Tuesday, April 15, 2008


I've been neglecting to update my blog now for the past year so now I'm going to try to briefly summarize in a few words and pics the whole of last year...


In january I started working for my old college's theater "Á Herranótt". Previously I had directed "The heart of a dog" by Bulgakov (That was back in 2003)


For this years work I decided to do an adaptation of Ferenc Molnar's "Lilliom", also known as "Carousel", that's Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical version. My idea was to blend the two and create new music, with the help of a great group of kids, here is Binni, in the midst of creating the hit song "Í eldinum"

Rehearsals went well and we went for a premiere early in february if I remember correctly...


At about the same time early preparations for the National Theatre's production of "Ivanov" by Chekhov, scheduled for christmass 2007 began with a month long brainstorming session with director Baltasar Kormákur.



The group even went to a proposed location for filming the story, Flatey in Breiðafjord, as the plan was to do a dual production film/theatre based on Chekhov's Ivanov.


Here's the cast, the director, costume designer Helga Stefánsdóttir and set designer Gretar Reynisson.


So we did some character work...



And enjoyed the beautiful scenery, including the craziest northern lights I have ever seen in my life.







Then there was the premiere of "Lilliom", entitled "DJ Lilli", the carousel master was in our version a disillusioned turntable spinner, here we have Lilli (Breki) and Júlía (Telma) in gloriously arty B&W.





A review by a housewife in the west of town. The production homepage. The premiere went great and everyone did a great job, especially my trusted set designer Kristína Berman.

Then it was time to head for London for a run of Peer Gynt at the Barbican theatre, there is a link to a seperate blog I did for the National theatre to the right...


Mostly good reviews, 3-4 stars, although the preconcieved notion of many critics that the play is unplayable because of it's span of time and places became a phrase to often repeated. All in all a great time in London once again at the Barbican.

Most of the time I spent though in this lounge room:

Where I and Baltasar began making plans for the adaptation of Ivanov for the screen before heading up to the Barbican for the evenings performance. Work progressed well, and when we were ready to head home we had a plan for the upcoming work to be done.


When I got back home, Eyja seemed to have decided to set the record for the worlds fastest growing baby...


Two friends came for a visit, Ronnie Nilsson and Bjorn Olsson from "The burnt out punks" to help with a well paying gig I did for a local Bank. We went for a swim in Hveragerði, in crazy weather...


And Ronnie decided that the wanted to do some impromtu photoshots on the way home...

Freezing his ass off for the sake of his art...


Then I went with Baltasar to Hof, his farm at Hofsós, to continue the work on "The Bridegroom", our working title for the screenplay of "Ivanov". This dog, called "Bingo" would wake me up by jumping into my bed in the morgnings...

Usually accompanied by this barbarian, Stormur Baltasarsson.


The work progressed slowly, with a couple of detours and long nights.


But we were well on our way when I left to go to Holland for a run of "Woyzeck" at Het Musikteater in Amsterdam.


And this time Eyja and Esther came along. After a brief stop in Copenhagen with my in-laws we flew to Amsterdam to meet up with Vesturport.






Börkur Jónsson, set designer extraordinaire, was in charge of the direction this time as Gísli Örn was in London producing "Metamorphosis" if I remember correctly.


Amsterdam was great and we even took Eyja to a nightclub...


Where Halli Volvo and Árni Pétur staged a tandem pole dancing contest much to our enjoyment.


Then it was more work at Hof... Eyja and Esther came along for a few days.

And then it was Woyzeck in Salamanca. This time Björn Thors was a stand in for Nilli.


And these guys were there as well... don't ask.


And this guy... he just stood there with this burden in his hands, lifting it above his head and putting it back down... I didn't get it...



And inside the church was a shrivelled hand in a glass box, a gift from Pope Johannes in 1996...


And we had a great time, the attendance could have been better but what do you expect, in the middle of the summer.





Ok. That's part one for now... halfway through. Part two: "White wedding night" and Ivanov, Metamorphosis and more...