Casa das Fases at Odin Teatret Denmark

After the performance, sitting in the empty theatre I watch the packing of the set, the folding and careful placing of materials and objects into large black suitcases on wheels. I imagine them tomorrow walking through an anonymous airport concourse, perhaps two men and their elderly relative and an extraordinary number of travelling bags.

But it’s the people, not the bags that are extraordinary. At 82 Carmen Mattos has just performed Casa das Fases new one woman show Yolanda Cala Boca at the International Women’s Theatre Festival at Odin Theatre in northern Denmark. It’s a show about ageing and loneliness, the story of a woman abandoned by those who claimed to love her: an exploration of the boundaries between re-invention and delusion:

‘There was once a mad old woman who lived with her loneliness. She enjoyed the circus and popcorn, now she longs for everything, even for herself’

In the front row of the audience sits a mesmerized line of Danish elders all members of a touring seniors theatre company from the Sønderland Day Centre, Holstebro. At the final curtain, they each struggle to their feet, some with enormous difficulty, but they must stand and embrace the artist. “Everyone carries so much loneliness within them”, reflects Kai Bredholt of Odin Teatret who works with the company. Here together and in rehearsal they are full of energy and laughter. But meet them casually in the street and you can see the loneliness”.

The writer Clare Allen has spoken of the enormous privilege of a voice, to step out of the shadows and be counted, of how the act of speaking out enables people to reveal themselves as individuals rather than categories.

That’s why this energy, this determination of the older audience members to struggle tall in their embrace with the artist, the acknowledgement of being recognised and understood by this shared act of theatre.

Actor Carmen Mattos, Director Henrique Bernardi and Producer Fabricio Borges

Actor Carmen Mattos, Director Henrique Bernardi and Producer Fabricio Borges


casa das fases participa do VII Transit Festival na Dinamarca


A Casa das Fases apresenta no dia 4 de junho o work in progress “Yolanda Calaboca” dentro da programação VII Transit Festival, promovido pelo Odin Teatret, em Hosltebro, Dinamarca.


Nossos amigos do Sonderland Center, da Dinamarca, enviaram as fotografias do ensaio da nova peça “Bryllupsbilleder” (Fotos de Casamento) que será apresentada na cidade de Holstebro, sede do grupo e no mês de setembro os atores planejam uma apresentação na Itália.Em agosto do ano passado, a Casa das Fases ministrou um workshop no Sonderland, durante o Transit VI Festival, promovido pelo Odin Teatret.

Our friends Sonderland Center, Denmark, sent photographs of the training of the new play “bryllupsbilleder” will be presented in the city of Holstebro, the group’s headquarters in September and the actors are planning a presentation in Italy. In August last year, the “Casa das Fases” taught a workshop at the Center during the Transit VI Festival, sponsored by the Odin Teatret.

workshop sonderland center

Video do workshop realizado na  Dinamarca, na cidade de Holstebro, com os integrantes do Sonderland Center. O trabalho teve a duração de sete dias e resultou na performance ” Du Ma Ikke Glemme Mig” (Não te esqueças de mim) apresentada para a comunidade e os participantes do Transit 6, promovido pelo Odin Teatret.

Video of the workshop held in Denmark in the city of Holstebro, with members of Sonderland Center. The work lasted for seven days and resulted in performance “Du Ma Glemmer Ikke Mig” (Do not forget me) presented to the community and the participants of the Transit 6, sponsored by the Odin Teatret.