Dear Friends! What a week 8 we have before us: We can listen and learn, experience wonder, and see old things from new perspectives. Get hugged by a story, trace the written word, thrill to partner acrobatics, and reflect in and on a podcast tale. Have an excellent week of Odense culture on me! Anna Skau Tolstrup

Mon 17
2/17/2020 9:00:00 PM 2/17/2020 22:30 40 Listen to the Homeless Heart A podcast about being heartbroken Ny Vestergade 18, Odense C Teater Momentum & Odense Radiobiograf false DD-MM-YYYY

Listen to the Homeless Heart A podcast about being heartbroken


Listen to the Homeless Heart
Other | Kl. 21:00 - 22:30 | Ny Vestergade 18, Odense C | Price: 40 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Anna Skau Tolstrup | Translated by: Malte Joe Frid-Nielsen

Location: Teater Momentum
Organizer: Teater Momentum & Odense Radiobiograf

Once again, Odense Radiobiograf is presenting a radio play for your february-frozen ears and this time, it’s coming from a very special place: From deep within Anne Jeppesens heartache and her will to create a cathartic tale.

We’ve all experienced the feeling of something being crushed. For the lucky ones, perhaps it was just a favorite cup, that was dropped and shattered irreparably. For the less lucky ones, perhaps it was the months spent limping around with a cast on the leg as a result of something going snap and a cry of pain. If you’re outright unlucky, then, like most of us, it was your heart that broke. Smashed directly into a concrete floor and splintered like an iPhone screen. The hole in the chest and the tears on the cheeks have had innumerable songs written about them. Plays, novels, films, poems, books and podcasts have all been based on the feeling of the heart becoming homeless, so it’s something we can all recognize – and it makes us feel less alone – when the tears roll and the bottle of red wine is just as empty as the world you’re suddenly left in.

Anne Jeppesen wasn’t even able to take a deep gaze into the bottom of a bottle of red wine when her boyfriend left. She’d just given birth. This kind of story - a mother to a newborn, suddenly single and facing the necessity of working together with the ex around their little tiny baby – isn’t something Justin Bieber has penned many songs about. Which is why Anne created the podcast “Mit Energi er et andet Sted” (My Energy is Somewhere Else), so we have something to reflect on and in. On Monday the 17th of February, we can listen to it and afterwards speak with Anne about her story and her great courage in sharing it with us.

NOTE: if you have a ticket to “Apokalypse” on the same day, entry is free.

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Thu 20
2/20/2020 4:00:00 PM 2/27/2020 40 Artistic Confessional The writing is on the wall (of the gallery) Jernbanegade 13, Odense C Jeppe Østergaard Munk false DD-MM-YYYY

Artistic Confessional The writing is on the wall (of the gallery)


Artistic Confessional
Exhibition | Kl. 16:00 | Jernbanegade 13, Odense C | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Anna Skau Tolstrup | Translated by: Malte Joe Frid-Nielsen

Location: FAA Project Room
Organizer: Jeppe Østergaard Munk

The written word lives a given cycle for all of us, carefully tracing the lines of our lives. We are born, learn to read when we have learned to see, and in the end we are blind again – whether it be cataracts, or death’s final shroud that robs us of our sight.

The written word is also strokes on a dotted line, it gives you loans and a summer house. It is also letters arranged into headlines, proclaiming the end of the world. It can be the bottom line on your receipt, calmly stating that you’ve spent 500kr on Pringles and plastic plants, when you should have been paying the aforementioned loan off. Never straight forward, but never further away than a pen and paper. It is an amazing phenomenon.

Benjamin Asger Krog Møller, Jeppe Østergaard Munk, and Silas Toft have taken the written word through an artistic confessional and produced an exhibition about these fateful etchings for us – about writing, as they put it. They invite us to the opening Thursday the 20th of February from 16-19, but the doors are also open from the 24th-27th of February. Come and see what the lines unfurl!  

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Sat 22
2/22/2020 12:00:00 AM 2/22/2020 16:30 40 The woolly embrace A tribute to the well-told tale Rugårdsvej 62 Hans Tausens Kirke false DD-MM-YYYY

The woolly embrace A tribute to the well-told tale


The woolly embrace
Other | Kl. 00:00 - 16:30 | Rugårdsvej 62 | Price: 0 Kr. | Written by: Anna Skau Tolstrup | Translated by: Malte Joe Frid-Nielsen

Location: Hans Tausens Kirke
Organizer: Hans Tausens Kirke

A good story is like a perfect hug from someone you haven’t seen in a while, but whose scent you know like your own mother’s. A good story is the moment where your face, slowly, naturally, nuzzles into the shoulder of the hugger, taking that familiar odor in, and getting tickled by the wool sweater the nurturer undoubtedly is wearing. The exact moment when you feel unmistakably accepted and safe, and at the same time are totally aware that you’re about to go on an adventure; that’s the good story. The good spoken story, that is: The wooly, well-known embrace that takes you on an adventure.

Oral storytelling is an undisputable art, but of the kind that we might tend to overlook. We’re constantly served up all sorts of stories from all manner of channels and platforms where an emoji might be a perfectly acceptable reply. Even a trip to the supermarket can be a tale in itself. And they’re all excellent; all those stories we can accumulate in a weekend at our music venues and on our streaming apps. But it’s really important that we don’t forget the tale itself, AND the grand old (wo)man of the storytelling tradition: The oral tale. The old form that lulled us to sleep when we were small, but which now rouses us to consciousness as adults.

In Odense, we’re lucky to have a network of story tellers that includes some of the spokespeople of the Netflix of yore, all of whom are skilled in the singular art of weaving a tale. It sounds so simple, but in the name of Cicero, it isn’t! Odense Fortællekreds open their itchy embraces to us all at Hans Tausens Kirke, and I think you should come along and receive a familiar, adventurous squeeze.

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Sat 22
2/22/2020 12:00:00 AM 2/22/2020 40 High flying high fives Dynamo celebrates classic new-circus Finlandskaj 6 Dynamo - Workspace for circus and performing arts false DD-MM-YYYY

High flying high fives Dynamo celebrates classic new-circus


High flying high fives
Other | Kl. 00:00 | Finlandskaj 6 | Price: 120 Kr. | Buy tickets here | Written by: Anna Skau Tolstrup | Translated by: Malte Joe Frid-Nielsen

Location: Dynamo
Organizer: Dynamo - Workspace for circus and performing arts

On Saturday we get to give a big high five to the body’s potential, unleashed through the help of other people, and we’re going to do this through the medium of new circus. We’re going to experience a performance about inner peace, trust, and above all, a celebration of the upper limits of the human body’s physical ability.

”Don’t leave me hanging (Sabotage)” is a performance full of partner acrobatics, vibrant music, and dance, which combine to inspire us to never to leave anyone hanging, while thrilling at the sight of the kind of shredded, sweating circus bodies that would never dream of letting a high five go unnoticed.

In a world where we gaze at our own navels to death in an attempt to get to the top, while brimming with mindfulness, a little bit of Saturday circus just might remind us that we are actually most elevated when standing on the shoulders of others. Even if you’re not in the mood to spend your weekend on other people’s inner peace, cooperation, and bodily mastery, you should go just to find out what the heck a “Cyr-wheel” is. That’s what I myself intend to do.

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