Roberta Carreri is an actress, teacher, writer and organizer. She was born in 1953 in Milan, Italy, where she graduated in advertising design and studied art history at the State University of Milan. She joined Odin Teatret in 1974 during the group's stay in Carpignano, Italy.
Roberta Carreri has participated in ISTA (International School of Theater Anthropology) since its inception in 1980 and has come into contact with performance techniques from Japan, India, Bali and China. This has influenced her work as an actor and teacher. From 1980 to 1986 she studied with Japanese masters such as Katsuko Azuma (Nihon Buyo dancer), Natsu Nakajima and Kazuo Ohno (Butoh dancer).
She gives workshops for actors all over the world and presents her professional autobiography, Tracks in the Snow, as a working demonstration. She organized and led the annual international workshop Odin Week Festival in Holstebro and abroad from 1989 to 2022.
In 2009 she directed Rumor with Cinzia Ciaramicoli for Masakini Theater Company (Malaysia). In 2014 The Woman Who Spat Out the Apple, with Rosa Antuña – Núcleo de Criaçao Rosa Antuña (Brazil). In 2015 Nido Vacio with Carolina Pizarro and Giulia Varotto – a co-production Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium/Regula Teatro (Denmark/Italy). In 2023 Honey Badger with Juraj Benko - a co-production Nordic Theater Laboratory/Juraj Benko (Denmark/Slovakia).
Her professional experiences are presented in The actor's way, edited by Erik Exe Christoffersen, Memories that will not die – Roberta Carreri in Flowers for Torgeir by Annelis Kuhlmann, published in Il castello di Elsinore and Finding Kokoro through the Eyes: Butoh in Roberta Carreri's Work and Pedagogy by Simone Dragone, published in Pamiętnik Teatralny.
Roberta Carreri has written her own book Tracce (published in 2007 by Edizioni Il Principe Costante, Milan (in Italian); in 2012 by Editora Perspectiva, Brazil (in Portuguese) and Ed. Artezblai, Spain; and Triskel Artes Escénicas, Chile (in Spanish); in 2013 by El Apuntador Ediciones, Argentina (in Spanish); and Titivillus (in Italian); in 2014 by Routledge, UK/USA (in English), where she relives the most relevant aspects of her theater life – her education, pedagogy and her history as an actor at Odin Teatret.Her articles have been published in journals such as New Theater Quarterly, Teatro e Storia, Máscara, The Open Page, Peripeti and Performance Research.
Her articles have been published in journals such as New Theater Quarterly, Teatro e Storia, Máscara, The Open Page, Peripeti and Performance Research.
Performances with Odin Teatret
The Book of Dances
Presenze e Figure
Come! And the Day will be Ours
The Gospel According to Oxyrhincus
Rooms in the Emperor’s Palace
Inside the Skeleton of the Whale
Ode to Progress
Great Cities under the Moon
Don Giovanni all’Inferno
The Chronic Life
Theben at the yellow fever
Traces in the Snow
The Whispering Winds in Theatre and Dance
Dialogue between Two Actors
Letter to the Wind
Theatrum Mundi performances
Four Poems for Sanjukta
The Island of Labyrinths
Odin-performances for children
Flowers for Torgier
Performances directed by Roberta Carreri for other companies
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The Woman Who Spat Out the Apple (with Rosa Antuña, Núcleo de Criaçao Rosa Antuña)
Rumor (with Cinzia Ciaramicoli for Masakini Theatre Company)
The Empty Nest (“Nido vacío”, with Carolina Pizarro and Guilia Varotto)