiving are unique characteristics in contemporary theater.


What is this fascination exerted nowadays by Odin Teatret on performing arts theorists and professionals, and in what way does this fascination resonate with the contemporary international scene? How is Odin Teatret pedagogy deployed and how does the group articulate its discourse in relation to the academic world? What is the present structure of the group and in what direction is its aesthetic research moving?


Through this examination of Odin Teatret by a new generation of researchers, the Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies seeks to provide an opportunity to explore the topic from different perspectives. Authors may develop theoretical essays or papers resulting from empirical and/or historical research related to one or more of the following topics:


-       Odin Teatret: territories of intervention, relationships with theatrical communities and groups, development of individual and collective networks abroad (Asia, Americas, Europe, etc.)

-       Odin Teatret and pluridisciplinarity

-       Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium and current pedagogy (methods of knowledge transmission from the group’s actors, training and artistic projects with local and international young performers)

-       Odin Teatret and the creation process: playwriting, scenography, costumes, lighting, scene practice

-       Music in Odin Teatret

-       Odin Teatret and women

-       Odin Teatret actors’ training and scene practice

-       Odin Teatret and research: reports and writings of actors and the director, publications from and on the group in the last five years

-       Residencies of young artists and professionals in Holstebro and the impact of the activities of Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium on Denmark

-       The influence of Odin on contemporary performance at the national and international levels

-       The role of the group’s archives (Odin Teatret Archives) in the current research and the process of memory construction of Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium

-       Theater Anthropology today

The Brazilian Journal on Presence Studies accepts articles on research conceptually linked to the fields of performance, theater, dance and other similar fields, paying special attention to those using images and videos to develop their reflections. It also accepts articles from interdisciplinary and related fields, which are in dialogue with the concerns of Presence. Submissions should conform to the journal's standards and be posted directly into our submission system, where they will go through our general evaluation process. In order to submit a paper for this call, it is essential to select the proper section (Odin Teatret, 55 years). We remind you that the journal does not charge for submission or publication and uses the double-blind peer-review system. The text can be sent in Portuguese, Spanish, English or French and will be published in two languages. Authors who send texts in Portuguese and Spanish (and those who are Portuguese speaking) will be asked to send a translation in English. The journal will provide the translation to Portuguese of those papers sent in English or French whose authors are native in these languages. Additional information can be found in our website, www.seer.ufrgs.br/presenca; our guidelines can be found in “Author Guidelines”.

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