THE BIRD CLIFF
Fuglabjargið (e. The Bird Cliff) is a visual and poetic opera for children, where the birds who inhabit the small island of “Skrúður” in the East of Iceland are observed through the passage of the seasons. A year in their life is told by three singers and live music played on bassoon, percussion, harp, saxophone and flute, as we watch how the seasons unfold with the passing of time.
Velkomin heim (e. Welcome Home) tells the astounding tale of Vala Rún and her journey when immigrating from Thailand to Iceland. Born on a rice field in the mid 20th century, Vala travelled through life alone after losing her mother at 6 years old and never knowing her father. In 2019, Vala's daughter, being the first woman of Asian descent to graduate as an actress in Iceland, premiered the story of her mother's life at the National Theatre of Iceland. The show was chosen to tour to 60 schools in Iceland.
THEM explores toxic masculinity and how it affects everyone in society. THEM focuses on how toxic masculinity imprisons our experience of gender and narrows our horizons. It observes how toxic masculinity shapes gender roles and makes people behave against their morals or better knowledge. THEM brings light on taboos connected to masculinity and demands respect for feminine qualities.
BRUM is an interactive theatre performance in a forest where the audience embarks in small groups on a sound walk. The trees are the storytellers and they reveal surprising tales of how they communicate, survive and thrive together as a community.
The piece was created by the theatre group Trigger Warning and was presented in the Icelandic forest Heiðmörk in 2021 and 2022. Together with the performance, the group has held workshops for children about ecomusicology and how to compose with graphic scores and field recordings.
THE SEAL WOMAN
Konan og selshamurinn (e. The Seal Woman) is an opera for children built on an Icelandic folk-tale. The piece was premiered in Harpa Music Hall by opera singers Björk Níelsdóttir and Pétur Oddbergur Heimisson, the children's choir Skólakór Kársness and the Caput Ensemble. The show later toured through elementary schools in Kópavogur. The opera was published as a children's book and in 2020, nominated to the Icelandic Music Awards.
Libretto: Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir
Composer: Hróðmar I. Sigurbjörnsson
In 2020 The Icelandic Broadcastic Service (RÚV) adapted the theatre play Velkomin heim (e. Welcome Home) to a radio theatre piece.
The piece follows actress María Thelma's quest to know more about her mother's life before she moved from Thailand to Iceland 30 years ago.
Script - María Thelma Smáradóttir, Kara Hergils and Andrea Vilhjálmsdóttir
Directors - Kara Hergils and Andrea Vilhjálmsdóttir
Composers - Ragnheiður Erla Björnsdóttir and Ingibjörg Ýr Skarphéðinsdóttir
Sound Design - Georg Magnússon
Actors - María Thelma Smáradóttir, Elín Kristjánsdóttir, Hilmir Jensson, María Nelson, Dominique Gyða Sigrúnardóttir, Rúnar Guðbrandsson, Arndís Egilsdóttir, Hjalti Rúnar Jónsson, Kara Hergils.
Graphic Design - Gabríel Markan