Sunday, February 05, 2006

The World of Peer Gynt has begun to render itself more clearly before our eyes and between our ears...

The white tiles and plastic sheets of set of designer Grétar Reynisson set a chillingly cold tone for the dissection of Peer's life. The main premise of this multilayer play.

We have been attempting to tell the story backwards in a sort of flashback, Peer wakes up dead in the morgue in the company of a strange janitor and a doctor of sorts. Both men seem keen to get Peer to admitt that he really did not amount to much in his life, that he was indeed of such litle consequence as an individual, good or bad, that he should be recycled, his soul melted down to merge with the cosmos...

We have started rehearsals again after a week's break following a week's workshop at the small village of Hofsós, ca 400 km north of Reykjavík...

We rehersed at the old museum of the migration to canada...

...Stayed at Hof, the farmhouse of director Baltasar and his wife Lilja...

...And generally had a great time...

...And even greater weather...

...Even though the work was at times quite straining...

On a side note Hofsós is also the place where the Icelandic national flag is made at the Fánasmiðja...


Nine performances remain to be performed of The Three Penny Opera which closes beginning of march. Frau Peachum, always in a jolly mood...

And Lucy Brown

as well as Mackie Messer...