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Eugenio Barba

Eugenio Barba, an early associate of Grotowski, is acknowledged to be one of the leading figures in international theatre research and practice. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of århus, Ayacucho, Bologna, Havana, Warsaw and the "Reconnaissance de mérite scientifique" from the University of Montreal. He also received a Danish Academy Award, Mexican Theatre Critics' prize, Diego Fabbri prize, Pirandello International prize, and the Sonning Prize from the University of Copenhagen.

Odin Teatret is an internationally recognised institution whose research is concentrated on a continual study of the actor-dancer’s scenic language and is explored through the daily training of Odin Teatret’s actors. It is further developed through ISTA (the International School of Theatre Anthropology) and the University of Eurasian Theatre where it is entrusted to a permanent network of over sixty artists and university researchers from different geographical areas, traditions and genres.

This CETL residency began with a performance during Belfast Festival 2005 of Dona Musica’s Butterflies – a story of a character who has escaped from a performance. The piece was performed by Julia Varley and directed by Eugenio Barba.

A programme of workshops, talks and lectures enhanced and developed the themes of a difficult piece which was unlike anything any of the students had ever seen previously and which generated more passionate discussion on the undergraduate discussion forum than any other topic that semester.