Violinist Elena Flores has been Musical Director of the legendary Odin Teatret since 2015, and became assistant director of the theater four years ago. The core of her creative philosophy is “discipline,” a word she said many times during our interview. She is also a self-described “rock star” who spent much of her career as a violinist in popular ensembles like Nidi D’arac. Elena has now spent half her career as an actor in the Odin Teatret ensemble and so her journey is also one of remaining open to the unexpected opportunities that present themselves, even when they are perpetuated by tragedy like, in Elena’s case, a devastating earthquake.
Elena and I talk about, among other things, the discipline necessary to become (and stay) an artist, how the institution of classical music might be brought into the 21st century, and how, after initial resistance, Elena began to see theater as a kind of musical composition.
Odin Teatret website: https://odinteatret.dk/
Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKsMjp1X-vc
Nidi D’Arac, Pizzica: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCjHzAVSoxQ
Nidi D’Arac, Ipocharia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DezHm-yPc9o